Set up Windows for evaluating Aether and Gather

This guide will take you through the steps required to get your Windows based computer ready to evaluate and use Aether and Gather in a Non Production environment. This is the same configuration that our internal developers use. It uses Docker images to host the processes within a self contained virtual environment. When that environment is deleted, all data will be lost.

System requirements:

  • 64-bit, Intel based computer with at least 8GB RAM
  • Internet connection
  • Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education (1607 Anniversary Update, Build 14393 or later).
  • Both server and client browser are running on the same machine
  • You have Administrator privileges

These instructions have been tested with Windows 10 Pro (1607).

Overview of the setup process

Detailed Steps

In order to interact with the services via browser, the following ports must be available:

  • 80 - for the Aether and Gather UI
  • 8000 - for experimenting with the Aether REST API
  • 8443 - for ODK Collect to connect to the server
  • 5000 - for interacting with the CKAN Portal

Windows Available PortsVerify Available Ports - Open the Command Prompt in Administrator mode, right-click and choose Run as administrator. Run the netstat command below and verify that the above ports are not in use. The screenshot shows what an in use port looks like. Terminate any processes using any of the above ports. Use the Process ID (PID) along with Task Manager to find out what application is using the port.

netstat -aon

Ubuntu VersionsVerify Docker, Docker Compose and Git versions - These tools need to be installed in order to install and run the Gather and Aether services. Execute the following commands, verify the versions and go to the corresponding section for install instructions.

Docker version 18.x or newer Docker Compose version 1.20.x or newer and git version 2.7.x or newer

docker --version

docker-compose --version

git --version

Windows DockerInstall Docker and Docker Compose - A graphical installer for Windows is available on the Docker website. Please follow the Install Docker for Windows instructions. Docker Compose will also be installed with the installer. On the Daemon tab in Docker preferences, make sure that the Experimental features box is not checked.

Windows GitInstall/Upgrade Git - Git has a graphical installer for Windows available on their website. Please download and follow the Installing on Windows instructions.

Congratulations!!! Your environment should now be set up to try Aether or Gather.

Continue to Gather Install
Continue to Aether Install