• What is AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo?

AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo is a personal edition of the same AXIS operating platform but, unlike its server-based sibling, Solo is designed to be installed and run on an end-user desktop or a laptop computer.

EnterpriseLink Solo allows AXIS users who are not connected to corporate AXIS EnterpriseLink servers, to still run AXIS with the same look and feel as with the Server edition and to enjoy many of the features that the full version of EnterpriseLink has to offer. This can be useful for various reasons:

  1. Some users need to develop or work on models while they are travelling or for other reasons cannot rely on internet access to connect to their centrally controlled corporate EnterpriseLink.
  2. Solo may also help during the trial and training phases of a new implementation when new users are exploring the functionality and do not yet have the server-based environment set up.
  3. Solo is also a great tool to assist in testing new AXIS EnterpriseLink releases side-by-side with the server version without forcing an upgrade to a corporate installation.

As with the server edition of EnterpriseLink, there is no extra charge for using EnterpriseLink Solo.

  • Which features are supported in AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo edition?

Since Solo is intended to be used by one user only you will not find those AXIS EnterpriseLink features that are related to interactions between multiple user groups nor have the ability to have different roles in the system. Solo does allow simplified deployment of AXIS versions as well as management of local work areas, effectively giving the user access to most configuration tools found in EnterpriseLink Server edition.

Shown below is a comparison of the major features of the Server and Solo editions of AXIS EnterpriseLink:

Feature

AXIS EnterpriseLink (Server)

AXIS EnterpriseLink (Solo)

Deployment method

Deployed on server (or server farm) by IT administrators
 

Installed locally on desktop/laptop (requires Administrative permission for installing/upgrading).

User groups

Multiple user groups (must be groups from Active Directory domain)
 

Specific User Group membership is not required.

User roles

Multiple customizable roles associated with user groups
 

One pre-defined role only (all available application permissions granted)

Work areas

Multiple (must be configured via UNC (\\server\share) paths)
 

Multiple (UNC and drive letter paths allowed)

AXIS versions

Versions starting with 2012.01.01 are supported. Automated deployment by IT or authorized users only
 

Versions starting with 2012.01.01 are supported. Automated deployment by an end-user

Dataset Version Control

Fully functional (network repository)
 

Fully functional (network or local repository)

Messenger

Yes

Not supported

Jobs

Scripted jobs to run locally or on GridLink on demand or with scheduling
 

Scripted jobs to run locally or on demand on GridLink. Scheduling is not supported since scheduler service is not available.
 

Report Libraries

Fully functional

Fully functional

GridLink integration features

Fully functional

Fully functional

User licensing method

User based software keys

User based software keys

Concurrent users

Multiple concurrent active users

Single user mode only

SQL Server Back-End

Full SQL Server required to host EnterpriseLink database, IT administration required

SQL LocalDB engine is used (installed automatically with Solo); no administration needed
 

 
  • What are software requirements for running EnterpriseLink Solo?

AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo edition supports the 32 and 64-bit version of Windows 7 or 8.1 and uses the SQL Server 2012 LocalDB database engine that does not require any additional server installation or administration.

Solo also requires .NET Framework 4.5.2 to operate. You will also need .NET Framework 3.5.1 for AXIS versions released prior to February 2015. Please note that .NET Framework 4.5.2 can coexist with .NET Framework 3.5.1 on the same computer.

  • How do I install AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo?

All prerequisite software is bundled with the AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo installation package and installs automatically during the setup or upgrade process. The setup takes just a few minutes and Solo is ready to go. If you already have an AXIS license via a user-based software key then Solo will activate it automatically when it starts for the first time (you will need to be connected to the Internet for that).

The next step is to deploy one or multiple AXIS versions in your AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo by downloading them from the GGY web site and using an automated “Install AXIS” feature on the Solo dashboard.  Click here for detailed instructions available from the EnterpriseLink technical support site.

  • Can I install multiple copies of AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo on the same computer to test various configurations or EnterpriseLink versions side-by-side?

Yes, multiple copies of AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo can co-exist on the same computer.

  • Can I copy or move an existing EnterpriseLink installation to a different folder?

Yes, however, you will need to update existing shortcuts to EnterpriseLink (or create a new one). Note that the shortcut should point to "ELinkLauncher.exe" in the ELINK\AXISServer\bin folder. The system will automatically retarget all internal EnterpriseLink folders to the new location the first time you launch EnterpriseLink from the new location. You can always verify and change paths to EnterpriseLink folders by going to the User Groups/Path.

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