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This guide describes how to install PowerFolder Server on Windows based operating systems.

1. Before you start

Some points to note:

  1. Please check the minimum requirements, which are necessary to install and run PowerFolder Server. Further details can be read on the System Requirements page.
  2. Make sure you either requested a trial license or purchased a commercial license for PowerFolder Server. You will need the account email you requested/purchased with and the current password for the account to activate the server.
  3. Some anti-virus or internet security solutions may interfere with the installation of PowerFolder Server. If you encounter any problems in that regards, we recommend to disable your anti-virus solution temporarily until the installation is finished.
  4. Make sure that your Firewall allows inbound connections on port 1337 and port 8080 and in addition port 443 in case you use SSL

2. Install using the Installation Wizard

  1. Download the Windows Installer distribution for Windows based servers from our download site.
  2. Run the installer file to start the installation wizard.
    (Info) If you receive a request from Windows User Account Control (which is turned on by default on Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7 and higher operating systems) which asks you to allow the program to make changes to your computer, please select 'Yes'. If you do not agree, the installer won't continue the installation.
  3. The first page will show you the license agreement. To agree to the license please select the "I agree" button.
  4. In the next step you have to select a destination folder, where the program files will be placed. After selecting the destination, please click on the "Install" button.
  5. The installer will now continue to install PowerFolder Server to your computer.
    (Haken) After the installation has finished, the installation wizard will automatically launch the PowerFolder Server system service. On its last page the installation wizard will offer you to open the web console in your default browser.

(Info) Please note: The installation wizard will install PowerFolder Server as a Windows system service using the 'SYSTEM' user account. You can change this account to an existing or new user account, however you have to make sure the user has access permissions to the storage where PowerFolder Server creates new folders or where existing folders are located.

3. Using an external database (optional)

For evaluation purposes and in small to mid-sized installations you use the internal database which is delivered with PowerFolder Server. There is no additional setup needed for that, since it is running out-of-the box if no other external database is defined.

In larger installations or when planning a scale-up over time, we recommend to use an external database. The steps needed to set this up, are described in our database setup guide.

(Warnung) Later migrations from the internal database to an external one is currently not supported, therefore this one should be considered before setting up a live environment.

4. Using LDAP authentication for users (optional)

In most company networks a central user database which also supports LDAP authentication is already available, therefore PowerFolder Server offers the possibility to connect to LDAP to autenticate users which exist in a directory.

(Info) This step can also be configured later using the web console by the administrator of PowerFolder server.

We provided a detailed description about the steps necessary in our LDAP authentication setup guide.

5. Configure PowerFolder Server

Now initial installation steps are done and your PowerFolder Server is ready for configuration and adding the first users. Please continue with our configuration guide.



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