Technical Requirements

Introduction

This document details the support platforms for fSeries. Please review them before installing required fSeries components. The information within this document applies to fSeries v3.7.



fSeries Server

The fSeries server is where data gathering and generation of fDocs Outputs and fPanels Presentations takes place. It is also (by default) the location where Data Set Definitions (DSDs) and fDocs Templates are stored.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • 53MB hard disk space for the application, plus additional storage space for user data (such as DSDs and templates)
  • 1GHz (x86) or 1.4GHz (x64) processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
  • 512MB RAM (2GB or greater recommended):
    Maximum (32-bit platforms): 4GB
    Maximum (64-bit platforms): 32GB
  • Dedicated or virtual server environments are suitable for fSeries

Operating Systems

fSeries Server runs upon the ASP.NET application platform, requiring IIS version 7 or above. Therefore, it may run on the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012/R2, or Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 7 or above

Application Server

An application server is required to run fSeries, capable of running .NET Framework v4.6:

  • IIS7, IIS8, or IIS10
  • Forms authentication
  • For authentication or identification via Active Directory: Classic Mode within Application Pools, and Windows Authentication within Security
  • Support for ASP.NET v4 ‘allowed’ in IIS

By default, fSeries installs to port 80, this may need to be activated through local or intranet firewalls to allow end-users to access the application.

Note: If anti-virus software is installed on the fSeries server, web page and web service (ASPX/ASMX) support must not be blocked.

Connectivity

fSeries can connect to many different data sources and merge data together to create combined, quality datasets from which to present outputs or on-screen presentations of data. Therefore, the server must have the sufficient drivers installed to be able to reach to the database sources required by DSD creators. These may include:

  • Oracle ODAC (OLE module), including suitable TNSNAMES.ORA, for connection to Oracle platforms
  • Client API components for suitable modules, such as for HP Trim, Infoshare ClearCore etc.

User/Audit Database (optional)

fSeries can authenticate users and store audit information within its own database (the audit module is not included with the standard fSeries installation and is an optional add-on). This database is provided as a Microsoft SQL Server .bak file that can be installed on the following platforms:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008R2 Express

No additional SQL Server requirements (such as indexing, SSRS) are required.

Client Applications

There are various applications that may be installed on a client machine to provide the ability to create and manage DSDs, create and manage templates, or provide diagnosis.

fData

fData is a desktop application (EXE) required by any users that needs to manage DSDs, and has the following requirements:

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • 16MB hard disk space
  • 1GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM

Minimum Software Requirements

  • NET Framework 4.5 client
  • Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2016

fTest

fTest is a desktop application that may be used to diagnose the results from testing DSDs, or view the internal structures of fDocs Templates.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • 10MB hard disk space
  • 1GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM

Minimum Software Requirements

  • NET Framework 4.5 client
  • Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008R2, or Windows Server 2012

fDocs Designer

fDocs Designer is provided as a Microsoft ClickOnce add-in for Microsoft Word, and is used to create and manage fDocs templates.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • 1MB hard disk space
  • 1GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM

Minimum Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Word 2010, or Microsoft Word 2013/2016 Standalone (Word for Office 365 is not supported)
  • NET Framework 4.5 client
  • Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012/R2, or Windows Server 2016
  • Note: fDocs Designer runs within the user’s Windows profile and users must have permission to read/write to their Application Data folder

End Users

End Users are defined as users who request fDocs Document outputs or fSeries Panel Presentations. They do not require any client software installed on their machine other than an Internet browser, with the following minimum requirement depending on their browser type:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer – version 9 or later
  • Google Chrome – version 10 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox – version 6 or later
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