Review frequently asked questions on Progeny LIMS.

How is LIMS configured (installed)?

LIMS is only available as an on-premise version, allowing for local installation at your institution. LIMS includes a server download that is installable on a Windows, Linux, or Novell server.  This download only installs the database engine, which sits open on the server waiting for clients to connect to it.  Client downloads are installed on each PC that want to access the Progeny database.  You must install the client for every PC that needs access to the Progeny database.

How is the software licensed?

LIMS is sold on a concurrency licensing model, which is based upon the number of concurrent users logged into the software at the same time.  The software can be installed or accessed from as many PC’s as you desire.  There is also a charge for the server software depending on the number of client PC's.   The site license allows you to load the software to as many PC's as you want for a set fee.

What is the database that ships with LIMS?

LIMS ships with a Sybase SQL Anywhere database.  This database is capable of storing massive amounts of data.  Several hundred users can connect to this database at the same time.

Does this database require a database administrator?

No.  The database is embedded in LIMS and requires no maintenance.  It is self-tuning.  All adminstrative functions are accessible via the user inferface.  You do not need to go into the backend database at all. 

What is required to get up-and-running with LIMS?

After purchasing the software, one of our LIMS Implementation Specialists will work with your site to design and build your LIMS database to your specifications. After installation of the software, we provide online training and documentation so you can make alterations to your database at any stage.

What are your recommended label printers?

The following printers and labels are ones that Progeny has tested and found ideal for the LIMS environment. These printers are guaranteed to work with Progeny 8 or higher, and are divided into three classes based on their capabilities.

  • Class 1: Direct-attached printer suitable for small lab environments with a single workstation.
  • Class 2: Network-enabled printer suitable for multi-workstation environments.
  • Class 3: Network-enabled high resolution printers designed for larger environments with many workstations. Ideal for printing 2D barcodes for test tube bases < 5 mm.

Recommended Printers

Class 1 Zebra GX430t 300 DPI USB
Class 2 Zebra SM4 300 DPI Ethernet
Class 2 Brady IP300 300 DPI Ethernet
Class 3 Brady IP600 600 DPI Ethernet


Recommended Labels

Zebra 66680RM 8000T CryoCool
Brady THT-152-492-3 Freezerbondz

Can I have more than one database?

Yes.  You can create as many databases as you want.  The server will launch multiple databases.  When you login to the client software, you can specify which database you want to connect to.  Each database will require a User ID and Password.

Can I connect to Progeny database servers in other buildings, institutions, or collaborators overseas?

Yes.  As long as you have physical access to the Progeny server, you can connect to it anywhere in the world.  The speed at which you connect determines the response time of the application.

Can I connect to the backend database directly?

Yes.  We provide full access to the database via drivers we ship.  You can connect and pull data from the database, however, we recommend you do not update data via the backend.  There are ways to update the data, but you'll need to contact us to ensure nothing is compromised with the integrity of the data.

Can I import existing data that I have in another database or Excel spreadsheet?

Yes.  Our Import functionality allows you to import samples with data directly into Progeny. 

What support options are available?

If you purchase the Progeny Subscription Plan (PSP), you are entitled to unlimited toll-free support, including updates and new versions.  In addition, we offer on-site training, as well as web training via WebEx.


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