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RAD PDF Prerequisites
Posted by Chris Truxaw, Last modified by Chris (Staff) on 27 November 2017 02:34 PM

RAD PDF requires that several pieces of software be setup and configured prior to installation:

(1) Windows Server 2003 / 2003 R2 / 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2012 R2
The Web, Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter edition of Microsoft Windows 2003 or 2008 or 2012 Server must be installed. Unless otherwise stated, this documentation Windows Server was installed and configured with the default settings.

Note: RAD PDF has been compiled to support both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) platforms. For 64-bit platforms, only x64 (AMD64 / Intel64 / x86-64) processors are supported. The less common IA64 (Itanium) processors are not supported in this build. If Itanium support is needed, please contact us.

(a) Microsoft IIS 6.0 or higher
IIS (Internet Information Services) version 6.0 or higher must be installed on the Windows Server.

(b) Microsoft .NET 3.5 with Service Pack 1 or higher
The .NET Framework, version 3.5 SP1 or higher, must be installed.

(2) Microsoft SQL Server 2005 / 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2014 / 2016 (optional)
SQL Server is only required for the PdfWebControl; it is not required for Lite Documents / the PdfWebControlLite.
The Express, Web, Workgroup, Standard, Enterprise, or Developer Edition of Microsoft SQL Server must be installed. SQL Server does not need to be installed locally (and for deployments in which multiple servers are using RAD PDF for the same web application, it is not recommended). The SQL Server instance must be accessible via a standard SQL connection string from the application server on which RAD PDF is installed.


We recommend that RAD PDF be installed on a server with at least a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB of available RAM, and 500 MB of available disk space. If you plan to run RAD PDF on a server with less available memory or disk space, please contact Red Software for configuration recommendations.

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