Compatibility CD

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If you want to determine whether PortaSwitch can be installed on a specific server, please use the Hardware compatibility tool provided by PortaOne.

Note that this procedure will remove all data from your hard disk drive.

You can download the ISO file with the Hardware compatibility tool from:

Burn it to an optical disc or create a bootable USB flash drive from it, then boot up from this medium. The PortaSwitch test utility will detect if all of the required components (e.g., network interface) are available and supported by Linux.

Hardware requirements

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Make sure that your servers are installed and equipped with all the required hardware, in particular:

  • A 64-bit processor (Xeon, Opteron) released in 2016 or later, with frequency of 2.2GHz or higher. Baseline CPU model is Xeon E5-2620 V4. Additional processors are recommended for networks with a high call volume.
  • At least 250 GB of the total available disk space.
  • Two network (Gigabit Ethernet) ports.
  • DVD-ROM drive or USB slot:
    • DVD-ROM drive – to install PortaSwitch from optical discs (an IDE or a USB DVD-ROM). In the case of a USB DVD-ROM, follow the steps from the Installation using USB DVD-ROM section to start the installation.
    • USB slot – to install PortaSwitch from USB flash drives. In this case, follow the instructions from the Installation using the USB flash drive section.
  • Video adapter/monitor/keyboard/mouse (required only during the installation process).

Please avoid any entry-level or desktop-oriented components – use only high-performance ones. For example, RAID must be write cache enabled, network adapter must be the "server" mode. Check if the hardware installed on your server is supported by Oracle Enterprise Linux 8.9. You can check this at the website:

To install PortaSwitch on a virtual machine (VM), we recommend using VMware, Proxmox, or any other virtualization software that provides a graphical user interface (GUI). A graphical interface simplifies setting up and managing virtualized environments, making installation smoother for users at all technical levels.

Network configuration parameters

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During the installation you will be prompted for the network configuration parameters. Please make a decision regarding these before installation, consulting your network administrator if necessary. It is possible that you will have to perform installation while the network is not yet available (from your office, for example, while the servers will be placed in a server hosting center), but you will need to enter the correct data anyway. Please have the following ready:

  • Planned host names and IP addresses of the servers.
  • Subnet mask.
  • IP address of the default gateway.
  • IP address of the DNS server.
Only static IP addresses can be used for PortaSwitch servers. Dynamic assignment of IP addresses to servers via DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is not supported.

RAID configuration

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If you have a hardware RAID controller in your system, please configure it by creating a logical RAID entry and allocating the physical drives to it. The recommended configuration (depending on the amount of hard drives in the system) is as follows:

  • 2 disks – RAID 1 (mirroring).
  • 3 disks – RAID 1 (mirroring) on the first two disks, third one left as a hot spare.
  • 4 disks – RAID 1+0 (mirroring + striping).
  • More than 4 disks – RAID 1+0 (mirroring + striping) on the first four disks, others left as a hot spare.

Server system recommendations

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Five (5) Servers for PortaSwitch or nine (9) servers for PortaSwitch Clustered. For additional details regarding the recommended hardware configuration of each server, consult the Hardware Recommendations section on our website.

For information about whether particular hardware is supported by Oracle Enterprise Linux used as the operating system in PortaSwitch, consult the related document on the Oracle website:

Client system recommendations

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  • OS: MS Windows 7 or above, Linux/BSD, macOS Sierra (version 10.12) or above.
  • Web browser:
    • Google Chrome 105 or above, Mozilla Firefox 78 ESR, Mozilla Firefox 102 or above.
    • JavaScript and cookies must be enabled.
  • Spreadsheet processor: MS Excel, OpenOffice Calc, LibreOffice Calc, Google Sheets.
  • Display settings: A minimum screen resolution of 1366 × 768.

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