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First Time Set-Up of TimeXtender

If you are upgrading from a previous version, please see here: Upgrading TimeXtender from a previous version

After you Install TimeXtender and launch the application for the first time, you will be presented with the "Get Started" wizard which will walk you through the following configuration steps:

  1. Activate TimeXtender
  2. Import Settings from Previous Installation
  3. Connect to an ODX Server
  4. Set Up Repository

Activate TimeXtender

  1. When you run an unactivated instance of Discovery Hub you will be presented with the Activate Product dialogue.

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  2. Enter your valid TimeXtender License key. If you do not yet have a license key you may request one from your TimeXtender partner or other TimeXtender representative.
  3. If your application server does not have access to the internet you may select activate using a local activation file. To obtain an offline activation file, send your request along with your active license key and the current version of Discovery Hub to support@timextender.com, or you can download an offline activation file by navigating to you product license in the user portal as long as your license supports offline activation AND you have the necessary permissions in the portal. 
  4. If your server is located behind a proxy server you can add the credentials here, by checking Use proxy settings and entering the desired proxy server information.
  5. Finally, Click Activate to activate the software.

Connect to an ODX Server

Next, Discovery Hub will give you the option to connect to an existing ODX Server service. The ODX Server is not required, however, it is recommended if you plan to maintain a large collection of raw data such as a Data Lake of Operational Data Store. You can leave this setting unchecked and add it at a later time. Or you can Configure the ODX Server now.

  1. To connect to an ODX Server, check the box and specify the machine name/IP Adress of the server where you installed the ODX Server.
  2. Define, the Port Number
  3. Enter the Discovery Hub connection password you created when you installed the ODX Server.
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Set Up Repository

To create & manage projects, Discovery Hub will need to create a new (or connect to an existing) project repository database. This is a SQL Database that contains all of the metadata for your TimeXtender Projects. The project repository database MUST be created from the Discovery Hub application window. Be sure that the user who performs the following actions has the necessary permissions to create databases in the SQL Database server. 

  1. Specify the SQL Server where the project repository should be located.
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  2. Indicate the project repository database
    1. If you are installing new, enter the desired project repository database name and click create.
    2. If you are upgrading, click the drop-down and select the desired repository database you would like to upgrade.
  3. Define the Encryption method, SQL Server authentication method, and any additional connection properties.
  4. Click Next

Note: Now that you have created your repository database we highly recommend you configure nightly backups of this database from within SQL Server. 

Lastly, once the repository database is successfully connected, Discovery Hub will ask if you want to open the Windows Services Management window. 

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If you'd like to Configure the TimeXtender Scheduler Service now, you can check the box, or, just click Finish to close the wizard and begin using Discovery Hub. 

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