SIMS SOLUS 3 Minimum Hardware Recommendations

To be able to run SOLUS 3  effectively it needs to be installed on a computer with a hardware specification matching or exceeding that listed below. All details come from Capita and are correct as of March 2016.

Computer Processor (CPU)

I3 processor or higher (I5 or higher recommended for optimum performance in secondary schools).


(minimum recommended) 4GB or higher (8GB recommended for optimum performance in secondary schools).

Disk space guidance

Overhead space—5GB working space + 1/4GB for SQL Express. Customers should allow 5MB per pupil/student. For example, a 1000 pupil/student school would be advised to have at least 10GB free for SIMS/SOLUS 3.

File Server—2GB for applications and SIMS folder.


CD and DVD drive.


1024×768 or higher monitor resolution.

Operating system

Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft WIndows 7, 8.1 and 10 are supported as servers for low numbers of users (i.e. five client PC’s or less).


Microsoft SQL Server 2012/SQL Express or Microsoft SQL Server 2014/SQL Express.

.NET Framework 4.5 Full is required.

You can find out the spec of your CPU, Memory and Operating System by right clicking on “My Computer” and viewing the general tab.

The list of programs installed on your computer can be accessed via the Control Panel and “Programs and Features”.

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