1.4.1   Project Node - System Requirements

Operating System: Windows 2000 (Professional and Server), Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista Business or Vista Ultimate with IIS (Internet Information Server) installed. (See notes 1 and 2 below.)

IIS (Internet Information Server) installed.  The WWW Service (web Server) must be installed and running. ASP (Active Server Pages) enabled.

SMTP Server (optional, not recommended). The SMTP service is not needed on the Project Node if using Email Alarm Notification, Email of Scheduled Reports or MAIL commands. WebAccess normally uses an external SMTP Server (for example the corporate email server or and ISP) to forward email. Optionally, you can allow the Project node to forward email directly.

NTFS File System - NTFS provides Security and it is faster. FAT provides no security and is not appropriate for the Web Server (Project Node).

Microsoft Licensing will limit the number of clients connecting to IIS.  The Limit is 10 simultaneous connections in Windows 2000 and XP Professional. In Windows 2000 Server and Server 2003 versions, the limit is dependant on your license (it can be unlimited). Windows Server 2008, Vista Business and Ultimate are unlimited.

Hardware: Pentium III, Pentium IV, Celeron or Athlon processors are recommended for the Project Node and SCADA nodes.  SCSI Hard Drive, SAN or other large cache storage recommended if Data Logging.

Network Addressing: Fixed IP Address or network address.   See section 2.3.1 About Addresses for more information.

Web Browser: Optional. Needed for configuration tool. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, or 8.0. (ASP enabled) Medium Security Zone setting for safe browsing.

Display Resolution:  (Optional although a Display is recommended). 1024 x 768 or higher (recommended).  Lower resolutions also supported.

Communications Service: Microsoft TCP/IP Protocol.

Communications Speed: T1 or DSL is recommended. 
(33 Kb/sec, 56 Kb/sec, 128 Kb/sec and ADSL supported)

User Security Privileges:
For Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista, Standard Users (i.e. a member of the Power Users) can install and run the client. Restricted Users (i.e. a member of Users) cannot install and cannot run the Client.

Web Security: WebAccess supports Anonymous Access, Authenticated Access (Integrated Windows authentication) and Secure Communications including Certificates, Secure Sockets and Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

Firewall Security (optional): If using a connection through a Firewall, two additional TCP Ports assigned by your system administrator are required. These are in addition to Port 80, the HTTP port, which must also be opened (or a third port assigned for HTTP).


Note 1 - about Windows 2000 and Windows XP
Windows XP requires service pack 2 (SP2) or later.
2003 Server requires service pack 1 (SP1) or later.
Windows 2000 requires service pack 4 (SP4) or later.


Note 2 - Windows Vista Home, Windows XP Home, Windows 98, and Windows ME are not supported as a Project node or SCADA node.  They do not   provide Web Server software. They can be Clients.