Deploy your Flow System

Once you have configured your reporting calendar (or calendars), you need to configure your Deployment model. We are using a simple “stand-alone” architecture, but the deployment model needs to be planned carefully for a distributed architecture.

Select the “Deployment” view tab at the bottom of the Model View …

By default, your Flow deployment model will have a single Platform, a single Engine, a Client Server and a Report Server.

If you see a red disk over the Platform, it is likely that that the Flow Bootstrap Service is not running on that computer. Make sure that you have installed and configured the Flow Bootstrap Service (page 21) on that computer. Then right-click on the Platform, and click “Install”. If you are still having communication errors, confirm that port 4501 on that computer has not been blocked by the firewall.

Once you have a running Platform (i.e. no red disk), you can right-click on the Engine, and click “Deploy”.

The white disk will immediately turn red, but should disappear when Flow has confirmed that the Engine is running. Give it a few seconds to start the Engine.

If the red disk on the Engine does not disappear, it is likely that the Flow Bootstrap Service has not been configured correctly.

To assist with any troubleshooting, Flow maintains an error and warning log in the Windows Event Viewer. Open the Windows Event Viewer …

You will find a log called “Flow” under the “Applications and Services Logs”. If you see any Errors in the Flow log, select it to view the error message. This message will be useful for you or your Flow support contact to troubleshoot any problems with your Flow System.

The “Flow” log is created on any computer running the Flow Bootstrap Service.


To complete the deployment of your Flow System, right-click on the “Flow Client Server”, and click “Deploy”. Then right-click on the “Flow Report Server”, and click “Deploy”. A fully deployed Flow System will have no red or white disks displayed in the deployment view.

By default the “Flow Report Server” uses Port 80.  If the computer running the “Flow Report Server” has another web server running on it, make sure the default Ports do not clash (e.g. Internet Information Server, SQL Server Reporting Services, etc.)  If necessary, change the “Flow Report Server” Port setting to 8000.  You can access the “Flow Report Server” settings by double-clicking it.
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