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Server Array Settings

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PowerSchool server array is designed around a distributed network of PowerSchool servers. This type of server configuration improves data access and processing by spreading the load across multiple servers. Typically the Oracle database is installed on a dedicated server and PowerSchool is installed on two or more dedicated servers for handling web requests, PowerTeacher access, and processing reports

The Server List page displays the status of server roles. These roles may include:

  • Task Master
  • ReportWorks Queue
  • Web Server
  • DCF Scavenger

Note: For comprehensive information about server array settings, see the PowerSchool Installation Guide.

Set Automatic Page Refresh on the Server List

You can choose how often the Server List page refreshes.

  1. On the start page, choose System under Setup in the main menu. 
  2. Under Server, click System Settings.
  3. Click Server Array Settings
  4. Click Server List
  5. On the Refresh button, click the arrow. 
  6. Select a value from the pop-up menu. 
  7. To cancel the automatic page refresh, click the arrow and select the Cancel button.

Configure Server Array Preferences

Note: These settings are initially configured during the PowerSchool installation process.

  1. On the start page, choose System under Setup in the main menu. 
  2. Under Server, click System Settings
  3. Click Server Array Settings.
  4. Click Server Array Preferences
  5. Edit the following information as needed:
    • UDP Messaging Port
    Note: For field descriptions, see the PowerSchool Installation Guide.
  6. Click Submit

Configure General Server Settings

The General Server Settings section displays basic information about the server.

Note: These settings are initially configured during the PowerSchool installation process.

  1. On the start page, choose System under Setup in the main menu. 
  2. Under Server, click System Settings.
  3. Click Server Array Settings
  4. Click Server List
  5. Click the ID or Supplied Name of the server you want to edit.
  6. Edit the following information in the General Server Settings section as needed:
    • User Supplied Name
    • Description
    Note: For field descriptions, see the PowerSchool Installation Guide.
  7. Click Submit

Configure Server Role Settings

Note: These settings are initially configured during the PowerSchool installation process.

  1. On the start page, choose System under Setup in the main menu.
  2. Under Server, click System Settings
  3. Click Server Array Settings
  4. Click Server List
  5. Click the ID or Supplied Name of the server you want to edit. 
  6. Edit the following information in the Server Role Settings section as needed:
    • Run the Task Master on this server
    • Run a Report Queue on this server
    • My Report Queue
    • Run Web Server
    Note: For field descriptions, see the PowerSchool Installation Guide.
    Note: The Run the Application Message Service on this server checkbox is read-only and appears selected if a message service was enabled and configured on this server during the PowerSchool installation process. For more information, see the PowerSchool Installation Guide.
  7. Click Submit

Configure Web Server Image URL Handling

One way to improve the performance of PowerSchool is to designate a separate image server to store and handle the images associated with PowerSchool Web pages. This section of the Edit server page allows you to specify the name of an image server.

Note: These settings are initially configured during the PowerSchool installation process.

  1. On the start page, choose System under Setup in the main menu. 
  2. Click System Settings
  3. Click Server Array Settings
  4. Click Server List.
  5. Click the ID or Supplied Name of the server you want to edit. 
  6. Edit the following information in the Web Server Image URL Handling section as needed:
      • Use Image Server
      • Image Server Address
      • Use Mixed Content for SSL

    Note: For field descriptions, see the PowerSchool Installation Guide.

  7. Click Submit

Configure Web Server Hit Log

The Web Server Hit Log causes PowerSchool to generate an NCSA Combined formatted log file. This file can be analyzed with a third-party log analysis tools.

  1. On the start page, choose System under Setup in the main menu. 
  2. Under Server, click System Settings
  3. Click Server Array Settings
  4. Click Server List.
  5. Click the ID or Supplied Name of the server you want to edit. 
  6. Enter the following information in the Web Server Hit Log section as needed:

    Field

    Description

    Hit Log Enabled

    Select the checkbox to enable HTTP and TCP Error Logging. By default, the checkbox is not selected.

    Log DNS Name Instead of IP Address

    Select the checkbox to override logging the IP Address with the DNS name when errors occur. By default, the checkbox is not selected.

    Note: Enabling this function may impact performance.

  7. Click Submit
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