Overview

AppsAnywhere provides a range of ready-to-deploy applications, which can be automatically licensed upon launch by AppsAnywhere.

Compatible applications are downloaded from the AppsAnywhere Packaging Service and can be automatically licensed using existing software license details.

The relevant licensing information for these apps can be configured using pre-defined templates within AppsAnywhere.

A license template can then be applied to one or many Delivery Methods.

Watch a full webinar recording on AppsAnywhere 2.11 Questions & Answers for a demonstration.

  • Automated App Licensing is available to all customers using AppsAnywhere 2.11 or above

  • The feature must be enabled by AppsAnywhere Support before use

  • Compatible applications can only be downloaded from the AppsAnywhere Packaging Service.

  • Only the applications provided by AppsAnywhere via Automated App License Templates are compatible

  • It is not possible for customers to create their own templates for applications that are not already included

  • Applications are updated once a year (dependent on access to source media and licensing)

Updating the List of Templates

When creating an App License there is a choice of using an AppsAnywhere Template, which will provide a guide for the license data or files required to license an app. The other option is to create a Custom license if no template is yet available.

AppsAnywhere provides a repository of templates for compatible apps via the AppsAnywhere Packaging Service. To ensure AppsAnywhere is up-to-date with the latest templates, the list of templates can be dynamically updated.

Updating the list of Templates is a manual process which can be performed at any time by following these steps.

  1. Navigate to the App License management page

  2. Log into AppsAnywhere as a System Admin user

  3. Click on Return to Admin to access the AppsAnywhere admin portal

  4. Hover over the settings menu (the cog icon found at the top right of the page)

  5. Click on App License management on the dropdown menu

  6. Click on the Check for updates button to retrieve any updates and apply them to the Templates available in AppsAnywhere

A table will show any Templates which have been added, updated or removed.

Although Templates are named after specific apps, it only provides a format for licensing data, and will only work with compatible applications provided by AppsAnywhere.

From the template an App License must be created containing the specific application license details.

Creating an App License

To use Automated App Licensing a license must be configured containing organization specific license details.

The License template field allows selection of a pre-defined template for a particular app. The template enforces a particular format for the license data, and therefore selecting one of these licenses will 'lock' the fields under license data (or files) to the required fields for the app template chosen.

Please refer to Automated App License Templates for more information on the expected data formats to work with AppsAnywhere provided apps.

When creating a custom license, Keys can only contain lower case letters, numbers, and underscores.

To create a new Automated App License:

  1. Navigate to the Manage Automated App Licensing section

  2. Log into AppsAnywhere as an admin user

  3. Click on Return to Admin to access the AppsAnywhere admin portal

  4. On the sidebar on the left of the page, locate the Manage Automated App Licensing section. A list of any App Licenses which have already been added will be displayed.

  5. To add a new App License, click the Add new license button

  6. Enter the details for the App License to be added

  7. If there is no template available, define license data manually by ensuring that the template field is set to custom

Updating an App License

  1. Navigate to the Manage Automated App Licensing section

  2. Log into AppsAnywhere as an admin user

  3. Click on Return to Admin to access the AppsAnywhere admin portal

  4. On the sidebar on the left of the page, locate the Manage Automated App Licensing section. This page will display a list of App Licenses which have already been added.

  5. To edit an App License simply click on the license to be edited in the list.

  6. Once changes have been applied to the App License, click Update license to save

App licenses are only applied on the very first launch of a Cloudpaged app. Editing an app license will not affect users who already have an app virtualized in Cloudpaging Player.

To apply a new a license for an app that is already in use, it is necessary to create a new Cloudpaged Delivery Method and to configure an upgrade.

Applying an App License to an App

Once App Licenses have been created, the next step is to apply the license.

An App License can be associated to any number of Apps.

App Licenses can only be applied to Cloudpaging Delivery Methods.

  1. Log into AppsAnywhere as an admin user

  2. Click on Return to Admin to access the AppsAnywhere admin portal

  3. On the sidebar on the left of the page, click the Manage Applications button

  4. Navigate to the App and Cloudpaging Delivery Method that the license will be applied to

  5. Select Edit for the App that contains the Delivery Method

  6. Navigate to the Delivery Methods tab

  7. Select the Delivery Method that to apply the license against

The Delivery Method contains an Apply License section. In this section, you can search for an App License to apply and click the select button to apply it.

The App License applied to a Delivery Method can be changed or removed entirely by following the same process, and clicking remove on the previously applied App License

The list of Delivery Methods to which an App License is currently associated can be viewed from the Manage Automated App Licensing section, when editing an App License.

On that page, select the linked Delivery Method to jump directly to the Delivery Method edit form.

Deleting an App License

Removing an App License from an App will cause new launches of that App to fail, until a new license is applied with the required key values.

  1. Navigate to the Manage Automated App Licensing section

  2. Log into AppsAnywhere as an admin user

  3. Click on Return to Admin to access the AppsAnywhere admin portal

  4. On the sidebar on the left of the page, locate the Manage Automated App Licensing section. This page will display a list of App Licenses that have already been added.

  5. Click the Edit license button next to the App License to be removed.

  6. An App License that is linked to Delivery Methods cannot be removed. Any associations to Delivery Methods can be viewed in the Linked Delivery Methods tab at the top of the form.

  7. If the App License is linked to a Delivery Method, click Remove for each Delivery Method to remove the association.

  8. Click the Delete App License button at the bottom of the License details form to remove the App License.