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8. Install the prerequisites on your Perception Application Server server

Applies to the following products: 
Questionmark Perception
Applies to the following Perception versions: 
Perception 5.7

The following applications need to be installed on your Perception Application Server server.

These programs must be installed and configured before you install Perception Application Server. Click on the individual program to see instructions and notes on its installation and configuration. Alternatively, you can use the Web Platform Installer to download and automatically install most of the prerequisites at once, instead of downloading and installing each application individually.

Programs marked (manual) must be downloaded and installed manually and cannot be downloaded via the Web Platform Installer.

Details for configuring Microsoft AppFabric can be found on the following page, step 9 (Configure AppFabric).

Required applications

  • .NET 2.0 SP2

    In Windows Server 2008 R2, the .NET 2.0 Framework is installed by default. No further action is required.

  • .NET 3.5 + SP1

    The .NET 3.5 Framework is already installed on Windows Server 2008 R2, but it needs to be enabled.

    To enable the .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2:

    1. Click Start | Administrative Tools | Server Manager
    2. Select Features
    3. Click Add Feature
    4. Place a check in the .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features check-box
    5. Click Add Required Feature
    6. Click Next followed by Install
    7. Once it has finished installing, click Close

    Once setup, you will need to enable the WCF portion of the .NET Framework 3.5. To do this:

    1. Launch the command line
    2. Navigate to: 
      C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v3.0\Windows Communication Foundation\
    3. Enter the following and press Enter
      ServiceModelReg.exe -iru
  • .NET 4

    You can download .NET 4 from:

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4

    Once downloaded, double-click on the installer and follow the instructions to install .NET 4.

  • ASP.NET MVC 2

    You can download ASP.NET MVC 2 from:

    ASP.NET MVC 2 RTM

    To download and install:

    1. Navigate to the above site
    2. Download AspNetMVC2_VS2008.exe
    3. Once downloaded, double-click on the file to launch the installer
    4. Accept the end user license agreement and allow it to install
    5. Click Finish to close the installer once the program has completed installing
  • ASP.NET MVC 3

You can download ASP.NET MVC 3 from:

ASP.NET MVC 3

To download and install:

    1. Navigate to the above site
    2. Use the Web Platform Installer to install MVC 3, or use the direct link to download the installer
    3. If you chose to download the installer, double-click on the file to launch the installer
    4. Accept the end user license agreement and allow it to install
    5. Click Finish to close the installer once the program has completed installing
  • Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (manual)

You can download Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 from:

Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

To download and install:

  1. Navigate to the above site
  2. Download MSChart.exe
  3. Once downloaded, double-click on the file to launch the installer
  4. Accept the end user license agreement and allow the program to install
  5. Click Finish to close the installer
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 (manual)

You will need to ensure that you have administrative user rights on the server on which you plan to install IIS.

To install IIS:

    1. Click Start | All Programs | Administrative Tools | Server Manager
    2. In the Server Manager window, scroll down to Roles Summary, and then click Add Roles. The Add Roles Wizard will start with a Before You Begin page. The wizard asks for verification of the following:
      • The administrator account has a strong password
      • The network settings, such as IP addresses, are configured
      • The latest security updates from Windows Update are installed
    1. Select Web Server (IIS) on the Select Server Roles page. An introductory page will open with links for further information.
    2. Select the IIS services to be installed on the Select Role Services page. Add the following modules, and click Next:
      • Static Content
      • Default Document
      • ASP
      • ASP.NET
      • .NET Extensibility
      • CGI
      • ISAPI Extensions
      • ISAPI Filters
      • Windows Authentication
      • IP and Domain Restrictions
      • IIS Management Console
      • IIS Management Scripts and Tools
      • IIS 6 Management Components (or the whole IIS 6 Management Compatibility subtree)
    1. Click Add Required Role Services
    2. Wait for IIS to complete installing, and click Finish

Once IIS is enabled, make sure the ASP.NET State Service is running. To do this:

    1. Click Start | Administration Tools | Services
    2. Locate and right click on the ASP State Service entry
    3. Click Properties
    4. Make sure the Startup type is set to Automatic
    5. Click Start to start the service now
    6. Click OK and exit out of the Services window

Running 32-bit applications in 64-bit IIS

If you are planning to run 32-bit applications (i.e., Perception) in a 64-bit version of IIS, you will need to ensure that the correct settings are enabled. The settings are enabled by running specific commands and parameters from the command line. You will need to launch the command line prompt as an administrative user (you can do this by logging in as an administrative user or by right-clicking on the command prompt icon and clicking Run as administrator).

To enable 32-bit applications to run in 64-bit IIS, enter the following command at the prompt:

cscript %SYSTEMDRIVE%\inetpub\adminscripts\adsutil.vbs SET W3SVC/AppPools/Enable32bitAppOnWin64 1

To enable the 32-bit version of the .NET 2.0 Framework for use with Perception, you will need to run the following command:

%SYSTEMROOT%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_regiis.exe -i

...or, if that is unavailable, try:

%SYSTEMROOT%\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\aspnet_regiis.exe -i

Windows Server AppFabric 6.1 (manual)

You can download Windows Server AppFabric 6.1 from:

Windows Server AppFabric

For complete instructions about how to install AppFabric, please refer to the following:

Windows Server AppFabric installation and configuration guide

To install AppFabric:

    1. Double-click the file you downloaded
    2. Click Yes to accept the terms and conditions, followed by Next
    3. Select you preferences for the Customer ExperienceHelp Improve, and Critical Updates options, and click Next
    4. Select the following features and click Next (uncheck the other options so that only the following features are selected)
  • Runtime Features (automatically checked when the option below is checked)
    • Caching Services
  • Administration Tools (automatically checked when the option below is checked)
    • Cache Administration

  1. Click Install to start the installation process

Once AppFabric is installed, you will be asked if you want to configure it. For the time being, uncheck the checkbox and exit the installer. Once you have finished installing all the requisites, you will need to come back and configure AppFabric. Configuring AppFabric for Perception will be discussed later in this guide in step 19 (Configure AppFabric).