Server Requirements

Server Requirements
This document lists the minimum hardware and software for servers, client workstations,
prompters, and virtual machines. Keep in mind the following notes about these requirements:
 You should consult ENPS Support before you purchase new hardware.
 Server requirements will vary based on the number of users at your site and other
factors. You may need to add additional servers as your organization grows.
 All hardware must have the appropriate drivers.
Server Requirements
The following table lists server requirements. These requirements apply to your ENPS Primary
and Buddy Servers and the servers that will be running NOMWebService:
Minimum Server
Requirements
CPU
RAM
Hard Disk Storage
Recommended Server
Specs
Each server must have at least At least two Intel Xeon
two Intel Xeon 2 GHz
processor E5-2400 or E5processors. Having a dual-core 2400 v2 or better.
processor does not take the
place of multiple processors.
32-bit servers require 4 GB.
32-bit servers: 6 GB
64-bit servers require a
minimum of 8 GB.
64-bit servers: 16 GB or
more.
Two (2) RAIDs are required for
ENPS server operations in any
environment.
Common configurations
include: RAID-5: 3 x 60 GB 10k
RPM+ SCSI or SAS drives or
For configuration
questions or if you would
like to set up a different
RAID configuration than
what is listed, please refer
to the Hard Drives section
below or contact ENPS
64-bit
RAID-1: 2 x 120 GB 10k RPM+
SCSI or SAS drives. This must
be a hardware-based RAID;
software based RAIDs will not
work.
Support.
Two (2) RAIDs, each of which
should yield a minimum of
120GB of space, including the
operating system.
Three (3) RAIDs – one for
the operating system, one
for the Index partition,
and one for the remaining
ENPS partitions.
For more details on
recommended RAID
configurations, please see
the Hard Drives section
below.
32-bit
Two (2) RAIDs, each of which
should yield a minimum of
120GB of space, including the
operating system
Operating System
Windows Server 2008 (32-bit)
or Windows Server 2008 R2
(64-bit), Windows Server 2012
(64-bit), and Windows Server
2012 R2 (64-bit).
For more details on
recommended RAID
configurations, please see
the Hard Drives section
below.
The operating system you are
using must have the latest
Microsoft service packs and
security patches installed.
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.X
must be installed.
Wire Ingestion
If your server will be ingesting
AP WebFeeds or any Social
Media feeds, an Internet
connection is required. Multiport serial card such as
Comtrol Rocketport or Digi
Board with one port for each
PCI or PCI Express
connectors for the multiport serial cards are
recommended. USB
connectors are not
recommended.
incoming serial port-based
wire feed.
Network Interface
Card
10/100BASE-T minimum; the
card must support TCP/IP in a
Windows networking
environment.
Backup System
Additional Software
10/100/1000BASE-T
recommended.
A network-based or local
backup system is strongly
recommended.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
or later.
A defragmentation tool with
scheduling capabilities is
required - Diskeeper Server is
recommended.
A tool to provide remote
access to server such as
Microsoft Windows
Remote Desktop or some
other 3rd party software
(as preferred).
Adobe IFilter 6.0 to index
PDF files. This tool is
available as a free
download from the Adobe
website at
http://www.adobe.com/s
upport/downloads/detail.j
sp?ftpID=2611
Real-time antivirus
software is not
recommended. Refer to
Antivirus Software
Recommendations for
more information.
Hard Drives
On 64-bit operating systems, a minimum of 6 hard drives (SCSI, SAS, SSD or similar enterpriselevel storage devices) are required for best performance; 8 drives allow for highest availability.
3.5” platter hard drives are preferred as they have been found to provide slightly better
performance compared to 2.5” drives. SSD drives have not shown to offer significant
performance increases to justify their increased cost at present, although this may change. Sites
using virtual servers should maintain the same drive configurations, swapping a virtual hard
drive (VHD) for each physical RAID listed below.
Software RAID is not supported or recommended.
Best Performance Configuration for 64-bit systems – 3 RAIDS (min. 6 drives)
RAID 1
RAID 1
RAID 1 or RAID 5 or RAID 10
Operating System (C:\)
Index (E:\)
ENPS Work (F:, G:, H:\)
Normal, Acceptable Configuration for 64-bit systems – 2 RAIDS (min. 4 drives)
RAID 1
Operating System (C:\)
RAID 1 or RAID 5 or RAID 10
Index (E:\)
ENPS Work (F:, G:, H:\)
Recommended for 32-bit systems, Not Recommended for 64-bit systems
RAID 1
RAID 1 or RAID 5 or RAID 10
Operating System (C:\)
ENPS Work and Index (E:, F:, G:, H:\)
NOTE: The recommendations above mean that sites which have previously run ENPS with only
C: (system) and D: (index and ENPS data) drives in the past, should change their drive
configurations to include at least 3 drives – system, index and ENPS data – when building 64-bit
servers for use with ENPS. For acceptable performance, the index should be on its own
partition; for optimal performance it should also be on its own RAID array. Having the index and
ENPS data on the same partition can slow down access to ENPS data during times of heavy
indexer activity.
