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Quark Publishing System 9.0
System Requirements

The QPS system requirements listed below are baseline requirements, but your number of users, number of assets, and number of asset revisions affect system performance. The requirements with an asterisk are affected by these variables. See "Suggested hardware configurations" for guidance considering these variables. RAM requirements do not include other third-party application requirements on the computer, so factor accordingly. Also, the requirements for QuarkXPress Server, QuarkXPress, and QuarkCopyDesk are not listed below. See the ReadMe files for these applications for system requirements (stored in the "Documents" folder at the root level of the application folder).

NOTE: The operating system requirements listed in this document include the most current patches and service packs.

NOTE: QPS is certified on VMWare ESXi. QuarkXPress Server is certified on VMWare ESXi only as part of QPS.

NOTE: QPS works with Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 and Citrix
XenApp 5.0.

QPS Server: Mac OS®

Hardware

  • 4GB total RAM (Quark recommends allocating at least 50% of the total RAM available to the QPS Server.)*
  • 1GB hard disk space*
  • TCP/IP network (Gigabit Ethernet recommended)

NOTE: Quark does not recommend using low-end desktop computers and laptops as server computers.

Software

  • Mac OS® 10.4.11, Mac OS 10.5.8, or Mac OS 10.6.6
  • Mac OS Server 10.4.11, Mac OS Server 10.5.8, or Mac OS Server 10.6.6
  • Java™ Development Kit (JDK™) 1.5 or 1.6
  • Quark License Administrator (QLA) 4.5 (required for QPS Server and QuarkXPress Server)
  • QuarkXPress Server (QuarkXPress Server is required for QPS Server. Quark recommends improving performance by installing and running QuarkXPress Server on a different computer from the computer on which you install and run your QPS Server.)

Supported Platforms*

  • Intel processor (recommended)
  • Intel® Xserve computer running Mac OS X Server software
  • G5 PowerPC® processor (supported, but not recommended)
  • G5 Xserve® running Mac OS X Server software
  • Mac Pro running Mac OS X Server software

QPS Server: Windows®

Hardware

  • 4GB total RAM (Quark recommends allocating as much RAM as possible for QPS Server. However, you cannot allocate more than approximately 1.6GB on Windows®.)*
  • 1GB hard disk space*
  • TCP/IP network (Gigabit Ethernet recommended)

NOTE: Quark does not recommend using low-end desktop computers and laptops as server computers.

Software

  • Microsoft® Windows Server 2003 (Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition; 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition; 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.6
  • Quark License Administrator (QLA) 4.5 (required for QPS Server and QuarkXPress Server)
  • QuarkXPress Server (QuarkXPress Server is required for QPS Server. Quark recommends improving performance by installing and running QuarkXPress Server on a different computer from the computer on which you install and run your QPS Server.)

Supported Platforms*

  • Servers based on multi-core Xeon® processors
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
  • VMware ESXi (virtualisation platform)

QPS Database*

  • HSQL DB 1.8 in embedded mode (The QPS Server installer installs this database in embedded mode if you choose HSQL DB during installation.)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 with SP2 or Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with SP1, Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition
  • Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (10.2.0.4) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Windows Server 2008

NOTE: If you plan to use a Microsoft SQL Server database, you must first install Microsoft SQL Server. If you plan to use an Oracle database on Windows, you must first install Oracle. Then run the "QPS Server.exe" installer on Windows, click Install QPS Database, and follow instructions on the screen to create QPS schema in your Microsoft SQL Server database or Oracle database.

QPS File Server: Mac OS

Hardware options

  • 2GB total RAM*
  • 5GB-150GB hard disk space (depending on number of assets)*
  • TCP/IP network (Gigabit Ethernet recommended)

NOTE: Quark does not recommend using low-end desktop computers and laptops as server computers.

Software

  • Mac OS X Server 10.4.11, Mac OS X Server 10.5.8, or Mac OS 10.6.6

Supported platforms*

  • Intel processor (recommended)
  • Intel® Xserve computer running Mac OS X Server software
  • G5 PowerPC® processor (supported, but not recommended)
  • G5 Xserve® running Mac OS X Server software (supported, but not recommended)
  • Mac Pro running Mac OS X Server software

NOTE: You can use a separate computer as your QPS File Server, but Quark recommends installing and running your QPS Server on the same computer as your QPS File Server because it optimises read/write operations. If you combine your QPS Server and QPS File Server on the same computer, add the 1GB estimate for QPS Server files to the 5GB-150GB required for your QPS File Server.

QPS File Server: Windows

Hardware

  • 2GB total RAM*
  • 5GB-150GB hard disk space (depending on number of assets)*
  • TCP/IP network (Gigabit Ethernet recommended)

Quark does not recommend using low-end desktop computers and laptops as server computers.

Software

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition; 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition; 32-bit or 64-bit)

Supported platforms*

  • Intel vPro™ technology and Intel Core 2 Duo running Windows 2003 Server SP2, Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition (recommended)
  • Single processor Intel® Pentium® 4/Pentium D/Dual-processor Xeon running Windows 2003 Server SP2, Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition

NOTE: You can use a separate computer as your QPS File Server, but Quark recommends installing and running your QPS Server on the same computer as your QPS File Server because it optimises read/write operations. If you combine your QPS Server and QPS File Server on the same computer, add the 1GB estimate for QPS Server files to the 5GB-150GB required for your QPS File Server.

QPS File Server: Solaris

Hardware

  • SPARC™-based or x64/x86-based system
  • 2GB total RAM
  • 5GB-150GB hard disk space (depending on the number of assets)*

NOTE: Quark does not recommend using low-end desktop computers and laptops as server computers.

