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Technical Notes

Reflection for the Web Supported Platforms and System Requirements
Technical Note 2522
Last Reviewed 15-Oct-2013
Applies To
Reflection for the Web 2014 (All Editions)
Reflection for the Web 2011 (All Editions)
Reflection for the Web 2008 (All Editions)
Summary

This technical note describes the supported platforms and system requirements for the Reflection Management Server, Metering Server, ID Management Server, Security Proxy Server, Administrative WebStation, and Reflection for the Web clients.

Reflection Management Server, Reflection Security Proxy Server, Reflection Metering Server, and Reflection ID Management Server

These four Reflection servers are compatible with server operating systems that support Java 1.5+, including Windows, Linux, UNIX, and z/OS. For best performance, the servers should be run on systems that meet or exceed the recommended hardware requirements for the serverís operating system.

Installation Support

Automated installers are available for 32- and 64-bit Windows, and 32- and 64-bit Linux and Solaris SPARC. The automated installers include a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). When Reflection for the Web 2014 R1 was released, the JRE included with the automated installers was Java 7 update 25. The automated installers are periodically updated to include newer versions of the JRE. Maintained customers may contact Attachmate technical support to find out if an installer with an updated JRE is available. The 64-bit versions of the automated installers should be used where possible, since they include 64-bit versions of the JRE and will enhance performance on 64-bit systems.

Manual installers are also available, which enable you to install your preferred version of the JRE and run the servers with that JRE. Though the servers are compatible with Java 1.5+, it is strongly recommended that they be run on a newer version of Java such as JRE 7. Using a newer version of Java will result in better performance and a more secure operating environment. Java 1.5 and 1.6 are no longer supported by Oracle, and Attachmate plans to phase out support for these older versions of Java.

The Reflection Servers and Java

The Reflection Security Proxy Server runs as a Java application. For information about hardware, software, and environment factors that affect the performance of the Reflection Security Proxy Server, see Technical Note 1557.

The Reflection Management Server, Reflection Metering Server, and Reflection ID Management Server run as Java servlets, and require a servlet engine or application server compliant with Java Servlet 2.3 specification and Java Server Pages (JSP) 1.2 (such as Tomcat, Oracle WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, or Oracle GlassFish Server). The automated installers install the Tomcat servlet engine. The manual install packages include WAR files for installing the servlets on your preferred application server.

Run Newer Server OS Versions

Because the servers run on a JRE, they have a substantial degree of independence from the underlying server operating system (OS). However, we recommend that you run newer versions of the underlying server operating system that are still supported by their vendors. When technical support issues that arise on older versions of server operating systems are reported to Attachmate Technical Support, the resolution to those issues may involve upgrading to a version of the underlying server operating system that is supported by its vendor.

Server Class Operating System

For evaluation purposes, it is sometimes convenient to install the servers on a workstation operating system that support Java such as Windows 7. However, for production use the servers should always be installed on a server class operating system.

Administrative WebStation

The Administrative WebStation is hosted on the Reflection Management Server. An administrator typically accesses it using a web browser from his or her workstation.

To access the Administrative WebStation, you need a web browser that supports JavaScript, cookies, and cascading style sheets with the Oracle JRE 1.5+ browser plug-in. Though the Administrative WebStation is compatible with Java 1.5+, we strongly recommend that it be run with a newer version of Java such as Java 7. Using a newer version of Java will result in better performance and a more secure operating environment. Java 1.5 and 1.6 are no longer supported by Oracle, and Attachmate plans to phase out support for these older versions of Java. For a list of supported browsers, see Technical Note 1383.

Reflection Terminal Emulation, Printing, and File Transfer Client Applets

To run the Reflection client applets, users need a web browser with the Oracle JRE 1.5+ browser plug-in. Though the client applets are compatible with Java 1.5+, we strongly recommended that it be run with a newer version of Java such as Java 7. Using a newer version of Java will result in better performance and a more secure operating environment. Java 1.5 and 1.6 are no longer supported by Oracle, and Attachmate plans to phase out support for these older versions of Java. For a list of supported browsers, see Technical Note 1383.

Related Technical Notes
1383 Reflection for the Web and Reflection Security Gateway Browser Requirements
1557 Reflection Security Proxy Server Performance Factors
1704 Security Updates and Reflection for the Web or Reflection Security Gateway

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