AutoSperm setup - introduction
The AutoSperm system runs on any PC with Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista. The program has been certified for Windows Vista.
The data are stored in a SQL database, which can be SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2005 Express (free from Microsoft). The database server can be installed locally or on a remote computer in the network. If the server is on a remote machine then the database can be accessed simultaneously from different terminals using the same AutoSperm program, or a special version of the software (AutoSperm CS) which allows consultation of the data only.
AutoSperm stand-alone installation
In this scenario the AutoSperm system is installed on one PC which is used as the counting machine (with the AutoSperm digitizing tablet attached to it) and which also holds the SQL database.
AutoSperm in network environment
In this scenario the AutoSperm system is installed on one PC which is used as the counting machine (with the AutoSperm digitizing tablet attached to it), and which connects to a SQL server on a remote machine in the network. This offers the advantage that, using the AutoSperm program (or a special version of the software which is AutoSperm CS), the data can be accessed simultaneously by different users.
For 15000 semen analyses, the size of the SQL autosperm5.mdf data file is about 115 MB. This file will need to be backed up according to the institutionís policy (daily recommended). The SQL database and tables will be created and maintained by the AutoSperm system - no manual interventions are required.