CUS is available in either a single user environment or as a networked multi-user system. The minimum system requirement for our current CUS release is a PC running in either a Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 7 operating system. We do not support MAC systems at this time.
After some initial testing, we are satisfied that the most recent CUS Version 9.0 release is compatible with Windows 8 operating systems. We’re not ready to certify Windows 8 for any older CUS program version.
You need a wired network, using standard Ethernet cables and a fast hub, for most situations. CUS does not recommend or support wireless networks except under specific guidelines.
Any computer should have the manufacturer’s recommended basic configuration sufficient to support its own operating system efficiently. For example, an older Windows XP computer can probably handle CUS as a single user or workstation with a minimum 1 GB of RAM (memory) and a mid-level processor from that era. A Windows 7 system should have a minimum 2 GB RAM as an equivalent. In all cases, adding more memory will result in better performance.
The minimum requirements described here apply to individual stand-alone users or workstations on a network, not to file servers. For small peer-to-peer networks of 2-4 users, one of the users is usually configured as the CUS file server while still being used as a workstation. Mid-size networks of 5-9 users can also use a standard PC as the server, but you will see faster response if the server is not used as a workstation. In either case, the server computer should have a faster processor and more memory than the minimum described here. For larger networks, a real file server running Server 2003 or 2008 is recommended. Where appropriate, we recommend a heavier duty CUS configuration using Advantage Database Server.