System Requirements for Configuration

This section provides information about minimum hardware, software, and security requirements necessary for configuring BizTalk Server.

 International  You can install and configure the English version of BizTalk Server on any other language platform. However, if you are not using the English version of BizTalk Server, the platform language must match the BizTalk Server language.

Hardware Requirements

The minimum hardware requirements for configuring BizTalk Server appear in the BizTalk Server Installation Guide. For more information, see

Software Requirements

You must install all software requirements listed in the BizTalk Server Installation Guide before you configure BizTalk Server. For more information, see Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 is required so you can use the BizTalk Server Configuration Wizard to configure the necessary databases.

Supported versions of SQL Server include:

  • SQL Server 2000 Enterprise, Standard, or Developer Edition with Service Pack 3a (SP3a)

Important  You cannot install the Standard and Enterprise Editions of SQL Server on Windows® XP Professional. If you are using Windows XP Professional, you must use SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition. SQL Server 2000 Personal and Evaluation Editions are not compatible with BizTalk Server.

Note  In order to use SQL Server Instances in BizTalk Server, you must type the instance name into a given SQL Server name field. For example, <ServerName>\<InstanceName>.

  • SQL Server Analysis Services is optional. It is required only if you want to use Health and Activity Tracking (HAT) or Business Activity Monitoring (BAM). If you install SQL Server Analysis Services, you must also install Analysis Server SP3a.

Security Requirements

This section outlines the prerequisite user accounts, groups, server and database permissions, as well as required SQL and Windows authentication settings. For more information about groups and accounts, see Windows Group and User Accounts in BizTalk Server.

Important  You must be a Windows administrator on the local computer to install and configure BizTalk Server. You must also log on as a member of the domain when running the Configuration Wizard if you are using domain accounts or groups in your configuration.

Single Computer Configurations

It is necessary to consider the following security recommendations for a single computer configuration:

  • You must log on as a user who is a member of the local administrators group. BizTalk Server supports local user and group accounts only in single computer configurations. BizTalk Server supports domain user and group accounts in both single and multiple computer configurations.
  • Install and configure the master secret server as a stand-alone server. In the Configuration Wizard, during the initial installation of the Single Sign-On (SSO) server, click Yes when asked if that server is the Master Secret Server. For all subsequent installations of (SSO), click No. For more information about configuring a stand-alone master secret server, see Configuring SSO in a Stand-Alone Environment.

Multiple Computer Configurations

It is necessary to consider the following security recommendations for a multiple computer configuration where you install BizTalk Server, SQL Server 2000 and SSO on three separate computers:

  • You must be a local Administrator on SSO and BizTalk Server. You must be a SQL Administrator on SQL Server 2000 and BizTalk Server.
  • To configure Enterprise SSO, you must be a member of the SSO Administrators group.
  • The SSO service account must be a member of the SSO Administrators group account. You should not use the SSO service account for other service accounts.
  • The BizTalk Server Administrators group must be a member of the SSO Affiliate Administrators group account. The SSO Affiliate Administrators is a Domain Local group; all others are Global.

Additional Security Considerations

  • The user account specified during configuration receives "log on as" service privileges.
  • The initial installation and configuration creates virtual directories. Only local administrators gain access to Access Control Lists (ACLs) on this virtual directory.
  • BizTalk Server uses Windows Authentication to access the created SQL Server databases.
  • BizTalk Server only supports multiple computer configurations with all databases being in the same time zone.
  • When configuring BizTalk Server, you must enter account information and specify a password. You cannot use a blank password.

See Also

Security Recommendations for BizTalk Server Components

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