This article summarizes the hardware and operating systems requirements necessary to run 2c8 Modeling Tool, 2c8 Lite, 2c8 Approve, 2c8 Server functionality and to view web publications.
2c8 Modeling Tool and 2c8 Lite
2c8 Modeling Tool and 2c8 Lite are desktop applications. Administrator privileges are required to
install the applications.
2c8 Lite requires 2c8 Server functionality.
The applications are not developed and tested for a terminal server or Citrix environment so
there is no formal support for this type of usage. However, we have a number of customers
using the software on those platforms with satisfying results.
Application resources are downloaded from lic.2c8.com (see ”Network communication” below).
Operating System and hardware requirements
|Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11||2 GB free RAM|
|Mac OS X 10.6 or later||1 GB free disk space|
*Only 64-bit versions are supported
By default 2c8 Modeling Tool store local repositories in the user profile folder set in the operating system, this can be changed both by the user and set in the application profile when distributing the program. The program assumes exclusive access when working with the local files so any kind of sync software such as Windows sync, Dropbox, OneDrive etc. might affect the function of the program. Do not use the same path for local repositories for different users.
Network Communication for 2c8 Modeling Tool and 2c8 Lite
|lic.2c8.com||HTTPS/443||Download program resources, including automatic program updates|
|extension.2c8.com||HTTPS/443||Installation and update of plugins|
|www.2c8.com||HTTPS/443||News feed by RSS|
|idp.2c8.com||HTTPS/443||Needed to authenticate users|
|as.2c8.com||HTTPS/443||Needed to authorize users to run the application and to authorize users to connect to a server|
2c8 Server functionality
2c8 Server functionality is installed on a server reachable from the client computers and enables the clients to collaborate in repositories with a maintenance flow and e-mail notifications.
2c8 Server functionality consists of:
1. the Java EE application server Payara running the 2c8 server
2. A database. The clients connect to Payara and Payara connects to the database.
Summary of prerequisites for 2c8 Server functionality
- Application server
- Database (installed on application server of separate database server)
- SSL certificate
- Mail server (required for 2c8 Approve)
Read more about the requirements for these parts below:
Requirements for application server and database
|Windows Server 2016 or later||Payara application server. MSSQL 2016 or later, or MySQL 5.5 or later. SMTP for outgoing notifications.||The server can use a database on another/existing server if available.|
Network Communication for 2c8 Server functionality
|idp.2c8.com||HTTPS/443||The application server need to login to be able to contact the AS|
|as.2c8.com||HTTPS/443||The list of users that can connect to the server is kept here. The lists of users needs to be synchronized from the AS to the application server. This synchronization happens by the application server calling the AS.|
SSL Certificate (https)
A certificate needs to be installed on the server to prevent user credentials from being sent unencrypted over the network and in order to use 2c8 Approve. Read more about the requirements for SSL certificate in this article: How do I install an SSL certificate on our 2c8 Server?
If someone outside your network needs to access the server they need to have the certificate installed, if it’s not a certificate signed by a globally trusted CA.
Outgoing mail server
In order to use email notifications and 2c8 Approve an outgoing mail server is required. This outgoing mail server is configured in Payara admin interface on the application server. Read more about the configuration of an outgoing mail server in this article: How do I configure email notifications in 2c8 Apps?
The server installation is designed to be used by clients on a local network with a highspeed connection. The hardware requirements on the server depend on the number of clients accessing it simultaneously. The recommended starting point for a medium size deployment on a virtual machine is a server 2 CPU cores, 2 GB RAM free/available memory and at least 5GB of free disk space.
In the table below you can see the times needed to perform usual tasks from 2c8 Modeling Tool
at different bandwidth and latency that we have gathered during tests.
10/10Mbit, letancy <40ms
2/2Mbit, latency ~200ms
|Exporting 200 models||2 minutes||5 minutes|
|Web publishing 200 models||2 minutes||2 minutes|
|Report publishing 200 models, PDF||2 minutes||4 minutes|
Our recommendation for the best user experience is an available bandwidth of 10Mbit or higher and a communication latency below 40ms between client and server. The limit for acceptable
level of user experience we have found during testing seems to be around 2Mbit bandwidth and
The software will function with slower connections and higher latency but there will be delays and
waiting in some dialogs and when performing different tasks
The officially supported browsers for viewing published material created with the standard web
profile in 2c8 Modeling Tool are the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari.
For best performance share published material by using a web server such as Microsoft Internet
Sharing published material on a file share will result in lower performance for the viewer.
Read more about how to set up a web server in this article: How do I set up a publishing destination?