NewsBoss System Requirements

Operating Systems

NewsBoss is designed for the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. Although NewsBoss may be run on any of the current Microsoft supported Windows 32 bit or 64 bit operating systems, use of the more recent versions will provide more security and stability.  Use of 64bit versions is also stongly recommended.

Workstations

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 are recommended for all new systems.

Internet Explorer 11 is required for all NewsBoss systems.

Windows XP SP3 became obsolete on April 7, 2014 and is no longer supported by Microsoft in any way, including security updates.  Customers using Windows XP should upgrade to Windows 7/8.1/10 as soon as possible.  Existing customers should note that NewsBoss version 5.11 and higher cannot be installed on PCs running Windows XP.

"Home" and "Starter" Editions of any Windows operating system are strongly not recommended as these are designed as consumer level operating systems.

Servers

For dedicated NewsBoss Servers, we recommend Windows Server 2008 R2 or  Windows Server 2012 R2 (Windows 7/8.1/10 Professional may be used for very small systems of under 5 concurrent users only.)

Windows Server 2003 SP2 and Windows Server 2003 R2 became obsolete on July 15, 2015 and will no longer be supported by Microsoft in any way, including security updates.   Customers using Windows 2003 should upgrade to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 as soon as possible.  Existing customers should note that NewsBoss version 5.11 and higher cannot be installed on PCs running Windows 2003 Server.

Hardware

NewsBoss is designed to run on standard off the shelf PC hardware which ensures maximum configuration flexibility at an economical cost.

An indication of some of the basic system recommendations is shown below. However, it is impossible to list every possible configuration, so we highly recommend you contact your local NewsBoss Representative to assist with a design to meet your specific needs.

NewsBoss Workstation Recommendations

 MinimumRecommended
Processor Core2 Duo or better. Intel Core i5 or better.
RAM 4GB or greater. 8GB or greater.
Operating System Windows 7 Professional SP1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Windows 8.1 Professional/Enterprise 64bit
Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise 64 bit

 

Web Browser Internet Explorer 11. Internet Explorer 11.
Hard Drive 40GB or larger 160GB or larger
Display 17" 1024 x 768 20" 1600 x 900 or better
Network 100BaseT 100/1000BaseT
Audio Standard Windows compatible audio device with WDM drivers.

Standard Windows compatible audio device with WDM drivers where balanced audio is not required.  Examples of professional cards are listed below.


Auricon 2.2 fully balanced audio card
Digigram VX222/VX442 fully balanced audio cards.
AudioScience ASI5111/ASI5211 fully balanced audio cards.
Axia, Wheatstone and Digigram network audio devices are supported with Windows WDM compatible drivers installed on client PCs.

 

NewsBoss Server Recommendations

 Non-Client/Server Systems Typically under 5 workstationsClient/Server Systems Typically over 5 workstations
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo or better. Intel Core i7 or better.
RAM 8GB or greater 16GB or greater
Operating System

Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise
Windows 8.1 Professionsl/Enterprise
Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 SP2 or 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2008 SP2
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2

Web Browser Internet Explorer 11 Internet Explorer 11. 
Hard Drive 160GB or larger - Depends on audio storage requirements. 500GB or larger - Depends on audio storage requirements.
Display 17" 1024 x 768 or better 17" 1024 x 768 or better
Network 100BaseT 100/1000BaseT
Audio Standard Windows compatible audio device with WDM drivers if analog audio capture is required. Audio support is generally not provided in server class PCs. If required, analog audio capture should be performed on a client PC.
Virtual Servers  NewsBoss is fully compatible with virtual server systems. Please contact us to discuss individual requirements. 
High Availability  Stratus® High Availability and Fault Tolerant solutions for NewsBoss server systems are fully supported. Please contact us for more details. 

Please note that the above tables are indicative only and are subject to change over time. Please contact us for the most up to date recommendations.

Networking

NewsBoss resources are shared via standard TCP/IP networking.

Local area networks (LANs) will normally employ twisted pair Ethernet technology connecting workstations together via network switches. Although small systems of under 5 workstations can use 100BaseT (100Mb/s) networks, it is recommended that larger systems employ 1000BaseT (1Gb/s) networking in conjunction with network switches.

External communication can take place over a variety of TCP/IP connections, such as Wide Area Networks (WANs), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), ISDN, DSL/ADSL, and dial up connections. Please contact us to discuss the options which most closely match your needs.

Address

  Address:
PO Box 277 Lindfield  NSW  2070 Australia
Tel:
+61 2 9580 6643
Website:
www.newsboss.com
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About Us

NewsBoss is the best tool possible for broadcast professionals.  We are radio professionals who understand the demands of the industry.  Experience the most powerful, reliable, configurable and user friendly system available backed by the industry's best support services.