Please find included a listing of the minimum hardware requirements to run Power Broker 5.x. If you are considering Power Broker as your broker management tool, or you would like to upgrade the existing hardware in your office, please feel free to contact our technical support department for further details and we would be happy to make some suggestions on what to consider when building your network.
( Did you know that smaller offices with 8 or less users can generally get away with using an actual workstation as the server? Yes it’s true. Computer Workstations today are so much stronger and faster than before and you don’t even need an actual server to run Power Broker. Please contact our technical support team for more details. )
Windows XP Home
Windows XP Professional
32 or 64 Bit is acceptable
Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 365 (cannot be free version) – 32 or 64 bit
Winword, Outlook and Excel.exe all need to be installed on the C: drive of the workstation and not in the 365 Cloud.
Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2003 Server
Windows 2008 Server
Windows 2012 Server
Windows 2016 Server
Windows 2019 Server
Memory – 16gig available memory for the server itself. this is beyond memory allocated to VMs, SQL and other significant applications
Processor – 4 to 8 cores left allocated to the server itself beyond what is allocated to Hypervisor.
Disk space – go big or go home.
Disk technology – avoid SATA unless SDD. use SAS, NLSAS or SDD. choose SSD carefully taking into consideration read vs write intensive.
Raid – always go with raid. Prefer RAID10 or RAID1. never use raid5 or raid6 for performance issues.
Raid controller – go with hardware raid, never software. for Dell avoid the S300, always go with the full PERC controller
The hardware requirements will vary depending on the selected Network Operating System.
Consult with Operating System documentation for minimum hardware requirements.
Zycomp Systems recommends that users Purchase Microsoft Windows Servers.
A Gigabyte Network is prefered.
Internal Wireless workstation to server connections are not supported. Workstations should be using a network cable.
Various infrastructures are used to support the Power Broker software. A popular one is Remote Controlled Desktop or Terminal Server connections. This Windows feature allows a brokerage to have two or more branches/locations, yet use the same Power Broker.
Please contact Technical Support for further details.
Creation Date : October 18/2007
Revised Date: December / 2022