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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.

    Information noteIf 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 Qlik Download Site.

    For more information, see Downloading installation files.

  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.

Information noteFor 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

    Information noteFor 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 Select the host name window, enter the address to your computer 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

    Information noteEnsure that the recommended server node name displayed in the Computer host name field 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 host name by navigating to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System.
    Tip noteFor 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 Set up the repository database window, you can create a new repository database on your current computer or connect to an existing repository database. Learn more about persistence, file shares, and the repository databases, and database security for shared persistence.

    Information noteDo not use postgres as the database username.
    • To create a new repository database on the current computer, click Create a new database.

      On the Configure a new database (1/2) window, set a database user password and adjust the advanced settings if required. On the Configure a new database (2/2) window, set a database superuser password.

      Window 1 of 2 for configure new database
    • To connect to an existing repository database, click Connect to an existing PostgreSQL database.

      Enter the database hostname and database user password. The port and database user are filled in with default values. Change these only if you changed them during the initial database configuration.

      Installer window to connect to exisiting database
    Tip noteFor 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 Provide information for the Qlik services (1/2) window, enter the username and password to run the services on the current computer.

    Under Additional server settings you can set the database maximum connection pool size and listening ports for http and https. Https is the default option, to use http you need to select Enable http.

    Database maximum connection pool size: This value is calculated by the installer, based on the server's configuration. The default value is usually the best option.

    Information noteThe service credentials username must be in the form domain\username.
    Information noteIf 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.
    services 1/2 window to enter username and password to run local services
    Tip noteFor 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.
  7. On the Provide information for the Qlik services (2/2) 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 computer. Learn more about persistence, file shares, and the repository databases.

    window 1/2 to set up the services
    Tip noteFor 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 Installation location window, enter the location to install Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows, or choose the default location on the C:\ drive.

  9. 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 Include 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.

      Information noteIf 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.

    Information noteTo add or remove object bundles after an installation, see Modifying an object bundles installation
  10. Tip noteFor 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.
  11. 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.

    Information noteIf 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. Information noteFailed 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.
    Information noteAllocate 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.
    Information noteAllocate 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 noteYou 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

Qlik Sense extension bundles

Anti-virus software