System Requirements

This section covers the system requirements needed to run the NIM server.

Virtual Machine

NIM is installed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server directly within your facility. You can install the virtualization product of your choice to run the VM, such as Oracle VirtualBox or VMware vSphere. NIM is delivered as a preconfigured Ubuntu Server virtual appliance with all of the necessary configurations to run NIM right out of the box.

To learn more about Ubuntu visit their page here:

http://www.ubuntu.com

Virtualization Environment

NIM is supplied with two out of the box options for a virtualization environment, Oracle VirtualBox or VMware. Please download the appropriate version of NIM for your environment of choice.

Oracle VirtualBox

Oracle VirtualBox is cross-platform virtualization product that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

http://www.virtualbox.org

Currently, VirtualBox runs on the following host operating systems:

  • Windows hosts:
    • Windows Vista SP1 and later (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 10 RTM build 10240 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
      • Support for Windows XP was removed with VirtualBox 5.0
  • Mac OS X hosts:
    • 10.9 (Mavericks)
    • 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • 10.11 (El Capitan)
      • Intel hardware is required
  • Linux hosts (32-bit and 64-bit). Among others, this includes:
    • Ubuntu 12.04 to 16.10
    • Debian GNU/Linux 7 (“Wheezy”) and 8 (“Jessie”)
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5, Oracle Linux 6 and 7
    • Redhat Enterprise Linux 5, 6 and 7
    • Fedora Core / Fedora 6 to 25
    • Gentoo Linux
    • openSUSE 11.4 to 13.2
      • Note that starting with VirtualBox 2.1, Linux 2.4-based host operating systems are no longer supported.

VMware

VMware is a commercially available virtualization environment to host the NIM VM. Please refer to the VMware website for further information on the available solutions.

http://www.vmware.com

Web Browsers

The NIM VM is a website erver that can be accessed through any standard network connection. This allows NIM to run across all operating systems that support the following browsers.

  • Safari v7.x +
  • Chrome v37.x +
  • Firefox v25.x +

Network Access & VPN

On an internal network, NIM is accessible through HTTP or HTTPS ports. Externally NIM can be accessed through a HTTP or HTTPS port opened on a firewall, however, it is recommended to use a VPN between locations if using HTTP or restrict traffic to HTTPS to ensure the security of your information.