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These are the minimum requirements for reasonable performance of the described products. They will help you decide whether the equipment you are currently using remains viable. If you are considering new equipment, bear in mind that these requirements are minimum, not optimal. Exceeding these specifications will in general lead to enhanced performance.

 

 

Entry Level (Two server systems required)

 

WebCenter Entry Level requirements are based on an activity with 10 concurrent users active at any time. Customers with higher performance needs should refer to the Advanced Level requirements.

WebCenter employs three distinct servers, a Web Server , an Application Server , and a Database Server . For reasons of security the Web Server is always on its own dedicated computer and placed in a demilitarized zone (DMZ). We recommend the use of hardware firewalls for creating the DMZ. The installation of the Application Server and Database Server is combined onto a single machine.

A WebCenter installation includes an On Board Graphics Engine (OBGE), which is loaded on the Application Server. The OBGE is used to generate view data.

Web Server

  • CPU: an x86-32 or x86-64 compatible processor (Intel or AMD), minimal dual-core, recommended dual quad-core

  • Memory: Minimum 1GB RAM, Recommended 2GB RAM. 

  • Harddisk: An NTFS volume is required. The software takes about 1GB of disk space. A backup solution is strongly advised.

  • Network: 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol, TCP/IP v6 protocol is not supported.

  • Video Card: Minimum 1280 x 1024 resolution, true color depth

  • CD/DVD: DVD-ROM drive

  • Virtualization : VMware ESX (version 3, 3.5, 4, 4.1, 5 and 5.1) and Microsoft Hyper-V are supported.
    Note that hardware connections, including dongles, proofers, spectrophotometers and others may work, but are not supported. Customers should verify hardware support through their virtualization support channels.
  • Compatibility: If you intend to run other applications as well on this hardware, make sure to check compatibility with the specifications of all other applications as well

  • Remote Support: Esko Customer Support is using TeamViewer as a solution for remote access and support over the Internet, it can be downloaded from http://www.teamviewer.com/download/index.aspx

  • Operating Systems compatibility matrix:  

     

    Windows XP

     32 bit64 bit
      SP1SP2SP3 SP1SP2SP3
    Home EditionNONONONO    
    Professional EditionNONONONONONONONO



    Windows Vista

     32 bit64 bit
      SP1SP2 SP1SP2
    Windows Vista StarterNONONO   
    Windows Vista Home BasicNONONONONONO
    Windows Vista Home PremiumNONONONONONO
    Windows Vista BusinessNONONONONONO
    Windows Vista EnterpriseNONONONONONO
    Windows Vista UltimateNONONONONONO



    Windows 7

     32 bit64 bit
      SP1 SP1
    Windows 7 Home BasicNONONONO
    Windows 7 Home PremiumNONONONO
    Windows 7 ProfessionalNONONONO
    Windows 7 EnterpriseNONONONO
    Windows 7 UltimateNONONONO



    Windows 2000

     32 bit
      SP1SP2SP3SP4
    Windows 2000 ProfessionalNONONONONO
    Windows 2000 ServerNONONONONO
    Windows 2000 Advanced ServerNONONONONO
    Windows 2000 Datacenter ServerNONONONONO



    Windows Server 2003

     32 bit64 bit
      SP1SP2 SP1SP2
    Windows Server 2003 StandardYESYESYES*NONONO
    Windows Server 2003 EnterpriseYESYESYES*NONONO
    Windows Server 2003 DatacenterYESYESYES*NONONO
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard YESYES* NONO
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise YESYES* NONO
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter YESYES* NONO

    Windows Small Business Server 2003 is not supported
    Windows Server 2003 Web is not supported



    Windows Server 2008

     32 bit64 bit
      SP2 SP2
    Windows Server 2008 StandardYESYES*YESYES*
    Windows Server 2008 EnterpriseYESYES*YESYES*
    Windows Server 2008 DatacenterYESYES*YESYES*

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 is not supported
    Windows Web Server 2008 is not supported
    Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition is not supported



