Checking System Requirements for Windows

You probably won't have to worry about hardware for a FogBugz server. Any Pentium-class computer will probably be fine for most teams. At Fog Creek, they've run databases with over 100 users off of a single Pentium II/266 MHz. You'll probably want at least 512MB of RAM to get decent performance out of any Windows server.

FogBugz for Windows is supported on the following operating systems:

• Windows XP Professional

• Windows 2000 (Professional, Server, Advanced Server, or Datacenter)

• Windows Server 2003 (Web, Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter)

FogBugz is compatible with Windows XP Professional Edition but not Home Edition. On Windows XP, you need to install Internet Information Services (IIS), which is not installed by default. If it is not installed, you can install it from Start >■ Control Panel >■ Add or Remove Programs >■ Add or Remove Windows Components.

On Windows Server 2003, you should use the Manage Your Server application to install IIS. Click Add or Remove a Role and ensure that the Application Server role is turned on.

FogBugz also requires VBScript 5.6 or later and Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.6 or later on the server. You can download VBScript from library/default.asp?url=/downloads/list/webdev.asp. To find the latest version of MDAC, go to and enter MDAC in the search box.

You also need to have a database server installed. You have three choices for a database for FogBugz on Windows:

• Microsoft Jet 4.0SP3

• Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 or 2000. At the time of this writing, SQL Server 2005 ("Yukon") was not yet available in final form from Microsoft, but Fog Creek assures me that they will support SQL Server 2005 shortly after it is released.

Microsoft Jet is preinstalled on Windows 2000 and later, so you probably don't have to install Jet. You can also install Jet for free from Microsoft's Web site; go to and enter "Jet" in the search box. Jet is good enough for small teams using FogBugz. It works fine for up to about 10 users. The major drawback to Jet as a FogBugz database is that it does not support full-text search.

MySQL is an extremely popular open source database available for free from MySQL AB. MySQL supports full-text search. You can download and install MySQL from

Microsoft SQL Server is a commercial, industrial-strength database that will scale to virtually any size software team. It requires a license from Microsoft and makes FogBugz work faster and more reliably on larger teams. SQL Server supports full-text search.

If you've already got SQL Server installed on your network (or can afford to buy SQL Server licenses just for bug tracking), use SQL Server. For very small teams or casual bug tracking, use Jet. Otherwise, use MySQL.

To send e-mail, you need an SMTP server. If you have the ability to send Internet e-mail, you probably already have one of these somewhere. There is also a free SMTP server included in IIS. For FogBugz to receive incoming mail, you need a POP3 server. FogBugz supports plain POP3 and secure (ssh-based) POP3. Virtually all e-mail servers support POP3. Windows Server 2003 includes a built-in POP3 server.

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