CrimeStar RMS, CAD, MDC & MSG are all 32-bit Windows applications. This means your computers must be running one of the following Microsoft operating systems: 

* Windows 2000
* Windows XP
* Windows 2003
* Windows Vista
* Windows 7
* Windows 8
* Windows 10

Minimum System Requirements for all Crimestar Products:
Pentium 500 Mhz (or equivalent), have at least 512 Megabytes of memory (RAM), at least 20 Gigabytes of hard disk space and an  XGA (1024X768) video card.

Recommended System Specifications for:
    Workstations (RMS, CAD, MDC) 
    Application Servers/Controllers  (MDC & MSG) 
Pentium 1 Ghz or faster, 2 Gigabytes  of memory (RAM) or more,  at least 5 Gigabytes of free hard disk space and a fast XGA (1024x768) video card or a dual video card if running CAD.

Crimestar CAD requires that at least one licensed copy of Crimestar RMS be installed per installation site.

* Enterprise Edition requires Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or newer.
  Older versions of SQL Server will work but they are not recommended.

Database Server: Recommended System Specifications:

The term "Server" used in a fairly wide variety of circumstances.  For the purposes of Crimestar, we regard your "Server" machine as the computer where your respective RMS/CAD database files are to be stored.  It goes without saying that the stronger and faster your computer the more likely you are to experience faster performance.  Since everyone has different definitions and expectations for "How fast is fast enough..." setting or recommending minimum specification is a totally subjective issue.   The true "absolute minimum" for any system is the level needed for the system or the software to operate at all.  Everything above that absolute minimum is an issue of desired scale and performance/speed.  With that in mind, here are Crimestar's recommended specifications (your desired minimum specifications may be greater).  Specification will differ depending upon if you are running the Professional or Enterprise Edition of the Crimestar software. 

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 Gigabytes. 

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.

Since you were probably looking for a much simple answer and don't really want to go to the trouble of figuring out what you need based on your own respective circumstances here it is.......Crimestar would recommend an:
Intel (or equivalent) Dual Core 2 Ghz or faster CPU, 4 GB of memory (RAM) or more, at least 500 Gigabytes of hard disk capacity (Single Drive or RAID) and a fast XGA (1024x768) video card, or the minimum specifications defined by Microsoft, for the operating system and edition of SQL Server you are planning to run, whichever is greater!  We would also highly recommend some form of data backup device with external media that can be taken off-site such as Digital Tape Drive, Disk or DVD.

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