B2W Software Hardware and Software Requirements Guide Overview

B2W Software Hardware and Software Requirements Guide Overview
B2W Software Hardware and Software
Requirements Guide
Overview
Dedicated Servers
B2W Software products require a dedicated network server. There are several reasons why B2W Software
products must be installed on a dedicated server:

When troubleshooting an issue with a B2W Software product or Microsoft SQL Server, rebooting the
server may be a necessary step. Rebooting a non-dedicated server is not always feasible.

Troubleshooting certain issues may require that a B2W Software support rep be granted access to
your server, a privilege we would prefer not to have on a non-dedicated server.

B2W Software products may require specific levels of Windows and/or SQL Server Service Packs.
Applying these service packs may conflict with existing applications on a non-dedicated server.

The sheer volume of retail software products on the market today makes it difficult for our QA
department to test a B2W Software product’s interaction with all but the most common and prolific
applications. A dedicated server ensures that you will have the best experience possible, free of
unexpected results from interactions with other untested programs.

Since we cannot predict the load that other applications will place on the server, we are unable to
guarantee good performance on a non-dedicated server.

If there is an issue with another application that brings your server down, your B2W Software product
goes down as well.
Simply stated, B2W Software products are mission critical applications. A fast server running only B2W
Software products is the only way to ensure exceptional performance and reliability.
Small Business Servers
B2W Software products cannot be installed on a Windows Small Business Server. This environment is not a
dedicated server, and all B2W Software products require a dedicated server. For example, many Windows
Small Business Servers act as a domain controller, an e-mail server, or even a web server. B2W Software
performs no quality assurance testing on unsupported platforms like Small Business Server.
32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems
All B2W Software products are fully supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems, as well as on 32-bit
and 64-bit versions of Microsoft SQL Server. However, please note that e-mailing and faxing is not currently
supported with 64-bit versions of Microsoft Outlook.
Citrix and Terminal Servers
All B2W Software products are fully supported in Citrix and Terminal Server environments. Your
implementation specialist will work with you to ensure that the hardware specifications of your Citrix or
Terminal Server ensure optimum performance. Generally speaking, following the RAM and processor
guidelines for the next highest licensing bracket will ensure good performance. In other words, if you own 9
B2W Estimate licenses, it is recommended that your Citrix or Terminal Server adheres to the specifications
outlined for 11-25 users.
Microsoft SQL Server Licensing
All B2W Software products use Microsoft SQL Server1 as their database software. B2W Software products are
fully compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008. This section outlines two different licensing levels
for SQL Server: 10 users or fewer, or more than 10 users.
10 Users or Fewer
Companies with fewer than ten total users across all B2W Software products may choose either of the
following for a database server:

Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Express

Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Standard/Enterprise
B2W Software products ship with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express, a free version of Microsoft SQL Server.
Due to the following limitations, this option is recommended only for clients with a total of 10 or fewer users
across all B2W Software products:

Will only utilize 1 GB RAM and 1 Processor. Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express is limited to 1GB of RAM and
1 processor. Even if you install on a server with more than 1GB of RAM or more than 1 processor, SQL Server
Express will not take advantage of the additional computing horsepower. In practice, this limitation should allow
up to ten estimators to use the product simultaneously, assuming estimates of typical size. In the case of very
large estimates, purchasing a full version of SQL Server is still recommended for best performance.

