CU*BASE Network and Hardware Specifications

Introduction

These guidelines are designed for new credit unions who are converting to the CU*BASE platform with CU*Answers. The standards and guidelines outlined below should be used in the planning process for upgrading existing equipment, for the purchase of software and new equipment, and for preparation of the training site in anticipation of the conversion.

Purpose

The guidelines are intended to help make the transition smoother and eliminate unnecessary complications and problems that come from untested or incompatible equipment and software. A successful conversion depends on many factors; network configuration, network security, and hardware compatibility are critical components in making sure your staff can reap the benefits of your CU*BASE investment from day one.

CU*Answers and CU*BASE Networking and Hardware minimum specifications are subject to periodic change. Please check with the Network Services team for the most current information prior to investment in new hardware, network-related equipment, or software.

NOW ANNOUNCING SUPPORT FOR WINDOWS 10

CU*Answers Network Services is happy to announce as of April 2016 Windows 10 has been formally certified for use with CU*BASE.  Although it is not widely used yet, there are a number of workstations in the field using this operating system. For more information on changes in Windows 10 and CU*Answers Network Services recommended best practices, please review the following White Paper: Windows 10 and Office 365 Producst & Considerations

Network Guidelines – LAN

  1. Functional peer-to-peer workgroup or domain network infrastructure
  2. Category 5e or greater cabling
  3. One GUAPPLE appliance per branch office
  4. If utilizing an eDOC ASP solution, one iSweep appliance per branch office
  5. PC’s and printers connected via Ethernet
  6. Routing requirements in this AnswerBook article must be met
  7. DNS requirements in this AnswerBook article must be met

Network Guidelines – Branch Communications

  1. All branches must have network connectivity back to office where CU*Answers data connection is installed
  2. Routing requirements in this AnswerBook article must be met

Network Guidelines – Connectivity to CU*Answers

All clients must utilize a CU*Answers configured/managed Cisco 4331-series router with Advanced Security IOS

Minimum

128K MPLS data connection to CU*Answers with VPN failover

Recommended

T1 MPLS data connection to CU*Answers with VPN failover

Advanced

T1 or Fiber MPLS connection paired with high speed internet VPN backup

Workstation Guidelines – Software

CU*BASE requires a Microsoft Windows Operating System to operate.

Each workstation also requires the following software:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 (Provided by Microsoft)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributables (Provided by Microsoft)
  • Rocket LegaSuite Windows Client (Provided through CU*Answers)
  • IBM I Access Client Solutions (Provided through CU*Answers)
  • itextsharp.dll 5.0.6.0 (Optional for PDF exports from the dashboard. Provided through CU*Answers)
  • Microsoft Excel 2013+ (Provided by Microsoft)

Recommended*

Windows 10 Professional 64-bit

* Considerations for choosing a 32-bit versus 64-bit operating system:

  1. CU*BASE is fully supported on both 32 and 64 bit Windows 7 operating systems.
  2. The main benefit of a 64-bit operating system is the ability to utilize more than 4GB of RAM. If you do not intend to order a workstation with over 4GB of RAM, then a 64-bit operating system would not be necessary.
  3. Some legacy devices and 3rd party applications may not function properly with a 64-bit operating systems. All currently supported CU*BASE peripherals have 64-bit driver support, however older, legacy peripherals may not. 3rd party applications should also be reviewed with the vendor to determine 64-bit compatibility.

Windows 7  will no longer supported by Microsoft as of January 1st, 2020 (see Microsoft product lifecycle). Any legacy hardware that was compatible with Windows 7 will not be supported, as well. Please contact CU*Answers Network Services if you would like a hardware proposal for new workstations or printers!

Please contact Network Services at 800-327-3478 (option 3) for any additional questions about choosing the right operating system.

Workstation Guidelines – Hardware

  1. Monitor capable of 1024×768 resolution or greater
  2. 10/100 Network Interface Card
  3. Available USB ports if signature pad, scanner, or USB printer will be used
  4. Available serial ports if TCD/TCR or wireless signature pad will be used

Minimum

Processor:
Dual core, 2Ghz or greater
Memory:
4 GB or greater
Hard Drive:
At least 16 GB of free space
Solid State drive

Recommended

Processor:
Dual core, 3Ghz or greater
Memory:
8GB or greater
Hard Drive:
At least 20GB of free space
Solid State drive

Advanced

Processor:
Quad core, 3.6Ghz or greater
Memory:
16GB or greater
Hard Drive:
At least 30GB of free space
Solid State drive

CU*Answers has partnered with Network Services to provide your credit union with fully configured systems. Network Services is a Dell Tier One Service Provider and can provide you with new Dell computer systems fully configured right out of the box. Network Services computers arrive configured for your network with IBM Client Access, JWalk and CU*BASE GOLD. This combined CU*Answers/Dell partnership will drastically reduce your installation and configuration time while ensuring correct, stable and complete software installations.

   

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Updated
August 13, 2019