Skip to main content

Installing Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows on a single node

The simplest and most basic installation of Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows is to install all Qlik services on a single server, or node, to create a single-node site. This kind of deployment is best suited for smaller organizations, where users are in a single time zone, and where app reloads can be done overnight when there are no users accessing the site.

Pre-installation

  1. Check the system requirements for Qlik Sense Enterprise.
  2. Check the supported browsers.
  3. Check the ports page to see which ports are used in your deployment.
  4. Check the Qlik Sense licenses to see your licensing options.

Preparing the server

  1. Log in to the server where you will install Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows.

    Note: If the server is running anti-virus software, learn how anti-virus software scanning can affect performance and how to solve it.
  2. Create the required user accounts on the server.

  3. Download the Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows installer from the product downloads page.

  4. Create a file share. The file share stores Qlik application data and must be accessible to the central node, as well as all rim nodes in a multi-node site.

  5. Install Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.8 on the server. If not installed, the Qlik Sense installer will prompt you for it.

Note: For both single node and multi-node deployments, you can connect to an existing Qlik Sense repository database. If you have an existing repository database on your server but you do not plan to use it, remove it before you start the installation.

Installing Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows

In a single-node site, all Qlik services are installed on a single Windows server.

  1. Right-click the installer file and select Run as administrator. Click Install to start the installation.
  2. On the License Agreement window, read and accept the Qlik User License Agreement.

  3. On the Create or join a cluster window, select Create cluster.

    Qlik Sense installer create new cluster screen
    Note: For both single-node and multi-node sites, you begin by creating the central node in a cluster. A single-node site contains only the central node, whereas a multi-node site has additional rim nodes connected to the central node.
  4. On the Host name window, enter the address to your server or select the pre-defined value from the list.

    Accepted address values Example
    IP address 10.1.123.234
    Server or machine name rd-bdm-win2019
    Fully qualified machine name rd-bdm-win2019.rdlund.qliktech.com
    Qlik Sense installer add host name screen
    Note: Ensure that the recommended server node name displayed in the field 'Enter the address for this machine' matches the one you will use to access this node, otherwise, enter an appropriate address or fully qualified machine name. You can verify your computer by navigating to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System.
    Tip: For additional support and to learn about common issues related to the Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows installation, see Common issues and solutions to problems with your installation.
  5. On the Shared persistence database connection settings window, create a new repository database on your current server or connect to an existing repository database. Learn more about persistence, file shares, and the repository databases, and database security for shared persistence.

    Note: Do not use postgres as the database username.
    • To create a new repository database on the current server, select Install local database, leave the default port, and enter a database username and password.

      Qlik Sense installer shared persistence database connection settings screen to install a new local database, use port 4432, provide a database username and password
    • To connect to an existing repository database, clear Install local database, enter the database hostname you want to connect to, leave the default port, and enter a database username and password.

      Qlik sense installer shared persistence screen, to install a remote database.

    Tip: For additional support and to learn about common issues related to the Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows installation, see Common issues and solutions to problems with your installation.
  6. On the Database configuration window, for a single-node site, you do not need to allow connections from other nodes. Click Next to continue.

  7. On the Service Credentials window, enter username and password for the account that you want use to run the Qlik Sense services. You should have created some user accounts to run the services before starting the installation.

    Note: The service credentials username must be in the form domain\username.
    Note: If you enter a username that is more than 20 characters long, it must be in User Principal Name (UPN) format, and must include the full domain name. For example, longusername@full.domain.name.
    Tip: For additional support and to learn about common issues related to the Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows installation, see Common issues and solutions to problems with your installation.
  8. On the Shared persistence storage window, enter the path or URL to the file share you created earlier, for example, \\<domain>\QlikShare. The file share can be a local folder, or it can be hosted on another server. Learn more about persistence, file shares, and the repository databases.

    Shared persistent storage screen on qlik sense installer. Root folder path is shown.
    Tip: For additional support and to learn about common issues related to the Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows installation, see Common issues and solutions to problems with your installation.
  9. On the Centralized logging window, select Configure centralized logging to set up centralized logging. If you do not want to set up centralized logging, clear the check box and click Next.

    Note: Qlik Sense writes logs to the system even when centralized logging is not set up. To set up centralized logging later, see Qlik Logging Service
    Note: Do not use mixed character sets when creating your password for the centralized logging database.
    • Select New logging database to install a new database with your current installation. Enter a log writer and log reader password.

      New centralized logging database screen from qlik sense installer. New writer and reader passwords are shown.
    • Select Standalone logging database to write logs to an existing database. Enter the hostname for the logging database server, change the default port if necessary, and enter the log writer and log reader passwords.

      Qlik Sense installer create new standalone centralized logging database

      Note: If you use a logging database on another node, ensure that it is a new and empty logging database before proceeding with the installation. If a QLogs database is already present on the remote database, the schemas might be incompatible. For more information on PostgreSQL database, see Installing and configuring PostgreSQL.
    Tip: For additional support and to learn about common issues related to the Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows installation, see Common issues and solutions to problems with your installation.
  10. On the Installation location window, enter the location to install Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows, or choose the default location on the C:\ drive.

  11. On the Repository Database Superuser Password window, enter a password for the PostgreSQL repository database superuser.

