Part B: Activating Software Licenses in Q-SYS

Q-SYS Quickstarts : QSC Feature Licensing

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5 ) Dynamic Pairing

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6 ) Core-to-Core Streaming

8m 23s

8 ) Notch Feedback Controller

4m 0s

10 ) Intro to Control Scripting

12m 30s

12 ) E-Mailer

6m 30s

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Part B: Activating Software Licenses in Q-SYS 6m 26s
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The Q-SYS platform offers certain software features that require a license activation in order to unlock
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their operations before saving your design to the Core. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to activate
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those licenses on your Core. Let's assume that I have a Q-SYS design which includes a Q-SYS plug-in,
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which will require a Q-SYS Scripting Engine license, and a customized User Control Interface, which will
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require a UCI Deployment license. This means I need to install two licenses to my Q-SYS Core 110f.
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You'll need to start with a purchased license. After you've purchased your license you should receive
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an email that contains an Entitlement ID. Think about an entitlement like a basket that holds all different
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kinds of fruit, or in this case, different software licenses. That is a terrible metaphor! Why? 'Cause now
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we're just looking at fruit. No one likes fruit! People like fruit. People don't like fruit. How about puppies?
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I like puppies, puppies is a better metaphor. Alright, so an entitlement is a big ol' basket full of puppies.
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That is so much better! In the same entitlement, you might have two UCI Deployment licenses for the
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Core 110f, and one for the Core 510i, and maybe six Scripting Engine licenses for the Core 110f, and one 32
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Multi-track Media license. Aww he's my favorite! Regardless of how many different licenses you have
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in it, each entitlement has a single Entitlement ID, which is the name and record of your license/puppy basket.
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When you deploy a license onto a Core processor that license will get subtracted from the total
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licenses in that entitlement. You can use that same Entitlement ID on multiple systems until all the
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licenses are depleted. Aww, we're all out of puppies! Stop it. Right. So, you'll need to use the
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Entitlement ID that you were emailed when you made your purchase, in order to activate your licenses.
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But, depending on whether or not your Core has access to the internet … you may have to activate them
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in two different methods. The first and easiest method is with a Core that is directly connected to the internet.
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This is pretty common if you're building those racks at the office before the hardware gets installed in the
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venue, or if the Core has internet connectivity through the venue's network. Navigate to the Core's IP
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address via a standard web browser to get to your Core's Licensing Manager. You can see up at the top
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that the Core is indeed connected to the QSC Licensing web browser. Paste your Entitlement ID into this
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line here, and click "Check Entitlement." The Core will register with the QSC Entitlement Server and
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display all of the licenses that are available to be installed on this particular Core. You'll notice that you
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don't see the UCI Deployment license for the Core 510i since this is a Core 110f. At this point, you just
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click Install on the license that you want to install and you'll see them populate in the list below.
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And that's basically it. If you click "Check Entitlement" again, you'll notice that you have one less UCI
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Deployment license and one less Scripting Engine license in your entitlement. You're ready to save your
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design file to the Core and run your design. Now let's take a look at the second scenario where we want
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to install a feature license on a Core that doesn't have an internet connection. Perhaps you're doing an
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on-site commisioning and there is no internet in the building yet, or you're upgrading functionality but
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you're customer's IT department doesn't want to give the Core direct internet access. As long as your
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own device has internet access - like your laptop, cell phone, or tablet - you can use this secondary method
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to activate your licenses online and then apply them to the Core manually. Again, you'll need to start
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by purchasing a license from QSC and receive that Entitlement ID. You should probably copy and paste
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this into a blank Word doc or Notepad, because we're going to be collecting a few pieces of data to complete
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this process. Just like the first method, we'll navigate to the Licensing Manager on the Q-SYS Core via
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its IP address. You'll notice that this time the Core is disconnected from the QSC Licensing Server.
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Start by clicking "Click for More Information" to reveal a few extra fields. You'll need your Core model
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and the Q-SYS Locking ID number - and you'll notice that we've included copy buttons to make this easier.
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Let's paste both of these into our notes. With those three bits of information, let's now proceed to the
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QSC Channel Partner Portal using your laptop or mobile device that is connected to the internet.
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It will prompt you to enter your Entitlement ID, so let's copy that from our notes and paste it into this field.
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Next you'll come to a screen that lists all the licenses available on this particular entitlement.
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Let's select however many licenses we need and click "Activate." At this point, you need to tell the system
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which Q-SYS Core you want to activate your license against. So, let's copy the Q-SYS Core Locking ID number
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from our notes - which is the unique identifier for the Q-SYS Core that you are using - and paste it into
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"Client 1 info" and then click "Activate." Those licenses are now activated with QSC but you still need to
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apply those licenses onto the Core itself. If you are working on the same laptop that is connected to the Core
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all you need to do is copy this long random string, which is the encrypted license information, navigate
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back to the Licensing Manager on the Core itself, and paste that string in its entirety into that top field,
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and then click "Apply License." You'll see those licenses are installed onto your Core 110f.
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But, let's say that you only have your phone or a tablet that is not connected to the Core. Or, you need
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to email that license to someone else to install remotely onto the Core. In that case, this super long
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encryption string might be a little burdensome. Instead, click "Save To File" and you will download a
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very small attachment that you can then stick into Dropbox or email to someone. In the Licensing Manager
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on the Core, rather than paste the string you can choose "Upload a License File" and then select that file.
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Your licenses will be applied and you are ready to go. You've applied your software licenses to your
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Q-SYS Core and you're ready to roll with those new features. We'll see you next time.

Lesson Description

Part B: Activating Software Licenses in Q-SYS 6m 26s

Learn how to activate Q-SYS software licenses on a Q-SYS Core processor.

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Part B: Activating Software Licenses in Q-SYS 6m 26s