Friday, 8 February 2008

Getting Conquest Dicom Server to run on Windows Vista with MySQL

This is a brief tutorial on setting up Conquest Dicom Server on Windows Vista Business Edition (32bit) using MySQL Community edition.

Why use Conquest on Vista?

Windows XP has a limitation that only allows the operating system to recognize partions up to around 2 Terabytes. With Windows Vista you can have much larger partitions allowing your Conquest server to store way more data. I am currently testing with a machine that has 4 x 1 TB disks in a RAID 5 array which will result in a partition size of 3 TB.

Installing MySQL 5.1 Community Edition on Windows Vista Business Edition
I could not get the current stable release of MySQL 5.0 to install correctly on Windows Vista.
I kept getting an error when running the configuration utility that said something about "side-by-side" configuration being incorrect. Even with the user account management turned off.

I have found that the Release candidate version of MySQL (5.1.22-RC) installs fine on Windows Vista. You just need to turn off the User Account

Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts -> User Accounts -> Turn User Account Control on or off.
Uncheck the box and restart Windows
Now you can install MySQL on your computer by following the wizard.

You can download MySQL 5.1.22 RC 2 from this link.

I would also suggest that you download the MySQL GUI tools for easy administration of your MySQL database server.

Installing Conquest Dicom Server on Windows Vista Business Edition
Once you have installed MySQL Server 5.1.22 RC you can start the Conquest Dicom server installation.
The standard conquest installation procedure will get you through the rest of the installation.

And just so that you know I also managed to get K-PACS 1.5 running very nicely on Vista without any hassels.