System Requirements

Modified by Jason Howie on Nov 17, 2016
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Ensure that your computer/server meets the system requirements detailed below, prior to installing an Altium Vault.

Hardware Requirements

The Altium Vault can be installed on a PC running one of the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2008/2012 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit, where applicable)
The Altium Vault cannot be installed on a PC running Windows XP. In addition, if your version of Windows Operating System does not support Windows Authentication (including: Core, Home, Starter, and Base editions), you will not be able to install, or upgrade to, Altium Vault 3.0.
The Altium Vault relies on a number of Microsoft runtime components for successful operation and access, in some situations these may not be present on the target machine. If you receive an error message about a missing library (DLL) when you attempt to sign into an Altium Vault, it indicates that there are missing Microsoft runtime components. To-date, this is only known to occur on Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Datacenter. Use this link to download and install these missing components: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=29 

The following are the recommended system requirements to install and run an Altium Vault. Note that these recommendations are for 10 to 30 concurrent users.

  • OS: Windows Server 2012 R2
  • RAM: 8GB+
  • Processor: Intel® Xeon® processor or equivalent (4 or more cores)
  • Disk space: 20GB (in case NIS will not be used); 200GB (in case NIS will be used)
  • Database: Firebird

The following are the minimum system requirements to install and run an Altium Vault. Note that these recommendations are for 10 to 30 concurrent users.

  • OS: Windows 7
  • RAM: 6GB+
  • Processor: Intel Core i3/i5 processor or equivalent (2 or more cores)
  • Disk space: 20GB (in case NIS will not be used); 200GB (in case NIS will be used)
  • Database: Firebird

Altium Designer Requirements

To fully access and appreciate the features and technologies associated to, and installed with, the Altium Vault, requires the latest version of Altium Designer.
The Part Catalog service in the Altium Vault (3.0 and later) provides a re-engineered system for making real-world part choices, enabling supply chain information to be stored and retrieved in a more efficient way. Be aware that this does result in an incompatibility in the way Part Choices are handled between Altium Designer and the Altium Vault. Altium Designer (17.0 and later) supports bidirectional PCL (Part Choice List) data retrieval with Altium Vault (3.0 or later). However, previous versions of Altium Designer can only retrieve such data from previous versions of the Altium Vault, and vice-versa.

Installation & Other Software

Due to the observed unpredictable behavior of antivirus software, it is recommended to disable such software during the installation of the Altium Vault.

If the computer is also running Microsoft Exchange Server, you might receive an HTTP Error 503 error when you first attempt to log in. The installation of the Exchange Server can change the Internet Information Services (IIS) configuration in a way that conflicts with the Vault. To resolve this, the following changes must be made to the applicationHost.config file:

<handlers accessPolicy="Read, Script">
...

<add name="kerbauth" image="C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Bin\kerbauth.dll" preCondition="bitness64" />
<add name="WSMan" image="C:\Windows\system32\wsmsvc.dll" preCondition="bitness64" />
<add name="exppw" image="C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\ClientAccess\Owa\auth\exppw.dll" preCondition="bitness64" />
<add name="cafe_exppw" image="C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\FrontEnd\HttpProxy\bin\exppw.dll"  preCondition="bitness64" />

...
</handlers>

For information about the ApplicationHost.config file, refer to this article. For information on editing the file, refer to this article.

Additional Software Installed or Configured

  • Internet Information Services (IIS). For correct operation, the Altium Vault requires, at minimum, version 7.5 (IIS 7.5) to be installed. Installation of the Altium Vault will simply install the version of IIS native to your operating system:
    • IIS 10.0 - Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition
    • IIS 8.5 - Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
    • IIS 8.0 - Windows 8
    • IIS 7.5 - Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Firebird 2.5 database engine (where the option to install using a Firebird database is chosen)
  • .NET Framework 4.0

 

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