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WebFront 4 - Deployment Guide

Gridpro AB

Rev: 4.0.7008

Published: June 2017

 

Prerequisites

WebFront requires a Microsoft System Center Service Manager installation in the environment to work properly.

NOTE: WebFront 4 can be installed side-by-side on the same server as previous versions of WebFront.

  • Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Manager or later
  • System Center Service Manager console installed on WebFront server
  • .NET Framework 4.5.2
  • IIS URL Rewrite Module 2.0 or later
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or later

Minimum the below Windows Server roles and features:

Web Server (IIS)

Common HTTP Features

  • Default Document
  • Directory Browsing
  • HTTP Errors
  • Static Content

Health and Diagnostics

  • HTTP Logging

Performance

  • Static Content Compression
  • Dynamic Content Compression

Security

  • Request Filtering
  • Windows Authentication

Application Development

  • .NET Extensibility 4.6*
  • ASP.NET 4.6*
  • ISAPI Extensions
  • ISAPI Filters

Features

.NET Framework 4.6 Features

  • ASP.NET 4.6*

*Version 4.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems

 

Recommended Client Browsers

Desktop

  • Chrome 55+
  • Edge 12+
  • Firefox 45+
  • Internet Explorer 10+
  • Safari 6.0+

Mobile

  • Android 4.1+
  • iOS 6.1+

 

Installation

Server Configuration

Click Start – Server Manager

Click Add Roles and features

Click Next

Click Next

Click Next

Check Web Server (IIS), click Add Features in popup, then click Next

Check ASP.NET 4.6 feature, click Add Features in popup, then click Next

Click Next

Check all Role Services as in the  screenshot above, then click Next

Click Close

Close Server Manager console

 

System Center Service Manager Console

This guide does not describe the installation of Service Manager console in detail, instead we recommend Microsoft best practice installing the console on the server.

IIS URL Rewrite Module

This guide does not describe the installation of IIS URL Rewrite Module, instead we recommend downloading from here: https://www.iis.net/downloads/microsoft/url-rewrite and perform installation per best practice.

Active Directory Delegation (only remote installation)

IMPORTANT: This step is only necessary if WebFront is installed on a separate server than the Service Manager Management server.

The user’s credentials are used to access Service Manager. So, the Data Access Service Management account must be delegated the permission to be able to impersonate in Active Directory.

On a computer with Active Directory Users and Computers console installed:

Open Active Directory Users and Computers console

Find the Computer object for the server hosting WebFront

Right-Click Computer object and select Properties

Click Delegation tab

Select Trust this computer for delegation to specified services only, then select Use any authentication protocol

Click Add…

Click Users or Computers…

Type in the name of the account that your Service Manager server are using for running the System Center Data Access Service service, click Check Names to verify the name and then click OK

NOTE: If you are unsure about the account you can identify it by opening the Services snap-in, and connect to the Service Manager Management server and verify the account in the Log On As column for the System Center Data Access Service. If you are running as Local System you should select the computer account of the WebFront server.

Select Service Type MSOMSdkSvc and click OK

NOTE: If the Available services box is empty, your configured service account running the System Center Data Access Service has not enough permission to register its SPN in Active Directory. Please correct the problem and retry this step.

Click OK

Close Active Directory Users and Computers console

IMPORTANT: Wait for Active Directory change to replicate to all domain controllers in your domain before proceeding to next step. This can take up to an hour depending on your environment configuration.

Restart the server hosting WebFront for Service Manager to apply the delegation changes on the server

 

 

WebFront for Service Manager

IMPORTANT: Login using a user account that is a member of the local server administrator group and has been assigned the SCSM Administrator role in Service Manager.

Run WebFront for Service Manager v4.X.XXXX.msi

Click Next

Read Software License Agreement carefully and if you accept the terms, check I accept the terms in the License Agreement, then click Next

Type in the web server name, if you have a DNS alias you can use that instead. Keep the 443 if possible and type in the Service Manager server name, then click Next

Click Next

Click Install

If User Access Control is enabled, click Yes

Click Finish

If you check Open WebFront browser, go to License Activation section


License Activation

The section below shows a step-by-step instruction how this is accomplished. It is the same procedure for evaluation activation and commercial registration. When performing a commercial activation, any active evaluation licenses will be automatically removed and replaced by the commercial license.

Open WebFront in a browser

If you start WebFront for the first time or you will automatically be prompted to activate the product. If you already have a valid license that you want to replace. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner in WebFront to go to the activation wizard.

Specify Activation Key, then click OK to activate

Offline Activation

If WebFront is unable to reach our license server you will be prompted to do an offline activation.

  1. Copy the text, paste into a new email and send to support@gridprosoftware.com (you should receive a response within 24 hours)
    TIP! You can click on the support@gridprosoftware.com text in the bottom of the dialog to get it automatically copied to a new email in your email client
  2. When you receive the license file, open the activation page and check I have a license file
  3. Click Add and browse and select license file, then click Open
  4. Click OK to activate

Your license has now been activated and WebFront is ready

 

Upgrade

WebFront for Service Manager

IMPORTANT: Login using a user account that is a member of the local server administrator group and has been assigned the SCSM Administrator role in Service Manager.

Run WebFront for Service Manager v4.X.XXXX.msi

Click Next

Read Software License Agreement carefully and if you accept the terms, check I accept the terms in the License Agreement, then click Next

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 Click Install

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If User Access Control is enabled, click Yes

 

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Click Finish

Upgrade completed

 

Uninstallation

Uninstalling WebFront is done by using the control panel applet.

On a server that has WebFront for Service Manager software installed

Click Start – Control Panel

Click Uninstall a program

Right-click WebFront for Service Manager and select Uninstall

IMPORTANT: Be sure to verify that you select 4.X.XXXX, since older versions of WebFront can be installed side-by-side.

Click Yes

Click Yes, on User Access Control popup question

Uninstallation completed

 

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