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Exploring ColdFusion Server Varieties

Macromedia's ColdFusion Server comes in three varieties. The first is the Professional Edition, which is the standard package that will perform all the tasks covered in this book. The Enterprise Edition adds increased security and system failsafe measures for those who plan to run very sophisticated e-commerce applications and require an interface with tools such as CORBA. The third variety is ColdFusion Express, Macromedia's free application offering a limited feature set of the full versions.

NOTE

The coding examples found later in this book are designed for use with ColdFusion Professional Edition or Enterprise Edition. The examples covered in Week 1 will also work with ColdFusion Express, but the advanced chapters use features not offered by Express.

If you're not sure which version you need, stick with the Professional Edition, which works just fine for the majority of sites—even those hosting e-commerce functions.

Professional Edition Compatibility

ColdFusion Server Professional Edition has these system requirements:

Windows

  • Intel Pentium-class processor or faster
  • 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 350MB hard disk space
  • Windows 95/98
  • Windows NT 4.0 SP4
  • Windows 2000

Linux

  • Intel Pentium-class processor or faster
  • 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 350MB hard disk space
  • Red Hat Linux 6.2, 7.0 (Personal and Professional)
  • SuSE Linux 7.0 (Personal and Professional)
  • Cobalt Qube, RaQ 3, 4, XTR

ColdFusion Server Professional Edition works with any Web server that supports ISAPI, NSAPI, Apache API, or CGI. This includes Microsoft Internet Information Server, iPlanet Web Server, Netscape Enterprise Server, Apache, and others.

Enterprise Edition Compatibility

ColdFusion Server Enterprise Edition has the following requirements:

Windows

  • Intel Pentium-class processor or faster
  • 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 350MB hard disk space
  • Windows NT 4.0 SP4
  • Windows 2000

Linux

  • Intel Pentium-class processor or faster
  • 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 350MB hard disk space
  • Red Hat Linux 6.2, 7.0 (Personal or Professional)
  • SuSE Linux 7.0 (Personal or Professional)
  • Cobalt Qube, RaQ 3, 4, XTR

Unix

  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 350MB hard disk space
  • SPARC Solaris 2.6, 7, 8
  • HP-UX 11.0sm

ColdFusion Server Enterprise Edition works with any Web server that supports ISAPI, NSAPI, Apache API, or CGI. This includes Microsoft Internet Information Server, iPlanet Web Server, Netscape Enterprise Server, Apache, and others.

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