What You Should Know Before Installing

Guidance Package Compatibility

Make sure that the version of the Acrolinx Server software and the version of the guidance package files which you intend to install are compatible.

Server software files and guidance package files with the same version numbers are always compatible.

Administrator Rights

Make sure that you have administrator rights on the host computer before starting a Windows installation. If you are installing to a location other than your C: drive, ensure that you have full administrative permissions on the installation directory.

To ensure that you have administrative permissions, right click the directory, select Properties Security, and edit the permissions for your user account so that you have full control over the directory. If there are other users that require the ability to change installation and configuration files, ensure that those user accounts have full control as well.


The configuration directory stores all overlay copies of all files that you use to configure the Acrolinx Server. When you install the server, an empty configuration directory is created at a default location that is separate from the server installation directory. You create files in the configuration directory and restart the server. When the server restarts, the server loads updated settings from files that are detected in the configuration directory. All remaining standard settings are loaded from the installation directory as usual.

You configure the Acrolinx Server by adding overlay copies of the relevant software files to the server configuration directory. The configuration directory is a location outside of the server installation directory. An overlay copy is a copy of the standard software file that is stored in the configuration directory with the same sub directory structure as the installation directory. You can use overlays to keep your configurations separate from the configuration updates that are delivered as part of each new release.

You find detailed information in the Configuring the Server.

The Server Address

When you install the Acrolinx Server, the installer uses the computer name as the Server address . However, Acrolinx recommends that you use a symbolic name instead of a computer-specific address. A symbolic name eliminates the need to update properties files or saved plug-in settings if you migrate your Acrolinx service to another computer.

Symbolic names are configured by your system administrator.
For example, suppose your computer has the IP address and the computer name dev-pubs-23458b .

  • You could use either the IP address or the computer name as your server address, but both types of address are difficult to remember and computer specific.
  • If you configure a symbolic name such as acrolinxserver.company.local , you can easily reroute incoming connections when you migrate the Acrolinx service to another computer.

Language Server Allocation

During installation, the installer prompts you to enter the number of language servers. In a typical scenario, the number of language servers matches the number of languages configured in your guidance package. Every time the core server starts, it allocates a language configuration to each language server according to a sequence defined in the guidance package. It is also possible to configure more language servers than languages. You can use this configuration to balance the processing workload for one language across multiple language servers.

To learn more about configuring language server allocation, refer to the following topics:


For consistency on dates and times throughout Acrolinx, we recommend you to set your operating system to UTC.

This product includes software developed by the Indiana University Extreme! Lab.