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The following are the minimum system requirements for Imaging Engine 18.1 Powered by Adobe®. Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase. Running Imaging Engine Powered by Adobe® on a system that does not meet these requirements is not supported.

Information on additional Imaging Engine Tools

The following tools can also be installed on the same system:

  • Curve Pilot (which can include PressSync Pilot and/or Print Control Wizard)
  • HDFlexo Screens
  • Screen Manager
  • Bitmap Viewer (32-bit or 64-bit)

You can also install these tools on a separate system, see here for the minimum system requirement for these tools.

Minimum requirements

Minimum System Requirements for Imaging Engine 18.1.0 Powered by Adobe®
Processor type and speed

Only 64 bit Intel® compatible processor, minimal 4 logical cores per worker + 4 logical cores for the OS (= 8 logical cores in case of 1 worker).

We've only tested on Intel® CPU's, not on "non-Intel" but they are assumed to be compatible.


"logical cores" means:

  • same as number of physical cores when hyperthreading is disabled
  • 2 x physical cores when hyperthreading is enabled

Hyperthreading enabled can result in more performance, but it could also cause problems when you are at the limit of using all cores. In this case we advise to disable Hyperthreading.


Clock speed: minimum 2 GHz - recommended 3 GHz
RAM

Minimum 8 GB for the OS + 8 GB RAM per worker (e.g. 16 GB RAM in case of 1 worker - 40 GB RAM in case of 4 workers).

For more info about memory limitations in Windows operating systems, please consult this table.

Hard disk

  • A dedicated defragmented hard disk.
  • An NTFS volume is required.
  • The installation takes up 20 GB of disk space.
  • 100 GB per worker for storage of temporary data is advised.
  • Fast harddisk: SSD if possible
  • A back-up solution is strongly advised.
Network100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol, TCP/IP v6 protocol is not supported.
Graphics and videoMinimum 1280 x 1024 screen resolution, true color depth.
Virtualization
  • VMware ESX version
  • Microsoft Hyper-V

Hardware connections, including dongles, proofers, spectrophotometers and others may work, but are not supported. Customers should verify hardware support through their virtualization support channels.

File servers

All Esko applications running on Windows OS can use data that is available on network shares. These shares need to be on Windows file servers. We recommend to use Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019 as file server.

As only Windows file servers are supported, Mac OS X or Unix/Linux (CIFS/SMB or NFS) data servers for instance are not supported (including many Network Attached Storage units).

Setup Guideline in relation to Automation Engine and Proof Server

Versions

  • Imaging Engine and Automation Engine must run exactly the same version (e.g. 18.1.1).
  • Proof Server must run a similar version as Automation Engine (e.g. 18.1.*)

One server or different servers?

Imaging Engine and Automation Engine

We advise to install Automation Engine and Imaging Engine on separate machines. Check the system requirements for both products.

Imaging Engine and Imaging Engine Pilot

Imaging Engine Pilot is actually a lightweight Automation Engine with 2 processing channels. It can be run on the same machine as Imaging Engine but the properties of the system should at least provide the sum of what both products require with regard to the amount of processor cores and RAM.  

Imaging Engine and the Proof Server

In case of heavy load on the Proof Server we advise to install the Proof server on a separate machine. If you decide to install both the Proof Server and the Imaging Engine on the same machine then first check the Imaging Engine system requirements to make sure minimum 2 extra cores (and preferably 4) are available for the Proof Server on top of what Imaging Engine needs.

Proof Server connectivity problems

To avoid connectivity issues we advise to install the Proof Server on the same PC as the Automation Engine Server (Additionally you must execute workaround 2 as described in this KB: KB172026546: FlexProofE/PackProof - Proof Server Application stops after start up).

Supported Operating Systems

Recommended operating systems are highlighted in green in the tables below.

If an operating system is not listed in the tables below, it is not supported. Do not try to install Imaging Engine Powered by Adobe® on a computer running an unsupported operating system.

Windows Server 2019

Edition

64-bit

Windows Server 2019 Standard(tick) 
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter(tick) 
Windows Server 2019 Essentials(error)


Windows Server 2016

Edition
64-bit
Windows Server 2016 Standard(tick) 
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter(tick) 
Windows Server 2016 Essentials(error)
Windows Storage Server 2016(error)

Windows Server 2012 R2

Edition64-bit
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter(tick)

Windows Server 2012

Edition64-bit
Windows Server 2012 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter(tick)

Windows Server 2008 R2

Edition64-bit
  SP1
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard(error)(tick) (*)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise(error)(tick) (*)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter(error)(tick) (*)

(*)
Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions) is no longer supported for new installations as of Imagine Engine 18.0.1
Upgrading an existing Imagine Engine Server to Imagine Engine 18.1 is still possible on Windows Server 2008 R2, but this will become unsupported soon as well.

Additional Supported Operating Systems for Pack Proof

Pack Proof is a version of Imaging Engine that is sold specifically for proofing only solutions. Because Pack Proof is a more restricted version, it can be supported on the "workstation" versions of Windows that are listed below. The full Imaging Engine Server is only supported on the "server" versions of Windows that are listed above.

Windows 10 

For more information on Esko products supporting Windows 10 see: KB170993458: Which versions of Windows 10 are supported?

Edition32-bit64-bit
Windows 10 Home(error)(error)
Windows 10 Pro(error)(tick)
Windows 10 Enterprise(error)

(tick)

Additional Supported Operating Systems for Imaging Engine for CDI

Imaging Engine for CDI is a version of Imaging Engine that is sold specifically along with the CDI and is designed just for that purpose. The Imaging Engine for CDI can drive only one device using LEN format, processing only one job concurrently. Because Imaging Engine for CDI is a more restricted version, it can be supported on the "workstation" versions of Windows that are listed below. The full Imaging Engine Server is only supported on the "server" versions of Windows that are listed above.

Windows 10 

For more information on Esko products supporting Windows 10 see: KB170993458: Which versions of Windows 10 are supported?

Edition32-bit64-bit
Windows 10 Home(error)(error)
Windows 10 Pro(error)(tick)
Windows 10 Enterprise(error)(tick)

Windows 8.1

Edition64-bit 
Windows 8.1(error)
Windows 8.1 Pro(tick)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise(tick)
Windows RT(error)

Windows 8

Edition64-bit 
Windows 8(error)
Windows 8 Pro(tick)
Windows 8 Enterprise(tick)
Windows RT(error)

Windows 7

Edition64-bit
  SP1
Windows 7 Home Basic(error)(error)
Windows 7 Home Premium(error)(error)
Windows 7 Professional(error)(tick)
Windows 7 Enterprise(error)(tick)
Windows 7 Ultimate(error)(tick)

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • All 32-bit Windows Systems
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 ( without Service Pack 1 )

    Windows 2008 R2 with SP1 is a supported OS for upgrades only (see above).
  • Windows Server 2008 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows 2000 (all editions)

Operating Systems to become unsupported soon

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions)
  • Windows 7 (all editions) - For Pack Proof and Imaging Engine for CDI installations


System Requirements
Applies to

Imaging Engine Powered by Adobe®

Version18.1
Last revised

 

Useful Links

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