Not all practices will have a local Vision file server, but these are the requirements for those that do:
For those practices running only “FAT Clients”
- Operating System: Server 2008 R2
- Processor: Quad core – at least 2.4 GHz Xeon; all Quad core Intel Xeon processors will be acceptable.
- Memory: 8GB minimum for Server 2008 R2
- Hard Disks: Minimum 250GB for Server 2008 R2, in either RAID 1 or RAID 5 configuration
- Backup Device: Capable of storing the full hard disk contents – INPS recommends the Ultrium LT range (LT-03 stores 400 GB of data, compressed it can hold 800 GB). Backup software must conform to minimum 256 bit encryption. Backup software must support a minimum standard of AES-256 bit tape encryption. Additionally, VSS (Volume Snapshot Service) backups must be implemented and used, due to live and “always on” PostgreSQL databases.
For “Thin Client” practices – as above, except:
- Processor – minimum of 2 Quad core Xeons (of at least 2.4 GHz).
- Memory – 32Gb minimum
It must be noted that these are for an average practice.
- Practices with large datasets (either a list size of around 10,000 or more, or maybe smaller but with 15+ years of data) will require 300GB hard disks; 146 GB disks will be inadequate.
For LAN practices INPS recommends gigabit networks. For branch sites and AEROS practices a minimum 100Mb network is required.
- Operating system: Windows 7 Professional 32bit (currently GPC machines are not supported for Windows 7)
- Processor: Minimum 2.4 GHz Core2Duo Processor, or any quad core processor; quad core recommended for scanning and GPC machines.
- Memory: 4GB required
- Internet Explorer 8.
For “Thin Client” and AEROS practices – as above, except:
- Memory: 2GB required except for scanning and GPC machines where 4GB is required
Notes: Likewise, the use of Internet Explorer 7 is not recommended, with Internet Explorer 8 being the preferred option. For English sites Internet Explorer 9 & 10 are not supported.
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit) – INPS Approved
Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) – INPS Approved
Microsoft Window 7 (64-bit) - INPS Approved for Scotland
Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit) has now been formally released as an approved product by INPS for practices in Scotland. It is not approved for any other country at the moment.
If your Local Commissioning Group or Health Board intends to upgrade your workstations to Windows 7 (64-bit), please refer them to the information contained here to ensure that none of the exceptions listed below impact on your clinical system. Should they have any further queries regarding the upgrade, please contact the INPS Helpdesk on the usual number.
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 is now End of Life – we will continue to support Windows 2003 but recommend upgrading to Windows 2008.