Configure SoftwareCentral for the first time

When you configure SoftwareCentral for the first time, you must do it from the localhost site.

Go to the Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. Locate the SoftwareCentral site and click on Browse *:8080 (https)

 

 

SoftwareCentral will now launch in your browser. Depending on your type of authentication, you may be prompted to sign on.

If you are using Azure OpenID, you may be prompted to accept sign in on behalf of your organization. Accept that.

 

Database connection

The first screen you will see is the database connection screen. It will already have your database information.

Test the connection to verify that the SoftwareCentral web site can connect to the database.

Once successful, save the configuration and proceed to the next step.

 

Intune configurator

If you have chosen the Intune only option, you will now come to the Intune configurator. If you do not see this screen, you may proceed to the next step in this guide.

You can add additional Intune tenants later from the settings menu.

Generate a new certificate and upload the certificate to the Azure app registration. Follow the description and links in the interface.

Assign the required permissions to the app registration and test the connection.

Note that it may take a few minutes before the newly assigned permissions in Intune take effect. If the test fails, wait a couple of minutes before trying again.

Once successfully, click "Save Azure configuration" and proceed to the next step.

 

Administrator group

Next you must choose and administrator group. You must be a member of this group.

If you have just created the group and / or just added yourself to this group, it may take some time before the changes take effect. If you are using an on-prem Active Directory, it may help to restart the server. The configuration SoftwareCentral will start where you left if you restart the server. Just launch the IIS manager and browse the local https binding again.

Select the group and click "Save".

 

SoftwareCentral license

In this step, you must enter the license for SoftwareCentral. If your installation has access to the internet, you must enter the user name and password provided by your retailer.

The "Installation Title" is used to identify your installations, if you have multiple installations of SoftwareCentral.

 

If your installation is offline, you will see an installation key. You must send this key to your retailer, that will then return your offline license key.

You cannot proceed without a valid license.

 

Verify settings

You will now be redirected to the SoftwareCentral main interface and configuration menu. Note that the interface and available / required fields will vary depending on your configuration.

If any required settings are missing, you will see them highlighted with a red text.

For a ConfigMgr environment, you will need to enter some server details like reporting server, package share(s) etc. The required settings will be highlighted in the interface.

For ConfigMgr environments you must also go to Settings -> SCCM Folders and Collections and configure all root folders and collections.

 

Intune only installations should only have to fill in the following setting:

Application Base URL - The standard base URL to SoftwareCentral. This could for instance be https://softwarecentral/

 

SoftwareCentral Service

SoftwareCentral uses a Windows service to process long running tasks and schedules. This service is automatically installed during the configuration of SoftwareCentral.

To verify that it is installed, go to "Settings -> Service Manager".

Confirm that the service is running. If it is not running, go to the Log in SoftwareCentral. There will be one or more error messages stating why the service is not running and information on how to resolve the issues.

 

 

You are now ready to use SoftwareCentral.

You can read the Getting Started manual to help you get started with SoftwareCentral.

 

See Also

 

 


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