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What are recommended server requirements?

Web Server Requirements
Number of users 1 – 600 600 – 2000 2000 – 10000 10000 – 20000+*
Processor speed 2GHz (1 core or higher) 3GHz or higher (2 core or higher) 3GHz or higher (4 core or higher) 3GHz or higher (8 core or higher)
Memory 1GB 2GB or higher 4GB or higher 8GB or higher
Hard Disk Space 200MB for installation files + 1-2 GB for cache and log files 200MB for installation files + 2-4 GB for cache and log files 200MB for installation files + 4-8 GB for cache and log files 200MB for installation files + 8-20 GB for cache and log files
Client Poll frequency 60 seconds 60 seconds 60 – 120 seconds 120 – 300 seconds

 

Database Server Requirements
Number of users 1 – 600 600 – 2000 2000 – 10000 10000 – 20000+*
Processor speed 1Ghz 3GHz or higher 3GHz or higher 3GHz or higher
Memory 1GB min, 2GB recommended 2GB min, 4GB recommended 4GB min, 6GB recommended 6GB min, 8GB recommended
Hard Disk Space 1 – 5 GB 5 – 10 GB 10 – 20 GB 20 – 50 GB
Hard Disk Speed 7200 rpm 7200 rpm 10000 rpm 10000 rpm

* – With more than 20000 clients you will need to consider to decrease Client Poll frequency or clustering your DA servers.

Can I export users from our Active Directory?

Yes, DeskAlerts fully supports Active Directory, you can export users. DeskAlerts synchronizes with Active Directory continuously. You can export multi-domain or very complicated tree structure.

What are workstation requirements?

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 100 MB free hard drive space
  • Windows 7(SP1) / 8.1 / 10
    or
    MAC 10.7.4 or higher
  • For DeskAlerts v9.1 clients, .NET Framework 4.6.2 and Visual C++ Redistributable packages (2013) should be installed on Windows workstations.

Where DeskAlerts is hosted, on our side or your side?

You can obtain full copy of DeskAlerts and host it within your corporate network or any other host (including cloud).

Is dedicated server required or DeskAlerts can share the server?

DeskAlerts can be installed on server sharing resources with another applications.

I’m having issues setting up a database during the install process.

Usually we recommend to create a service account in AD with the dbo rights for DeskAlerts database and run the server installation using this account (in this case, you should just check “use Windows authentication”). If you’re feeling better working with SQL accounts – it’s perfectly fine, just create a service account there with the same scope of rights (dbo for DeskAlerts db).

I am getting “Your server is configured to run in Active Directory mode. This client doesn’t support it or you have old version of the client.” message.

It’s possible that your machine isn’t in Active Directory domain. By default, DeskAlerts with Active Directory support doesn’t send messages to the outside of domain. You can change this behavior by logging into DeskAlerts Control Panel with administrator rights, going to the Settings -> Common Settings and “enable non-domain users to register and receive alerts” under the “Active Directory” section.

I get the “Cannot Start Website” error.

Make sure that you have the administrative rights to the server, as this issue might be attributed to the lack of rights to change IIS settings.

Furthermore, please make sure that you don’t have any software that might be using the TCP port on the machine.

I accidentally went over the number of active license I can have at the time. What can I do?

You need to apply a specific unlock patch to force licenses re-calculation. Send us an e-mail to support@deskalerts.com regarding this issue and we will send it to you.

Apply it on a server and restart IIS. It should force the licensing library to re-calculate the active users.

How can I uninstall the desktop client if I select the option to hide the tray icon when creating the installer?

You can remove the client using usual Windows “Add or Remove programs” utility, if you haven’t disabled this option during the client building. If you did, try running “uninst.exe” file located in DeskAlerts application folder (in program files).

Why is it our active user are always changing? And what’s the meaning of active user are they the online users or all users?

The user is considered to be Active if:
1. He has a desktop client application installed and was online at least one in the past 24 hrs.
2. He has received some emails sent from DeskAlerts system in the past 24 hrs.

The counter itself is being refreshed every hour.

I have an issue sending SMS using DeskAlerts.

Try removing all the special characters from the number you are using to send the SMS. Furthermore, you might want to check your SMS gateway service account dashboard – most likely, they have a log of API requests here with the exact reasons why messages may not be coming through.

I want to set the default for Set Alerts:Lifetime to 1 Hour but it keeps defaulting back to 1 Day.

