System Requirements

Due to the scalability of an Index Manager installation, system requirements will vary greatly depending on the type of system you are setting up. The below specifications outline the software required to run Index Manager. If you need help choosing hardware for the installation you should consult your FotoWare Certified Partner.

* Application is 32-bit, but is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating system.

1 Will be downloaded automatically by the installer if it is not already present on the system.

Hardware requirements

 

Recommended specifications

Minimum specifications

 

Standard/Cameleon

Enterprise

Standard/Cameleon

Enterprise

CPU2

Dual Core or 2 CPUs

Quad Core or 4 CPUs

Dual Core or 2 CPUs

Quad Core or 4 CPUs

Memory

4 GB

12 GB + 2GB per extra core

3 GB

8 GB

Disk3

1 GB per 100 000 files + 800 MB per archive

1 GB per 100 000 files + 800 MB per archive

1 GB per 100 000 files + 800 MB per archive

1 GB per 100 000 files + 800 MB per archive

 

2 The major parameter for deciding the number of cores is the number of users. If performance is not satisfactory when the number of users increase, adding cores or CPUs will be the best solution.

3 Disk space required for archived files is not included. Always make sure there is 20-30% free space left on the disk after reserving space for Index Manager. NAS disks are not supported for index and data cache storage. Disk performance is very important. SAN disks with low or moderate caching will not have acceptable performance.

Optional add-ons

 

About Logging

All FotoWare 7.0 applications report to the FotoWare Log Server which is installed alongside the server application. The communications between the server application and the log server uses UDP port 7000. Since the communications takes place internally on the server, you do not need to open UPD port 7000 in your firewall. However, you should be aware the Microsoft's DNS server can be configured to use arbitrary ports for communications, which could potentially distort communications with the Log Server if it should come to use UDP port 7000. Hence, you should make sure to block the use of port 7000 in the DNS server and make that port exclusive for FotoWare applications.

Limitations

An NTFS disk is required for Index folders. The Index data folders must be on a local disk. It is recommended using the fastest available local disk. NTFS disks are recommended for document storage because NTFS allow Index Manager to utilize the hotfolder system which provides instant notification of file system changes, a feature that is widely used throughout all FotoWare server applications. The index data folder cannot be located on a network volume. This is because only SCSI, Fiber channel or SATA connections provide sufficient bandwidth for acceptable performance. The configuration allows for a separate location of the index data folders, and if the Index folder is on a network volume the index data folder must be on a local disk. Index Manager can index Macintosh volumes on a Windows 2003 Server. However, if a Macintosh has been used to create folders on this volume and made use of Macintosh-specific characters (such as \, /, :, *, ?, “, <, >, and |) Index Manager cannot successfully index the folders. To avoid such problems, create all folders on Macintosh volumes from the server. Also note that this limitation does not apply to Macintosh file names, only folder names.

Please note

On NAS disks that are not based on the Windows server platform, automatic updating does not work. Other types of volumes (such as UNIX/Samba) do not support automatic updates. Background scanning must be enabled in the Document folder properties when using non-NTFS volumes in order to update the index correctly to reflect changes. Background scanning is slower than automatic updates, and depending on the number of files the update may be delayed by several minutes. The performance of the system is highly dependent upon available hardware resources. In certain configurations it may not be possible to index the maximum recommended number of files per server.

About Client Compatibility

FotoWare Index Manager 7.0 can serve FotoWare version 7.0 clients like FotoStation and FotoWeb and can easily be configured for backward compatibility with version 6.0 clients. However, it does not support older versions of the client software. Hence, if you have FotoWare version 5.x clients in your network, you should contact your local FotoWare partner to update your software to the latest version.

Important: FotoWare 7.0 Service Release 4 (SR4) software introduces a new client-server authentication mechanism. This has implications for upgraders:

A FotoWare 7.0 SR4 server can be set to allow connections from pre-SR4 FotoWare clients. However, FotoWare 7.0 SR4 clients cannot connect to a pre-SR4 FotoWare 7.0 server. Hence, when updating your system to SR4 you should first update your servers before updating clients. The new authentication mechanism has no implications for FotoWare 6.0 clients that connect to the archives using version 6.0 Compatibility Mode.