What is a good hardware configuration for the PC on which we want to run Spotlight, including RAM, disk, CPU speed, etc.?
Please keep in mind that Spotlight is not a monitoring tool, so we do not offer any particular guidelines based on any assumption that Spotlight will be run as a 24x7 monitoring tool. Keeping this in mind, Spotlight is very resource intensive on the machine where it is run.
The following is the hardware requirements from the release notes for Spotlight on Oracle. Please note that they are not a recommendation, but represent rather the bare minimum requirements.
- A Pentium-based or equivalent PC
- 150 megabytes of free disk space
This should exist on a local disk drive rather than a network drive. Extra disk space will
be required if you choose to log historical snapshots from within Spotlight.
- Additional disk space requirement on C: drive
Spotlight on Oracle 4.0 requires an additional 25 megabytes of disk space on the C: drive
of your computer.
- A monitor capable of supporting a resolution of 800x600 or larger
Spotlight is designed to run on a desktop area of 800 by 600 pixels or larger. It is best
viewed on a desktop area of 1024 by 768 pixels. You should also set the display to use
the 64K color palette (65536 colors).
- 256 megabytes of RAM (minimum)
256 megabytes is generally adequate unless many other applications are running.
- A CD-ROM drive or Internet connection
Spotlight can be downloaded from the Internet or installed from compact disc. The CDROM
drive should be attached to the PC on which Spotlight is to be installed. A drive
mapped to a network device could be used if a local CD-ROM is not available.
- A printer (optional)
Spotlight reports can be printed on a laser or bubble jet printer. You can print graphs in
color if your printer provides this capability.
- A sound card and speakers (optional)
Spotlight can use sound to alert you when a threshold is reached. You must have a sound
card and speakers installed on your PC for this feature to work.
- A mouse
To access all the features of Spotlight you should have a mouse installed on your PC.