1.1 Preparing to Install PlateSpin Migrate

1.1.1 System Requirements for PlateSpin Server

PlateSpin Server hosts must meet the following system requirements:



Dedicated host

Physical or virtual server

Operating System

Any of the following Windows Server versions:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2012

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

    Use Windows 2008 R2 SP1 or higher version if you want to install Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express Edition locally on the Migrate server.


  • You must activate the Microsoft license for your Windows operating system prior to installing PlateSpin Migrate.

  • For installing PlateSpin Migrate server on a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain computer, you must have administrator privileges.


Recommended (physical): multi-core, 2 GHz or higher

Recommended (VM): 2 or more Virtual CPUs


Recommended: 8 GB RAM

Disk Space

Minimum 50 GB

Additional space might be necessary if you plan to use the same system as a PlateSpin Image Server. The amount of additional space depends on the number and size of workload images that you intend to store on a given image server. See Designating a PlateSpin Image Server in the PlateSpin Migrate 12.2 User Guide.

Database Server

A dedicated Microsoft SQL Server database instance (local or remote), running on one of the following:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express Edition. A copy of this database software is included in your PlateSpin Migrate software distribution.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Software Prerequisites

1.1.2 System Requirements for PlateSpin Migrate Client

You can install the PlateSpin Migrate Client on the PlateSpin Server host or on a separate computer.

Standalone PlateSpin Migrate Client hosts must meet the following system requirements:



Operating System

Any of the following, running on dedicated hardware or in a virtual machine:

  • Windows 8.1, 8

  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

  • Windows 7

  • Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

NOTE:You must activate the Microsoft license for your Windows operating system prior to installing PlateSpin Migrate Client.

Disk Space

Minimum 3 GB

Windows Software Components

Microsoft .NET Framework 2 SP2, 3.5 SP1, 4.5. You can download .NET software from Microsoft:

1.1.3 General Guidelines for Server Installation

Follow these installation guidelines for trouble-free installation and operation of PlateSpin Migrate.

Table 1-1 Pre-Installation Checklist



Dedicated Host

Install the PlateSpin Server on a dedicated physical or virtual machine. See also Co-location.


Perform all installation procedures using an account with administrative privileges. For Windows Server 2008 R2 systems, use the built-in Administrator account.

IP Address

Assign the PlateSpin Server host a static IP address.


Do not co-locate the PlateSpin Server with:

  • Your domain controller

  • Existing web servers with IIS applications

  • A workload that you intend to migrate by using the product

  • Other PlateSpin software (PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Recon)


If you intend to use your own Microsoft SQL Server database (instead of the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express Edition included in your software distribution), ensure that it is supported and conforms to the product’s database requirements. See Knowledgebase Article 7009809.


Disable the User Account Control (UAC).

Installation Workflow

Install the prerequisite software in the indicated order. Below is a high-level workflow for a typical PlateSpin Migrate installation:

  1. Supported operating system, followed by corresponding Windows Updates

  2. ASP.NET/IIS, followed by corresponding Windows Updates.

  3. (Optional) Enable FIPS-Compliant Data Encryption

  4. SQL Server database, followed by applicable Microsoft updates.

  5. PlateSpin Server