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Titan II Precast Management System is a SQL Database program with a MS Access* front-end.  On the this page you will find information about what hardware/ software you will need.


System Requirements

 

Below are the minimum system requirements for MS SQL 2005 Standard Edition provided by Microsoft.  This will enable your Titan II Precast Management System to be “operational”. 

Please see notes below the minimum system requirement for Muka Development’s suggested configuration to optimize your server and to ensure you won’t have to upgrade your server in 6 months.

 

 

Standard Edition System Requirements

 

32-bit

x64

Itanium

Processor

600-megahertz (MHz) Pentium III-compatible or faster processor; 1-gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor recommended

1-GHz AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium IV with EM64T support processor

1-GHz Itanium or faster processor

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack (SP) 4 or later; Windows 2000 Professional Edition with SP 4 or later; Windows XP with SP 2 or later; Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, or Datacenter Edition with SP 1 or later; Windows Small Business Server 2003 with SP 1 or later

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition, Enterprise x64 Edition, or Datacenter x64 Edition with SP 1 or later; Windows XP Professional x64 Edition or later

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition or DataCenter Edition for Itanium-based systems with SP 1 or later

Memory

512 megabytes (MB) of RAM or more; 1 gigabyte (GB) or more recommended

512 MB of RAM or more; 1 GB or more recommended

512 MB of RAM or more; 1 GB or more recommended

Hard Disk

Approximately 350 MB of available hard-disk space for the recommended installation

Approximately 425 MB of additional available hard-disk space for SQL Server Books Online, SQL Server Mobile Books Online, and sample databases

Approximately 350 MB of available hard-disk space for the recommended installation

Approximately 425 MB of additional available hard-disk space for SQL Server Books Online, SQL Server Mobile Books Online, and sample databases

Approximately 350 MB of available hard-disk space for the recommended installation

Approximately 425 MB of additional available hard-disk space for SQL Server Books Online, SQL Server Mobile Books Online, and sample databases

Drive

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Display

Super VGA (1,024x768) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

Super VGA (1,024x768) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

Super VGA (1,024x768) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

Other Devices

Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Other Requirements

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 or later

For Reporting Services, you need Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 or later, and ASP.NET 2.0 or later

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 or later

For Reporting Services, you need Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 or later, and ASP.NET 2.0 or later

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 or later

For Reporting Services, you need Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 or later, and ASP.NET 2.0 or later

Workstation Installation Requirements
Workstation must be local to SQL server (on same local network, not remote connection nor VPN)
MS Access 2003 or 2007*

Min Hardware/ Software**
.Net 2.0 or greater
256 MB RAM min
Windows Installer 2.0
Windows XP SP1
1.6 Ghz processor or greater

**Preferred additions
GB NIC
1 GB RAM

Workstation must be local to SQL server (on same local network, not remote connection nor VPN)
MS Access 2003 or 2007*

Min Hardware/ Software**
.Net 2.0 or greater
256 MB RAM min
Windows Installer 2.0
Windows XP SP1
1.6 Ghz processor or greater

**Preferred additions
GB NIC
1 GB RAM

 
       
       

 

 

Reference http://www.microsoft.com/sql/editions/standard/sysreqs.mspx

 

 

If you want your Titan II Precast Management system to be more than just “operational” please follow these guidelines.

 

Dedicated Server

 

I can't say it too often. SQL Server should run on a dedicated physical server, not shared with other application software. This means DO NOT share this server with Exchange.  Time and time again, when I get questions about poor SQL Server performance, I find out that the culprit responsible is another application running on the same server. 32 bit is fine, 64 bit is better.

 

Software

 

Windows 2003 OS and MS SQL 2005, you need to be serious about your data, running Windows 2000 and SQL 7.0 is just fooling yourself and asking for trouble. 

 

CPU

The more CPUs your SQL Server has, the faster it can perform. Purchase a server with as many CPUs as you can afford.

If you can't do the above, then at least purchase a server that has room to expand its total number of CPUs. Almost all SQL Servers need more power as time passes and workloads increase.

If you don’t have at least 2 expect performance problems within a year or two.

 

Purchase the fastest CPUs you can afford. It is better to purchase too large a system than too small a system.

 

If you will only be running 2 CPUs, go with the fastest CPU you can get, with L2 cache as a secondary consideration. If you have a choice of L2 cache size, always get the largest you can.

But, if you will be running 4 or more CPUs, then you want to go with the CPUs with the largest L2 cache, even though their speed may not be as high. The reason for this is in order for SQL Server to run optimally on servers with four or more CPUs, the L2 cache has to be much larger, otherwise you will be wasting much of the power of the additional CPUs.

Memory

Try to order your SQL Server with enough RAM to hold the entire size of the projected database. Titan II database will grow to an average size of 4 GB within the first year. 

Hard Disk

RAID 10 offers the best performance for SQL Server databases, although it is the most expensive RAID option.  The more write intensive the database, the more important it is to use RAID 10.

RAID can be implemented through hardware or software (via the operating system). There is no debate on this topic, don't ever user software RAID, it is very slow. Always use hardware RAID.

Separate the operating system files, data file, and transaction log on different disks to optimize performance.

 

Network

Gigabit NICs and Gigabit switches will allow the server to work at an optimum.

Misc

Real-time antivirus software creates a big resource hog for SQL Server, and is not recommended on production SQL Servers, especially clusters.
 

If you are worried about viruses, you can do remote scanning against your SQL Servers on a daily basis, preferably during off hours.

 

For more tips and recommendations see:

http://www.sql-server-performance.com/sql_server_performance_audit4.asp

 

Following these tips will eliminate any hardware performance issues as your database grows, and it will. If you don’t have to budget or the ability to implement these recommendations try to configure the server as close as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 732-866-8686 or email me at eomalley@muka.net

 

Typical Installations

10 users or less

More than 10 users

More than 10 users - alternative

Below are typical installation configurations based on number of users -

 
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