This panel provides the settings for controlling the CAST Extend configuration. CAST Extend is CAST's own repository of extensions and access to this for downloading new extensions is provided direct in the AIP Console (see Application - Extensions). When the UI Install Wizard is run during the installation process, settings must be provided for CAST Extend. These settings are displayed in this panel.
When enabled, this mode configures each AIP Node to connect to CAST's publicly available extension server (https://extend.castsoftware.com/) over the internet on port 443 via TCP.
In this mode, the CAST Extend URL field will be automatically populated with the CAST Extend URL (https://extend.castsoftware.com/) in read-only mode (i.e. the URL cannot be changed). You will then need to input your CAST Extend API key (this can be generated in the CAST Extend UI - see CAST Extend. AIP Console will check that it can access Extend when you click Save.
|Extend local server|
When enabled, this mode configures each AIP Node to connect to an on-premises deployment of CAST Extend local server, therefore avoiding a connection to CAST's publicly available extension server over the internet. See Install CAST Extend local server or Offline - optional.
The API Key will have been generated during the installation of CAST Extend Proxy and is displayed in the final summary screen of the installer:
Alternatively you can find the API key in the following location on the server on which CAST Extend Proxy is installed:
The key is located on the line APIKEY:
Extension Package Upload
When configured, a new section will become visible allowing you to Update CAST Extend local server with new content:
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The Synchronize Extensions button is displayed when the connection settings are input and saved. This option will force CAST Extend Proxy (when running in online mode) to fetch the extension "manifest" from CAST Extend - i.e. information that AIP Console requires in order to request the correct extension:
This process is also automated (once per day) - see CAST Extend local server.
|Extend offline service (deprecated)|
CAST Extend Offline is deprecated and you should use CAST Extend local server instead.
When enabled, this mode configures each AIP Node to connect to an on-premises deployment of CAST Extend Offline, therefore avoiding a connection to CAST's publicly available extension server over the internet. See Install CAST Extend local server or Offline - optional.
In this mode, the CAST Extend URL field will be empty and the CAST Extend Login (email) and CAST Extend Password fields will be hidden (no authentication is required for the on-premises CAST Extend Offline). Enter the URL of your on-premises CAST Extend Offline and then click Next to continue - AIP Console will then check that it can access the on-premises CAST Extend Offline:
Extension Package Upload
When configured, a new section will become visible allowing you to Update CAST Extend Offline with new content:
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|Allow CAST to automatically collect anonymous statistical data||See Administration Center - Settings - Allow CAST to collect anonymous statistical data automatically for more information about this option.|
Where are downloaded extensions stored?
When AIP Console fetches an extension from CAST Extend, the extension will initially be in .nupkg format. These files are stored in the following holding locations:
|AIP Console ≥ 1.25|
|AIP Console ≤ 1.24|
This folder can grow significantly over prolonged usage of AIP Console and may need to be cleaned - it is safe to remove these files.
When the extension is installed the .nupkg file is uncompressed and the extension is placed in
Troubleshooting HTTPS connection issues
In some situations, an error may occur when trying to save the CAST Extend connection parameters - Error updating Extend Settings:
A similar error is also recorded in the AIP Node log when a given AIP Node attempts to access CAST Extend: Failed to connect to Extend Server caused by:
This error usually occurs if the signing authority of the SSL certificate used by CAST Extend is not listed in the Java JRE cacerts file located at
%PROGRAMFILES%\CAST\<release>\jre\security\cacerts on the AIP Node. Resolving the issue involves importing the required SSL certificates into the Java JRE delivered with AIP Core - this is out of the scope of this document, but some tips can be found in SSL Certificates - How to import certificate into JRE.