    Windows Server 2008 R2

     64 bit
      SP1
    Windows Server 2008 R2 StandardYES*YES
    Windows Server 2008 R2 EnterpriseYES*YES
    Windows Server 2008 R2 DatacenterYES*YES

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 is not supported
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation is not supported.
    Windows Web Server 2008 R2 is not supported
    Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition is not supported  

     

    *  Recommended Operating Systems

     

 


 

Application Server and Database Server

  • CPU: an x86-32 or x86-64 compatible processor (Intel or AMD), minimal dual-core, recommended dual quad-core

  • Memory: Minimum 2GB RAM, recommended 4GB RAM

  • Harddisk: An NTFS volume is required. The software takes about 5GB of disk space:

        - Application Server with on-board graphics engine: 2 GB

        - Database Server: 2 GB

    If production data will be stored on the application server (local FileStore), then 50GB is the minimum needed space, preferably expandable. A backup solution is strongly advised. 

  • Supported databases:
    SQL Server 2005(Express Edition, Workgroup Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition),
    SQL Server 2008 (Workgroup Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition).
    Oracle database 10g
    Please make sure that the database is compatible with the OS you're installing on.
  • Network: 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol, TCP/IP v6 protocol is not supported.

  • Video Card: Minimum 1280 x 1024 resolution, true color depth

  • CD/DVD: DVD-ROM drive

  • Virtualization : VMware ESX (version 3, 3.5, 4, 4.1, 5 and 5.1) and Microsoft Hyper-V are supported.
    Note that hardware connections, including dongles, proofers, spectrophotometers and others may work, but are not supported. Customers should verify hardware support through their virtualization support channels.
  • Compatibility: If you intend to run other applications as well on this hardware, make sure to check compatibility with the specifications of all other applications as well

  • Remote Support: Esko Customer Support is using TeamViewer as a solution for remote access and support over the Internet, it can be downloaded from http://www.teamviewer.com/download/index.aspx

  • Operating Systems compatibility matrix:  

     

    Windows XP

     32 bit64 bit
      SP1SP2SP3 SP1SP2SP3
    Home EditionNONONONO    
    Professional EditionNONONONONONONONO



    Windows Vista

     32 bit64 bit
      SP1SP2 SP1SP2
    Windows Vista StarterNONONO   
    Windows Vista Home BasicNONONONONONO
    Windows Vista Home PremiumNONONONONONO
    Windows Vista BusinessNONONONONONO
    Windows Vista EnterpriseNONONONONONO
    Windows Vista UltimateNONONONONONO



    Windows 7

     32 bit64 bit
      SP1 SP1
    Windows 7 Home BasicNONONONO
    Windows 7 Home PremiumNONONONO
    Windows 7 ProfessionalNONONONO
    Windows 7 EnterpriseNONONONO
    Windows 7 UltimateNONONONO



    Windows 2000

     32 bit
      SP1SP2SP3SP4
    Windows 2000 ProfessionalNONONONONO
    Windows 2000 ServerNONONONONO
    Windows 2000 Advanced ServerNONONONONO
    Windows 2000 Datacenter ServerNONONONONO



    Windows Server 2003

     32 bit64 bit
      SP1SP2 SP1SP2
    Windows Server 2003 StandardYESYESYES*NONONO
    Windows Server 2003 EnterpriseYESYESYES*NONONO
    Windows Server 2003 DatacenterYESYESYES*NONONO
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard YESYES* NONO
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise YESYES* NONO
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter YESYES* NONO

    Windows Small Business Server 2003 is not supported
    Windows Server 2003 Web is not supported



    Windows Server 2008

     32 bit64 bit
      SP2 SP2
    Windows Server 2008 StandardYESYES*YESYES*
    Windows Server 2008 EnterpriseYESYES*YESYES*
    Windows Server 2008 DatacenterYESYES*YESYES*

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 is not supported
    Windows Web Server 2008 is not supported
    Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition is not supported



    Windows Server 2008 R2

     64 bit
      SP1
    Windows Server 2008 R2 StandardYES*YES
    Windows Server 2008 R2 EnterpriseYES*YES
    Windows Server 2008 R2 DatacenterYES*YES

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 is not supported
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation is not supported.
    Windows Web Server 2008 R2 is not supported
    Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition is not supported  

     

    *  Recommended Operating Systems

     

The purchase of a database product and the required licenses is the customer’s responsibility.

