So you want to set up a lab
Here is how I would set up a computational lab, one that could join the Worldwide ZINC network.
Requirements and assumptions
This page describes setting up a full computational pharmacology research lab. We describe the minimum setup, plus options for expansion. The entry level assumes you can spend: $20K on servers and $2K on a workstation. You'll need an acoustically insulated air conditioned room. It would help to have someone with system administration experience for 100 hours (3 weeks) for the initial set up, and then 1 day/month for maintenance.
When you have all the software and hardware, you can get a docking lab up and running at a basic level in less than a day. If you do not have all the software and hardware, it will take longer. If you've never run a molecular docking lab, allow a week to learn the basics.
Operating System level
We use Operating system to describe all software components that are not particular to our field. Install operating system
We use middleware to mean 3rd party software required by our software, specific to our field. Set up middleware for a computational drug discovery lab.
Server Application Software
Client Application Software
Monthly maintenance tasks.