Limited maximum database size. SQL Server 2005 Express has a maximum database size of 4 GB, and SQL
Server 2008 Express has a maximum database size of 10GB. Once your database reaches the maximum size,
SQL Server Express will not allow you save additional data of any sort.
For these reasons, an Express version of SQL is not recommended for clients with more than 10 users. For
example, if your company owns 5 B2W Estimate licenses and 8 licenses for the B2W Operational Suite, you
will notice much better performance with a full version of Microsoft SQL Server.
More Than 10 Users
To support more than 10 users of B2W Software products, you will need a full version of SQL Server
2005/2008, with either a “Per Processor” license or a “Server/CAL” license with an appropriate number of client
access licenses. For information about purchasing Microsoft SQL Server, please visit the “Microsoft SQL
Server 2008” page at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/sqlserver/ff398089
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B2W Software products require an English instance of SQL Server using the default collation setting named:
‘SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS’
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B2W Estimate
This section outlines the hardware and software requirements for B2W Estimate. If you intend to install the
B2W Operational Suite on the same server as B2W Estimate, please skip ahead to the section titled
B2W Estimate and Operational Suite on One Dedicated Server.
Minimum Server Requirements
The following specifications apply when you install B2W Estimate on a dedicated server: Please keep in mind
these are the minimum requirements; a more powerful server will result in faster performance.
Description
Requirement
Processor
Number of Users
Memory
1-10
2 GHz
11-25
2.5 GHz
26-50
2 processors at 2 GHz each
Each additional 50
Add one 2 GHz processor per 50 users
Note: 64-bit processors are strongly recommended for 10 or more users
Number of Users
Memory Requirement
Hard Disk
1-10
11-25
26-50
Each additional 50
Number of Users
4 GB
4 GB
8 GB
Add 8 GB RAM per 50 users
Hard Disk Free Space Requirement
Database Server
1-10
11-25
26-50
Each additional 50
Number of Users
45 GB
60 GB
75 GB
Add 25 GB per 50 users
Database Server
1-10
11+
Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Express2
Microsoft SQL Server 20053/2008 Standard or Enterprise
Edition4
Operating System
Processor Requirement
One of the following:
 Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition (32/64-bit)
 Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition (32/64-bit)
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Note that SQL 2005 Express has a 4GB database size limit, while SQL 2008 Express has a 10GB database size limit.
3
SQL Server 2005 installations must be at Service Pack 3 or later.
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A Microsoft SQL Server license is required for each user that accesses the B2W Operational Suite.
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Microsoft .NET
Framework
Microsoft .NET 3.5 or higher
E-mail Server
An e-mail server that supports Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP), such as
Microsoft Exchange Server, is required for e-mail delivery of bid forms, RFQs, and
messages sent to B2W Software Support.
Microsoft Excel
While not strictly required, Microsoft Excel 2003 or later must be installed on your
server if you wish to utilize B2W Estimate’s embedded Excel workbooks feature.
Network Client Workstations
The following specifications apply to network workstations running B2W Estimate, connecting to a database
stored on a dedicated network server. The requirements are as follows:
Description
Processor
Requirement
2GHz processor or faster
Memory
2 GB RAM
Hard Disk
Operating System
1 GB free hard drive space
One of the following:
 Windows XP (SP3 or later, any edition except Home) (32/64-bit)
 Windows 7 (any edition except Home or Starter) (32/64-bit)
Display
Super VGA 1024 x 768 or higher with 256 colors or greater
Peripherals
Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device
Microsoft Excel
While not strictly required, Microsoft Excel 2003 or later must be installed on
workstation if you wish to utilize B2W Estimate’s embedded Excel workbooks
feature.
E-mail
E-mail software that supports Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP), such as
Microsoft Outlook5, is required for e-mail delivery of bid forms, RFQs, and
messages sent to B2W Software Support.
The B2W Estimate client application is supported on Windows Tablets which meet or exceed the
hardware/software requirements specified above.
Mobile Laptops and Stand-Alone Workstations
The Professional and Enterprise editions of B2W Estimate include powerful features for mobile computing.
These features allow an estimator to “check out” estimates and work on those estimates while disconnected
from the network. A stand-alone workstation is used only in small installations, where all data is stored locally
on the workstation. In both cases, the database software to store the data on a stand-alone workstation – SQL
Server 2005 Express – is included at no extra cost with B2W Estimate, so a full version of SQL Server is not
required. Because the data will be stored locally when disconnected from the network, the requirements for a
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Please note that e-mailing and faxing is not currently supported with 64-bit versions of Microsoft Outlook.
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laptop used for mobile estimating are the same as those of a stand-alone workstation. The requirements are as
follows:
Description
Processor
Requirement
Memory
4 GB RAM
Hard Disk
Operating System
10 GB free hard drive space
One of the following:6
 Windows XP (SP3 or later, any edition except Home) (32/64-bit)
 Windows 7 (any edition except Home or Starter) (32/64-bit)
Display
Super VGA 1024 x 768 or higher with 256 colors or greater
Peripherals
Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device
Microsoft Excel
While not strictly required, Microsoft Excel 2003 or later must be installed on your
workstation if you wish to utilize B2W Estimate’s embedded Excel workbooks
feature.
E-mail
E-mail software that supports Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP), such as
Microsoft Outlook7, is required for e-mail delivery of bid forms, RFQs, and
messages sent to B2W Software Support.
2GHz processor or faster
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Home and Starter editions are acceptable for Standalone installations, but not for Mobile laptops.
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Please note that e-mailing and faxing is not currently supported with 64-bit versions of Microsoft Outlook.
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The B2W Operational Suite