    Note: This screen does not appear if you are using a remote PostgreSQL database, or if you are installing a rim node (Join cluster option).
  12. On the Ready to install window, select the installer options.

    Ready to install screen from qlik sense installer with all options selected.
    • In the Ready to install section, clear the Start the Qlik Sense services when the setup is complete check box if you want to use a dedicated service account to run the Qlik Sense services.
    • In the Supported object bundles section, optionally install the object bundles. Then, select which object bundles you want to install from the list of those available for your Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows installation.

      Note: If you are installing object bundles, read and accept the object bundles license agreement.
    • In the Help Us Improve section, select if you want to anonymously share system data with Qlik.

    • Click Next when you have selected your options, then click Install.

    Note: To add or remove object bundles after an installation, see Modifying an object bundles installation
  13. Tip: For additional support and to learn about common issues related to the Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows installation, see Common issues and solutions to problems with your installation.
  14. You will see a message indicating that Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows has been installed successfully.

Licensing Qlik Sense

Before you can start using Qlik Sense you must activate your site license.

  1. Open the Qlik Management Console (QMC) by entering the QMC address in your browser.
    By default, the QMC address is https://<QPS server name>/qmc.

    The QMC displays the Site license properties screen the first time you open it.

  2. Enter the license information from the License Enabler File (LEF).

    The property group Site license contains properties related to the license for the Qlik Sense system. All fields are mandatory and must not be empty.

    Note: If you want to set up Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS, please contact your Qlik representative or Qlik Support to obtain a valid license for the setup.
    Site license properties
    Property nameDescription
    Owner nameThe user name of the Qlik Sense product owner.
    Owner organizationThe name of the organization that the Qlik Sense product owner is a member of.
    Serial numberThe serial number assigned to the Qlik Sense software.
    Control numberThe control number assigned to the Qlik Sense software.
  3. Expand LEF access and click Get LEF and preview the license. If you received your LEF via email, you can copy and paste the information into the text field.
  4. Note: Failed to get LEF from server is displayed if the serial number or control number is incorrect.
  5. Click Apply.

    Successfully licensed is displayed.

You have activated your Qlik Sense site license.

You are ready to connect to a user directory (optional), allocate user access or professional access, and set up permissions.

Allocating access to users

Your license is either based on access types, with professional access allocation as an option, or on tokens, with user access allocation as an option.

Access types license

Your Qlik Sense license includes a number of professional access allocations that are used to grant users in your organization access to Qlik Sense.

  1. In the QMC, from the Start menu, click License management.

    The License usage summary screen is displayed.

  2. Click the Professional access allocations tab.
  3. Click the + Allocate button.

    The Users screen is displayed.

  4. Select the users that you want to provide access to from the list and click Allocate.
    Note: Allocate is disabled if the number of allocations available is insufficient for the number of selected users.

The users that you allocated access to appear in the Professional access allocations overview table.

Token-based license

Your Qlik Sense license includes a number of tokens that are used to allocate Qlik Sense access to users in your organization.

  1. In the QMC, from the Start menu, click License management.

    The License usage summary screen is displayed.

  2. Click the User access allocations tab.
  3. Click the + Allocate button.

    The Users screen is displayed.

  4. Select the users that you want to provide access to from the list and click Allocate.
    Note: Allocate is disabled if the number of tokens available for allocation is insufficient for the number of selected users.

The users that you allocated access to appear in the User access allocations overview table.

Additional configuration

After you have installed and verified that Qlik Sense is running correctly, you may find the following configuration information useful:

  • Load balancing - create load balancing rules in the QMC to improve resilience and performance in a multi-node site.
  • Host allow list - configure the virtual proxy advanced settings to add your own hosts names to the allow list.
  • User imports (UDC) - configure the user directory connector to retrieve users from a user directory.

Qlik Sense is ready to be used. But before getting started, back up your files so that you can recover from a system crash, see Backup and restore Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows

Modifying an object bundles installation

You can add or remove object bundles from your Qlik Sense deployment at any moment. If you have a multi-node installation, object bundles are installed on the central node.

Tip: You can see which extensions are installed in your deployment by checking the Extensions section in the Qlik Management Console (QMC).
  1. In Windows Control Panel, open Programs and Features.
  2. In the list of programs, double-click the object bundle that you want to modify.

    A view of the Windows control panel with an object bundle selected
  3. The Object Bundle Setup Wizard opens. Click Next.
  4. Select Change.
  5. On the Custom setup screen, click on the bundle icon to select how to modify the bundle installation:
    • If the bundle is installed, select Entire feature will be unavailable to uninstall it.
    • If the bundle is not installed, select Entire feature will be installed on local hard drive to install it.

    Then, click Next.

  6. Click Change.

    Once the modification if complete, you are required to manually restart the Qlik Sense Repository Service.

  7. Click Finish to close the Object Bundle Setup Wizard.
  8. Manually restart the Qlik Sense Repository Service to apply the changes.

You can verify that the changes have been correctly applied by checking the Extensions section in the QMC.

Common issues and solutions to problems with your installation

Windows user accounts and service credentials

Host name

Shared persistence

Centralized logging

Qlik Sense extension bundles

Anti-virus software