SIMMS Software System Requirements

Supported Workstations

Remarks

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Re Windows 8 Compatibility!

WINDOWS 8 IS SIMMS COMPATIBLE as of version 2014

The KCSI team are happy to announce that SIMMS Version 2014 is Windows 8 compatible.

Windows 2008 or Windows 2012 Server

(32x or 64x compatible)

Since a Server can be used as a workstation we have added this operating system as compatible.

The workstation must be configured for TCP/IP.

All of the current Service Packs available from Microsoft MUST be installed.

Information on Service Packs can be obtained from Microsoft's website at www.microsoft.com.

Windows 8

(32x or 64x compatible)

Windows 8 is only supported on SIMMS Version 2014 and higher.

All of the current Service Packs available from Microsoft MUST be installed.

Information on Service Packs can be obtained from Microsoft's website at www.microsoft.com.

Supported SQL Servers

Remarks

SQL Server 2012 & 2014 version

SQL Server 2012 & 2014 can be installed on a Windows 2008, 2012 or newer Microsoft windows server. SQL Server can be installed on the SIMMS Server or on a different server. Performance may differ in either configuration depending on the number of users accessing SIMMS.

If you expect to use more than 50,000 items and conduct 200 transactions a day, we strongly recommend you use the Enterprise version of Microsoft SQL (sold separately).

All of the current Service Packs available from Microsoft MUST be installed.

Information on Service Packs can be obtained from Microsoft's website at www.microsoft.com.

SQL Server 2012 & 2014 Enterprise version

SQL Server 2012 & 2014 can be installed on a Windows 2008, 2012 or newer Microsoft windows server. SQL Server can be installed on the SIMMS Server or on a different server. Performance may differ in either configuration depending on the number of users accessing SIMMS.

SQL Server 2012 & 2014 requires the latest version of Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) to support some advanced features, such as connecting to Named Instances. You may also be required to install MDAC on the client workstations to support these advanced features for other applications. Mixed Mode security must be selected as the Authentication Mode. Mixed Mode authentication is the only mode that creates an sa login.

To review Microsoft's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on SQL Server 2012 & 2014 Setup, refer to the Microsoft site at support.microsoft.com.

All of the current Service Packs available from Microsoft MUST be installed.

Information on Service Packs can be obtained from Microsoft's website at www.microsoft.com.

SQL Express

SQL Express can be installed on either a Windows 2008 server, Windows 2012 server, Windows 8 workstation. SQL Express can be installed on the SIMMS Server or on a different server. Performance may differ in either configuration, depending on the number of users accessing SIMMS.

This is a light version of Microsoft SQL to be used for small- and medium-sized businesses with less than 10,000 items and 50 transactions a day. If you require more items and transactions daily we strongly recommend you use the Enterprise version of Microsoft SQL (sold separately).

SQL Express requires the latest version of Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) to support some advanced features, such as connecting to Named Instances. You may also be required to install MDAC on the client workstations to support these advanced features for other applications. SQL Express must be installed as the Default Instance rather than as a Named Instance otherwise SIMMS will not function properly. KCSI recommends installing only a single instance of SQL Express to the server that SIMMS is accessing. Mixed Mode security must be selected as the Authentication Mode. Mixed Mode authentication is the only mode that creates an sa login.

To review Microsoft's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on SQL Express Setup, refer to the Microsoft site at support.microsoft.com.

All of the current Service Packs available from Microsoft MUST be installed.

Information on Service Packs can be obtained from Microsoft's website at www.microsoft.com.

For an SQL Server features comparison, click the link below to assure you make the right choice for your SQL solution. Although we bundle SQL Express with SIMMS Software, the responsibility of purchasing SQL Server Standard or Enterprise remains with the customer.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server/

Supported Application Servers

Remarks

Windows 2008 or 2012 Server (or newer)

(32x or 64x compatible)

 

All of the current Service Packs available from Microsoft MUST be installed.

Information on Service Packs can be obtained from Microsoft's website at www.microsoft.com.

Install SIMMS on its own dedicated server. For acceptable performance, install SIMMS on a different server than other applications or services which are not essential to the operating system, such as e-mail, IIS, or fax.

