Installing a New Server


  • Before installing Spectrum Technology Platform, be sure to read the Release Notes. The Release Notes contains important compatibility information as well as release-specific installation notes.
  • Apply all the latest updates available for your operating system, especially those that resolve issues with Java.
  • You may encounter installation problems on Windows if the data execution prevention (DEP) setting is not set correctly. The DEP setting must be set to Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only. For instructions on how to change your DEP setting, see the Windows documentation.

To install a new server:

  1. Download Spectrum Technology Platform using the download instructions contained in your welcome letter.
  2. Extract the downloaded file to a temporary location on the server where you want to install Spectrum Technology Platform.
  3. Double-click install.exe.
  4. The installer guides you through the installation process.
    • If you are setting up an environment where the configuration database is installed on a separate server choose Server only. Otherwise choose Standard installation.
    • When prompted, select the modules that you want to install.
      • Make sure that Spectrum Technology Platform Server is selected.
      • If you are installing the SAP, you must also install Advanced Matching (Universal Name Data Normalization and Advanced Matching). Enterprise Tax is optional. Universal Addressing is only required if you will be using the SAP service SAPValidateAddressWithCandidates.
      • If you are installing Screener, you must also install these modules: Data Stewardship, Data Integration, Context Graph, Universal Addressing, Universal Name Data Normalization and Advanced Matching.
    • When prompted, enter the HTTP port that you want to use then press Enter. The default is 8080. For a complete listing of ports used by Spectrum Technology Platform see Network Ports.
  5. Wait for the server to start. Unless you are installing a cluster and you cleared the check box to start the server after installation, the Spectrum Technology Platform server starts when the installation is complete.
    Important: Do not attempt to stop the server until after it has fully started for the first time. Stopping the server before it performs an initial startup can cause your installation to become unusable.

    By default, the Windows Server will not auto start. If you want to enable auto start, click the check box to do so. If you are installing in a clustered environment, you ensure that the check box is NOT selected, or the installation will be invalid. You can see when the server has fully started by opening the log file SpectrumDirectory\server\logs\spectrum-server.log and looking for this message:

    INFO  [Server] Spectrum Technology Platform (Version version build) Started
  6. Install your license key. For more information, see Installing a License Key.
  7. Apply all the updates for the platform and any modules you have installed. For a listing of updates, see the Update Summary page.
Note: Further module-level configurations might be required in some cases, such as Spectrum Screener. See these details in the Installation section of the respective module guides.