The Q-SYS platform offers certain software features that require a license activation in order to unlock
their operations before saving your design to the Core. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to activate
those licenses on your Core. Let's assume that I have a Q-SYS design which includes a Q-SYS plug-in,
which will require a Q-SYS Scripting Engine license, and a customized User Control Interface, which will
require a UCI Deployment license. This means I need to install two licenses to my Q-SYS Core 110f.
You'll need to start with a purchased license. After you've purchased your license you should receive
an email that contains an Entitlement ID. Think about an entitlement like a basket that holds all different
kinds of fruit, or in this case, different software licenses. That is a terrible metaphor! Why? 'Cause now
we're just looking at fruit. No one likes fruit! People like fruit. People don't like fruit. How about puppies?
I like puppies, puppies is a better metaphor. Alright, so an entitlement is a big ol' basket full of puppies.
That is so much better! In the same entitlement, you might have two UCI Deployment licenses for the
Core 110f, and one for the Core 510i, and maybe six Scripting Engine licenses for the Core 110f, and one 32
Multi-track Media license. Aww he's my favorite! Regardless of how many different licenses you have
in it, each entitlement has a single Entitlement ID, which is the name and record of your license/puppy basket.
When you deploy a license onto a Core processor that license will get subtracted from the total
licenses in that entitlement. You can use that same Entitlement ID on multiple systems until all the
licenses are depleted. Aww, we're all out of puppies! Stop it. Right. So, you'll need to use the
Entitlement ID that you were emailed when you made your purchase, in order to activate your licenses.
But, depending on whether or not your Core has access to the internet … you may have to activate them
in two different methods. The first and easiest method is with a Core that is directly connected to the internet.
This is pretty common if you're building those racks at the office before the hardware gets installed in the
venue, or if the Core has internet connectivity through the venue's network. Navigate to the Core's IP
address via a standard web browser to get to your Core's Licensing Manager. You can see up at the top
that the Core is indeed connected to the QSC Licensing web browser. Paste your Entitlement ID into this
line here, and click "Check Entitlement." The Core will register with the QSC Entitlement Server and
display all of the licenses that are available to be installed on this particular Core. You'll notice that you
don't see the UCI Deployment license for the Core 510i since this is a Core 110f. At this point, you just
click Install on the license that you want to install and you'll see them populate in the list below.
And that's basically it. If you click "Check Entitlement" again, you'll notice that you have one less UCI
Deployment license and one less Scripting Engine license in your entitlement. You're ready to save your
design file to the Core and run your design. Now let's take a look at the second scenario where we want
to install a feature license on a Core that doesn't have an internet connection. Perhaps you're doing an
on-site commisioning and there is no internet in the building yet, or you're upgrading functionality but
you're customer's IT department doesn't want to give the Core direct internet access. As long as your
own device has internet access - like your laptop, cell phone, or tablet - you can use this secondary method
to activate your licenses online and then apply them to the Core manually. Again, you'll need to start
by purchasing a license from QSC and receive that Entitlement ID. You should probably copy and paste
this into a blank Word doc or Notepad, because we're going to be collecting a few pieces of data to complete
this process. Just like the first method, we'll navigate to the Licensing Manager on the Q-SYS Core via
its IP address. You'll notice that this time the Core is disconnected from the QSC Licensing Server.
Start by clicking "Click for More Information" to reveal a few extra fields. You'll need your Core model
and the Q-SYS Locking ID number - and you'll notice that we've included copy buttons to make this easier.
Let's paste both of these into our notes. With those three bits of information, let's now proceed to the
QSC Channel Partner Portal using your laptop or mobile device that is connected to the internet.
It will prompt you to enter your Entitlement ID, so let's copy that from our notes and paste it into this field.
Next you'll come to a screen that lists all the licenses available on this particular entitlement.
Let's select however many licenses we need and click "Activate." At this point, you need to tell the system
which Q-SYS Core you want to activate your license against. So, let's copy the Q-SYS Core Locking ID number
from our notes - which is the unique identifier for the Q-SYS Core that you are using - and paste it into
"Client 1 info" and then click "Activate." Those licenses are now activated with QSC but you still need to
apply those licenses onto the Core itself. If you are working on the same laptop that is connected to the Core
all you need to do is copy this long random string, which is the encrypted license information, navigate
back to the Licensing Manager on the Core itself, and paste that string in its entirety into that top field,
and then click "Apply License." You'll see those licenses are installed onto your Core 110f.
But, let's say that you only have your phone or a tablet that is not connected to the Core. Or, you need
to email that license to someone else to install remotely onto the Core. In that case, this super long
encryption string might be a little burdensome. Instead, click "Save To File" and you will download a
very small attachment that you can then stick into Dropbox or email to someone. In the Licensing Manager
on the Core, rather than paste the string you can choose "Upload a License File" and then select that file.
Your licenses will be applied and you are ready to go. You've applied your software licenses to your
Q-SYS Core and you're ready to roll with those new features. We'll see you next time.