Configuration Center provides a single solution for configuring Administration Service instances and Web Interface sites, allowing you to perform the core configuration tasks from a single location. Highlights include:
The Configuration Center operations are fully scriptable using Windows PowerShell command-line tools provided by the Active Roles Management Shell.
Configuration Center is composed of the following elements:
By allowing configuration data to be imported at any convenient time, Configuration Center makes Active Roles much easier to upgrade. You can install the new Administration Service version side-by-side with an earlier version and then import configuration data to the new version as needed.
Wizards that start from hub pages help you manage configuration settings. Management wizards streamline the core configuration tasks by reducing time it takes to change the service account, Active Roles Admin account and database; import configuration and management history; and configure Web Interface sites on the Web server.
ActiveRolesConfigurationprovides cmdlets for the key set of configuration tasks, such as creation of the Active Roles database, creation or modification of Administration Service instances and Web Interface sites, data exchange between Active Roles databases and between site configuration objects, querying the current state of the Administration Service, and starting, stopping or restarting the Administration Service. The cmdlets provided by the
ActiveRolesConfigurationmodule have their noun prefixed with AR, such as New-ARDatabase, Set-ARService, or Set-ARWebSite.
Configuration Center is installed as part of the Management Tools component when you install Active Roles on a 64-bit (x64) system. You can use this tool to perform configuration tasks on the local or remote computer that has the current version of the Administration Service or Web Interface installed. Configuration Center looks for these components on the local computer and, if no components has been found, prompts you to connect to a remote computer. Another way to connect to a remote computer is by using the menu on the heading bar at the top of the Configuration Center main window.
When connecting to a remote computer, Configuration Center prompts you for a user name and password. This must be the name and password of a domain user account that belongs to the Administrators group on the remote computer. In addition, whether you are going to perform configuration tasks on the local computer or on a remote computer, your logon account must be a member of the Administrators group on the computer running Configuration Center.
To perform configuration tasks on a remote computer, Configuration Center requires Windows PowerShell remoting to be enabled on that computer. Run the Enable-PSRemoting command in the PowerShell console to enable remoting (see the Enable-PSRemoting help topic at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=144300 for further details). On Windows Server 2012 or later, remoting is enabled by default.
Configuration Center is installed and, by default, automatically started after you install the Administration Service or Web Interface, allowing you to perform initial configuration tasks on the computer on which you have installed those components. If you close Configuration Center and want to start it again, you can start Configuration Center from the following locations:
As Configuration Center can manage Active Roles not only on the local computer but also on remote computers, it is possible to use it on a client operating system as well as on server operating systems. You can install Configuration Center by installing Active Roles Management Tools on a 64-bit (x64) server or client operating system, and then connect it to a remote computer on which the Administration Service or Web Interface is installed. To start Configuration Center on a client operating system: