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Requirements

Before your library installs EZproxy, make sure that your library has the proper knowledge, hardware and operating system requirements.

End of support for EZproxy on Solaris platform
OCLC will end support for EZproxy on the Solaris 10 (x86) platform on October 31, 2018. We will no longer provide software for this platform as of that date. We will continue to provide Linux and Windows versions of the software. Customers using EZproxy on Solaris should plan to move their installation of EZproxy to Linux or Windows. If you have questions about this change, please reach out to Customer Support (support@oclc.org). 

Experience

In order to run EZproxy successfully, you must have staff available who can:

  • Understand the operating system where EZproxy will be installed, as well as its file structure and permissions
  • Configure your DNS and firewall
  • Provide you with your site's IP address ranges
  • Assist with configuring EZproxy to work with your existing authentication methods, if applicable, and has basic experience and skills to manage web servers
  • Know the user authentication system your library has - or wants to implement - as well as the authentication method used by your database content providers to access to their resources for example IP address recognition

Optionally, your staff will also benefit from having basic knowledge of an IP proxy server and an understanding of URL rewriting and strategies behind using a URL Rewriting program.

You'll want to review all technical requirements and configuration choices with your IT staff.

Hardware and operating system

EZproxy is supported under three different operating systems: Linux, Solaris (x86), and Windows. The supported versions of these operating systems along with their minimum hardware requirements appear in this article.

Linux

EZproxy for Linux requires an x86 or x86_64 distribution of Linux running a 2.2 or later kernel. To verify the version of your Linux kernel, use the command:

    uname -a

If you encounter problems running EZproxy on a specific distribution of Linux, please contact OCLC support for further assistance.

The minimum recommended configuration for an EZproxy for Linux server is a Pentium II 400 with 256 MB of RAM. 10 MB of disk space is required for installation. Additional disk space is required to accommodate user authentication files and server log files.

Solaris

EZproxy for Solaris (x86) requires Solaris version 10 or later running on Intel Pentium 4 and later processors or on AMD Athlon 64 and Opteron and later processors.

The minimum recommended configuration for an EZproxy for Solaris server is not defined, although EZproxy's modest processor and memory utilization makes most systems suitable for use. For specific guidance, please contact OCLC support.

10 MB of disk space is required for installation. Additional disk space is required to accommodate user authentication files and server log files.

Windows

EZproxy runs on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows 2008, and Windows XP and XP Professional (32-bit, as well as 64-bit). For Windows 2008, WOW64 may be required, as EZproxy is truly a 32-bit application.

The minimum recommended configuration for an EZproxy for Windows server is a Pentium II 400 with 256 MB of RAM. 10 MB of disk space is required for installation. Additional disk space is required to accommodate user authentication files and server log files.

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