These are the minimum requirements for reasonable performance of the described products. They will help you decide whether the equipment you are currently using remains viable. If you are considering new equipment, bear in mind that these requirements are minimum, not optimal. Exceeding these specifications will in general lead to enhanced performance.


Nexus 10.1

Nexus on Windows

  • CPU: an x86-32 or x86-64 compatible processor (Intel or AMD), minimal dual-core, recommended dual quad-core
  • Memory: minimum 4GB RAM
  • Harddisk: An NTFS volume is required. The software takes about 20GB of disk space. Also take into account the need for storage of temporary and production data. A backup solution is strongly advised.
  • Network: 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol, TCP/IP v6 protocol is not supported.
  • Video Card: Minimum 1280 x 1024 resolution, true color depth
  • CD/DVD: DVD-ROM drive 
  • Virtualization : VMware ESX (version 3, 3.5, 4, 4.1 and 5) and Microsoft Hyper-V are supported.
    Note that hardware connections, including dongles, proofers, spectrophotometers and others may work, but are not supported. Customers should verify hardware support through their virtualization support channels.
    Known issue:
    When you run software (with a local license server) on a virtual machine, the Esko license server (a process called “esko.exe”) might take up 100% of one of the virtual processors. This problem has been escalated to the third-party who provides the licensing engine, but currently we can only offer 2 workarounds:
     - Reboot the virtual machine if this problem occurs.
     - Move your Esko license server to another (and preferably physical) machine.
  • NexusManager only runs on Intel MAC (PowerPC not supported), check here for system requirements.
  • When installing Nexus on Windows 2008, take into account that there are a lot of SMB sharing problem with Mac OS X 10.4 in combination with Windows 2008 server. So we recommend to upgrade the OS X clients to minimum 10.5. 
  • Compatibility: If you intend to run other applications as well on this hardware, make sure to check compatibility with the specifications of all other applications as well 
  • Remote Support: Esko Customer Support is using TeamViewer as a solution for remote access and support over the Internet, it can be downloaded from http://www.teamviewer.com/download/index.aspx
  • Operating Systems compatibility matrix:

    Windows XP

    32 bit 64 bit
    SP1 SP2 SP3 SP1 SP2 SP3
    Home Edition NO NO NO NO
    Professional Edition NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO


    Windows Vista
    32 bit 64 bit
    SP1 SP2 SP1 SP2
    Windows Vista Starter NO NO NO
    Windows Vista Home Basic NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows Vista Home Premium NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows Vista Business NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows Vista Enterprise NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows Vista Ultimate NO NO NO NO NO NO


    Windows 7
    32 bit 64 bit
    SP1 SP1
    Windows 7 Home Basic NO NO NO NO
    Windows 7 Home Premium NO NO NO NO
    Windows 7 Professional NO NO NO NO
    Windows 7 Enterprise NO NO NO NO
    Windows 7 Ultimate NO NO NO NO


    Windows 2000
    32 bit
    SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
    Windows 2000 Professional NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows 2000 Server NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows 2000 Advanced Server NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows 2000 Datacenter Server NO NO NO NO NO


    Windows Server 2003
    32 bit 64 bit
    SP1 SP2 SP1 SP2
    Windows Server 2003 Standard ** YES YES YES* NO NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 Enterprise YES YES YES* NO NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 Datacenter YES YES YES* NO NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard ** YES YES* NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise YES YES* NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter YES YES* NO NO

    Windows Small Business Server 2003 is not supported
    Windows Server 2003 Web is not supported



    Windows Server 2008
    32 bit 64 bit
    SP2 SP2
    Windows Server 2008 Standard YES YES* YES YES*
    Windows Server 2008 Enterprise YES YES* YES YES*
    Windows Server 2008 Datacenter YES YES* YES YES*

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 is not supported
    Windows Web Server 2008 is not supported
    Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition is not supported



    Windows Server 2008 R2
    64 bit
    SP1
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard YES* YES*
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise YES* YES*
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter YES* YES*

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 is not supported
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation is not supported.
    Windows Web Server 2008 R2 is not supported
    Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition is not supported

    * Recommended Operating Systems

    ** Only fit for configurations requiring 4GB of RAM or less

    10 client licenses.
  • For more info about Windows memory limitation, please consult this table.

     


     

    Nexus on Mac

    • Mac with Dual Core Intel processors (Mac PowerPC processors are not longer supported)
    • Operating system: Mac OS X Server or Client (10.5.x, 10.6.x, 10.7.x. OSX 10.8 support is from Nexus 10.1.2 onwards), Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is not supported!
    • Memory: Minimum 4 Gb
    • Harddisk space required for Nexus: 2 Gb + 150 Gb for production (15000 rpm +)
    • Formatting type for install partition: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    • CD/DVD-ROM drive
    • Gigabit Network card

     

    • NexusManager

      CPU: Intel processor (Mac PowerPC processors are not longer supported)
    • Operating system: Mac OS X (10.5.x, 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x), Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is not supported!
    • Memory: minimum 1 GB
    • 1 available USB-port

     


     

    Shuttle clients

     All shuttle clients needs to be at least 10.1
            - ArtPro 10.1
            - DeskPack 10.1 ( ass 5 or ass. 6 )
            - Shuttle SA 10.1 or 10.1.1
            - Neo 10.0
  • Notes


    1. Installing and using Esko software on a Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services server (Microsoft, Citrix,…) is not supported. You cannot run Esko software with local licenses via Remote Desktop.
    2. Although we don't expect issues with Microsoft OS patches, Esko only guarantees support on the official MS Service Pack (SP) level, not on individual OS patches. PC's for Esko applications (editors, rips or servers) must not be configured as WebServers (IIS), Network Domain Controllers (Active Directory), DNS Server, DHCP Server, WINS Server, SQL Server, or MailServer. The Automation Engine Server is allowed to be a Member Server in a Windows Active Directory domain. However, Esko can not test all possible configurations. Contact your regional Customer Service Center in case of specific questions.
    3. A single processor with hyperthreading enabled is considered as 2 processors for memory calculations. A dual core processor is considered as 2 processors for memory calculations.
    4. Esko software will only work with properly licensed versions of operating systems and other software. Esko is not responsible for any loss of functionality due to use with unlicensed software. Esko will not provide assistance in installing software on equipment lacking properly licensed software.

    For more in-depth technical information, search our Knowledge Base.