WBI Server Requirements Prior to Installation & Configuration

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WBI Server Requirements Prior to Installation & Configuration






The AyaNova WBI (Web Browser Interface) works with Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) to provide web browser access to the AyaNova database.



Requirements before proceeding with RI setup:


AyaNova requirements:

oLatest version of AyaNova

oAyaNova database must be networked

SQL Express or SQL Server is recommended if will be using any of the remote access options.

oAyaNova database licensed for WBI


Computer requirements:

oRecommended minimum is Windows 7 with IIS7 but is compatible with as old as XP Pro and IIS5

oapproximately 55MB of hard drive space

oComputer can be the same server where your database is networked on, or it can be another computer within the same LAN

oAs with the AyaNova database server, the higher the hardware specifications, the better the performance. If you are encountering slow response, you will want to upgrade your hardware and/or operating system.  Minimum hardware requirements would be that for the IIS version compatible with your Windows operating system.


Network requirements:

oStatic external Internet IP address for your Internet router/firewall is recommended

Your router/firewall has a static external IP address

Your router/firewall configured for port forwarding of your IIS computer.

NOTE regarding dynamic or static ip:

you can certainly use a dynamic IP address for your public router/firewall, but of course you are aware that as a dynamic IP address changes constantly, you and your staff would need to know what the changed IP address is every time it changes to be able to bring up your WBI login.


if your company is unable to obtain a static IP address, a possible suggestion may be to follow http://forum.ayanova.com/t/yes-you-can-use-dns-and-your-dynamic-ip-address-to-set-up-remote-access/2311




Security requirements:

oIIS / firewall / router security:

If you are not comfortable with configuring your IIS / firewall / router, it is recommended that you call in a local IT networking professional to do so.

Any  additional IIS security settings other than what is set when your IIS is default installed is beyond the scope of the support we provide.

If you wish to implement additional security settings, we highly recommend you first follow the default settings for setting WBI confirming you can successfully access, and only then make any changes, being sure to check after each change to see if affects WBI adversely.

oIf your data is highly sensitive:

Any information sent over the internet is susceptible to Man-In-The-Middle (MitM) Attacks and it is recommended if your data is highly sensitive, to implement Transport Layer Security, typically involving HTTPS, TLS and SSL.

SSL / TLS is enabled at the Microsoft IIS web server, not via AyaNova WBI or RI or MBI or Dataportal which do not have any special requirements or settings for encryption as that happens a layer below AyaNova at the web server.

How to procure and install an SSL certificate and enable SSL on an IIS web server is beyond the scope of the support we provide. A suggestion would be to search via Google https://www.google.ca/search?q=microsoft+How+to+implement+SSL+in+IIS

Be aware that SSL certificates need to be purchased from a certificate issuing authority and can be pricey however there is a new industry sponsored certificate authority providing no charge certificates which has been started up recently in an attempt to get everyone to start using encryption that might be of interest: https://letsencrypt.org/



Web browser requirements:

oHTML 5 compliant web browser such as IE 9.0+, FIREFOX 3.0+, SAFARI 3.0+, CHROME 3.0+, OPERA 10.0+, IPAD 1.0+, IPHONE 1.0+, ANDROID 1.0+  

oIf your browser version is older than those listed in the example browsers above and you want to check if it is compatible or not, just go to the online demo RI at the bottom of and try out all features including performing the signature capture steps to confirm works with your device's web browser.

oDue to the screen size requirements of WBI, it is not expected that WBI would be used with mobile devices. Refer to the the optional remote access add-on RI and the optional add-on MBI for your schedulable users with mobile devices to use on the road.

oOpera may have the problems with filter drop down lists due to some funky programming on their part that we continue to await word on.

oThe web.config file for WBI 7 includes the line <add key ="IE9ForceCompatbilityMode" value="true"/> to force compatibility mode if using Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) as at the time of this Help documentation page last update,  the third party controls (combo boxes, printing, etc) used by WBI were not specifically compatible with the beta Internet Explorer 9.  When these IE9 issues are resolved, you can easily edit the web.config for this statement to "false" if you wish to use IE9.

oThe faster the Internet connection the faster the response of data displaying on your web browser.