This section outlines the hardware and software requirements for the B2W Operational Suite, which currently
includes B2W Track, B2W Dispatch, and B2W Maintain.
Note: If you intend to install the B2W Operational Suite on the same server as B2W Estimate, please skip
ahead to the section titled B2W Estimate and Operational Suite on One Dedicated Server.
Minimum Server Requirements
The following specifications apply when you install the B2W Operational Suite on a dedicated server: Please
keep in mind these are the minimum requirements; a more powerful server will result in faster performance.
Description
Processor
Requirement
Number of Named
Users
Processor Requirement
1-10
2 GHz
11-25
2.5 GHz
26-50
2 processors at 2 GHz each
Each additional 50
Add one 2 GHz processor per 50 users
Note: 64-bit processors are strongly recommended for 10 or more users
Memory
Hard Disk
Database Server
Number of Named
Users
Memory Requirement
1-10
11-25
26-50
Each additional 50
Number of Named
Users
4 GB
4 GB
8 GB
Add 4 GB RAM per 50 users
Hard Disk Free Space Requirement
1-10
11-25
26-50
Each additional 50
Number of Named
Users
45 GB
60 GB
75 GB
Add 75 GB per 50 users
Database Server
1-10
11+
Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Express8
Microsoft SQL Server 20059/2008 Standard or
Enterprise Edition10
8
Note that SQL 2005 Express has a 4GB database size limit, while SQL 2008 Express has a 10GB database size limit
9
SQL Server 2005 installations must be at Service Pack 2 or higher.
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A Microsoft SQL Server license is required for each user that accesses the B2W Operational Suite.
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Operating System
One of the following:
 Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition (32/64-bit)
 Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition (32/64-bit)
Microsoft .NET
Framework
Microsoft .NET 4.0 or higher
Internet Information
Services
IIS 6.0 or later
Reporting Services
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2005/200811
E-mail Server
An e-mail server that supports Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP), such as
Microsoft Exchange Server, is required for e-mail delivery of report subscriptions.
Workstation Requirements
The following specifications apply to workstations which require access to the B2W Operational Suite:
Description
Processor
Requirement
1GHz processor or faster
Memory
2 GB RAM
Hard Disk
100 MB or more free hard drive space recommended
Operating System
One of the following:12
 Windows XP (SP3 or later, any edition) (32/64-bit)
 Windows 7 (any edition) (32/64-bit)
Display
Peripherals
Super VGA 1024x768 (1280x768 recommended) with 256 colors or greater
 High-speed Internet connection13
 Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device
Internet Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7/8/9 (32-bit version)14
Browser Plug Ins
Silverlight is required for the B2W Operational Suite
11
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is included at no charge with Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008.
12
Home and Starter editions are acceptable for Standalone installations, but not for Mobile laptops.
13
Please note that a VPN connection is strongly recommended when connecting to your B2W server from outside the office
14
B2W Software products which utilize the Microsoft Silverlight plug in – such as the B2W Operational Suite - are supported on 64-
bit operating systems, but not on 64-bit browsers.
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Mobile Workstation Requirements
The following specifications apply for laptops or workstations which require access to the B2W Operational
Suite when a connection to your server is not present:
Description
Processor
Requirement
2 GHz processor or higher15
Memory
4 GB RAM
Hard Disk
50 GB or more free Hard Drive space recommended
Operating System
One of the following:
 Windows XP (SP3 or later, any edition except Home) (32/64-bit)
 Windows 7 (any edition except Home or Starter) (32/64-bit)
Super VGA 1024x768 (1280x768 recommended) with 256 colors or greater
 High-speed Internet connection
 VPN connection to corporate network where the server resides, when connected
to the Internet16
 Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device
Display
Peripherals
Internet Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7/8/9 (32-bit version)
Microsoft .NET
Framework
Microsoft .NET 4.0 or higher
Internet Information
Services
IIS 5.1 or later
Database Server
Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Express Edition
Reporting Services
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2005/200817
Browser Plug Ins
Silverlight is required for the B2W Operational Suite
15
A 64 bit processor is recommended but not required.
16
VPN connection is required to support synchronization with the B2W server when not in the office.
17
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is included at no charge with Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Express with Advanced
Services.
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B2W Management Reporting
B2W Management Reporting leverages several Microsoft technologies to provide a powerful, flexible, scalable
cross-estimate reporting solution for any size company. If you intend to install B2W Management Reporting on
the same server as B2W Estimate, please refer to the specifications described in the section titled
B2W Estimate.
Minimum Server Requirements
The following specifications apply when you install B2W Management Reporting on a dedicated server: Please
keep in mind these are the minimum requirements; a more powerful server will result in faster performance.
Description
Processor
Requirement
Memory
2 GB RAM
Hard Disk
20 GB free hard drive space
Operating System
One of the following:
 Windows Server 2003 – Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition (32/64-bit)
 Windows Server 2008 – Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition (32/64-bit)
Display
Super VGA 1024 x 768 or higher with 256 colors or greater
Internet Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7/8/9
Microsoft .NET
Framework
Microsoft .NET 3.5 or higher
Internet Information
Services
IIS 6.0 or later
2GHz processor or faster
Database Server
One of the following:
 Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Express
 Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Standard or Enterprise Edition
Reporting Services
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services for the version of SQL being run18
E-mail Server
An e-mail server that supports Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP), such as
Microsoft Exchange Server, is required for e-mail delivery of report subscriptions.
Software Required to View Reports
Certain software is required on client computers to view reports using the browser-based B2W Management
Reporting user interface.


