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Hardware Requirements

BSD SpecLink-E is a client/server application that may be used by a single user (standalone) or installed on a network for use by any workstation on which the client is installed. An Internet connection is required for operation in both standalone and network configurations.

The network configuration limits the number of simultaneous users based on the subscription purchased.
Here are the recommendations for the common configurations.  


PROFESSIONAL VERSION Standalone Configuration  Server Configuration  
  Standalone Workstations (Client only) Network Server
Install location Laptop or Desktop Laptop or Desktop Server
Internet Connection Required Required Required
Browser Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher Not required
Processor Intel-compatible processor, 2 GHz or better
Operating System:                                             (English only operating system) Windows XP1 Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 Windows XP1, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 Windows Server (2003, 2008 or 2012) SP22 
(32 or 64-bit) (32 or 64-bit) (32 or 64-bit)
RAM 4 GB or more 2 GB or more 4 GB or more
Minimum Required Disk Space 10 GB on C: drive4 1 GB 10 GB on C:drive4
Monitor Resolution XGA or better XGA or better XGA or better
DVD Needed if setup is not downloaded
Printer Laser printer or PDF writer Laser printer or PDF writer Not required


CORPORATE VERSION Workstation/Server configuration
Workstations (Client only) Network Server - Corporate
Install location Laptop or Desktop Server
Internet Connection Required Required
Browser Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher Not required
Processor Intel-compatible processor, 2 GHz or better
Operating System:  (English only operating system) Windows XP1, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 (32 or 64-bit) Windows Server ( 2008 or 2012) SP21 (32 or 64-bit)  
RAM 2 GB or more 4 GB for 2 users+ 2 GB per each additional concurrent user2
Minimum Required Disk Space 1 GB 10 GB on C: drive3
Monitor Resolution XGA or better XGA or better
DVD   Required for initial installation
Printer Laser printer or PDF writer Not required

Preferred Server and Standalone configuration:  64-bit operating system, and a dual-core or equivalent processor.

The corporate version of SpecLink-E utilizes SQL server 2012 SP1 Standard. This version of SQL is not supported by Microsoft on either Windows XP or Server 2003 for the server portion of the install.

  • 1) BSD will always provide support for their software but cannot guarantee the operating environment in which you run it. Since Microsoft is discontinuing support for XP, there may be some unforeseen circumstances and instability in the future with regards to running software on it that is outside of BSD’s control and would not be supported.
  • 2) Currently, we do not support SpecLink-E installation with the following configuration: Windows 2012 essentials with Office 365. Contact support at 1-800-266-7732 for further information.
  • 3) For our Corporate users we have found that 4 GB of RAM on the server devoted to SpecLink-E is sufficient for 2 concurrent users. To maintain performance we recommend that an additional 2 GB of RAM be installed for each additional concurrent user.
  • 4) During initial installation, the database can be installed on another local drive with a minimum of 3GB that must be available on the C: drive.


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Contact support at 1-800-266-7732 for further information.