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Installing the SI Server



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Check out our hardware/software requirements.


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The SI Server houses your licensing/user information, Catalog, Projects, and any other shared data like Custom Reports, Queries, etc.


The SI Server will be installed on one machine on your network (or on the cloud).


The SI Server must be installed on Windows, there is no Mac version of SI. If using a Mac, you will need to install on Windows in either in Bootcamp, Parallels, or VMWare.


The SI Client can be installed on the same machine as your SI Server.



Run the SIServer.exe file you downloaded from D-Tools.


Click the Install SI Server button. If any pre-requisite software is required, you will be prompted to install them, do this. Your SI Server machine must have an internet connection for this as the pre-reqs will be downloaded from D-Tools.


Once the pre-reqs are installed, the D-Tools SI Server Setup wizard will open, click the Next button:


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Next you will verify that you have run all of your Windows updates. Just do it.


Scroll down and read the SLA, click the "I accept..." box and click the Install button:


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When finished installing, click Close and the Server Configuration Wizard will open:


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Server Configuration


You must also configure your SI Server. You have two options when configuring your SI Server: Express and Custom. We recommend using the Express option which is detailed below, for details on the Custom configuration click here.


Express Configuration


The Express configuration option will automatically install SQL Server 2019 Express and create the default instance DTOOLSSIX.


Note: If you cancel the SI Server Configuration Wizard at any time, SI will not function. To re-initiate the SI Server Configuration you can manually run the following file: C:\Program Files (x86)\D-Tools\SIX\Server\SIServerConfigurationWizard.exe



  1. When the SCW opens, click the Express button:




  1. Enter a name for your Admin user (or just leave it as is), set a password, and enter your email address. Passwords must be 12 characters in length and contain at least one uppercase character, one lowercase letter, a number, and a funky symbol. Click the Next button:




You will be sent an email to the email address provided with your administrator login credentials once the SCW has completed.


  1. You will now see a summary of your configuration information. Click the Next button:




Note: If you would like to add AES-128 encryption for the communication between your SI Server and SI Client, click the Back button and check the option:


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SQL Server 2019 Express will download and install. When finished, click the Finish button.


If this is your first time configuring the SI Server, you will be prompted whether or not you would like to download a sample database. This is optional.


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If you decide to download the sample database, you will then be prompted to choose which database to install (only one option shown below). Click the "Download Now" link:


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In the event that a previous database is detected, you will see the following prompt. When configuring for the first time you won't see this warning. This is just here to protect existing users from overwriting their existing data.


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Once configuration has completed, click Finish:




Now you can install SI Clients on all machines where you will want to use SI.

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