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Install and configure Designer as a Standalone

Do you have detailed instructions on the steps to install and configure Designer as a Standalone?

Unfortunately, I’m unaware of any.

For the base installation, it’s simply a question of installing Design without the Server or DB components.

Once installed, there are two things that will need to be configured in Design.

  1. Open Design
  2. Go to Window > Preferences…
  3. In the Preferences Window, go to Database Connection and enter in the information for your database, however it is configured on the server.
    a. You must click Test Connection and it must succeed before it allows you to apply your changes and leave this screen.
  4. In the Preferences window, go to Print > General and enter the information for your Connect Server. In most cases it will suffice to provide the hostname of Connect Server. If you’ve defined a different login and password in your Connect Server’s Configuration file, you’ll also need to specify it here.

Finally, the only thing remaining is to ensure that ports are open in your firewall (if any) so that Designer is able to communicate with everything. At a minimum, you’ll need to open the ports specified in the two configuration screens mentioned above, as well as the ports used by Messenger (5863/5864 TCP and UDP). Communication is bi-directional, so inbound and outbound rules must be configured.

For a more complete list of ports used by Connect and Workflow, there’s this list which I’ll duplicate here:

Port # Type Module: Description
5863/5864 TCP+UDP Messenger: used for inter-module communication
9340 TCP Server: used for Connect REST API
3306 TCP MySQL: default port for the Connect MySQL Database
8080 TCP HTTPServer: default listening port for HTTP Server
443 TCP HTTPServer: default listening port for HTTPS Server
110 TCP Mail Input: default POP3 port
25 TCP Mail Output: default SMTP port
515 TCP LPR/LPD: default LPR/LPD port
9100 TCP Telnet: default telnet port
21 TCP FTP Input/Output: default FTP port
  • Port numbers in bold type are user configurable. - Port numbers in italic type are always open whereas the others are only open if the respective module is used - Some of the ports listed above may also be used by other modules and some user-configurable modules may use other ports entirely, depending on the settings defined by the end user (e.g. the HTTP Client Input task)|

This is perfect! It should be added as a knowledge-base item