1 AP ENPS ANYWHERE Hardware and software requirements
2 Contents Server requirements 3 Hard drives 5 Virtual machines 6 AP ENPS mobile server 6 Client requirements 7 AP ENPS client on a Mac-based computer 8 AP ENPS is the most advanced multiplatform news production software available today. The hardware and software required to run AP ENPS is all off the shelf, giving you choices when it comes to building a system that best fits the needs of your organization. We strongly encourage a technical consultation with our support team before purchasing the components of your system for AP ENPS. Please contact us at
3 Server requirements The following table lists server requirements. These requirements apply to your AP ENPS Primary and Buddy Servers and the servers that will be running NOMWebService. Server requirements will vary based on the number of users at your site and other factors. You may need to add additional servers as your organization grows. All hardware must have the appropriate drivers. CPU Minimum server requirements Each server must have at least two Intel Xeon 2 GHz processors. Having a dual-core processor does not take the place of multiple processors. RAM 4 GB 6 GB or more HARD DISK STORAGE 32-BIT 64-BIT Two (2) RAIDs are required for AP ENPS server operations in any environment. Common configurations include: RAID-5: 3 x 60 GB 10k RPM+ SCSI or SAS drives or RAID-1: 2 x 120 GB 10k RPM+ SCSI or SAS drives. This must be a hardware-based RAID; software based RAIDs will not work. Two (2) RAIDs, each of which should yield a minimum of 120GB of space, including the operating system Two (2) RAIDs, each of which should yield a minimum of 120GB of space, including the operating system Recommended server specs At least two Intel Xeon processor E or E v2 or better. For configuration questions or if you would like to set up a different RAID configuration than what is listed, please refer to the Hard Drives section below or contact AP ENPS Support. For more details on recommended RAID configurations, please see the Hard Drives section below. Three (3) RAIDs one for the operating system, one for the Index partition, and one for the remaining AP ENPS partitions. 3 OPERATING SYSTEM Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) or Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) or Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) The operating system you are using must have the latest Microsoft service packs and security patches installed. Microsoft.NET Framework 4.0 must be installed. For more details on recommended RAID configurations, please see the Hard Drives section below.
4 WIRE INGESTION If your server will be ingesting AP WebFeeds or any Social Media feeds, an Internet connection is required. Multi-port serial card such as Comtrol Rocketport or Digi Board with one port for each incoming serial port-based wire feed. PCI or PCI Express connectors for the multi-port serial cards are recommended. USB connectors are not recommended. NETWORK INTERFACE CARD 10/100BASE-T minimum. The card must support TCP/IP in a Windows networking environment. 10/100/1000BASE-T recommended. BACKUP SYSTEM A network-based or local backup system is strongly recommended. ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later. A defragmentation tool with scheduling capabilities is required. Diskeeper Server is recommended. A tool to provide remote access to server such as Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop or some other third-party software (as preferred). Adobe IFilter 6.0 to index PDF files. This tool is available as a free download from the Adobe website at support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpid= Real-time antivirus software is not recommended. Refer to Antivirus Software Recommendations for more information.
5 Hard drives On 64-bit operating systems, a minimum of 6 hard drives (SCSI, SAS, SSD or similar enterprise-level storage devices) are required for best performance; 8 drives allow for highest availability. 3.5" platter hard drives are preferred as they have been found to provide slightly better performance compared to 2.5" drives. SSD drives have not shown to offer significant performance increases to justify their increased cost at present, although this may change. Sites using virtual servers should maintain the same drive configurations, swapping a virtual hard drive (VHD) for each physical RAID listed below. Software RAID is not supported or recommended. Best performance configuration for 64-bit systems: 3 RAIDS (min. 6 drives) RAID 1 RAID 1 RAID 1 or RAID 5 or RAID 10 Operating System (C:\) Index (E:\) AP ENPS Work (F:, G:, H:\) Normal, acceptable configuration for 64-bit systems: 2 RAIDS (min. 4 drives) RAID 1 RAID 1 or RAID 5 or RAID 10 Operating System (C:\) Index (E:\) AP ENPS Work (F:, G:, H:\) Recommended for 32-bit systems. Not recommended for 64-bit systems RAID 1 RAID 1 or RAID 5 or RAID 10 Operating System (C:\) ENPS Work and Index (E:, F:, G:, H:\) 5 NOTE: The recommendations above mean that sites which have previously run AP ENPS with only C: (system) and D: (index and AP ENPS data) drives in the past, should change their drive configurations to include at least 3 drives system, index and AP ENPS data when building 64-bit servers for use with AP ENPS. For acceptable performance, the index should be on its own partition; for optimal performance it should also be on its own RAID array. Having the index and AP ENPS data on the same partition can slow down access to AP ENPS data during times of heavy indexer activity.
