Altova FlowForce Server 2022 Advanced Edition

Installing FlowForce Server

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System requirements

Windows 7 SP1 with Platform Update, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Platform Update or newer



Perform installation as a user with administrative privileges.

From version 2021 onwards, a 32-bit version of FlowForce Server cannot be installed over a 64-bit version, or a 64-bit version over a 32-bit version. You must either (i) remove the older version before installing the newer version, or (ii) upgrade to a newer version that is the same bit version as your older installation.


Installing FlowForce Server

1.Download the installation file from the Altova website ( and run it.

2.Optionally, select the installation language from the box in the lower left area of the wizard, and click Next. The language you select here also determines the language of the FlowForce Server user interface in the Web browser. You can also change the language later from the command line.

3.Do one of the following:


a.If you haven't installed Altova LicenseServer yet, leave the default settings as is. The wizard will install the latest version of Altova LicenseServer on the computer where you are running the wizard.

b.If you haven't installed Altova LicenseServer yet and want to install Altova LicenseServer on another computer, clear the Install Altova LicenseServer on this machine check box, and then choose Register Later. In this case, you will need to install Altova LicenseServer and register FlowForce Server separately.

c.If Altova LicenseServer has already been installed on your computer but it has a lower version than the one indicated by the installation wizard, leave the default settings as is. In this case, the installation wizard will automatically upgrade your LicenseServer version with the one indicated on the dialog box. Note that the existing registration and licensing information will be preserved after the upgrade.

d.If Altova LicenseServer has already been installed on your computer or network, and if it has the same version as the one indicated by the wizard, do the following:

i.Clear the Install Altova LicenseServer on this machine check box.

ii.Under Register this product with, choose the Altova LicenseServer instance on which you want to register FlowForce Server, or choose Register later. Note that you can always select Register Later if you want to ignore the LicenseServer associations and carry on with the installation of FlowForce Server.


4.Click Next.

5.Optionally, select any additional Altova server products that you want to install.

6.Optionally, define the network settings and Windows service configuration applicable to FlowForce Server and FlowForce Web Server. For more information, see Network Configuration and Windows Service Configuration. From the same dialog box, you can optionally define the network and Windows service settings for other Altova products that are being installed at the same time with FlowForce, by clicking their respective tab. If you would like to define these settings after installation, click Next.


7.Optionally, set up the FlowForce cluster configuration options. This installation step is applicable for FlowForce Server Advanced Edition only, see Cluster Installation Options on Windows. If you don't need to run FlowForce Server in a cluster, select Standalone.

8.Follow the wizard instructions to complete the installation. When the installation completes, the Altova ServiceController icon ( ic-ServiceController ) is added in the system notification area.


Installation on Windows Server Core

Windows Server Core is a minimal Windows installation that does not use a number of GUI features. You can install FlowForce Server on a Windows Server Core machine as follows:


1.Download the FlowForce Server executable from the Altova Download Center ( Make sure to choose the executable matching your server platform (32-bit or 64-bit).

2.On a Windows computer with a graphical user interface, open a command prompt window as Administrator and run the following command on the installer executable:


FlowForceServerAdv<version>.exe /u


3.This unpacks the .msi file(s) which you need for the next step. Copy the .msi file to the computer that runs on Windows Server Core.

4.If you are updating an earlier version of FlowForce Server, shut down FlowForce Server before carrying out the next step.

5.Install FlowForce Server via the .msi file by using the following command:


msiexec /i FlowForceServerAdvanced.msi


To test the return value of the installation, you might want to run a script similar to the following:


start /wait msiexec /i FlowForceServerAdvanced.msi /q

echo %errorlevel%


The return code of the install operation will be available in the %errorlevel% environment variable. The return code 0 indicates success.


For a silent installation with a return code and a log of the installation process, run:


start /wait msiexec /i FlowForceServerAdvanced.msi /q /L*v! <pathToInstallLogFile>


Note:Keep the .msi files in a safe place. You will need them later to uninstall, repair or modify the installation.


To modify the installation, run:


msiexec /m FlowForceServerAdvanced.msi


To repair the installation, run:


msiexec /r FlowForceServerAdvanced.msi


To uninstall FlowForce Server, run:


msiexec /x FlowForceServerAdvanced.msi


Alternatively, the following command will uninstall FlowForce Server silently and report the detailed outcome in a log file:


start /wait msiexec /x FlowForceServerAdvanced.msi /q /L*v! <pathToUninstallLogFile>


Licensing FlowForce Server

1.Ensure that the latest version of Altova LicenseServer ( is installed and running either on the local machine or network.

2.If you haven't done so already during installation, register FlowForce Server with Altova LicenseServer. For this, you need to know either the host name or the IP address of the computer where LicenseServer runs. For example, if LicenseServer runs on, you can register it as follows:


FlowForceServer.exe licenseserver


3.Log on to the LicenseServer administration interface and assign the license to the machine where FlowForce Server runs.


For more information, refer to Altova LicenseServer documentation (


Post-installation tasks

1.If you haven't done so already during installation, configure the network settings.

2.Log on to the Web administration interface (by default, http://localhost:8082, unless you changed the address and port) and change the default FlowForce Server root password. The default login name and password is root and root, respectively.

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