SPD Setup on a New Spectrum Server

If you are a new customer to the Spectrum Technology Platform or setting up a new Spectrum server, we recommend setting a location for your Spectrum Product Data (SPD) that is separate from the Spectrum Technology Platform installation folder.

The Spectrum Technology Platform has Command Line Interface (CLI) commands for setting the SPD file archive location and for setting the extract location. The archive location establishes the archive location for the data on the Spectrum server. The extract location establishes the extract location for the data on the Spectrum server. You only need to run these commands once to set the extract and archive locations. Spectrum remembers these locations for future Spectrum Product Data (SPD) installations.

If you do not use these commands to set the location for your Spectrum Product Data (SPD), then Spectrum installs the data to default locations: the default SPD file archive area is ../archive/ref-data and extracted SPD files are in ../ref-data under the spectrum folder where the Spectrum Technology Platform is installed. Installing to the default location may affect:

  • How long it takes to upgrade the Spectrum Technology Platform because everything under the spectrum folder, including data, is backed up to a ZIP archive file during the upgrade. If there is not enough space on the server, the upgrade will stop.
  • How long it takes to uninstall and reinstall the Spectrum Technology Platform, which would include the extra step of reinstalling Spectrum Product Data (SPD). Uninstalling the Spectrum Technology Platformremoves everything under the spectrum installation folder including any data files.
  • The space requirements for the Spectrum server machine.
  • The length of the folder paths to the data.