If you are an existing CAST customer already using legacy CAST AIP and you are planning a transition to CAST AIP Console, then you can re-purpose some existing deployments and perform an existing customer installation:

  • AIP Core already installed
  • CAST Storage Service/PostgreSQL already installed - declare this server(s) when installing the AIP Node package(s)
  • CAST Extend Offline - optional
  • AIP Console/AIP Node packages:
    • install the AIP Console package on a dedicated server
    • install the AIP Node package on each legacy CAST AIP instance to enable it for use with AIP Console
  • CAST Dashboards - with regard to dashboards, the choice is yours:
    • Use standalone dashboards - re-purpose your existing deployed dashboards and reconfigure connection settings
    • Use dashboards embedded in the AIP Console package

The steps required for an existing customer installation are as follows:

Step 1Get the installation mediaDownload the required software components from CAST Extend.
Step 2Install latest release of AIP Core on all nodes

You can optionally ensure that the most recent release of AIP Core is installed on all "nodes". Note however:

  • When using AIP Console ≥ 1.16, it is possible to to use different releases of AIP Core with AIP Console therefore you do not need to upgrade all releases of AIP Core on all AIP Nodes managed by AIP Console.
  • When using AIP Console ≤ 1.15, it is not possible to use different releases of AIP Core with AIP Console, therefore, choosing to upgrade AIP Core on an AIP Node necessarily means updating ALL instances of AIP Core on all AIP Nodes managed with AIP Console to the same release, and by extension, updating all Applications to the new AIP Core release (schema upgrade).

If you have existing Applications managed via "legacy" CAST Management Studio, you will need to perform an Application upgrade to ensure these existing Applications can still be managed with CAST Management Studio.

Step 3Install CAST Extend local server or Offline - optionalCAST Extend Offline is only required if (due to security concerns for example) your organization cannot interact over the public internet with CAST's Extend system for Extension management. This package provides CAST's Extend system as an "offline" component which can be installed as an on-premises solution.
Step 4Install AIP Console and AIP Node packages
  • Run the AIP Console installer to install the AIP Console package on a dedicated server and AIP Node package on all AIP Nodes.
  • When installing each AIP Node package on your AIP Nodes, ensure you declare your existing CAST Storage Service/PostgreSQL servers for each AIP Node.

Step 5Initial configuration steps

Perform the initial configuration steps using the AIP Console front-end:

Step 6Install CAST Dashboards - existing customers

At the current time there are two methods available for deploying CAST Dashboards (Health/Engineering) - each option has its advantages and disadvantages.

  • Use standalone dashboards - re-purpose your existing standalone dashboards
  • Use dashboards embedded in the AIP Console package
Step 7Access AIP Console

When the installation is complete, access AIP Console using the following URL. Ensure you specify the correct server (change "server") and port number: