Workstation requirements

I have found several sites with info on the requirements for the workstation running the client-side of Navision. Harddisk space between 250 and 360 Mb, and memory (RAM) between 25 and 60 Mb. Running W2000 SP4, Win2003 SP1 of Windows XP Sp2. But nothing on the processor… These are minimum requirements, but will it work? What do you think should be the minimum requirements?

It is not an exact sience, but if you meet the minimum requirements for Windows XP or Windows 2000, then Navision wil run perfectly.

It really depends on what else is running on the computer, what the total demand is that you put on your machines. 64MB of RAM is not enough by any means though. In modern business I’d say you need at least 256MB of RAM, and that’s already on the low side if you have Outlook open all day, plus some other MS Office program or two, virusscanner and firewall in the background and a gazillion XP services, and then you probably also have some other business app and an IE browser window (to check the weather of course). If it were only Navision those specs would be sufficient on maybe a Win2K machine, but really that’s not a realistic look at what you’d need. You would obviously not run Win2003 on a client machine. With WinXP there are so many services hogging the processor you need lots of RAM. It’s mostly RAM that determines the speed of your machine, that and the speed of your HD. Processing power is also a factor of course, but from a P3 and up you should be fine for Navision. Another important factor, due to Navision’s architecture, is your network capacity. I won’t go into that though :slight_smile:

I have Navision 3.70 running on a PIII, 133Mhz with 64Mb RAM and Win98SE, and a couple of customers have similar machines for their users. It is possible, but this doesn’t mean that you can really work “efficiently” with this environment. It takes quite some time to start the client, posting processes and query intensive reports take much more time than with a faster CPU and more RAM. As a rule of thumb you can rely on “if XP runs acceptable, then Navision will run fine”, obviously other services and running apps will slow it down… Saludos Nils

We have to work with over 200.000 articles in Navision. Does the size of the databse of Navision have an effect on the client?

It epends on what you do. When you open the Item Card, you only get one record from the database. When you open the Item List, you get a whole page plus some more from the database. When you start pressing page down, it starts reading all records from the database. All actions have different demands on the database, and will affect performance accordingly. Note that even if you have a state of the art highspeed computer, it will take a long time to load the entire Item list :).

Hi Arjan, just adding my bit here. basically everyone here is right. Navision can run on very low powered hardware, and work quite well, but it does depend on what you are doing. The first point to make, is that you are probably concerned about “Box Min Specs”, where many software vendors put the absolute minimum spec on the box, but in reality the product just wont run on that spec, maybe just barely start. Well in the Navision case, Marq is correct, in that if your computer runs XP fine, then you should be fine running Navision. As for low end hardware, in reference to Nils’ comments, I did at least 30 Navision Financials implementations on a 16 Mhz 486 with 12 Meg ram on win 95, (wouldn’t want to do it again), but it is possible. In the end though it really comes down to what else the users are usign the computer for, as Daniel says, Outlook will use a lot more resource than Navision. ThoughI have a client that have about 15 Win98 clients with 32Meg Ram and tbase10 using 3.10 with no problems, since Navision is all those users do. Personally my recommendation to those with low end hardware limitations is to install a good terminal server, and just run Navision off that. 200.000 items wont have any direct connection to the client performance, but if you have this many items, and slow machines, and your NSC plans to be doing any heavy coding, then make sure they do it properly. Also make sure that reports like Inventory Valuation and adjustment are being run on fast machines with fast network connections.


…but in reality the product just wont run on that spec, maybe just barely start… …if your computer runs XP fine, then you should be fine running Navision.

Thnx, that was the answer I was hoping for.

Well, Arjan. I hope for you this means you do not have to buy new hardware. [8D] Good luck with the implementation.[;)]