This article describes the high-level process of experiencing SquareOne through the trial program.
Starting a Trial of SquareOne
Requesting a Trial
When you register for a trial, the first screen that you'll see is:
On completion of the above form, you will need to confirm your request by clicking on the link in the received email:
If you lose the registration email, return to the above URL and choose the Already created a free trial? option in the lower-right of the form.
The first step of the process is to create the trial environment. This happens automatically as soon as you have confirmed your email address, but it can take a few minutes. Watch the video to prepare for the remaining steps.
As the trial environment is being created, the progress bar will fill. When the environment is ready, the screen will change as follows with the Next button enabled:
Click this to move to the next step.
Now that the trial environment has been created, it's time to explore!
The displayed page outlines some of the things that can be done at this point - such as how to access your environment, how to get help, and also how to register your own Windows and Linux devices into SquareOne. These are also detailed below, in the section Using a Trial of SquareOne.
Clicking Go to your free trial will take you to your trial environment. The first time this is done, a password for your user will need to be set:
The UI will ask if you wish to take a tour, which is recommended.
It is recommended that you bookmark the sign-in page so that you can return to the Next Steps information above if needed.
However, if you do lose the page, either:
- Click on the link in the very first verification email, titled SquareOne verify your email.
- Return to the trial sign-up and choose the Already created a free trial? option in the lower-right of the form, to receive a new email with a link to the sign-up and information pages.
Using a Trial of SquareOne
A trial environment of SquareOne will include a small number of Linux trial devices, that can be used to experience the system before (or without) installing the agent on your own device. These will show up within a few minutes of registering for the trial:
Register your own devices
To use SquareOne on your own devices, the SquareOne agent must be installed on each device. Links to Windows and Linux agents are provided as part of the trial in the Next Steps page of the sign-up page:
- Installation of Agent on Windows Devices
- Installation of Agent on Linux Devices
- Installation of Agent on Android Devices
Typically, devices are registered into SquareOne using certificate-based authentication. However, for trial purposes, Bsquare provide certificates within the Windows and Linux installers, and registration should take place automatically upon installation.
With devices registered into the system, they can be managed through the cloud UI, SquareOne Companion (see SquareOne Companion Overview).
By default, Bsquare will configure a single Administrative user for SquareOne Companion. Additional users can be added into the system through Settings.
Individual devices can be managed through the Devices Screen, where it is possible to drill into each device to:
- See device information (such as CPU, RAM and disk usage)
- Review software that is installed on the device
- Access the device via remote Terminal or Screen Share
- Send commands to the device
- Check the device activity log
- Reboot the device
- Manage the device with SquareOne (e.g. deregister or ban)
Devices can be organised into groups which can be managed in the Groups Screen.
SquareOne can be used to maintain a library of deployable software packages, from OS images to applications and content (such as media, configuration and other data).
Use the Packages Screen to review existing packages (including where the packages are deployed) and create new packages, or new versions of packages. The following articles describe how to create and deploy packages:
SquareOne provides a secure and scalable mechanism for gathering relevant information from devices in the form of telemetry. Using the provided interface, it is possible to capture any data that is of value.
The following articles provide information on this mechanism, including some sample demonstration code:
Auditing and Logging
To assist with system security, activity with SquareOne is logged. Overall activity can be seen on the Activity Screen, and logs specific to Devices and Groups are also available on the specific Device and Group screens.
Support for SquareOne is provided through a dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found here: How to Get Support for SquareOne