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Planning Analytics Supported Environment

Updated January 2019 – with supported environment for Planning Analytics Local v 2.0.6 and Windows Server 2016 and covering both Planning Analytics and Planning Analytics Workspace

We are about to start a new project with a client where they will be using Planning Analytics local (i.e. the new version of on premise TM1). They have asked about the server specifications and what needs to be installed. IBM have a great tool that gives all this information, but it can be very large and unwieldy. This post lists the minimum server requirements for Planning Analytics Local.

So here is our recommended server configuration for a small installation of Planning Analytics local version 2.

Hardware for Planning Analytics Local

  • Two servers, one for PA, one for PAW (three servers if using Cognos Analytics as well)
  • Virtual machines with:
    • Quad core (being careful not to overstep your PVU count)
    • Dual drives – at least a 100Gb primary and a 500Gb secondary drive
    • Memory – 16Gb
  • Important: this is the minimum we require for TM1. As it is a Virtual Server you may need to increase the power of the servers as required, but do so carefully within your licence limits.

Operating System and Installed Software or Components

Planning Analytics Server

  • Windows Server 2016 R2 Standard Edition
  • MS Office 2016+
  • MS .NET 4.6.1+
  • Adobe Reader
  • Notepad ++
  • 7-zip-A, i.e. the version of 7-zip that can run with a command line
  • Chrome v54+
  • Firefox FSR v45+
  • Internet Explorer v11+

Please remember to check the IBM site as well here to ensure that this list is up to date.

Planning Analytics Workspace Server

Per above, but no need for MS Office.

Virus Protection

Any virus protection software must completely support both Windows Server 2016 and Docker.

Hypervisor Enabled

Finally, if you are using a Virtual Machine for your Planning Analytics Workspace server, remember you must enable Hypervisor applications for this specific VM. This is in the settings for the VM itself, not in the OS  inside the VM. This is needed so you can then install Docker – a key component of the Planning Analytics Workspace installation.

Database Connectivity

If you are accessing external databases, like Oracle or SQL Server, then you will need the relevant tools to connect to those databases natively.

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John Vaughan

John Vaughan

John is a CPA, MBA and has been a Performance Management consultant for over 25 years. He is the founder of ExploringTM1 and highly regarded for his experience combining financial management with corporate planning, reporting and analysis. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two of his three children, their cat, Freckles, a bunch of chooks and some fish. John is a sports nut, who played rugby until he was 40, started playing football at 54 and loves being outdoors.

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