Software and Hardware Requirements — FAQ's

Can 4th Quarter® operate over a mixed platform network (PC's and Macs)?

What kind of network is required?

What kind of machine is required to act as a server?

What is the minimum requirements for a client machine?

Can 4th Quarter be used without having any network?

Can 4th Quarter by used to provide Internet access?

 

— Can 4th Quarter® operate over a mixed platform network (PC's and Macs)?

Yes, 4th Quarter is fully cross-platform compatible.

You can run the 4D Server application on either Mac or PC server and support a network of mixed Mac and PC clients. Separate Mac and PC versions of the 4th Quarter software must be installed according to the type of machine you are running. Both types are provided as part of your purchase.

— What kind of network is required?

Your LAN should run ethernet over coax or twisted pair. 4th Dimension support a variety of network protocals, provided with the 4D Server software, that include ADSP or ARA (Apple), TCP/IP, and IPX. 4D Server handles its own network communication. You do not need any additional network management software.

4D Server runs as an optimized client/server system. It can transfer data over relatively busy systems or systems with relatively low bandwidth. While a high band width network will improve network performance you will get the greatest gains in network performance by using a fast server machine, with plenty of memory, and a fast hard disk.

— What kind of machine is required to act as a server?

Since 4D Server uses a client/server architecture the task of accessing and supplying data is done on the server machine.

Use the fastest server you can afford. Install plenty of memory using the rule of 4 megabytes per client. Equip the server with a fast hard disk.

PC servers should be running a Pentium PC chip under Windows NT. Do not run the server under Windows 95 of Windows 98. Mac servers should be running Power PC chips under Mac OS 8 or higher.

Your server must run only the 4D Server application. It must not run any other applications, such as mail or file servers.

Your server should be in a secure location. No person should work on the server except to administer the 4D Server application.

— What is the minimum requirements for a client machine?

PC clients should run at least 486-class chips under Windows NT, 95, or 98. Mac clients should run Power PC chips under Mac OS 8.6 or later. Clients should each have 32 megabytes or more of memory. Monitors at least 17 inches in size are recommended for desktop systems. Client software can run on laptops.

— Can 4th Quarter be used without having any network?

Yes, to run in single-user mode simply launch the demo version and enter a valid license number. To run 4th Quarter on a network in multi-user mode requires the 4D Server application.

While 4th Quarter does not require a network, it is designed as network software and performs many special features specific to a multi-user environment. You forfeit significant opportunity when you choose to run it as a stand-alone system.

— Can 4th Quarter by used to provide Internet access?

The 4D Server provides Internet access as part of its basic services. Internet clients are managed with a licensing scheme based on the number of simultaneous connections. This is separate from the licensing of simultaneous local area network users.

4D Server is supplied with a 2 Internet user connection license. To support additional Internet connections contact Braided Matrix or 4D, Inc.


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