Requirements checklist

  • Ensure you have a Windows server running Windows Server 2008 or newer
  • Ensure your server has the .NET Framework version 4.0 or newer installed
  • Confirm that you can create a new Web site in IIS on this server
  • Confirm that you will be permitted to configure it so that Web site files can be writable by the Windows user who owns the IIS process (typically the IIS_IUSRS group).
  • Ensure you have access to a Microsoft SQL Server version 2008 or newer
  • Ensure that you’ll be able to authenticate in SQL Server authentication mode
  • Confirm that you’ll be able to create a database
  • Ensure that you have a mail server with an accessible SMTP port or the ability to deliver mail from a service running on the Web server
  • The latest release of the GRA software downloaded from GitHub.

Configuration information you’ll need

Configuration step 1: database configuration

  • Database server name or IP address
  • Database/catalog name
  • Database owner user login (the user in the db_owner role)
  • Database owner user password
  • Database regular user login (the user in the db_datareader and db_datawriter roles)
  • Database regular user password

Configuration step 2: mail server configuration

  • The administrator’s email address - you may want to set up a role address ahead of time so that system emails don’t appear to come from your personal address
  • Mail server (optional) - SMTP server to handle emails. If you do not specify one, it will leave them on the server (in c:\inetpub\smtp\ by default) to be picked up by mail delivery software
  • Mail server port (optional) - by default 25 will be used
  • Mail server login (optional) - if you need to authenticate to send email
  • Mail server password (optional)

Configuration step 3: select an initial program configuration

Your final decision is which initial program configuration to choose:

  • You can opt to set up with a single reading program
  • You can opt to set up with four age-specific reading programs.

For more information on these options, please review the planning section of this manual.