Those of you that have been watching my initial OpenInsight 10 videos, will not have failed to notice the OI Management Console and the tools that this powerful feature brings to all OpenInsight 10 (OI10) Systems Administrators.
Not only does it expose some really useful information and statistics, as well as much easier remote configuration, but it makes administering a live system so much easier through the brand new Command Channel. The guys at RevUS touched on this in their recent Introduction to the Features and Benefits of OpenInsight 10 Webinar and I show working it in my video which provides a Quick Overview of OI10. Jump to around 12 minutes and you’ll see the Management Console running as an O4W application in the built in OI10 browser on screen.
Anyway, interest in the Management Console was high following the Webinar and a thread appeared on www.revelation.com with regards to some people having trouble running the Management Console and needing a 10 user O4W license to run it. Whilst running it online is super useful and convenient because System Administrators can access the Management Console from anywhere in the world and at any time, some people might just want to run it locally from their desktop using their OI WORKS license. This is how I ran the system in the videos.
Even in this local based setup, O4W and the Management Console consumes an additional license, or two – it’s the nature of O4W. Now, I’ve sat in many a presentation for software where the vendor says “Hey, we have this amazing module, it’ll change your life and that of your users. Ohh, but it’s going to cost you …”. Heads quickly fall like a child being offered a big bag of colourful sweets, only for the parent demanding a week’s worth of chores to be completed before access is granted to the bag of sweets.
Revelation Software have once again shown its ongoing commitment
to its OI WORKS community.
It looked like Revelation Software were heading down this same route, but, true to form, Bill told me about an OI WORKS discussion forum posting from Bob Catalano over the weekend. In the posting, Bob confirms that the Management Console will not function with the usual 2 user OI WORKS license and because of this a decision has been made to increase all existing 2 user WORKS licenses to a 3 user license.
This is brilliant news, it shows Revelations commitment to its highly valued OpenInsight WORKS community of professional application developers and it provides yet more value from the, already, invaluable WORKS subscription service/license. However, those of you opting for the cheaper NUL based license for your developers will need to look at increasing your NUL license accordingly and in the normal license increase manner.
If you are an active WORKS subscriber looking to work with OI10, please log into WORKS and head over to the WORKS forum for further details on claiming your new OI10 authorisation key.
If you are an expired OI WORKS subscriber or wish to get onto OI WORKS to gain access to OpenInsight 10, please contact your local Revelation office and one of us will be more than pleased to discuss your needs.