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Sage 500 System Requirements (v7.4)

Sage 500 7.4 (formerly Sage MAS 500) supports 64-bit and 32-bit on the server (32-bit on the clients) in the original release. No additional MU’s or service packs are needed for 64-bit support.

Upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit is controlled by the edition of Windows and SQL Server you install and will provide a smooth transition to 64-bit once you are ready to move to 64-bit. Sage MAS 500 7.4 supports 64-bit editions of Windows Server and SQL Server.

Consider multi-core technology and virtualization support for best future support and performance.
The Sage 500 version you purchase can also be used with lower versions of SQL Server but not with higher versions unless you upgrade the SQL Server version with which you have licensed Sage 500. For example, Sage 500 Standard Edition with SQL Server Standard licensing can be used with SQL Server Standard Edition and MSDE, but not SQL Server Premium Edition; however, the Sage 500 Standard Edition with the SQL Server Enterprise Edition license can be run on SQL Server Enterprise, as well as all lower versions of SQL Server. The Sage 500 Small Business Edition is generally licensed for SQL Server 2005 Express only.
Minimum Requirements

Following is a simple chart detailing guidelines for the Windows, SQL Server, and Sage 500 edition, as well as the hardware you typically require. You must meet or exceed these minimums.
Sage MAS 500 Edition
Windows Edition
SQL Server Edition
(Default Edition)
Minimum Requirements
Recommended Minimum
Windows Server 2000/2003 Standard, Advanced/Enterprise
Standard or SQL 2005 Express
Dual Pentium III 450
512 MB RAM
1 GB disk space
Dual Pentium Xeon or better
2-4 GB RAM
4 GB disk space
Windows Server 2000/2003 Standard, Advanced/Enterprise
Standard or Enterprise
Dual Pentium III 450
512 MB RAM
1 GB disk space
Dual Pentium Xeon or better (Quad capable)
4-8 GB RAM
10 GB disk space
Increase Memory

The minimum requirement of 512 MB of memory services about 10 users. Consider increasing the amount of memory to use under the following conditions:

• If you are servicing more than 10 users or deploying distribution or manufacturing systems.
• Database sizes grow, or are expected to grow to more than 1 GB.
• Performance monitoring indicates disk paging due to insufficient memory.

Always Employ a RAID 1 or 10 Disk Array Configuration

Always employ a RAID 1 or 10 disk array configuration and abstract databases and objects. The following are more guidelines for this configuration:

• A minimum of 3 arrays for SQL Server objects are generally used:
  - One array for databases.
  - One array for transaction logs.
   -One array for the tempdb database (the tempdb is included with other logs).

• Add additional arrays when the performance monitor indicates drive bottlenecks to the following:
  - Abstract indexes for either all tables or table groups.
  - Group tables normally associated with heavy usage or
Requirements for using Sage 500 with Terminal Services.


The server where Terminal Services is running needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Dual Intel Pentium® IV class or higher processor. This allows you to add capacity as the number of users grows. Processor and memory requirements scale linearly.
  • A minimum of 512 MB of RAM plus an additional 128 MB for each typical user.
  • A minimum of 500 MB of available disk space.
  • SCSI hard drives (caching array recommended).
  • A supported version of Microsoft Windows
Comparison of Sage MAS 500 with Other Products
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