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    G.A. Suite On-Premises Technical Prerequisites & Recommended Infrastructure

    The following article describes Technical Prerequisites & Recommended Infrastructure for Governance and Administration Suite On-Premises Installation.

    One of the following Hypervisors can be used for Virtual Machines: Hyper-V, VMWare, or Azure.

    All VMs should be in the same network and should have access to one another.

    Microsoft Windows FIPS Protection Platform should be disabled on all VMs:

    1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy. The Group Policy dialog will appear.
    2. Under the "Local Policies" heading, select "Security Options" and look for the entry, "System cryptography: Use FIPS compliant algorithms for encryption, hashing, and signing."
    3. If entry is enabled, disable it.

    We recommend that all VMs are joined to Active Directory Domain.

    Web Server – 1 Virtual Machine

    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Std or later
    • .net Framework version 4.7.1.
    • CPU: 2
    • RAM: 4 – 8 GB
    • Storage: 120GB - 240 GB
    • IIS Server role enabled (for Windows Authentication – Windows Authentication in IIS enabled)
    • SharePoint Online Client SDK
    • SSL certificate for GA Suite web site
    • SSL Certificate for data/passwords encryption
    • Local Server Administrator account for deployment/update process
    • AppPool account with db_datareader & db_datawriter permissions for FBO and FBOLogs DBs; read & write access to Storage

    “Maintenance” Server (optionally can be deployed on the same VM as Web Server)

    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Std or later
    • CPU: 2
    • RAM: 4 - 8 GB
    • Storage: 120 – 240 GB
    • Local Server Administrator account
    • SharePoint Online Client SDK
    • SSL Certificate for storage settings and passwords encryption
    • Action account with db_datareader & db_datawriter permissions for FBO and FBOLogs DBs; read & write access to Storage

    “Workers” App Servers – 1 to 5 Virtual Machines (depending on the volume)

    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Std or later
    • CPU: 2
    • RAM: 8 GB
    • Storage: 120 – 240 GB
    • MS Project Professional 2016 installed, licensed and activated
    • Local Server Administrator account with AutoLogOn permission
    • SharePoint Online Client SDK
    • Console session must be always logged in
    • SSL Certificate for storage settings and passwords encryption
    • Action account with db_datareader & db_datawriter permissions for FBO and FBOLogs DBs; read & write access to Storage

    SQL Server – option 1 – utilize existing SQL Server instance to create 3 DBs for GA Suite

    • SQL Server 2012 SP2 Web/Std/Ent or later
    • Storage: not less than 120 GB available
    • DBOwner account on FBO, FBOLogs & Datacenter DBs (for migrations during deployment & update process)
    • Accounts with db_datareader & db_datawriter for Action Accounts & AppPool

    SQL Server – option 2 – dedicated Virtual Machine

    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Std or later (if need encrypted data – 2016)
    • SQL Server 2012 SP2 Web/Std/Ent or later
    • CPU: 4
    • RAM: 8 – 12 GB
    • Storage: not less than 120 GB available
    • DBOwner account on FBO, FBOLogs & Datacenter DBs (for migrations during deployment & update process)
    • Account with db_datareader & db_datawriter & db_ddladmin (for Job Processors & AppPool)

    Storage for Backup:

    • Windows shared folder: storage size = size of PWA x retention period x frequency of backups a day.

    Or

    • Azure Blob Storage: storage size = size of PWA x retention period x frequency of backups a day.

    Or

    • Amazon S3 Bucket: storage size = size of PWA x retention period x frequency of backups a day.

    AppPool and Action accounts must have Read & Write access to Storage.

    User Accounts in PWA

    • 1 - 5 user accounts (depending on volume)
    • PWA Administrator, Site Collection Administrator permissions

    Other Technical Prerequisites

    2 SSL certificates (self-signed are accepted):

    • SSL certificate for GA Suite web site (needs to be installed on the Web Server VM only)
    • SSL certificate for encrypting passwords in GA Suite internal jobs (needs to be installed on Web Server, SQL Server and each App Server VMs)

    SMTP Server – utilize existing Server

    • Port #:
    • IP Address:

    If encryption is supported by your SMTP Server, then on the 'Configuration settings in Datacenter' step check the 'SMTP ssl' checkbox. 

    If encryption is not supported by your SMTP Server do not check the 'SMTP ssl' checkbox. 

    If authorization is supported by your SMTP Server, then on the 'Configuration settings in Datacenter' step check the 'Use specific SMTP credentials' checkbox and provide your credentials. 

    If authorization is not supported by your SMTP Server do not check the 'Use specific SMTP credentials' checkbox and leave the credentials fields empty. 

    Questions to clarify:

    • Will you utilize an existing SQL Server instance or a dedicated Virtual Machine?
    • Do you use Active Directory?
    • Will all 3 VMs be connected to the same Active Directory domain? (yes - Windows authentication, no – SQL authentication and need to turn on SQL Server and Windows Authentication mode).
    • What version of Windows Server do you use?
    • What version of SQL Server do you use (if utilize existing SQL Server)?
    • What type of Storage will you use (Windows Shared Folder / Azure Blob Storage/Amazon S3 Bucket)?
    • Will G.A. Suite have a connection to the Internet (FluentPro Licensing Server)?
    • Do you use a Proxy Server for the Internet connection?
    • What authentication type do you want to use for login to G.A. Suite (Windows, Office 365)?
    • Will email notifications be required for G.A. Suite?

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