6 Virtual machines Keep the following requirements in mind before you install an AP ENPS server on a virtual machine. The Associated Press does not support third party software such as VMWare. You should contact the virtual machine vendor for support issues related to their software. You are solely responsible for meeting the virtual machine s requirements for hardware, networking, wire ingestion, and integration. AP ENPS servers on virtual machines require the same operating system, memory, storage, and processing power as physical AP ENPS servers. There should be a minimum of 2 GB of RAM available to the host machine after the virtual machine is mounted. Make sure that anti-virus software on the host machine does not scan virtual machine files. Just like a physical AP ENPS server, an AP ENPS server in a virtual machine environment should not run antivirus software with real-time scanning. Refer to Antivirus Recommendations for more information. Running an AP ENPS Primary server and its corresponding Buddy server as virtual AP ENPS servers on the same machine simultaneously is not an acceptable configuration. 6 AP ENPS mobile server PLEASE NOTE: As of Mobile v3, Windows 2003 Server will no longer be supported. Additionally, Microsoft.NET Framework 4.5 will be required. CPU SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS Minimum server requirements Servers should use Intel Pentium IV or Xeon processors running at least 2 GHz. Windows 2003 Server with Service Pack 2 or Windows 2008 Server. Both 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems are supported. Recommended server specs Intel Xeon processor E or E v2 or better ENPS VERSION AP ENPS or later AP ENPS version 7 or later RAM 4 GB 6 GB or more HARD DISK STORAGE ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE 40 GB 60 GB or more Microsoft.NET Framework 4
7 Client requirements Minimum client requirements Recommended client specs CPU Intel Pentium G2030, 3GHz minimum Intel Core i5 or better SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS Windows Vista Professional or Windows 7 Professional. Home editions are not supported. For Windows 7 Professional, both 32-bit and 64- bit operating systems are supported. Faster workstations are recommended for optimal plug-in usage. The operating system must have the latest Service Packs from Microsoft installed. Microsoft.NET Framework 4.5 must be installed. 7 The workstation must have a Server Client Access License and it must be a member of your site s Windows domain. RAM 4 GB minimum 8 GB recommended to improve performance with integrated systems VIDEO CARD 1024x768 is the minimum supported display resolution HARD DISK 25 GB (minimum) 80 GB or more Display resolution of 1366x768 or better is recommended BROWSER Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later. The most current version of Internet Explorer is recommended. MEDIA PLAYER NETWORK INTERFACE CARD ADDITIONAL HARDWARE VLC Media Player which is available for free from 10/100BASE-T minimum. The card must support TCP/IP in a Windows networking environment. Audio card and speakers 10/100/1000BASE-T recommended. For multimedia plug-ins optimization and configuration please consult with the vendor for their networking requirements.
8 AP ENPS client on a Mac-based computer The full AP ENPS client application will run on a Mac when combined with the following third-party applications. Citrix Parallels Fusion Remote Desktop VNC Boot Camp Windows on Apple Hardware Have a question about AP ENPS technical specifications? Contact us at: In these cases, support is provided for the AP ENPS application as it is run within the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Specific technologies required to bring the Windows Operating System and AP ENPS Application UI to the Apple desktop are provided by third parties. Third-party technologies bring with them specific feature sets. As with Windows System Administrators, Apple System Administrators should be familiar with the Apple OS as well as specific thirdparty applications and features. A list of recommendations can be provided on how to best configure many of these third-party technologies to work with AP ENPS, but direct support is not provided for third-party software. Any Mac workstation that is to be used to host an AP ENPS client should not only meet the minimum specifications of the software being used to host the environment in which AP ENPS is run, but the resources allocated to that environment should meet or exceed the normal AP ENPS Client minimum specifications. 8
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