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openstudio-server on windows server 2012 r2

asked 2018-11-02 13:09:10 -0600

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I'm trying to setup a windows server 2012 r2 running openstudio-server to run an algorithmic analysis from the parametric analysis tool. The only instructions I've found require docker (there is mention of other installation instructions without docker, but I can't find them), but docker is not compatible with windows server 2012 r2.

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Other than paying to upgrade our server's OS, paying for use of the Amazon cloud, or running docker inside a VM (still trying to be fast), are there any up to date instructions for installing openstudio-server without the use of docker?

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answered 2018-11-06 11:19:46 -0600

it would be a lot of work to figure out how to run it without docker. Plus going forward you'd have to manage all the new changes yourself. So if you want to stick with 2012, looks like your best bet is to run an ubuntu VM and then standup the docker images in that. The biggest performance hit will come from disk IO between the VM and the base server, so try and optimize that if you can.

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@BrianLBall I decided to try out docker, which I think I have successfully installed on our recently upgraded Windows server. However, I can't find complete instructions for setting up openstudio-server inside docker. Some of the instructions are even in Lorem ipsum... text, which is space filling nonsense text, last updated 2 years ago. See

Are you aware of any complete instructions for setting up openstudio-server inside docker?

mldichter's avatar mldichter  ( 2018-11-08 16:23:41 -0600 )edit

answered 2018-11-05 09:11:58 -0600

The OpenStudio-server project is on GitHub, so you could always just configure your server to do the same stuff that the docker stuff is doing. The entrypoint is the Dockerfile. You'll see it starts off with an image nrel/openstudio:xxx (see NREL/docker-openstudio) which is based off an Ubuntu distro (14.04 currently).

Aside from heavily relying on Unix tools and having different paths, I think you might be able to do it on Windows Server (You can install Cygwin or the unix tools), but it'll probably be quite an annoying process though.

Disclaimer: I don't know the entire code base of OpenStudio-server, and I certainly have ZERO familiarity with Windows Server, so take everything I say with a big fat grain of salt.

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