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B-deploy

So a couple of questions from a first timer:

1. I see that there is a thing called B-Deploy that is designed to deploy large quantities of brightsign devices. It has some great features described, but I havent been able to find any documentation on this feature. Was it renamed or am I just missing it.

2. BrightScript: this seems to be a way to do deployments, but it seems like this is not the primary method of deployment. If I was going to need input for a deployment from an onsite tech, say for an address of the device, would this be the best method to do this? Write a script that took the information and write it to BSN?

3. I dont see any "Best Practices" for deployment. 

if someone can point me to this information it will be very helpful. 

Thanks in advance...

Dave

 

 

 

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    Bright Scripters

    To the best of my knowledge, B-Deploy is available on the BSN web UI, when you first login to a new BSN account.

    You get an opportunity to upload a list of serial numbers, so when new players boot up while connected to the internet, they would automatically get set up for the BSN account they were B-Deployed to.

    I never used that feature, so I hop I got it correctly :)

    I'm somewhat puzzled why B-Deploy is not available to existing BSN accounts, should a list of new players need to be added to an account that has been active for a while...

     

     

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    BrightSign Support Manager

    BrightScripters is correct. B-Deploy is currently only available in "Net Network Setup" pages currently. We'll be releasing broader support to all existing BSN Networks in the future. Date is TBD. 

     

    For your 2nd question, there are many ways to deploy so there is no single best practice. 

    Here are a couple of documents that may answer your questions:

    1. http://docs.brightsign.biz/display/DOC/Device+Setup 

    2. http://docs.brightsign.biz/display/DOC/Setting+up+BrightSign+Players 

     

    If these don't answer your questions, please follow up.

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    David Johnston

    Thanks guys, and BTW, the links provided are dead links...

    Im looking at requirements around deploying a large quantity of these devices and we may need to get specific information from the tech at deployment at our remote locations.

    My thought is to modify the existing autorun.brs file to get input from the tech and automate the selection of the media file we want to play by detecting the hardware resolution. But Im just wondering if the best solution involves any scripting at all. It seems that b-deploy is the best method and I plan to recommend it, however, not sure that its a supported feature since there is not a lot of documentation. 

     

     

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    Matt H.

    Links are fixed now. Sorry about that.

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    David Johnston

    Thanks, and yes I have reviewed those sites. One of them has a single mention about B-Deployment, but nothing else. I have setup some devices in the BSN and via the author and via a webpage interface, however, I am interested in B-deploy as it will help us deploy a very large quantity of these.

    Is this the right forum to ask specific questions about B-deploy, or is there a contact I can reach that is the expert "B-Deploy master"?

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    David Johnston

    Let me clarify, not looking to get hand holding support, but an overview of the capability of using B-deploy for deploying a thousand of the xd and ls models to determine whether or not any specialized scripting would be required.

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    Allen H. Porter

    We host our own BSNEE.  You might want to look at it for a large deployment.

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    David Johnston

    Thanks Allen, send me the details. 

    For deployment of a large number of these devices, how much custom scripting is typically needed? Do I need to spend a lot of time learning the Brightscript API for the deployment? 

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    Allen H. Porter

    No scripting is needed unless you are doing something very custom.

     

    We build player configs from with BrightAuthor.  That is also where we create Presentations/Playlists.  We typically manage our players/networks via the Web GUI.

     

    As to scripting...we have a presentation in a big retailer where the player senses when a customer device (laptop or BRD) is connected to the BrightSign player via HDMI and switches that video to a display.  That was done with BrightScript.  We have a customer that has a video on demand service and they wanted fast forward, rewind, etc and that was done with scripting.

     

    But to deploy players we didn't use any scripting.  We do want to get to a point where we can configure dozens/hundreds of players all at once without BA.  We are not there yet but it will happen.

     

     

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    David Johnston

     

    So are we able to use BSNEE and B-deploy to configure hundreds of these devices? Im thinking that B-deploy is just BSNEE bulk import.

    It would be great if we can import a list of a hundred devices that contained a SN, newHostName, and a video to pull down and play.

    Then we go to that location and plugin the device and it starts, gets the new Hostname (location specific to help us identify it) and the video it needs and just starts playing.

    EDIT: and then we go into BSNEE and see that there are 100 devices added each with the new host name. 

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    Allen H. Porter

    I don't know and we are thinking along the same lines.

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    David Johnston

    Just read some horrible information: from the BSNEE setup guide 

    The B-Deploy feature (i.e. automated provisioning using player serial numbers) is currently not available for BSNEE.

    Does anyone have an ETA as to when this would be available?

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