PDXpert PLM software system requirements

The PDXpert product lifecycle management system consists of three major components:

  • One or more clients that execute the application business rules and provide the user experience.
  • An application server that fulfills client requests for product data and file library transactions, and performs data indexing and maintenance functions.
  • A SQL Server database server that contains your product data.

In a single-user installation, all of these components are installed on one Microsoft® Windows™ computer. Most installations, however, will have one computer act as the database and file management server, and other computers act as clients. Servers do not have to be dedicated exclusively to PDXpert PLM software, although sharing resources with other applications and functions may affect system performance.

The PDXpert installer automatically detects your Windows 32-bit or 64-bit operating system and installs the appropriate executable. PDXpert can be run in a mixed network of 32-/64-bit Windows computers.

System (server & local client) computer §

These are the minimum requirements for operating PDXpert and its SQL Server database on a dedicated machine with up to about ten users. Consider improving the system configuration when also supporting other software applications; services such as encryption, VPN and antivirus; and/or more than ten users.

Hardware Requirements
Processor 64-bit: 2 GHz or higher
32-bit1: 2 GHz or higher (acceptable, but not recommended)
Memory (RAM) SQL Server LocalDB or Express: 2 GB or higher
SQL Server Workgroup or higher: 4 GB or higher
Hard disk 6 GB of available space on an uncompressed local disk2. The database will grow as you add PDXpert PLM product data objects; allow at least 10 GB. Additional space will be required for the uncompressed file library3. Do not install on a compressed, network-mapped, or external (e.g., USB) disk.
Video display Minimum 1280×1024. For best viewing, use the latest .NET release and video drivers. For best results, set display scaling 100% @ 96dpi.
Operating system: Supported edition(s)4 32-bit 64-bit .NET Framework5
Windows Server 2019: all Editions with Desktop GUI Yes 4.7.2
Windows Server 2016: all Editions with Desktop GUI Yes 4.7.2
Windows Server 2012 R2: all Editions Yes 4.7.2
Windows Server 2012: all Editions Yes 4.7.2
Windows Server 2008 R2: all Editions6 SP1 4.7.2
Windows 10: Home (for single user), Professional, Enterprise Yes Yes 4.7.2
Windows 8.1: Standard, Professional, Enterprise6 Yes Yes 4.7.2
Windows 7: Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate6 SP1 SP1 4.7.2
Database engine7 Use8
SQL Server Supported Versions 2012 SP4
2014 SP3
2016 SP2 CU 15
2017 CU 22
2019 CU 8
SQL Server LocalDB or Express Edition Up to about 10 user accounts9
SQL Server Workgroup, Standard or Enterprise Edition All user accounts

Network client computer §

Hardware Requirements
Processor 64-bit: 2 GHz or higher
32-bit: 2 GHz or higher (acceptable, but not recommended)
Memory (RAM) 1 GB or higher
Hard disk Up to 650 MB for application and data cache within user's %LocalAppData% folder (usually the C: drive). Do not install on a compressed, network-mapped or external (e.g., USB) disk.
Video display Minimum 1280×1024. For best viewing, use the latest .NET release.  For best results, set display scaling 100% @ 96dpi.
Operating system: Supported edition(s)4 32-bit 64-bit .NET Framework5
Windows Server 2019: all Editions with Desktop GUI Yes 4.7.2
Windows Server 2016: all Editions with Desktop GUI Yes 4.7.2
Windows Server 2012 R2: all Editions Yes 4.7.2
Windows Server 2012: all Editions Yes 4.7.2
Windows 10: Home, Professional, Enterprise Yes Yes 4.7.2
Windows 8.1: Standard, Professional, Enterprise6 Yes Yes 4.7.2
Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate6 SP1 SP1 4.7.2

Notes

  1. Microsoft no longer publishes 32-bit versions of SQL Server and Windows Server, and third-party components offer limited support. Future PDXpert Server releases may be published for 64-bit platforms only.
  2. The SQL Server installer creates temporary files on the system (typically C:) drive, even when installing to another drive. Verify that the system drive has 6 GB of available disk space for these files.
  3. Files are stored in a separate PDXpert library folder under Windows, with their metadata in the database.

  4. Windows Nano Server and the Windows Server Core install option do not include a Desktop GUI and are not supported.

    Our releases are tested for compatibility on Windows US-English using the latest service packs and updates. Verify compatibility with your localized Windows language and regional settings. Follow our recommendations to minimize incompatibilities between network devices, DNS services, operating systems and local languages, machine names and the workgroup or domain name.

  5. The .NET Framework minimum required for operation. Always apply the latest .NET service pack.
  6. Microsoft ended support for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in January 2020. Some unlisted versions may continue to work, but are excluded from PDXpert testing and support. Use a supported operating system to ensure compatibility with PDXpert. See the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy

  7. The PDXpert system setup file automatically downloads and installs Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express LocalDB. If you intend to use any other SQL Server edition, install that version/edition as described in the PDXpert PLM Software Installation Guide before entering data into PDXpert.

  8. Microsoft ended all support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in January 2020. Some unlisted versions may continue to work, but are excluded from PDXpert testing and support. Use a supported database engine to ensure compatibility with PDXpert software. To find the latest service pack / cumulative update, search the web for latest update for sql server [version]

  9. Per Microsoft guidelines. PDXpert increases efficiency by pooling database connections, so this value is not an absolute upper limit. The number of users that a specific SQL Edition supports will depend on factors such as concurrent use, client activities, network bandwidth and utilization, encryption, product data complexity, hardware configurations, and other server applications. Contact us for specific recommendations. For best results using Express, do not install any other application in PDXpert's instance.

We rely upon technologies from Microsoft and other suppliers that are constantly evolving. Always use Microsoft's supported versions of Windows, .NET and SQL Server. Apply the latest available service packs and updates. All hardware and software requirements and supported configurations are subject to change without notice. Last reviewed 2020-08-26.

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