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Introduction

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.

You can therefore use the panel to update the settings for CAST Extend, i.e. if you want to change the user name, or if you want to start using CAST Extend Offline or CAST Extend local server.

Available options

Extend official service

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.

  • If you do not have an account on CAST Extend, you can register for one, for free, using the following URL: https://extend.castsoftware.com/#/register
  • When upgrading to AIP Console ≥ 1.25 with the Extend official service option already configured with a username/password, the API Key for your username will be fetched automatically by AIP Console as part of the upgrade process.
Extend proxy

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 Offline or Proxy - optional.

Enter the URL of your on-premises CAST Extend local server, enter the API Key and then click Next to continue - AIP Console will then check that it can access the on-premises CAST Extend Offline:

API Key

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:

C:\Program Files\CAST\ExtendProxy\config.proxy.json

The key is located on the line APIKEY:

{
  "PORT": 8085,
  "STORAGE_DIR": "c:/ProgramData/CAST/ExtendProxy",
  "PACKAGE_DIR": null,
  "LOG_DIR": "C:/Program Files/CAST/ExtendProxy/logs",
  "PUBLIC_URL": "http://WIN10TEST:8085/",
  "EXTEND_URL": "https://extend.castsoftware.com",
  "APIKEY": "XCGN1-9263B92E143984F6EF357684F7EFD3EE336C6E7A5F2278ADE1352D7BD34147FFC60F94920F90B9095EBDBD11",
  "USER": "",
  "CREDENTIALS": "CRYPTED2:A65B5035B193DB7B2B59221",
  "SYNC_TYPE": "auto"
}

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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Synchronize Extensions

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 modeto fetch the extension "manifest" from CAST Extend - i.e. information that AIP Console requires in order to request the correct extension:

  • available extensions
  • available releases
  • technology to extension mappings

This process is also automated (once per day) - see CAST Extend local server.

Extend offline service

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 Offline or Proxy - 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 dataSee Administration Center - Settings - Allow CAST to collect anonymous statistical data automatically for more information about this option.

Technical information

Where are downloaded extensions stored?

.nupkg format

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

%PROGRAMDATA%\AipConsole\AipNode\ExtendCliConfig\packages

AIP Console ≤ 1.24%LOCAPPDATA%\NuGet\Cache

This folder can grow significantly over prolonged usage of AIP Console and may need to be cleaned - it is safe to remove these files.

Installed format

When the extension is installed the .nupkg file is uncompressed and the extension is placed in %PROGRAMDATA%\CAST\CAST\Extensions.

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