Software

  • Sun™ Solaris™ 8 or later

QPS Connect Client: Mac OS

Hardware

  • 1GB total RAM*
  • 500MB hard disk space for programme files and enough hard disk space to store checked-out assets*
  • TCP/IP network

Software

  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or Mac OS X 10.6.6

Supported platforms*

  • iMac with Intel Core Duo or Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • MacBook or MacBook Pro with Intel Core Duo or Intel Core 2 Duo processor running Mac OS X client software
  • Mac Pro running Mac OS X client software
  • Mac mini with Intel Core Duo or Intel Core 2 Duo processor

QPS Connect Client: Windows

Hardware

  • 1GB total RAM*
  • 500MB hard disk space for programme files and enough hard disk space to store checked-out assets*

Software

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows Vista Professional or Ultimate Edition, or Windows 7 Business or Ultimate
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Supported platforms*

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor running Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows Vista Professional or Ultimate Edition, or Windows 7 Professional Edition
  • Intel Xeon processor running Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows Vista Professional or Ultimate Edition, or Windows 7 Professional Edition
  • Intel vPro technology and Intel Core 2 Duo running Windows Vista Professional or Ultimate Edition or Windows 7 Professional Edition
  • Intel Pentium 4 processor running Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows Vista Professional or Ultimate Edition, or Windows 7 Professional edition

QPS Web Hub

  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6.x on Mac OS or Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x for Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.x for Windows, Safari 5.x for Mac OS, or Google Chrome 9.x for Mac OS and Windows

Suggested hardware configurations

Use the parameters below to help determine the hardware needs for your organisation. Variables include your number of users, number of assets, kinds of assets (for example, small text files or large picture files), and your number of asset revisions. When you search for assets, QPS Server performance depends on the number of master files (that is, the current version of each asset). The number of revisions does not affect QPS Server performance, but the revision number variable affects the amount of disk space required for your QPS File Server. An increased number of search operations from multiple users can also affect QPS Server performance.

Contact your account manager to specify your organisation's needs based on the suggested configurations below. The low-volume, medium volume, and high-volume configurations are approximations based on the number of logged-on users displayed in the User Activity screen of the QPS Connect Client window (also called "user sessions")

NOTE: Quark does not recommend using low-end desktop computers and laptops as server computers.

Low-volume QPS traffic

The configuration below can adequately serve a smaller QPS workflow (approximately 30 users and 5,000 assets). You can install the QPS Database, QPS Server, and QPS File Server on one computer, but Quark recommends using a second computer for QuarkXPress Server.

Computer 1: QPS Database (HSQL), QPS Server, QPS File Server

  • RAM: 4GB (1GB allocated to Java Virtual Machine)
  • Hard disk: 1GB free space (in addition to 5-150GB needed for assets)
  • RAID: Not required
  • CPU: Dual Core Intel (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

Computer 2: QuarkXPress Server (two subrenderers)

  • RAM: 4GB
  • Hard disk: 10GB-20GB required for document pool
  • RAID: Not required
  • CPU: Dual Core Intel (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

Medium volume QPS traffic (option 1)

The configuration below can adequately serve a mid-sized QPS workflow (approximately 50 users and 20,000 assets). Although you can install the QPS Database, QPS Server, and QPS File Server on one computer, you will need to allocate more RAM for the QuarkXPress Server computer. This option suggests two server computers.

Computer 1: QPS Database (HSQL), QPS Server, QPS File Server

  • RAM: 8GB (2GB allocated to Java Virtual Machine)
  • Hard disk: 1GB free space (in addition to 5-150GB needed for assets)
  • RAID: 1+0 recommended
  • CPU: 4 Core Intel Xeon, 64-bit (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

Computer 2: QuarkXPress Server (four subrenderers)

  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard disk: 10GB-20GB required for document pool
  • RAID: Not required
  • CPU: 4 Core Intel Xeon, 64-bit (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

Medium volume QPS traffic (option 2)

The configuration below can adequately serve a mid-sized QPS workflow (approximately 50 users and 20,000 assets). A redundant array of independent drives (RAID) for your QPS Database can improve performance for accessing assets. This option suggests three server computers.

Computer 1: QPS Database (Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle)

  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard disk: 20GB free space
  • RAID: RAID 1+0
  • CPU: 4 Core Intel Xeon, 64-bit (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

Computer 2: QPS Server, QPS File Server

  • RAM: 8GB (1.5GB allocated to Java Virtual Machine)
  • Hard disk: 1GB free space (in addition to 5-150GB needed for assets)
  • RAID: Not required
  • CPU: 4 Core Intel Xeon, 64-bit (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

Computer 3: QuarkXPress Server (four subrenderers)

  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard disk: 10GB-20GB required for document pool
  • RAID: Not required
  • CPU: 4 Core Intel Xeon, 64-bit (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

High-volume QPS traffic

The configuration below can adequately serve a large QPS workflow (more than 150 users and 60,000 assets). For requirements beyond this size, contact enterprisesupport@quark.com.

Computer 1: QPS Database (Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle)

  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard disk: 40GB free space
  • RAID: RAID 1+0
  • CPU: 8 Core Intel Xeon, 64-bit (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

Computer 2: QPS Server, QPS File Server

  • RAM: 8GB (1.5GB allocated to Java Virtual Machine)
  • Hard disk: 1GB free space (in addition to 5-150GB needed for assets)
  • RAID: Not required
  • CPU: 8 Core Intel Xeon, 64-bit (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

Computer 3: QuarkXPress Server (eight subrenderers)

  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard disk: 10GB-20GB required for document pool
  • RAID: Not required
  • CPU: 8 Core Intel Xeon, 64-bit (recommended)
  • Network: Gigabit NIC (recommended)

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