Minimum System Requirements for
all Crimestar Products:
Recommended System Specifications for:
* Enterprise Edition requires Microsoft SQL
Server 2008 or newer.
Database Server: Recommended System
Professional: For this edition of the software, the server machine will merely be sharing data files as a "shared" resource on the network. As such, there is no application related software running on the "server" machine. In this circumstance the single most important consideration will be the amount of disk space and the speed of the disc drive and drive controller (CPU speed & computer memory is less of a factor and Crimestar only recommends that the server be at least as powerful as a typical workstation computer). Obviously, the larger the disk drive the more storage capacity that will be available for the RMS database.
As for speed, we would recommend disk drives that operate at a minimum of 7200 RPM.
As for size/capacity, the question of how big is big-enough depends upon the size of your agency and the volume of activity you have. This will directly correlate to the amount of data you are likely to input into the system. The Crimestar RMS help file contains a topic entitled "Database Capacity and Performance" which has an example formula for calculating how much disk space may be required. As a very general "rule of thumb", plan on 1K Byte per Calls For Service record; 10K bytes per Incident Report; 4K bytes per Booking not including digital photos, multiplied by the number of each of those activities per year, multiplied by the number of years of data you wish to store.
*Since the RMS Professional database consists of
approx 300 files and each file has a maximum capacity of 2 Gigabytes each, some
basic math tells us that the maximum amount of disk space that a Professional
Edition database can possibly consume under absolutely idea circumstances is 600
Enterprise: For this edition the Crimestar database is stored as part of a SQL Server database. In this true client/server environment data, the Crimestar client software is communicating with the SQL Server application that is running on the server machine and data is sent across the network based on specific message transactions. In this environment, the CPU speed and available RAM on the server machine is much more critical to the overall system performance. However there are different editions of Microsoft SQL Server database engine and the Windows Operating system, so it would be best to check the Microsoft website for the absolute minimum specifications for SQL Server.
As for the amount of disk capacity required for
Crimestar, the general rule of thumb outlined above for the
"Professional" edition still holds true. The fundamental
difference is that the SQL Server database files do not have a 2 Gigabyte
maximum capacity per database file so the absolute maximum database size can far
exceed 600 Gigabytes.
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