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FotoWeb server - Software requirements

Software requirements

  • Windows Server 2019, 2016 or 2012 R2 - only 64 bit versions supported.1

IMPORTANT: Make sure all available Windows updates have been applied prior to installing FotoWare on the server!

  • Internet Information Services, minimum version 8.0

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 3

  • Microsoft Silverlight 5.1 3

  • Local Administrator privileges for service account (Learn why)


1 Windows Server must be installed with a GUI. FotoWeb is not supported on Windows Server Core. Windows Server 2012 R2 will be unsupported after October 1, 2020.

2 FotoWeb requires a Microsoft SQL server for reporting. You can connect to an existing inhouse SQL server, or you can download a recent version of SQL Server Express (external link to Microsoft's website). Keep in mind that the Express version has a database size limit of 10GB.
Learn more about connecting to the SQL server in the Configuring the site database topic.

Tip: It is possible to omit using a SQL server altogether if you do not wish to use activity logging. In this case, you should take care to disable all activity logging in the site configuration.

These software components will be downloaded automatically during installation unless already installed on the system. When running FotoWeb on Windows Server 2012 R2 or 2016, it is necessary to also apply the latest .NET 3.5 security patches.

Infrastructure Requirements

Supported Identity Providers

  • Windows Server Active Directory

  • Azure Active Directory

  • SAML 2.0 compliant Identity Providers

Learn more about setting up FotoWeb with an Authentication Provider.

Important information about system 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 interfere communications with the Log Server if it should come to use UDP port 7000.

Hence, you should make sure to prevent the use of port 7000 in the DNS server and make that port exclusive for FotoWare applications.

Ports that may require changes to firewall configurations

A complete overview of the ports used by FotoWeb and the surrounding FotoWare ecosystem is published in the Before you install FotoWeb topic.
That article also contains links to relevant in-depth information.