Software Ideas Server Setup

Server provides support for user cooperation, global repository and tasks.

1. Download a ZIP package with Software Ideas Server from the download section ( You can choose from the 32-bit version (Software Ideas Server xx.yy (32-bit)) and the 64-bit version (Software Ideas Server xx.yy (64-bit)).

2. After downloading, extract the ZIP package to a desired location on your disk (e.g. "C:\SoftwareIdeasServer\").

3. Set SoftwareIdeasServer.exe.config:

  • ServiceUrl - the default value: net.tcp://localhost:8080/software-ideas
    • you can omit the port part or use another port.
  • RepositoryPath - the folder path where the repository files will be stored on the server.
  • LogPath - the folder path for the server logs.

All the paths (repository, log) must be accessible for the service user NETWORK SERVICE.

4. If you do not have .NET Framework 4.8 on your system, please download it and install it from

5. Then install the service using InstallUtil:

  • Path for service installer: %WINDIR%\Microsoft.NET\Framework[64]\<framework_version>\InstallUtil.exe
  • Default path for 32-bit service installer: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\InstallUtil.exe
  • Default path for 64-bit service installer: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\InstallUtil.exe

Run command line (cmd.exe) as an administrator and install the service (SoftwareIdeasServer.exe), an example of default installation command:

  • > C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\InstallUtil.exe C:\SoftwareIdeasServer\SoftwareIdeasServer.exe

6. Start Services console - click on the Windows Start button and type 'services.msc'. Find the Software Ideas Server service, right-click on it and choose Start.

7. When the Software Ideas Server service is running you can start Software Ideas Modeler, open the Global ribbon and click on the Start Server Console button (Server group).

8. Set server in Options:

  • For the ribbon interface: Click on the File menu, then Options.
  • For the classic menu interface: Click on the Tools menu, then Options.
  • In the Options dialog, open the Server tab.
  • Choose one of these client modes: Both - prefer local, Both - prefer server or Only server. Both - prefer server is the preferred setting.
  • Set server address as: net.tcp://{YOUR_SERVER_DNS_NAME/YOUR_SERVER_IP_ADDRESS}:{SERVICE_PORT (As you set in step 3 in ServiceUrl)}/software-ideas
Set server connection to client
Set server connection to client

9. Login dialog will show. The default administrator credentials are:

  • Login: admin
  • Password: SimAdmin123

10. Read more about setting licenses and other server management actions.

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Chijioke Oleru 3 August 2021 20:16:41

Missing files

I did not find these files in my dowloaded software, as stated in the manual: 'Software Ideas Server Setup' :

a.) SoftwareIdeasServer.exe.config

b.) SoftwareIdeasServer.exe

Where do I get these files so that I can setup and use your software?

The manual stated:

3. Set SoftwareIdeasServer.exe.config

4. Then install the service using InstallUtil:

> C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\InstallUtil.exe C:\SoftwareIdeasServer\SoftwareIdeasServer.exe

Thank you.

Dusan Rodina - 3 August 2021 22:44:07

RE: Missing files


These files are part of the Software Ideas Server.

(If you do not need real-time multi-user cooperation or server repository features, Software Ideas Server installation is not needed. All diagramming and modeling features are available in Software Ideas Modeler.)

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