You can use the GenePattern public server hosted at the Broad Institute, install a local GenePattern server for your own use, or install a networked GenePattern server to be used by several people. Concepts explains the benefits of each approach.
If you are installing a local GenePattern server, you will most likely use the default server settings; however, you are the GenePattern server administrator for your server and have full access to configuration options described in this guide.
If you are installing a networked GenePattern server for use by several users, read this guide carefully. You are the GenePattern server administrator and will want to configure the server appropriately for your site.
GenePattern can be run standalone on a small machine or separated into its client and server components to take advantage of a more powerful compute server. When you install a GenePattern server, you set basic server configuration options. If you are installing a local GenePattern server for your own use, you generally do not need to modify the server configuration. If you are the server administrator for a networked GenePattern server, you generally want to modify several of the GenePattern configuration options described in this guide.