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Internet Explorer 8/9 is required to access B2W Management Reporting from client computers.
Various report rendering formats may have different requirements. For example, Portable Document Format
(PDF) files require Adobe Acrobat Reader, while .xls files require Microsoft Excel XP or later.
A Microsoft SQL Server license is required for each user who runs or designs reports.
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Additional Software Required for Report Design
Some additional software is required for a programmer at your organization to modify or create reports, which
is done using the “Report Designer” component of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services.


Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 (any edition) or Visual Studio .NET 2005 (any edition) or the standard edition
of Visual Basic .NET, Visual C# .NET, Visual C++ .NET Standard, or Visual J# .NET to use Report Designer.
Report Designer can be installed on the same computer as Report Server components or on a separate
computer.
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B2W Estimate and Operational Suite on One Dedicated Server
It is perfectly acceptable to install both B2W Estimate as well as the B2W Operational Suite on a single
dedicated server. B2W Management Reporting may also be installed on the same server without adding
meaningfully to the demand placed on the server.
Minimum Server Requirements
The following specifications apply when you install B2W Estimate and the B2W Operational Suite on a single
dedicated server: Please keep in mind these are the minimum requirements; a more powerful server will result
in faster performance.
B2W Operational Suite Users
1-10
11-25
26-50
51-10019
1-10
Estimate
Users
 2 GHz Processor
 4 GB RAM
 45 GB Free HD
 2.5 GHz Processor
 4 GB RAM
 60 GB Free HD
 (2) 2 GHz processors
 8 GB RAM
 75 GB Free HD
11-25
Estimate
Users
 2.5 GHz Processor
 4 GB RAM
 60 GB Free HD
 2.5 GHz Processor
 8 GB RAM
 75 GB Free HD
 (2) 2 GHz processors
 8 GB RAM
 100 GB Free HD
 (3) 2 GHz processors
 10 GB RAM
 125 GB Free HD
26-50
Estimate
Users
 (2) 2 GHz processors
 8 GB RAM
 75 GB Free HD
 (2) 2 GHz processors
 8 GB RAM
 100 GB Free HD
 (3) 2 GHz processors
 16 GB RAM
 125 GB Free HD
{see your B2W Software
implementation specialist}
51-100
Estimate
Users
 (3) 2 GHz processors
 16 GB RAM
 100 GB Free HD
 (3) 2 GHz processors
 16 GB RAM
 125 GB Free HD
{see your B2W Software
implementation specialist}
{see your B2W Software
implementation specialist}
Description
Database Server
Operating System
Microsoft .NET
Framework
20
 (3) 2 GHz processors
 10 GB RAM
 100 GB Free HD
Requirement
Named Users
1-10
Database Server
Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Express
Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Standard or
11+
Enterprise Edition21
Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition (32/64-bit), or
Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition (32/64-bit)
Microsoft .NET 3.5 or higher
19
For each 50 users beyond 100, add (1) 2GHz processor, 8GB RAM, and 150 GB free hard drive space.
20
If multi-core processors are used, the number of processors indicates the recommended number of total cores.
21
A Microsoft SQL Server license is required for each user that accesses the B2W Operational Suite.
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Internet Information
Services
IIS 6.0 or later
Reporting Services
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2005/200822
E-mail Server
An e-mail server that supports Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP), such as
Microsoft Exchange Server, is required for e-mail delivery of report subscriptions.
Microsoft Excel
While not required, Microsoft Excel 2003 or later must be installed on your server if
you wish to utilize B2W Estimate’s embedded Excel workbooks feature.
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Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is included at no charge with Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008.
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