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 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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