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Configure an On-Prem Application Server & Storage

This guide will walk you through the steps that are unique to Configure Your Own Server. If you are interested in a cloud-based deployment or to continue with the remaining configuration steps, please navigate to the overall guide: Configure your TimeXtender Environment

When deploying on-premises there are 4 steps that you must accomplish before continuing on with the 

  1. Choose and Deploy the desired Server Configuration
  2. Install the Necessary Prerequisites

Choose and Deploy the desired Server Configuration

You have multiple options regarding server configuration depending on where you wish to house the TimeXtender application, Services, and SQL Server databases.

Consolidated BI Server

In this configuration, the TimeXtender application, services and SQL Server databases are all installed on the same windows server. Due to the simplicity of this configuration, it is easier to maintain and offers some performance advantages due to zero network latency.  

Separate Application and Database Servers 

In this configuration, the TimeXtender application and services are installed on an "Application" server and the SQL Databases are stored on a separate "Database" server. 

Hardware Configuration

There are no minimum hardware requirements for TimeXtender beyond that which is required by Microsoft SQL Server. Analytics environments can be drastically different from one organization to the next and performance can be impacted by any number of factors. Because of this we highly recommend you conduct your own testing and/or obtain an expert recommendation from a qualified professional. With this in mind, below are some general guidelines for optimal performance of TimeXtender

Server Hard Disk 64-bit CPU Ram
Application Server 256 GB SSD 4 core 16GB
    Greater Than 1TB of Source Data 256 GB SSD 4 core 32GB
Database Server 1 TB SSD 8 core 32GB
    Greater Than 1TB of Source Data 25 TB SSD 16 core  64GB

Note: When creating your databases in SQL Server always be sure to place the data and log files on SEPARATE disks drives. Placing them on the same disk can create contention between the files resulting in poor performance. Placing them on separate disks means that they can be written to simultaneously ensuring optimal IO throughput. 

Configure User Accounts & Permissions

For TimeXtender and its services to run properly, you must first Configure User Accounts & Permissions

Configure the Firewall

Configure the Firewall on the Application server with the Required Firewall Rules

Install & Configure ODX Server

Download, Install, & Configure the ODX Server on your Production Application Server. 

Install & Configure TimeXtender Desktop

Download, Install & Configure the TimeXtender Desktop Application. If all machines are running within the same physical or virtual network, the desktop application can be installed on a user client machine. Otherwise, the desktop application should be installed and used directly on the Application Server. 

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