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Windows Development Installation

This page details the steps for attended development installations using the installer wizard.

Make sure you have completed the following before performing the steps on this page:

Development Installation Overview


  • A development installation installs only the components of InterSystems IRIS that are required on a development system.


  • Development installations include the following component groups:

    • InterSystems IRIS Database Engine (including user database, Language Gateways, and Server Monitoring Tools)

    • InterSystems IRIS launcher

    • Studio

    • Database drivers

    • InterSystems IRIS Application Development (including language bindings)

    • Web Gateway

Step 1: Configure Web Server


  • Make sure the installer says “Local IIS web server detected” and choose the option Configure local IIS web server for this instance.

  • If the installer says “No local web server found”, choose Abort the installation. Review Installing a Web Server and ensure that Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is on, then start the installation process over by executing the installation file.


  • InterSystems recommends that you use the IIS web server and allow the Installer Wizard to automatically configure it. You should review the automatic configuration behavior.

  • It is possible to manually configure your web server after installation. This requires additional steps after finishing the installation process. If you choose this option, continue the installation process selecting the option to continue without configuring the web server.

Step 2: Install Unicode Support


  • Select Unicode.


Step 3: Choose Initial Security


  • Select Normal.


Step 4: Enter Credentials


  • Choose to Run InterSystems IRIS under default SYSTEM account.


  • The SYSTEM account is not always appropriate. See Windows User Accounts for details on which account you should use.

  • Specify a defined Username account. The installer will verify that the account exists on the domain and the password is correct.

Step 5: Configure Users


  • Enter a password that will be used by all predefined InterSystems IRIS user accounts.

  • After selecting Next, enter a password for the CSPSystem account.

  • Both passwords must be between 3 and 32 characters (8 and 32 if you chose a Locked Down installation).


Step 6: Review Installation


  • Review the installation options you specified.

  • (Optional) Select the License button to navigate to the directory where your InterSystems IRIS key is located. If the key is valid it will be activated automatically and the License Key setting in Summary of installation options will update to say Valid.

  • Once you have reviewed the installation options and, optionally, added a license key, select Install.


  • If you activate a license key during this step it is automatically copied to install-dir/mgr during installation and renamed iris.key.

  • If you don’t activate a license key during this step, you can activate one following installation. See Activating a License Key, for details.

Step 7: Complete Installation



  • By default, InterSystems IRIS starts automatically after installation is complete and the InterSystems IRIS launcher icon is added to the system tray area of the Windows tool bar. An InterSystems IRIS item is also added to the Windows Programs menu.

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