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Color Factory system requirements

Color Factory system requirements and pre-installation notes.

Hardware

  • Minimum 1 2.5 GHz Processor
  • Minimum 2 Gb RAM

Operating system

Windows Server 2016, 2012 or 2008 R2

Important: The service account running Color Factory's processes needs local administrator privileges.

Color Factory is 32-bit, but is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating system, and will benefit greatly from installation on a 64-bit server.

Software components

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Microsoft Silverlight 5.1

These software components will be installed automatically if they are not already present on the system.

A note on scalability

Due to the scalability of a Color Factory installation, system requirements will vary greatly depending on the type of system you are setting up. The below specifications outline the software required to run Color Factory. If you need help choosing hardware for the installation you should consult your FotoWare Certified Partner.

Optional add-ons

Adobe Distiller Server or PStill required for certain vector file formats.
Microsoft Office 2007 / 2010 / 2013 required for certain document file formats.

About logging

All FotoWare applications report to the FotoWare Log Server which is installed alongside the server application. The communications between the server application and the log server uses UDP port 7000. Since the communications takes place internally on the server, you do not need to open UPD port 7000 in your firewall. However, you should be aware the Microsoft's DNS server can be configured to use arbitrary ports for communications, which could potentially distort communications with the Log Server if it should come to use UDP port 7000. Hence, you should make sure to block the use of port 7000 in the DNS server and make that port exclusive for FotoWare applications.

Limitations

Color Factory can use Windows system notifications to receive information about files that are added to its processing queues as it happens. This functionality is only available with NTFS file systems. Color Factory can of course utilize any type of file system that Windows will allow it to access, but it will then rely on polling the channel folders regularly to search for new files to process.

Important note about file systems

Color Factory can use file system notifications to receive information about files that are added to its processing queues. That way, it can pick up new files that enter the processing queues immediately. This functionality is only available by accessing the shares over the SMB protocol, or when accessing local drives on the Windows server.
Color Factory can of course utilize any type of file system that Windows will allow it to access, but it will then rely on polling the channel folders regularly at a preset interval to discover new files to process.

Learn more about storage systems in a FotoWare systems.

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