How Do I Manage EPM Live in SharePoint Central Administration? (On-Premise Customers)

This article will show you the EPM Live settings available in SharePoint Central Administration.  This article applies only to On-Premise customers.

1. Open SharePoint Central Administration

From the Server Start Menu, select SharePoint 2016 Central Administration.

2. Open General Application Settings

Under the Central Administration Heading, select General Application Settings.

3. EPM Live Settings Section

Under the EPM Live Administration section, EPM Live has the following links for management of EPM Live.

  • Feature Keys
  • Reporting Configuration
  • Queue
  • Application Settings
  • Active Servers
  • Solution File Versions
  • Create Site Collection
  • Manage Email Templates
  • Properties

3.1 Feature Keys

This page shows the EPM Live keys that have been activated in your SharePoint environment.  The keys enable (allow) for the various EPM Live features, settings, and tools to be available on your server(s).  This page is also where additional keys are added, such as when additional users are purchased, or new functionality is to be enabled.  If needed, the Farm Guid is shown on the page, under the field for activating new keys.

When a user is disabled in EPM Live, it is recommended to come to the Feature Keys page to remove that user from whichever features that user was active.  This will free up the license access to that/those features for an additional user.

Note: For customers whose servers do not have internet access, a "special key" will be created for your organization.  To create the special key, you will need to provide your Farm Guid to your EPM Live Account Manager.  

3.2 Reporting Configuration

This page shows each site collection's mapping to its EPM Live Reporting Database.  New mappings can also be set up here.  The mapping details include:

  • Site Collection
  • Database Server
  • Reporting Database Name

3.3 Queue

This page allows for management of the EPM Live Queue (Timer) settings.  

  1. Enter the number of seconds for the Queue Interval.  This specifies how often the queue attempts to retrieve items awaiting the queue.
  2. Enter the Thread Count.  This specifies the number of concurrent threads the queuing system will run.
  3. Enter the Security Thread Count.  This specifies the number of concurrent security threads the queuing system will run.

3.4 Current Queue Status

This page shows the current Queue Status for the selected Web Application.

3.5 Application Settings - Solution Deployment

This page shows which EPM Live solution files have been deployed on the server.

3.6 Application Settings - Database Connection String

This page displays the connection string used for EPM Live for each Web Application.  The Connection String needs to be entered for the EPM Live web application, as well as Central Administration. If your Central Administration web application doesn’t have a connection string, you can copy it from the EPM Live web application. The Status dialog will turn green when you click Save Settings if your connection string is entered properly.

3.7 Application Settings - Reporting Services Configuration

This page shows the SSRS information. Be sure to enter the URL for Reporting Services for your EPM Live web application, along with the “Use Integrated Mode” box.

3.8 Active Servers

This page shows the active Web Front End (WFE servers) in the SharePoint Farm.  If you have a "server" key rather than "user" key, you would be able to specify the server(s) on which to activate the key.

3.9 Solution Files Versions

This page shows each of the EPM Live Solution Files and their corresponding version numbers.

3.10 Create Site Collection

This page is the recommended approach for new EPM Live Site Collections. Using this method ensures that the EPM Live templates, settings, etc. are set up correctly in the new Site Collection.

3.11 Manage Email Templates

This page shows the email templates that go out to users.  Example emails include when a new user is added to a site, when a new comment has been entered, when a user is assigned to a work item, and when a project manager's project has pending updates in the Online Project Planner.  You may edit the body of these emails as needed.

3.12 Properties

By default, the EPM Live Analytics and EPM Live API Properties are adding via the Properties page.



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