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System Requirements

 

Depending on the desired type of installation several deployment configurations are possible. The typical software requirements for the individual computers are described here. There are no special hardware requirements. The system can operate on any commercial Windows PC of today.

  • Web Server
  • Database Server
  • Developer Workstation
  • Editor Workstation
  • Internet User Workstation

 

Web Server

Requirements
Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7

  • IIS5 / IIS6 / IIS7.x configured for running ASP.NET, WCF, Silverlight
  • MS SQL Server 2005/2008 (any edition, including Express Edition)
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Web Service Enhancements 3.0

In the simplest configuration Management System, Live System, and the database are running on the same server. If you want to separate the web servers, you need two web servers. You have to install the PublishService on the computer with the Live System. In most cases the Live System computer should be the more powerful one, as normally more traffic is to be expected here. Starting from AxCMS.net 8.6 it is possible to istall it in NLB cluster. See Network Load Balancing (NLB) for details.

.NET Framework-Version check and install
If you don’t know which version of the .NET Framework is installed on your computer you can check this by opening "Control Panel" and the item "Software". "Microsoft .NET Framework" is not installed in your system if it is not shown on the list displayed.

If you have to install .NET Framework, you can download it at Microsoft Developer Network (msdn.microsoft.com). The package "Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable" suffices.

MDAC check and install
If you are working with Visual Studio 2003 or a later version, the correct version of MDAC is already installed. If you don’t know, which MDAC-Version is installed on your system, you can find out at the Registry by starting the tool "Regedt32.exe" (at Start -> Run) and look at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> MICROSOFT -> DataAccess. You find the version number at "FullInstallVer". It should be 2.7.x or later.

Alternatively you can use the "component checker", which you will find at the Microsoft Developer Network (msdn.microsoft.com). There you can also download the latest MDAC-Version.

Web Service Enhancements check and install
If you don’t know whether Web Service Enhancements is installed or not you can check this by opening “Control Panel” and the item “Software”. "Microsoft WSE 3.0" are not installed in your system, if they are not shown on the list displayed. To find out, if the WSE 3.0 is installed, use the link “Support Information”.

You can download the Web Service Enhancements 3.0 here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=018a09fd-3a74-43c5-8ec1-8d789091255d

 

Web Request check (after successful installation)
The machine where the Management System runs on needs to be able to initiate a web request to the site it is managing. Normally this is not a problem, but in some installations this might be an issue (especially in scenarios where the server runs in a DMZ and / or behind a firewall). You can check, if settings are correct by opening a browser on the machine running the Management System and navigating to the Management System's URL (like http://cms.yourdomain.com). If you can see the login screen everything is fine. If not, check DNS entries and firewall configuration.

 

Database-Server

Requirements:

  • MS SQL Server 2005/2008 (also Express Edition)

NOTE: SQL Server must have case insensitive collation as server collation (e. g. Latin1_General_CI_AS).

You can install the database directly onto your web server. A separation only makes sense, if you have higher performance or security requirements, respectively.

See also: Configuring MS SQL Server.

Developer-Workstation

Requirements:

  • Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional (not XP Home Edition, there is no IIS available for it), Windows Server 2003/2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 7.
  • IIS5 / IIS6 / IIS7.x configured for running ASP.NET, WCF, Silverlight
  • MS SQL Server 2005/2008 (any edition, including Express Edition)
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Web Service Enhancements 3.0
  • Internet Explorer 7.0/8.0 or Firefox 3.x with Silverlight 3
  • MS Visual Studio .NET 2008 SP1 Standard Edition or higher
  • Visual Studio 2008 Web Application Project (is included in service packs)
  • optional: MS Visual Source Safe or any other source control tool (recommended)
  • Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1
  • SQL Server 2005/2008 Express Edition - recommended for isolated development model. Please read Configuring SQL Server.
  • SQL Server Management Studio

Recommendation: Developer workstations should have a minimum of 512MB RAM.

Editor-Workstation

Requirements:

PC:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0/8.0 or Firefox 3.x with Silverlight 3

MAC:

  • Firefox 3.x with Silverlight 3


Internet-User-Workstation

AxCMS.net gives you the opportunity to use any web browser for the end user environment.