FMeasy Technical Specification - Advanced Learning

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Technical Specification






Version number: 4.0
Date: January 2013







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Overview

This document describes the technical requirements for the installation of FMeasy. There are
2 sections in the document. The first one describes the technical specification for the server
where FMeasy is going to be installed, whereas the second section discusses different access
options which may affect the selection of the web server.








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Technical Requirements

The FMeasy suit
e of applications has been developed
.net,
asp and html) and therefore requires installation on an IIS web server.
database driven application which requires Microsoft SQL server for the database.

Server
Architecture Options

FMe
asy comprises of 2 tiers (application and data), the application can be hosted either on a
single server or a scaled out architecture. The following illustrations show typical installation
arrangements:


For most installat
ions, a combined IIS and SQL server will provide ample performance, simple
management and installation. For installations where IIS and SQL share the same server, we
do however recommend that fewer other applications are installed onto the same server,
si
nce this can have an (overall) impact on performance.

For large installations, or installations where tiered architectures are used, separate IIS and
SQL installations are preferred. In most cases, a database server already exists in the tiered
architecture, an
d utilising that server for FMe
purposes, and lowers the costs associated with the procurement of an additional SQL license.







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Server Specification

The technical specification for the server(s) is as follow:

Web Server
 Windows Server 2003 or above
 Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0 with all service packs applied
 Running Microsoft IIS 6.0 or above
 SMTP Service Installed (components only, FMeasy can use a different SMTP Server)
 Processor speed: 2.0Ghz + Xeon Dual Core
 Memory: 2GB+
 Free Disk Space: 10GB

Database Server
 Windows Server 2003 or above
 Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or above with all patched applied
 Processor speed: 2.0Ghz + Xeon Dual Core
 Memory: 4GB+
 Free Disk Space: 10GB

Please note
: Both the web site and the data can be hosted on the same server or on separate
servers.

SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft SQL Reports Server installed and operational







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MS Outlook Integration (if applicable to installation)

If MS Outlook Integration is to be used within FMeasy where FMeasy can interface with MS
Outlook diaries, then the installation will require:

 Exchange 2003 or above
 Outlook web access
 Active Directory
 Increase IIS Server Memory to minimum of 2Gb

If FMeasy is to interface with MS Outlook via the Microsoft© FMeasy Plug-in then the
installation will require:

 Outlook 2007 or above on client side
 Exchange 2003 or above
 Active Directory
 Increase IIS Server Memory to minimum of 2Gb






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www.progressomis.com/fmeasy

User Accounts

The following accounts may need to be created depending on the installation:

Service Account

An FMeasy service account with permissions to send emails via your designated SMTP server
(if authentication is required). Password set never to expire.

This account should allow FMeasy to:

 Connect to an SMTP server to send emails.
 Send web requests (Calling .NET web services)

MS Outlook / Exchange integration (if applicable to installation)

An FMeasy service account with a normal mailbox on Exchange with permissions to query
Active Directory.

This account should allow FMeasy to:

 Access the mailbox via OWA
 Access the Active Directory

Please note
: All references to an FMeasy service account can actually all be under a single
account for FMeasy to use behind the scenes. A single account will reduce complexity and
maintenance issues, but multiple accounts can be used if desired.







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Other requirements


If FMeasy is to be installed as an internet application, a host header with external access is
required.

Client Specification

On the client side, the only requirement is that Internet Explorer be installed:
 Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or above

If the Microsoft© FMeasy Plug-in is to be used then the requirements are:

 Outlook 2007 or above






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Installation Options

It is assumed that the link into FMeasy will be located on the current intranet. This means
that users will need to login into the network in order to access FMeasy and therefore they
would have been authenticated by the NT login process.

Please note that if FMeasy is installed as an intranet application it does not require a password
in order to access the system.

There are occasions where FMeasy users are located on different locations and domains so
the NT authentication is not possible. In this scenario FMeasy can be installed as an internet
application where users access FMeasy via a username and password.

Regardless of the installation setup, FMeasy requires a unique personal identification code
(PIC) for each user. This allows the system to identify different levels of security (as not all
users will have the same access levels) and will ensure requests are only modified by the
original creator.

There are 4 options for the creation of the PIC (personal identification code):

Self Registration

Users are allowed to create their own PIC and password. The user selects their own PIC,
although we suggest they follow some guidelines, e.g. first initial followed by surname.

This option requires a higher level or manual supervision as it could result in people creating
more than one PIC or people selecting the same one, which would mean losing the link to
their previous requests.


Managed Registration

FMeasy administrators create PICs and initial passwords which are then communicated to new
users. The user can select their own password after the first login following some guidelines,
like minimum length with at least one capital and one numeric character.






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Computer Login Username

For intranet installations, the system can retrieve the username part of the NT logon and use
this as their PIC. The actual PIC field is then locked, preventing the user from modifying it.

This option ensures uniqueness for the PIC but requires the server to be either part of the
same domain or be in a trusted domain.


Intranet Login

FMeasy can also be accessed via your intranet. Once logged in to your intranet, the user’s
details will be passed through to access FMeasy, avoiding duplication of effort.

If this method is used, users cannot amend their own records providing a degree of
management control, if desired.