System requirements

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General System Requirements

Operating System

Windows® 2000 SP4 Professional/Server/Advanced Server Windows® XP Home/Professional Windows® Server 2003 Standard Edition/Enterprise Edition/Datacenter Edition Windows® Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Ultimate/Business/Enterprise1 wVista-Works.gif

CPU1

Minimum: 300 MHz Pentium®/AMD

Recommended: Pentium® III or AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz processor or faster WinXPLogo.gif

Memory1

Minimum: 128 MB Minimum Recommended: 512 MB or more Hard Drive Space 20 MB Minimum - as data is collected, disk space usage will increase

Video1

Any Windows®-compatible video card Recommended setting 1024x768, more than 256 colors

Sound1

Windows®-compatible sound card - recommended but not required


1 Windows may have overriding/higher requirements which take precedence over WebWatchBot requirements.


Try the calculator24_h.jpg System Configurator for recommendations


Software Requirements

If installing on Windows Vista, WebWatchBot for SQL Server must be installed. We recommend installing SQL Server 2005 with SP1 (SP1 is a requirement for SQL Server 2005 on Windows Vista).

MSDE (Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Edition) is not compatible with Windows Vista; therefore, WebWatchBot with MSDE cannot be installed on Windows Vista.

If installing on Windows Server 2003 SP1 There is a setting change that needs to be made in Windows after installation to properly run WebWatchBot. Please refer to this KB article: Installing WebWatchBot on Windows Server 2003 SP1

MDAC (Microsoft Data Access Components) Version 2.6 or higher, 2.8 is recommended.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6c050fe3-c795-4b7d-b037-185d0506396c&DisplayLang=ends

You may have already have a version installed...Windows OS/Software and Default MDAC version:

  • Windows Vista - No additional requirement
  • Windows Server 2003 - 2.8
  • Windows XP - 2.7
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3a - 2.71 SP1 Refresh
  • SQL Server 2000 SP2 - 2.6 SP2
  • SQL Server 2000 SP1 - 2.6.1
  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 - 2.5 SP3

Windows NT 4.0 users may need to download an install the latest Microsoft Jet Engine Update. Refer to: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=239114

Internet Explorer Version 5.5 or higher required.

Additional Configuration Requirements/Recommendations

WebWatchBot's Database box_SQLServer2005Ent_823x1000_resize.gif
WebWatchBot 5.0 uses Microsoft SQL Server to store the data that it collects for maximum efficiency and scalability.

WebWatchBot will use either:

  1. An existing installation of SQL Server (2000, 2005).
    NOTE: Required if using Windows Vista.
    Download SQL Server 2005 Express (FREE) from Microsoft.
  2. The free desktop version of SQL Server (MSDE: Microsoft Sql Server Desktop Engine) automatically installed for you with no added cost or special licensing.
    NOTE: Not compatible with Windows Vista. (If using Windows Vista, Download and install SQL Server 2005 Express from Microsoft (FREE), then install WebWatchBot for SQL Server.

Run as a Windows Application

  • The logged in user must have FULL CONTROL permission in the directories and sub-directories:
    System Temporary Directory
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data
  • The logged in user must have READ, WRITE, EXECUTE permission in the directories and sub-directories:
    \Program Files\WebWatchBot [2/3/4/5]\
    The logged in user must have permission to read, write, and create keys the system registry.

Run as a Windows Service

  • WebWatchBot installs its Windows Service component, named WWBServer.
    NOTE FOR WEBWATCHBOT V3.0.2 AND OLDER: WWBServer must log in under the "Local System Account" Account. This should not be changed. Additionally, the SYSTEM ("Local System Account"), must be set to interact with the desktop.
    NOTE FOR WEBWATCHBOT V3.0.3 AND NEWER: If you change the logged in user account, ensure to reflect this change below, substituting SYSTEM with the specified user account.
  • The SYSTEM ("Local System Account") account must have FULL CONTROL permission in the directories and sub-directories:
    System Temporary Directory
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data
  • The SYSTEM ("Local System Account") account must have READ, WRITE, EXECUTE permission in the directories and sub-directories:
    \Program Files\WebWatchBot [2/3/4/5]\
  • The SYSTEM ("Local System Account") account must have permission to read, write, and create keys the system registry.

Recommended Configurations

Minimum System Specification Recommendation

Try the calculator24_h.jpg System Configurator for recommendations


Stage 1 (Professional Version) 1-50 Watch Items, with less than 25 watch items/minute running
OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista
CPU: 500 MHz Pentium® II/AMD
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive Space: 20-250MB initially, additional 40MB per month
MSDE (Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Edition)
WebWatchBot run as a Windows Application or Windows Service


Stage 2 (Enterprise Version)50-100 Watch Items, with less than 50 watch items/minute running
OS: Windows 2000/XP Pro/2003/Vista
CPU: 4 GHz Intel/AMD based CPU or faster
Memory: 2 GB or more
Hard Drive Space: 40-500MB initially, additional 150MB per month
Microsoft® SQL Server® Database
WebWatchBot run as a Windows Service


Stage 3 (Enterprise Version) 100-500 Watch Items, with less than 100 watch items/minute running
OS: Windows 2000/2003/Vista
CPU: 4 GHz Intel/AMD based CPU or faster. Xeon or Dual Core recommended
Memory: 4 GB or more
Hard Drive Space: 100MB-2.5GB initially, additional 400MB per month
Microsoft® SQL Server® Database
WebWatchBot run as Windows Service Other recommendations:

  • Consider multiple machines running WebWatchBot
  • SQL Server 2000/2005 located on a different server
  • No other applications running on server


Please note: Your results may vary based upon factors such as concurrently executing programs, processes, and services. Additionally, each Watch Type, e.g., ping, port, http, etc., affects performance differently based on the resources needed to execute.