Get Started with Solstice Dashboard
The Solstice Dashboard for Enterprise Edition is a centralized management tool that can be used to monitor, configure, and update Solstice Enterprise Edition Pods and Windows Software instances on a network. While each Solstice display can be configured individually via its local configuration panel, the Solstice Dashboard streamlines the deployment process and allows IT administrators to manage their deployment from a central location.
The Solstice Dashboard should be installed on a Windows computer that the IT administrator uses regularly. It can also be installed on multiple PCs to manage the Solstice displays on the network from multiple locations.
The Solstice Dashboard is available as a free download and runs on a Windows host computer. The Windows host may be a Windows 8 or 10, or a Windows Server running 2012 R2 or later with qWAVE installed and a quad core processor with 12GB RAM minimum. A Windows 2016 Server may be used if desktop experience is enabled.
Importing Pods into the Dashboard
To import the Pods into the Dashboard, both the Pods and the Windows computer that the Dashboard is installed on must be powered on and connected to the same network.
The easiest way to import Solstice Pods into the Dashboard is to get the Pods onto the network via Ethernet. Some administrators prefer to configure Pods using a closed loop network, but it is not required. The Pod comes with Ethernet enabled by default, so connecting an active network jack should result in an automatic network connection that will allow you to easily import the Pods.
If you are unable to put the Pods on a network via Ethernet, the recommended method is to individually connect the Pods to the network wirelessly via the Pod's local configuration panel. Once the Pods are on the network, they can then be imported into the Dashboard to be configured and managed.
The Dashboard separates all instances into groups based on Pod vs. Software instances, Small Group Edition (SGE) vs. Unlimited, Solstice software version numbers, and unsupported instances. Each group of instances has slightly different configuration options, so only instances from the same group can be configured together.
Selecting multiple instances at once allows you to batch configure them for most settings. If multiple displays are selected in the Dashboard instances panel but their existing settings are different for a given configuration option, the field will display a dash (—).
- Visit mersive.com/download and click on Management Tools.
- Under Solstice Dashboard, click the Download Solstice Dashboard link.
- Fill out the download form then click Submit.
- Run the SolsticeDashboardSetup.exe installer and step through the InstallShield wizard until the Dashboard is installed. As a note, you only need to select to additionally install the Demo feature if you wish to be able to demo the Dashboard using a virtual Solstice deployment.
Import instances that are already running and connected to your network. You will need to ensure that the Windows computer the Dashboard is installed on is connected to the same network as the Solstice Pods.
- In the Dashboard under Import Displays, click the Discover button. A list of discovered displays appears.
- Select the displays you wish to import. You can Shift+click or Ctrl+click to select multiple displays.
- Click the Import button. The displays are added to your list of Your Solstice Instances.
If Pods do not appear in the list, they may be on a network that does not support UDP/Broadcast traffic. If this is the case, you can either use the CSV File or the Manual import options.
Import instances using a comma separated values (CSV) file. This is a quick way to get started using the Dashboard while simultaneously renaming your displays. The file can be created by writing an export script from Active Directory, database software, or other management software services. Alternatively, you can create the CSV file using a spreadsheet program. The format of the file is as follows:
<display name>,<IP address>,<port>
- Create your CSV file in the appropriate application.
- In the Dashboard under Import Displays, click the CSV File button.
- Browse to and select the CSV file, then click Open. The instances will be imported into the Dashboard. If any errors with the import process occur, a pop-up will appear listing the error log.
Import a new Solstice instance by manually entering in the details.
- In the Dashboard under Import Displays, click the Manual button. The Add Display pop-up will appear.
- Enter in the Display Name and IP Address for the instance you are adding. You can also change the default port if desired (optional). If you do not know the IP address for the display, you can find it on the display’s main welcome screen.
- Click Add. The display is added to your list of instances.
If your display information was entered incorrectly, the display will appear under the “Other Instances, Unknown Versions” list. To remove the invalid display, right click on the display then select to Remove from Dashboard management.