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The Altium NEXUS Server is a full-blown engineering content management solution that delivers high integrity, smart design and product data management, by providing storage, formal revision management, supply chain intelligence, and lifecycle state management. It also facilitates a wide range of additional technologies and capabilities, by providing a centralized platform from which other related services can be served, including: Team Configuration Management, Project Management, Network Installation, and Centralized Design Collaboration. Installation of the Altium NEXUS Server is both intuitive and expedient, courtesy of the Altium NEXUS Server Setup wizard.
This article takes a look at the procedure for installing the Altium NEXUS Server for the first time on a computer. If you are upgrading an existing installation, see Updating to a Later Version.
To access the Altium NEXUS Server Setup wizard, you need to first download and run an executable –
Altium NEXUS Server <VersionNumber>.exe. This executable is downloaded from the Downloads page of the Altium website, and can be saved anywhere on your hard disk.
Double-click the Altium NEXUS Server <Version Number>.exe file. The Altium NEXUS Server Setup wizard will appear.
The installation wizard provides a set of progressive (and intuitive) pages that collectively gather the information to effectively install the server.
Click Next to continue. The following sections provide a summary of the various pages you will encounter.
This page of the wizard presents you with the Altium End-User License Agreement (EULA).
With the EULA read, continue with the install by enabling the I accept the agreement option and clicking the Next button.
This next page of the wizard allows you to specify the destination in which to install the Altium NEXUS Server. The default installation path is
\Program Files (x86)\Altium\Altium NEXUS Server. The Altium NEXUS Server requires at least 1.15GB of free disk space for installation.
To specify an alternate location, simply type the location directly into the field, or click the Browse button at the right of the field, and browse for the required destination folder (or create it on-the-fly).
Once the install location is specified, click Next to continue.
Use this page of the wizard to specify the destination folders in which to store the database and revision files respectively. The default installation paths are:
To specify an alternate location, simply type the location directly into a field, or click the Browse button at the right of a field, and browse for the required destination folder (or create it on-the-fly).
Once the data folder locations are specified, click Next to continue.
Use this next page of the wizard to specify the port numbers to be used by the Altium NEXUS Server for network connections. The defaults are:
When choosing a port, note that it must not clash with any ports used by other applications - if a port is currently in use, you will be notified by the installer.
Once the port numbers are specified as required, click Next to continue.
Use this page of the wizard to specify the type of database used for the server. Two database types are available:
Once the type of database is specified, click Next to continue.
With the default Firebird database, there are no additional options to define. If the Oracle database type is chosen, this page will be presented. Use it to specify the following information:
Once the database option are specified, click Next to continue.
The Installer now has all the information it requires to proceed with the installation. If you need to change anything, click the Back button. If you want to cancel out of the install, click Cancel. To go ahead and proceed with the installation, click Install. The page will change from "Ready to Install" to "Installing" and the installation will proceed. Once complete, simply click Finish to exit the wizard.
For your convenience, the final page of the Installer also presents URLs (HTTP and HTTPS) for accessing the server - either when signing into the server through Altium NEXUS, or when accessing the server through its browser-based interface.
Verification that the Altium NEXUS Server is running can be performed from the Windows Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager panel – accessed from Window's Administrative Tools window. Simply check to confirm the Altium NEXUS Server-related Application Pools are in the Started state.
The Altium NEXUS Server can also be installed from the command line, using the following entries:
When entering the information on the command line, observe the following:
An example command line entry might therefore be:
"Altium NEXUS Server <VersionNumber>.exe" /InstallFolder="C:\Program Files (x86)\Altium\Altium NEXUS Server\" /Port=9780 /DBType=Firebird /DBServer=localhost:3050 /DBUserName=MyName /DBPassword=MyPassword /DatabaseName="C:\ProgramData\Altium\NexusServerData\DXPSERVER.dat" /DataFolder="C:\ProgramData\Altium\NexusServerData" /RevisionFolder="C:\ProgramData\Altium\NexusServerData\Revisions" /VERYSILENT
For information on how to manage your instance of Altium NEXUS Server after initial installation, use the following links:
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