Client Requirements
The following table lists minimum hardware and software requirements for the client
workstation:
Minimum Client
Requirements
CPU
Supported Operating
Systems
Intel Pentium G2030, 3GHz
minimum
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Recommended Client
Specs
Intel Core i5 or better
Faster workstations are
recommended for optimal
plug-in usage.
Windows Vista
Professional
Windows 7 Professional,
both 32-bit and 64-bit
operating systems are
supported
Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise
Windows 10 Professional
or Enterprise
NOTE: Home editions are not
supported.
The operating system must have
the latest Service Packs from
Microsoft installed.
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1
must be installed.
The workstation must have a
Server Client Access License and
it must be a member of your
site’s Windows domain.
RAM
4 GB minimum
8 GB recommended
Video Card
1024x768 is the minimum
supported display resolution
Display resolution of
1366x768 or better is
recommended
Hard Disk
25 GB (minimum)
80 GB or more
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
or later.
The most current version of
Internet Explorer is
recommended.
Media Player
VLC Media Player which is
available for free from
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ind
ex.html
Network Interface Card
10/100BASE-T minimum. The
card must support TCP/IP in a
Windows networking
environment.
Additional Hardware
Audio card and speakers
10/100/1000BASE-T
recommended.
For multimedia plug-ins
optimization and
configuration please consult
with the vendor for their
networking requirements.
ENPS Client on a Mac-based computer
The full ENPS client application will run on a Mac when combined with the following third party
applications:
 Citrix
 Parallels
 Fusion
 Remote Desktop
 VNC
 Boot Camp
 Windows on Apple Hardware
In these cases, support is provided for the ENPS application as it is run within the Microsoft
Windows Operating System. Specific technologies required to bring the Windows Operating
System and ENPS Application UI to the Apple desktop are provided by third parties. Third party
technologies bring with them specific feature sets. As with Windows System Administrators,
Apple System Administrators should be familiar with the Apple OS as well as specific third party
applications and features.
A list of recommendations can be provided on how to best configure many of these third party
technologies to work with ENPS, but direct support is not provided for third party software.
Any Mac workstation that is to be used to host an ENPS client should not only meet the
minimum specifications of the software being used to host the environment in which ENPS is
run, but the resources allocated to that environment should meet or exceed the normal ENPS
Client minimum specifications.
Prompter Requirements
Refer to your prompter or captioning manual for information about the hardware requirements
for your setup. You can use the following requirements as general guidelines:
Prompter/Captioning Workstation Requirements
CPU
Pentium IV 1 GHz or faster is recommended
Supported
Operating
Systems
Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Professional or Windows 7
Professional. Home editions are not supported. The operating system must
be installed with the latest Service Pack from Microsoft.
The workstation must have a Server Client Access License and it must be a
member of your site’s Windows domain.
Prompter
It is recommended that you use +WinPlus+ as the primary or backup
prompter. The +WinPlus+ prompter is an ISA/PCI hardware board with
NTSC/PAL outputs. It comes with a hand controller and can be genlocked.
RAM
1 GB minimum; 2 GB or more is recommended
Video Card
Memory
128 MB minimum
Hard Disk
2 GB
Network
Interface Card
10/100BASE-T minimum; 10/100/1000BASE-T recommended. The card
must support TCP/IP in a Windows networking environment.
Other
Hardware
Serial (RS-232) port for optional hand controller.
VGA10-to-NTSC converter such as Black Box VGA to Video Portable Pro
Videoing Inc.
Print-To-Video Standard Mouse and/or Trackball for controlling the
prompter.
Virtual Machines
Keep the following requirements in mind before you install an ENPS server on a virtual
machine:
 The Associated Press does not support third party software such as VMWare. You should
contact the virtual machine vendor for support issues related to their software.
 You are solely responsible for meeting the virtual machine's requirements for hardware,
networking, wire ingestion, and integration. ENPS servers on virtual machines require the
same operating system, memory, storage, and processing power as physical ENPS
servers.
 There should be a minimum of 2 GB of RAM available to the host machine after the
virtual machine is mounted.
 Make sure that anti-virus software on the host machine does not scan virtual machine
files. Just like a physical ENPS server, an ENPS server in a virtual machine environment
should not run antivirus software with real-time scanning. Refer to Antivirus
Recommendations for more information.
 Running an ENPS Primary server and its corresponding Buddy server as virtual ENPS
servers on the same machine simultaneously is not an acceptable configuration.
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