Granola Enterprise for Microsoft Windows Installation Instructions
This guide provides instructions for how to set up and use Granola Enterprise. Granola Enterprise does not have a graphical view, and is intended primarily for deployments across a number of systems. If you would prefer to save energy for free on your personal computer, try Granola Personal instead.
Granola Enterprise Installation
The Granola Enterprise configuration tool provides a streamlined way to install Granola Enterprise for Windows, whether on a single machine or at enterprise scale. It can download and configure the latest version of Granola Enterprise with your account information, ensuring that the configuration is correct and making installation simple and easy with normal package management tools like GPO or SCCM. It can also install locally, for instances where you may only have a few machines or need to install in an environment that isn't centrally managed.
- Download the Granola Enterprise configuration tool. Save the file into a folder by itself. The output from the program will be stored in the same directory as the program itself.
- Create an account if you do not already have one. You will use your account information to configure Granola Enterprise so your machines can communicate with the Granola Dash.
- Run the Granola Enterprise configuration tool. You should see a screen like this:
Configure the Granola Enterprise installation.
- Put your account information into the form in the tool.
- Select your target operating system. You can configure more than one package if you need packages for both Windows XP / Server 2003 and Windows Vista / 7.
- OPTIONAL. Configure your basic proxy. Note that this step is only necessary if you need to direct your traffic through a Basic proxy.
- OPTIONAL. Configure a custom REST prefix. Note that this step is only necessary if you are using a custom Granola Dash instance.
Choose an action. Here are the options:
- Generate MSI (default). To be used for GPO, SMS, or other policy-based deployment. The latest Granola Enterprise package will be downloaded, and the configuration options will be embedded in the MSI file itself. The output will be a single MSI file.
- Install locally. To be used for installation on the machine running the Granola Enterprise configuration tool. The latest package will be downloaded, the configuration options will be applied, and the MSI file will be installed. The end result is an instance of Granola Enterprise running on the local machine.
- Golden image install. To be used for the installation of Granola Enterprise during the creation of a golden image. The latest package will be downloaded, the configuration options will be applied, and the MSI file will be installed. Afterwards, the running service will be stopped and the registry entries that uniquely identify the machine (the machine UUID) will be deleted. At this point, the image includes Granola Enterprise and is ready to be deployed. Note that you must not restart the Granola Connect service or restart the image prior to deploying or the machine UUID will be regenerated.
- Generate transform. To be used for GPO, SMS, or other policy-based deployment. The latest Granola Enterprise package will be downloaded, and the configuration options will be embedded in a transform file that may be applied to an unconfigured MSI file. The output will be both the MST file and the MSI file.
Hit the 'Go!' button. Your chosen action will be performed. Any problems with your
configuration will be reported in the status area above the Go! button.
Note that though you can only perform one action at a time, you can repeat this step with a different action selected if you need to generate more than one package, or need to both generate packages and install locally.
- Complete the installation. If you generated packages that need to be installed, please refer to your installation tool documentation for information on how to roll out your configured package. If you chose to install locally, your installation is complete and Granola Enterprise is already running. If you chose to perform a golden image installation, your installation is complete, but note that you must not restart the image or the Granola Connect service in order to prevent the machine UUID from regenerating.
When a new version of Granola Enterprise is available, you can simply rerun the Granola Enterprise configuration tool to download and configure the latest version. There is no need to uninstall the old version first.
Validating an install
Verify your installation via your account on the Granola Dash. Assuming the installation goes smoothly, you should see the machines begin to register within twenty-four hours. Without buying licenses, you will have access to a detailed Energy Footprint view, enabling you to examine a detailed breakdown of IT energy consumption, cost, and environmental impact. If you would like more detailed information and optimization tools, you can purchase Granola Enterprise licenses.
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