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Alpha Anywhere Technical Specifications

Development Environment


Required minimum configuration to run the development environment:

  • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Processor: Dual core AMD or Intel 1.6 Ghz or faster
  • Ram: 2GB
  • Hard Drive: 50GB

Suggested configuration to run the development environment

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10. 64 bit.
  • Processor: Dual core AMD or Intel 1.6 Ghz or faster
  • Ram: 4-8GB
  • Hard Drive: 128GB

Faster processors and more RAM will improve performance, even though Alpha Anywhere is a 32 bit program. Solid State drives will improve performance.

Application Server


Required minimum configuration to run application server only:

  • Same as the development environment

Suggested configuration for a single application server instance:

  • OS: Server 2008, or Server 2012
  • Processor: Dual core AMD or Intel 2.4 ghz or faster
  • Ram: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: Solid State drives will improve performance

Running Data Servers on Same Machine
Data engines such as MySQL and SQL Server can be run on the same machine but require additional resources as suggested by the database supplier. The recommend configuration is to run data engines on a separate server or VPS.

Running multiple Application Server Instances
There should be a minimum of 1 physical core per Application server instance. For example, a quad core processor for running 4 instances There should be at least 4 GB Ram per instance, with 6 GB suggested if using report servers.

IIS Application Server


Required Minimum configuration for IIS application server:


Suggested configuration for IIS application server:


A minimum configuration is highly dependent on the application to be run. You should test your application to determine if more computing resources are needed.

Running Alpha Anywhere on a Mac


Alpha Anywhere can be run 3 ways:


How to run Alpha Anywhere on a Mac
You can install Alpha Anywhere on a PC and then connect to that PC using remote Desktop, or you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels or virtualization software. Both methods have been tested and perform well. For best results with Parallels, open the Windows Task Manager and stop the prl_cc process from running. This process sometimes misbehaves and makes Windows run slowly.

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