The physical setup of the IT and network structure is not a big deal, however it is always helpful to have a plan and possible further extension should already be considered. To get the required connectivity you might find some hurdles on the way, especially with firewalls and their configuration.
IT & Network Configuration
The IT & network configuration is straight forward. The network of the flight simulator room and the home office are separated as good as possible. A complete separation was not possible due to the jointly used internet access and of a network storage device. The network storage device acts as interface for flight plans, which I usually prepare off-line on the home office PC. With the power-on the flight simulator room, a script, installed on the Admin-PC, fetches the flight plans from the network storage device and deploys them to specified directories (fsplan and IVAO) of the FS Server.
IT & Network configuration of the flight simulator room with connection to the home office network and internet. All network components have a fixed TCP/IP address.
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The bottleneck is the network path over the power line. However, it is within an acceptable range. The net data rate varies typically around 25 MB / sec. This is absolutely sufficient for data and voice communication during on-line flying.
One of the challenge with the network is the policy for file and directory access rights. The easiest way is to grand full access right for everyone. But you can't have the cake and eat it, too. Full access right for everyone inherent high security risks. So the best way is to grand access right for specific user.
Once the physical connectivity is set up and tested with simple ping commands on the WINDOWS command level interface, the next step is to check the connectivity on application level. This will show whether all necessary ports are open and access rights are granted as required by the applications. This test is more difficult and typically requires that the applications are running. The tests have to be performed on function level.
For a check of the Project Magenta requirements regarding access rights 'pmfilecheck.exe' is very helpful. The utility is provided on the PM website.
What does it means to a flight
simulator installation? No matter how big/extensive/complex
the flight simulator installation might be, some basic
security measures should be implemented.
I have implemented the following measures:
installation of Office programs and mail
clients on any of the flight
Tip: No automatic hotfix update, because this could cause to an emergency
situation during a flight. Happened once to me, when one of the computers
did an automatic reboot as last step of the update procedure.
WIDEFS, AES Remote, and Open Cockpits IOCP server need some open ports for their communication:
- WideFS use port 8002 as
default primary port
- IOCP server
port by default 8092
Depending on the used firewall a requester will pop up and ask you to confirm the port usage. If not, use the expert mode of the firewall and set it manually.