Squared Up’s HTML5 Dashboards & Web Console for SCOM – Part 4: Activation

Recently, I was contacted by Squared Up and asked if I would do a review of their product. Since I’ve reviewed other third-part products in the past, of course I would be willing to review this one.

For reference, although not SCOM-based, here are some other products that I have reviewed:

So let’s get started. This series will cover the Squared Up HTML 5 Dashboard and Web Console.

 

Activation

Now that we have the Squared Up dashboard installed, we can activate the product.

You will need to have an Activation Key. If you do not have one, you will need to contact Squared Up at support@squaredup.com to request one.

 

Automatic Activation

If your web server has Internet access, when you first log into the Squared Up dashboard after the installation, you will be prompted to enter your activation key.

Squared Up - ReActivation Webpage

Squared Up – Activation Webpage

Once the activation is complete, the main overview dashboard will be shown.

Squared Up Dashboard - Post Auto Activate

Squared Up Dashboard – Post Auto Activate

 

Manually Activating A Licence

To activate the product using your activation key, Squared Up needs to connect to the internet. If this is not possible, it will not be able to activate automatically. Instead, an offline activation is required.

Here are the instructions to perform an offline activation:

Log on to the server where Squared Up is installed.

Browse to C:\inetpub\wwwroot\SquaredUpv2\tools.

Squared Up - Website Directory

Squared Up – Website Directory

Run Microsoft.Licensing.LicAdmin.exe.

Squared Up - License Administrator

Squared Up – License Administrator

On the File menu, select Activation Wizard.

Squared Up - License Administrator - File - Activation Wizard

Squared Up – License Administrator – File – Activation Wizard

Select ‘I want to request a licence file’ and click Next.

Squared Up - Product Activation Wizard - Request A License File

Squared Up – Product Activation Wizard – Request A License File

Enter the activation key provided by Squared Up and click Next.

Squared Up - Product Activation Wizard - License Activation

Squared Up – Product Activation Wizard – License Activation

Copy the resulting text (License Request Contents) to the clipboard.

Squared Up - Product Activation Wizard - License Request Contents

Squared Up – Product Activation Wizard – License Request Contents

On a system that has Internet access, browse to http://squaredup.com/manual-activation and enter the requested details. Once you’ve filled out the manual activation details, click ‘Submit‘.

Squared Up - Manual Activation Website

Squared Up – Manual Activation Website

Within ~5 minutes you should receive an email with a licence file attached. You will need to transfer this file back to your server.

If you do not receive an email within 5-10 minutes, please check any spam or antivirus filters. If you still haven’t received a licence file, please contact support@squaredup.com quoting the licence request text.

Squared Up - Manual Activation Email

Squared Up – Manual Activation Email

Note: Per the message within the email “To install the licence, rename the extension to .bin.”

Follow the steps in the “Manually Install A License File” section, and afterwards browse to http://<Your-SquaredUp-Web-Server>/SquaredUp to log in to Squared Up.

SquaredUp - Install 07 - Webpage

SquaredUp – Login Webpage

 

Manually Installing A Licence File

To install a licence file manually:

Log on to the server where Squared Up is installed.

Browse to C:\inetpub\wwwroot\SquaredUpv2\tools.

Squared Up - Website Directory

Squared Up – Website Directory

Run Microsoft.Licensing.LicAdmin.exe

Squared Up - License Administrator

Squared Up – License Administrator

On the File menu, select Activation Wizard

Squared Up - License Administrator - File - Activation Wizard

Squared Up – License Administrator – File – Activation Wizard

Select ‘I have a licence file I want to install’ and click ‘Next

Squared Up - Product Activation Wizard - Request A License File

Squared Up – Product Activation Wizard – Have A License File

Select the licence file provided and click ‘Next‘. After the activation has completed, click Finish.

Squared Up - Product Activation Wizard - Activation Complete

Squared Up – Product Activation Wizard – Activation Complete

 

Restart The IIS App Pool

For the Squared Up application to detect the new licence, you may need to restart the IIS app pool:

Launch Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

Browse to <Your server>/Application Pools.

Squared Up - IIS App Pools

Squared Up – IIS App Pools

Select ‘SquaredUpv2’ in the list.

Squared Up - SquaredUpv2 App Pool

Squared Up – SquaredUpv2 App Pool

Right click and select ‘Recycle’. Alternatively, with the SquaredUpv2 App Pool selected, you can click on ‘Recycle’ from the Actions menu > Application Pool Tasks.

Squared Up - Recycle App Pool

Squared Up – Recycle App Pool

Browse to http://<Your-SquaredUp-Web-Server>/SquaredUp to log in to Squared Up.

SquaredUp - Install 07 - Webpage

SquaredUp – Login Webpage

 

Re-Activating A Licence

If you need to re-activate your license for Squared Up, you can follow these steps:

Browse to http://<Your-SquaredUp-Web-Server>/SquaredUp/Activation

Squared Up - ReActivation Webpage

Squared Up – ReActivation Webpage

Enter your activation key. If successful, you will be redirected to the default Squared Up dashboard.

Recycle the SquaredUpv2 app pool using IIS Manager.

Squared Up - Recycle App Pool

Squared Up – Recycle App Pool

Browse to http://<Your-SquaredUp-Web-Server>/SquaredUp to log in to Squared Up.

SquaredUp - Install 07 - Webpage

SquaredUp – Login Webpage

Now our product activation is complete. If you are interested in pricing for the product (which is dependent on the number of users), see the Pricing page: https://squaredup.com/pricing.

 

Licensing

Speaking of licensing per user, please note the following.

Named user licences are allocated automatically when new users logon to Squared Up. Each unique Domain\UserName logon identifier requires a licence.

If no licences are available then new users will be unable to logon to Squared Up, and will get the error message: “No user licenses are currently available, contact your administrator

Named users can be manually added and removed using the instructions below.

 

Manually Adding and Removing Named Users

To add or remove named users, the SquaredUp application pool needs to be stopped. This will end current user sessions and the Squared Up application will be inaccessible while these changes are being made.

 

Open IIS Manager and navigate to Server > Application Pools. Select SquaredUpv2 in the list and click Stop in the Actions pane.

Squared Up - Stop App Pool

Squared Up – Stop App Pool

In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\inetpub\wwwroot\SquaredUpv2\AppState, and open the Users.xml file in a text editor.

Add or remove NamedUser entries as required.

<NamedUser>
   <UserName>Domain\UserName</UserName>
</NamedUser>

Once you have finished modifying the NameUser entries, go back to IIS Manager, expand Server > Applications Pools, and select the SquaredUpv2 app pool. Then click Start in the Actions pane.

Squared Up - Start App Pool

Squared Up – Start App Pool

 

Next, let’s move on to Part 5: Configure the SCOM Data Warehouse.

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