Configuring the Server in Windows Server 2016

Before you start

Before doing an installation, check that your server and client machines meet all the prerequisites for web server deployment, database server requirements and client requirements.

Oracle databases are not supported for vFire 9.9 and above.

To configure Windows Server 2016 for vFire Core, follow the instructions in this section.

If you are using Server 2012, follow the instructions in Configuring the Server in Windows Server 2012.

If you are using Server 2008, follow the instructions in Adding ASP.NET to Windows 2008 .

  1. Go to the Server Manager application, select Dashboard, and select the Add roles and features link.
  2. This brings up the Add Roles and Features Wizard which opens on the Before You begin window. Read this page carefully and ensure that you have completed the tasks listed.
  3. Select Next to continue.
  4. On the Select installation type window, select Role-based or feature-based installation.

  5. Select Next to continue.
  6. On the Select destination server window, select the server that you will be using.
  7. Select Next to continue.
  8. In the Select server roles window, select Web Server (IIS).
  9. The Add features window is displayed.
  10. Press Add Features. The window and you are returned to the Select server roles window.
  11. Select Next to continue.
  12. In the Select Features window, ensure all the following options are selected.
  13. When the option HTTP Activation is selected (under sections .NET Framework 3.5 Features and WCF Services), the Add Features window appears. Press Add Features. The window closes and you are returned to the Select Features window.

  14. Select Next to continue.
  15. The Web Server Role (IIS) window is displayed, giving information about the web server.
  16. You may not see this window if you are upgrading.

  17. Select Next to continue.
  18. On the Select role services window, ensure that all the following options are selected.
  19. vFire Core provides its own Dynamic Content Compression, which tests indicate performs slightly better than IIS Dynamic Content Compression. Disabling IIS Dynamic Content Compression is a viable option but not required.
    Dynamic Content Compression is automatically enabled in IIS. When disabled, the Web Server (IIS) Support Role is also disabled, therefore, it is recommended you review the Role Services enabled by the Web Server (IIS) Support Role and manually re-enable those required for your environment.

  20. Select Next to continue.
  21. In the Confirm installation selections window, confirm that you have the following selected.

  22. Select Install when you are ready to proceed. When installation is complete, the results window displays all roles, role services and features which have been installed.
  23. Select Close to close the wizard. The configuration is complete.

What's Next

Once the configuration has been completed, the following components need to be installed:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework v4.5.2 (offline installer - click here to download)
  • Windows Management Framework 5.1 for Windows Server 2012 R2 (MSU file - click here to download)

The Full-Text and Semantic Extractions for Search is required for the Suggested Knowledge and Matching Panel features in v9.8. To install the feature on the SQL Server Database platform, you need access to the SQL Server Installer MSI. Installation instructions (via MS TechNet) are available via the following links:

You also need to enable the feature within the system.