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This chapter contains requirements for the hardware and software of computers on which the Helios Orange will be run. The given configuration requirements are the minimum and thus necessary for the installation and basic start-up of the SQL Server and Helios Orange. The requirements are given only with regard to the type of the operating system, MS SQL database server and Helios Orange.
Other applications running on the station or on the server (apart from MS Office on the station) which increase the requirements on the hardware are not considered. The size of the Helios Orange database (must be evaluated individually) is not considered either, which can significantly influence the requirements for the server hardware, mainly for the operating memory size (Microsoft recommends the same size of the operating memory for the operation of the MS SQL Server as is the size of the run database(s)).

Current required configuration can be found on the web pages www.helios.eu .


Single installation (the system is only installed on one computer and only runs on this computer)

Operating system SQL Server version Processor Memory Disc Note
Windows 2000 Professional SP4 SQL 2005 Express or Workgroup SP2 Pentium III 700 MHz 512 MB/1 GB 8 GB Database < 500 MB
Windows XP Professional SP2 SQL 2005 Express or Workgroup SP2 Pentium III 1 GHz 512 MB/1 GB 8 GB Database < 500 MB

Note: if the database size is expected to be > 500MB, it is necessary to increase the memory to at least 1 GB/1.5 GB (depending on the size of the database we recommend consulting the company LCS International, a.s.)


Server

Operating system SQL Server version Processor Memory Disc Note
Windows XP Professional SP2 SQL 2005 Express or Workgroup SP2 P 1.2 GHz 512 MB/1 GB 8 GB < 5 users
Windows 2000 Server SP4/ Windows Server 2003 SP2 SQL 2005 Standard SP2 P 1.5 GHz 1 GB Disc array 8 GB RAID 1(5) > 5 users

Note: if the database size is expected to be > 1GB, it is necessary to increase the memory to at least 1GB/1.5GB (depending on the size of the database we recommend consulting the company LCS International, a.s.)
If the expected number of users is > 10, we recommend consulting the company LCS International, a.s. about the configuration.


Client (PC of the Helios Orange user in the computer network where the Helios Orange server is installed)

Operating system Processor Memory Disc Note
Windows 2000 Professional SP2 Celeron 600 MHz 512 MB 4 GB MS Office XP installed as well
Windows XP Professional Celeron 700 MHz 512 MB 4 GB MS Office XP installed as well

Note: it also depends on the database size, the memory must be increased for larger databases (depending on the database - we recommend consulting the company LCS International, a.s.)


Graphical resolution

  • Minimum graphical display resolution - 800 x 600 pixels, 256 colors.


Other recommendations

  • Microsoft - the relation database producer - recommends to operate the SQL Server on computers with the operating system on the Windows NT platform.
  • For more details about the supported hardware and component compatibility refer to the certificate Microsoft Windows NT Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) on the web pages http://www.microsoft.com/hcl/


Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Installation and operation of SQL EXPRESS 2005 requires at the least the MS Internet Explorer version 6.0 with SP 1 or a higher version. The component .NET Framework 2.0 or higher must be installed.
  • Installation and operation of SQL EXPRESS 2008 requires at the least the MS Internet Explorer version 6.0 with SP 1 or a higher version. The component .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 must be installed.


Network configuration

  • The network configuration must be checked or if necessary changed on the server and all computers where the Helios Orange system will run. If the network is not configured correctly, it is not possible to install nor operate the SQL nor the Helios Orange system.
  • The network environment must also be set on the computer which is physically not connected to the network and where the Helios Orange system is only run locally.
  • Network adapter – install this even if no network adapter (network card) is physically in the computer and the computer is not connected to the network. In that case Microsoft Loopback Adapter is suitable.
  • Network client – the Client of the Microsoft network (Client for Microsoft Networks) must be installed for the SQL Server to run properly. Besides this client, there can of course be other client types on the computer if they are needed for other applications.
  • Network protocol – the TCP/IP protocol is recommended. Besides this protocol other network protocols can be installed on the computer.
  • The operating system may require the installation CD of the operating system to change the network configuration.


You configure the network in the operating system by choosing the menu option Start, Settings, Control panels, Network connections.


SQL Native Client version
The SQL Native Client service, version SQL 2005, must be installed on all computers which shall use Helios Orange.

Warning Since September 1, 2009 the current connection method of the client to the SQL Server is no longer supported and the SQL Native Client service is used.


Recommended versions of the SQL Server

  • MS SQL Server 2005 + current SP
  • MS SQL Server 2008 (we recommend postponing the installation until SP1 is issued)
  • MS SQL 2005 Express Edition (for free, replaces MSDE)+ current SP
  • MS SQL 2008 Express Editon (for free, we recommend postponing the installation until SP1 is issued)
Warning As of April 30, 2009 the support of older versions of the SQL Server (i.e. SQL 7.0, SQL 2000) was stopped.


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