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System requirements for Tabs3 Software

Following are the minimum requirements common for all software:

1 Domain Controller Note: Installing the Tabs3 software database on a domain controller may require special IT consideration due to potential performance issues. Windows Server Essentials/Small Business Servers are always domain controllers, and any Windows server can be configured as a domain controller. Additional information can be found in the "Using a Domain Controller as the Tabs3 Server" section of R11637 - Network Performance Guide.

Platinum Server

The following system software and hardware is required for the server computer on which the Platinum Server will be installed:

  • Platinum Server software.
  • Platinum versions of the software (i.e., 90000 series serial numbers or 95000 for Platinum SQL).
  • A multi-core processor is recommended.
  • The network must use the TCP/IP protocol.
  • 2GB RAM is the minimum recommended memory for the Platinum Server.
  • Ensure that plenty of free disk space is available. Temporary files created on the server can be quite large. Minimum free space of four (4) times the data set size is recommended. Each HotBackup requires enough disk space for the entire data set.
  • Windows Server:  Microsoft Windows Server 2016, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (either 64-bit or 32-bit version), Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Small Business Server 2011 / 2008 (either 64-bit or 32-bit version), Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7. Recommended that all current Service Packs be installed. A 64-bit operating system is required for Platinum SQL Server.
    Note: When running the Platinum Server on a non-server operating system (i.e., Windows 10 / 8 / 7), you are limited to the number of concurrent connections and may exceed the connection limit in that operating system.
    Note: Running Platinum Server under Windows Vista is not recommended.
  • Workstation:  Windows 10/8/7/Vista. Recommended that all current Service Packs be installed.
  • High speed wired network recommended. Wireless networks are not recommended due to performance and reliability issues.

Additional information regarding Platinum Version requirements

Platinum Version software is designed so that it can run on modest server hardware but can take advantage of more powerful servers.

  • Adding RAM to a server is the least expensive way to improve server performance. While Platinum will run on a 512MB server, at least 2GB RAM is recommended for best performance.
  • The maximum amount of memory that can be allocated to the 32-bit Platinum Server is 1.5 GB on a 32-bit server and 3.5 GB on a 64-bit server. These limitations do not apply to the 64-bit Platinum SQL Server.
  • Using Accelerator technology in Platinum, the faster the server's CPU(s), the less time it takes to process reports. A multi-core processor is recommended.
  • If running Platinum Service software on a virtual machine, we recommend allocating multiple cores to the Platinum Server for best performance.
  • In order to use HotBackup, your server must have enough free disk space to hold copies of the entire data set. You control the number of copies to keep but you must have room to hold at least three full copies.
  • The faster the server's disk subsystem is, the less time it takes to perform a HotBackup. Also, for best HotBackup performance, configure the source and destination folders on different spindles (i.e., drives).
  • A Microsoft Server operating system is recommended (e.g., Microsoft Windows Server 2016, 2012, or 2008). Using a non-server operating system such as Windows 10 / 8 / 7 will work, but they were not designed as server operating systems and have some limitations, such as concurrent connections.