Supported Data Collector Operating Systems

Remarks

Windows Mobile 6 (or newer device)

SIMMS Windows Mobile Module is compatible with almost any Windows Mobile 6 device and offers a wireless-based inventory software solution...
A powerful barcode solution, beginning with the implementation of the SIMMS Windows Mobile Module, streamlines your entire business process. For more information on the SIMMS Inventory Software Data Collector Module click here.

For setup and installation instructions click here: http://setup.kcsi.ca/dc.aspx

Miscellaneous Notes

All of the current Service Packs available from Microsoft MUST be installed.

Information on Service Packs can be obtained from Microsoft's website at www.microsoft.com.


Note: These configurations have been thoroughly tested on systems running SIMMS alone. We cannot guarantee acceptable performance on, or support for, lesser configurations. You will require a more powerful configuration if you intend to run SIMMS plus other server-based applications at the same time since multitasking could adversely affect your SIMMS performance.

These requirements are subject to change. Prior to installing SIMMS, please review the most current Supported Platform Matrix. It is also important to view the hot Pre-Installation Issues. Both can be found on the SIMMS Software website www.kcsi.ca.

Note: Most of the items in the Miscellaneous Notes section are specific to network and system configurations.

KCSI can assist in making changes to your network or operating systems.

1. On all computer systems, only Intel Pentium-class processors (including Pentium 4 or higher) and 100 percent Intel-Pentium-compatible processors are supported.

2. Windows Vista Home and XP Home Edition is designed for home use and is not recommended for business or network use. By default, Windows Vista Home and XP Home Edition install personal features. To maintain stability and performance in SIMMS, do not install personal features that require a large amount of memory, resources, or processor usage.

3. Windows 8 or newer 64-Bit Edition has been tested and is supported with SIMMS.

4. SQL 2012 or newer or SQL Express can be installed on the same server as SIMMS for SQL or on a different server. Performance may be improved on smaller networks if both are installed on the same server. Networks with a large number of SIMMS users may get better performance if SQL is installed on a different server. Performance may also be affected by other network factors and should be considered when determining the configuration. SIMMS Software has no documented statistics concerning the proper configuration in relation to the number of users.

5. When running SIMMS over a Local Area Network (LAN) environment, the ping speeds will vary depending on the speed and configuration of the network. Typical ping speeds with 10,000 bytes of data should be between 20 and 30 milliseconds. Unacceptable ping speeds are over 400 milliseconds. If the SQL Server has a SCSI controller or a hardware RAID array installed, verify that the Write Caching features of those devices are disabled. The integrity of the SQL databases will be jeopardized if these devices are not disabled.

6. When running SIMMS over the Internet via an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and without a guaranteed bandwidth, individuals may experience dropped sessions and lost connections. If you run SIMMS over the Internet, KCSI recommends establishing a guaranteed bandwidth with your ISP. Consult your ISP about a guaranteed bandwidth solution.

7. TCP/IP must be installed and properly configured so that you can ping by computer name and IP address from the workstation to the server. You must be able to ping the workstation by IP address from the server.

For more information, refer to your SIMMS for SQL Server Installation Guide.

Recommended Minimum System Configuration for SIMMS for SQL

Clients

Processor

Memory (RAM)

MB to Add Per User over 5

Windows 8 or newer workstation (32x or 64x compatible)

Pentium 4
or higher

4 GB
(8 GB or more recommended)

N/A

Servers - Single Server Implementation (SQL Server and SIMMS on the same server)

Windows 2008 Server or newer (32x or 64x compatible)

Pentium 4
or higher

16 GB
(32 GB or more recommended)

1GB (2-5 users),
(4 GB or more recommended)

Windows 8 or or newer Peer-to-Peer
(32x or 64x compatible)

Pentium 4
or higher

16 GB
(32 GB or more recommended)

20-40 MB per SIMMS session over initial five

Servers - Dual Server Implementation (SQL Server and SIMMS on a separate server)

Database SQL Server 2008 SR2 or newer or SQL Express

Pentium 4
or higher

16 GB
(32 GB or more recommended)

20-40 MB per SIMMS session over initial five

Application Servers Windows 2008R2 or newer Microsoft Server (or newer)
(32x or 64x compatible)

Pentium 4
or higher

32 GB
(40 GB or more recommended)

20-40 MB per SIMMS session over initial five