FORBURY SOFTWARE FAQ

The answers you need to run the Forbury Software

Forbury - MPN

Last reviewed: September 2021 

System Requirements

What are the system and workstation requirements of the Forbury platform?

Forbury software performs best on a standard workstation configuration: modern PC or laptop with a Windows 10 operating system and Excel 2016 or newer (including Office 365).

Can we use a Mac to run Forbury?

There are various options to run Windows based software on a Mac computer, such as an emulation software like Parallels, or dual-boot setup using Bootcamp. This increases the steps involved to get into our software (i.e. shifting between operating systems) and we cannot provide support for issues that may come from using emulation software.

Excel Macros

Can Forbury be used over One Drive, Sharepoint, Microsoft Teams or Excel online?

Forbury software requires macros to operate. Therefore, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams and Excel Online will not run Forbury software.

Account Access

Can Forbury be accessed/used on a personal computer or laptop and used from home/remotely without use of VPN?

The Forbury server checks that workbooks are only used within your corporate network. If you require per computer authorization, we can work with you to achieve this.

What SSO options do you provide?

Forbury supports Microsoft for Single Sign On. There are 3 options for SSO email requirements:

• None (Allow Forbury users to link any Microsoft account for SSO, including a personal Microsoft account)

• Enforce Allowed Domains (Allow users to link a Microsoft account where the username contains a domain approved by your organisation, e.g. *.acme.com)

• Enforce Email Match (Only allow users to link a Microsoft account that is the same username/email as their Forbury Account)

For more info on these read our article on SSO

Internet Access

Is an internet connection required to use Forbury Software??

Forbury models can be accessed online or offline. However, an internet connection is required to run calculations.

What type of internet connection is required?

Forbury Software performs best on 3G connections or higher.

Can you run Forbury Software over a mobile hotspot?

Yes

Can you run Forbury Software in a hotel or in a plane?

Forbury Software will run over standard WiFi offered in Hotels and now on many flights.

What happens in the event of an internet outage?

An internet connection is required to update calculations. In the event of an internet outage you will be able to access the Forbury Software, but not be able to update calculations.

Software

How does the server calculate the model, what is the process that occurs?

The Forbury server is sent inputs from the Forbury Software. It uses these inputs to run a calculation and returns detailed output information to the Software displayed in your Output Sheets

How is the data transferred between us and Forbury to run the calculations?

Over an encrypted HTTPS connection.

How is data uploaded/downloaded to the Forbury server?

The Forbury Software uses Microsoft Excel macros for communicating with the Forbury web server. The Macros are presented via an additional tab and buttons to the Office ribbon which includes buttons for uploading data.

In what format does the server receive the model inputs?

Inputs in the software are converted into JavaScript Object Notation format consisting of attribute–value pairs and array data types. It is then sent to the server over an encrypted HTTPS connection.

Which domains do we need to whitelist so that our computers can access the Forbury webserver?

*.forbury.com *.forburyproperty.com

If you have any further questions, please email us at: contact@forbury.com