Try setting the lifetime in the default settings. Please refer to the screenshot:

I get a 404 Error when trying to create surveys. What should I do?

I get this Error when trying to create surveys:404

You need to check the IIS options. This issue might attributed to ASP.NET not being added in the Server Roles. Please refer to the screenshot:iis_aspNET

Can I send alerts from another application?

Yes, using API another application can send alerts via DeskAlerts, please ask sales.

What is bandwidth consumption?

Each client consumes about 100Kb per hour in an idle mode. You can adjust this value by setting pool period.

Can Desktop Client be packaged as an MSI file?

Yes, Desktop Client can be packaged as EXE installation file or MSI file.

What is port number DeskAlerts use to send messages?

DeskAlerts uses 80 HTTP port (can be changed).

Can I hide uninstall, close icons from DeskAlerts Client menu?

Yes you may configure DeskAlerts Client the way you need:

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I’ve got HTTP 500 error when tried to upload a file.

This issue may be caused by the current IIS settings being too small for the intended file uploads or downloads. You can change the size limit by editing the IIS metabase.xml file. Please check our Administrator’s manual, Troubleshooting section.

Is DeskAlerts able to run on 64-bit, or does it only have 32-bit capabilities?

Yes, DeskAlerts supports both 32 and 64-bit.

Can SQL instance share a server with other databases or does it need to be it’s own separate database?

Yes, you can share it with other databases.

We’ve purchased the skin service, how can we change notifications skins?

Skin Service is done on our side. Send the graphic mock-up of desired alert appearance to your contact person in DeskAlerts and you will get the update shortly.

Our users are receiving messages that are already not relevant, how can we prevent this?

Always specify the Lifetime parameter if you’re sending the alert without schedule, or the correct End Date if you’re using scheduling pattern.

What parameters of alert should be checked so it will appear on the screen of locked workstation?

The alert should be Urgent and the DeskAlerts client on this workstation should be configured to receive locked screen alerts.

We’re planning to upgrade the DeskAlerts client applications, should we remove the existing versions first?

In most cases, new DeskAlerts clients within one software generation (4.x.x.x, 5.x.x.x, 6.x.x.x, 7.x.x.x, 8.x.x.x, 9.x.x.x,) can be installed over the previous ones. If you’re upgrading from one generation to another, you should consider the uninstall of previous versions.

We’re planning to upgrade the DeskAlerts server, will the old clients receive alerts?

If the generations of Server and Client software are the same (version number begins with the same digit), clients will receive alerts though some newest features may not work. If the generation gap is too big, outdated clients will receive error messages prompting users to upgrade the clients.

If the user is logged in on multiple workstations, will he receive an alert on every of them?

With default server settings, he will not. But there is an option in System Configuration, under Message Delivery, which allows such behavior.

I have installed an update on the server, but nothing seem to be changed.

You should perform an IIS Restart, this is a requirement for the most of the server updates.

How to make a non-domain users receive alerts when the client is intended to work in Active Directory mode?

There is an option for this in System Configuration, under Active Directory settings.

Is it possible to move the alert behind the other windows to read it later?

No, alerts are always displayed on top of other windows. You can re-view closed alert from the client History.

How to completely remove DeskAlerts Clients?

Click uninstall – follow instructions and complete the process.

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How Broadcast works?

Sending a message by Broadcast will send the message to ANY user/group/computer/ou instance in the sender’s audience.

I got the message far after the Lifetime expiration, though another user was logged in, what might be the cause?

The source of the issue is that the Lifetime performs not as expected when sending to Computers, as the DA agent snatches incoming message for all users, even though some of them are currently offline.

  1. The message is being sent by broadcast.
  2. The DA agent on the computer with multiple users sends the request to server (signature contains not only the user’s name, but also the name of computer).
  3. Because the message was sent as Broadcast, the Computer is in the list of recipients.
  4. DA agent receives two messages: one for current user, other for the Computer (for all users).
  5. User gets the message which was intended for him.
  6. After client restart, second user gets the message too, because DA agent’s local database already contains the message for all users.

Some interface elements of Control Panel are unresponsive or missing at all, what can I do?

Try using the latest version of Internet Explorer or Chrome to work with DeskAlerts web UI. Some older browsers may partially skip some Javascript code, causing a few elements to disappear.

Where I can find change log?

You can read it from documentation page.

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