 

 


 

 

WebCenter Client

  • Operating System: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2008, Macintosh OSX 2 or better
  • Microsoft Windows Clients: Internet Explorer 6.0 or better or Mozilla FireFox 3 or better
  • Macintosh clients: Safari 4 or better 
  • Recommended client Java version is the latest available version.
  • To view 3D VRML and 3D VRML animations, a VRML browser plugin is required such as the Cortona plug-in from Parallel Graphics.
  • To run the Collada 3D Viewer the recommended system requirements are as follows:

    For PC

    Memory: Minimum 1GB RAM, recommended 4GB RAM

    Java: Java 1.5 or higher

    Video Card: DirectX9 compatible 3D graphics board from ATI or NVidia

    supporting fragment shaders and with at least 128MB video memory.

    Examples are

    o NVidia GeForce FX series, GeForce 6 series, GeForce 7 series,

    GeForce 8 series, GeForce 9 series

    o ATI Radeon 9600, 9700, 9800, Radeon X series, Radeon HD series

    ATI FireGL boards and Intel embedded graphics are NOT supported.

    For Mac

    Memory: Minimum 1GB RAM, recommended 4GB RAM

    • Java 1.5 or higher

    Video Card:

    Intel Macs with:

    o NVidia GeForce 6600/6800/7300/7600/7800/8600/8800, Quadro

    FX 4500/5600

    o ATI Radeon 9600/9700/9800, Radeon HD 2400/2600,

    X600/X800/X1600/X1900.

    PowerPC Macs with:

    o NVidia GeForce FX/6600/6800/7800

    o ATI Radeon 9600/9700/9800/X800/X1900

    o (e.g. Power Mac G5, iMac G5, PowerBook G4 (2004+))

 

 


Advanced Level (Three or more server systems required)

 

When the WebCenter Entry Level cannot meet the load requirements of the system, it is possible to scale the system. A WebCenter system has the following components: a Web Server , an Application Server , a Database Server , a FileStore and an On-Board Graphics Engine (OBGE).

For reasons of security the Web Server will always be a separate computer in a DMZ (see WebCenter 6 Entry Level – Web Server).

Each of the other components can be offloaded onto separate computers in different combinations, see following examples:

  • Three computers:
    • Web Server
    • Application Server + FileStore + OBGE
    • Database Server
  • Four computers:
    • Web Server
    • Application Server + OBGE
    • FileStore
    • Database Server

Whichever combination is chosen, the requirements for the hardware are those of the WebCenter Entry Level – Application Server.

Notes

 

  1. Installing and using Esko software on a Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services server (Microsoft, Citrix,…) is not supported, except for non-subscription versions of Cape Pack. You cannot run Esko software with local licenses via Remote Desktop.
  2. Although we don't expect issues with Microsoft OS patches, Esko only guarantees support on the official MS Service Pack (SP) level, not on individual OS patches. PC's for Esko applications (editors, rips or servers) must not be configured as WebServers (IIS), Network Domain Controllers (Active Directory), DNS Server, DHCP Server, WINS Server, SQL Server, or MailServer. The Automation Engine Server is allowed to be a Member Server in a Windows Active Directory domain. However, Esko can not test all possible configurations. Contact your regional Customer Service Center in case of specific questions.
  3. A single processor with hyperthreading enabled is considered as 2 processors for memory calculations. A dual core processor is considered as 2 processors for memory calculations.
  4. Esko software will only work with properly licensed versions of operating systems and other software. Esko is not responsible for any loss of functionality due to use with unlicensed software. Esko will not provide assistance in installing software on equipment lacking properly licensed software.

 

For more in-depth technical information, search our Knowledge Base.

System Requirements
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WebCenter

Version10.2
Last revised 06-Jun-2014
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