Installation and Networking

System Requirements

Before you install the software, carefully review our system requirements to make sure your hardware and network meet our minimum standards.

Firebird™ SQL Database

The DBA system includes the Firebird™ relational SQL database. Firebird only works properly under these conditions:

  • The Firebird database must be installed on the same file server as the DBA software.
  • Only use DBA with the version of Firebird supplied with the system.

High Speed Internet Access

Your company must be equipped with high speed Internet access to use the DBA system. Our software, product updates, documentation, training videos, and online support are all delivered over the Internet.

Power Protection System (UPS)

An abrupt power loss or crash from unclean power is the most common cause of data corruption. Your file server requires clean and continuous power to function properly. Factories are especially subject to power fluctuations. It is imperative that you protect your server with a power protection system that includes surge suppression, power conditioning, and battery backup.

Database Backups

Your data is your most valuable asset and must be protected from day one. Accordingly, you must devise a database backup strategy and have the storage devices and backup plan in place.

  • Daily backups should be scheduled to run during off hours.
  • Typical database sizes can be 200 MB - 2 GB.
  • Backups should not be made on the same physical storage as your DBA database. To protect against fire, theft, or loss of local copies, it is imperative to store copies of your database off-site.
  • We advise a combination backup strategy where you make local backups as well as off-site backups online using a service such as Mozy Pro or Carbonite. Do not use the continuous backup options for the DBA database.

Network Type

DBA can be installed on most any Windows-based client/server or peer-to-peer network.

Network Server

  • Operating System: Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, Windows 2011, Windows 2008/2008 R2.. Essentials, Small Business Server, and Standard supported on all versions listed.
    NOTE: 64-bit and 32-bit versions of these server products are both supported
  • RAM: As recommended by the operating system
  • Free Disk Space: At least 2 Gigabytes (GB) for installation
  • Network Card: 10/100 Mbps or greater

Hosting Cloud

DBA can be installed on a hosted server. Workstation access is provided via Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS - formerly Terminal Services). Microsoft RDS CALs (client access licenses) are required.

Workstation PCs

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 (Pro or Ultimate), Vista (Business or Ultimate)
    NOTE: 64-bit and 32-bit versions of these server products are both supported
  • RAM: As recommended by the operating system
  • Network Card: 10/100 Mbps or greater
  • Wired Ethernet connection recommended
  • Wireless connectivity requires Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS - formerly Terminal Services). A Microsoft RDS CAL (client access license) is required.

Warning: Do not use standard wireless Wi-Fi connections.

Do not use standard wireless Wi-Fi connections for your workstation PCs, which can cause disconnection issues, access violation errors, and potential data corruption. Use a wired Ethernet connection whenever possible.

Wireless Connection Options

You have two options for reliable wireless connection:

  • You can wire all of your workstation PCs locally to the network server and access those PCs remotely via Remote Desktop Connection from any device.
  • You can use a Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS - formerly Terminal Services) session. This requires Microsoft RDS CALs (client access licenses).
NOTE: RDS is not available with Microsoft Small Business Server.

Tablets, Notebooks, Handhelds, Phones, etc.

Mobile devices are useful for shop floor processes such as material issues, job labor updating, job receipts, and stock counts.

  • The device can access DBA via MS Remote Desktop App (Android, iOS, and Windows)
  • You can wire a workstation PC locally to the network server and access that PCs remotely via Remote Desktop Connection
  • Alternatively, you can use a Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS - formerly Terminal Services) session. This requires Microsoft RDS CALs (client access licenses).
NOTE: RDS is not available with Microsoft Small Business Server.

Printers

  • All reports and forms print in graphical format on any Windows-compatible laser or ink jet printer.
  • The standard labels supplied with the system are designed to print on a continuous roll label printer with 4 inch wide labels. The default label sizes are 4 x 2 and 4 x 4.

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