The purpose of this installation manual is to give you the system requirements and a step-by-step guide on installing Exact Synergy Enterprise. For the installation of Exact Synergy, see Installation and update procedures Exact Synergy on web servers at the customer portal of Exact Software.
Before you install Exact Synergy Enterprise, please review the system requirements for it to run optimally. For more information, see Hardware and software requirements for Exact Synergy Enterprise.
This section contains a step-by-step installation guide. The following applications are required for installing Exact Synergy Enterprise:
After installing the required applications, you can proceed with the installation of Exact Synergy Enterprise:
Exact Synergy Enterprise relies heavily on Microsoft Internet Information Services. Since a web server is usually accessible to the outside world, it is one of the most vulnerable servers in the network. For example, during the installation of the operating system, it is advised to install only the minimal requirements to run Exact Synergy Enterprise. This will save resources and minimize the risk of unwanted activities on the server.
On a regular basis, go to www.microsoft.com to check for the latest service packs, updates, patches and hot fixes to protect your web server from unwanted activities.
To install IIS 8, see How to install Microsoft IIS 8 on Microsoft Server 2012 for Exact Synergy
To install IIS 8.5, see How to install Microsoft IIS 8.5 on Microsoft Server 2012 R2 for Exact
To install IIS 10, see
How to install Microsoft IIS 10 on Microsoft Server 2016 or Microsoft Server 2019 for Exact Synergy
The Microsoft .NET Framework includes everything you need to run applications using the Microsoft .NET Framework and is therefore required before installing Exact Synergy Enterprise.
The Microsoft .NET Framework can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft website.
After installing the Microsoft .NET Framework, you will have to register .NET with IIS.
After installing Microsoft .NET Framework, you should ensure that the configurations are compatible with Exact Synergy Enterprise by configuring the Microsoft .NET Framework.
Exact Synergy Enterprise uses validation and decryption keys for encryption, decryption, validation of forms-authentication data and out of process session state identification. Using the default (out of the box) validation and decryption key settings in IIS is not recommended. For better security and to prevent third party tampering of encrypted data, these keys should be changed.
Exact Synergy Enterprise
works with Microsoft SQL Server. For more information about the compatibility
of the SQL Server version with the respective Exact Synergy Enterprise product
release, see Hardware
and Software Requirements for Exact Synergy Enterprise Start page. When you install Microsoft SQL Server, keep
in mind to select mixed mode for the authentication.
Remember to restart the SQL Server for this to take effect, or else you will encounter the Baco no rights error message when you launch Exact Synergy Enterprise.
For installing Exact Synergy Enterprise based on the Microsoft .NET Framework, the necessary files can be downloaded with the ProductUpdater. Alternatively, Exact Synergy Enterprise can also be installed using Windows Installer (MSI) packages. For more information, see Installing and updating Exact Synergy Enterprise with Microsoft Windows Installer.
Note: An Exact Synergy Enterprise installation carried out using ProductUpdater cannot be updated using the MSI installer and vice versa. For more informaton, see How-to: Replacing Exact Synergy Enterprise installed using Productupdater with Windows Installer.
Just like the software itself, the ProductUpdater is also available in multiple languages. To
access the product updater, go to the Exact
Synergy Enterprise folder, double-click the bin folder, and then double-click ProductUpdater_T15_NL.exe, ProductUpdater_T15_AE.exe,
ProductUpdater file name
Dutch Exact Synergy Enterprise installer
English Exact Synergy Enterprise installer
German Exact Synergy Enterprise installer
Caution: The ProductUpdater_T8 that is used for Exact Synergy cannot be used for installing Exact Synergy Enterprise. The ProductUpdater links above are accessible to authorized users only. You have to login to the customer portal to download the product updater.
Since Exact Synergy Enterprise is supported by
different browsers, before you create a new database (for Microsoft Windows
authentication), you need to configure the browser settings to ensure the
database creation process run successfully.
When you start up Exact Synergy Enterprise, you are required to provide a valid license type for Exact Synergy Enterprise. The license file for Exact Synergy is no longer valid. If you have selected the appropriate license file, you are allowed to create a database.
After the new database is created, you have to make sure the following configurations in IIS are set.
The database configuration is stored in the db.config file in the root of your Exact Synergy Enterprise installation directory. This is created when a new database is created or an existing database is opened. In Exact Synergy, this file was called baco.cfg.
After the file db.config is automatically created, you can put information of other database in the db.config in order to run other databases on Exact Synergy Enterprise. You can open the db.config in Notepad and it will look like this:
You can easily add new databases by using the example shown. Of course the virtual directory that you specify must exist in the Internet Information Services application.
When you want to open an existing Exact Synergy Enterprise database, you need to select the corresponding hyperlink. If the database of an Exact Synergy version is selected, the database will automatically be updated to the current version installed.
If this is a database that was created in the Exact Synergy environment, then you need to read the Conversion manual for converting this database correctly to Exact Synergy Enterprise.
Note: You need to have at least Exact Synergy product update 372 in order to convert the Exact Synergy database to Exact Synergy Enterprise.