Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2020-01-28T13:52:16+00:00
What is PowerShell Universal Dashboard?2019-10-22T12:53:03+00:00

PowerShell Universal Dashboard is the most popular web framework for PowerShell. Check out this short video to find out more.

What does a premium license get me?2019-09-06T02:40:41+00:00

A premium license of Universal Dashboard provides additional functionality on top of the Universal Dashboard Community edition. You have access to authentication, authorization and premium controls that are not available in Community. A license is good for a single dashboard. If you are running ten dashboards, using Start-UDDashboard, then you need ten licenses; even if they are running on the same server. A license is perpetual and you receive free upgrades for one year from the date of purchase.

What does a PowerShell Universal Dashboard enterprise license provide?2020-01-14T18:20:49+00:00

PowerShell Universal Dashboard enterprise licensing is provided for users that require large scale deployments of Universal Dashboard. If you are running more than a hand full of dashboards, you should consider contacting us about pricing for an enterprise license that will allow you to run as many dashboards as you require in your organization. Depending on your use-case, the price will be far cheaper than the premium licensing.

What do I get with a PowerShell Pro Tools license?2019-09-06T03:10:27+00:00

PowerShell Pro Tools provides a Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code and PowerShell solution. The same license key applies to all three. If you choose to build forms in Visual Studio but package scripts in Visual Studio Code, you can use the same license for each. The license is good for one year of upgrades.

Is Universal Dashboard just for displaying data?2019-09-06T02:37:08+00:00

Nope. Universal Dashboard is a web framework for PowerShell. You can create interactive websites, simple end-user tools or dashboards to display data. You aren’t limited to charts and graphs. Build tools to make your help desk colleagues more productive.

Is PSScriptPad a replacement for VS Code?2020-01-11T23:53:14+00:00

No. PSScriptPad is just an alternative to VS Code. It currently only supports Windows PowerShell and doesn’t have all the features and extensibility you will find in VS Code. That said, it’s much smaller and faster to launch. It’s great for quickly editing and debugging scripts but might not be suitable for working on large projects. That said, it has features that VS Code does not including a Windows Form Designer and script packaging.

How well does Universal Dashboard scale?2019-09-06T02:52:17+00:00

Universal Dashboard is built to service a couple thousand requests a second on good hardware. Don’t expect to use UD to run the next Stack Overflow or Reddit. It works perfectly well for internal tools that tens or hundreds of users are using but isn’t designed to service thousands or tens of thousands of users.

How does Universal Dashboard compare to Windows Forms?2019-10-15T17:01:08+00:00

Universal Dashboard is a web framework for PowerShell. It uses technologies that allow you to develop GUIs using PowerShell in the browser. It has a lot of the same functionality as WinForm development in PowerShell. You can create controls such as buttons, text boxes and charts. You can react to user input and interaction as well as invoke PowerShell scripts and cmdlets from your GUIs. Universal Dashboard also runs on any platform, unlike WinForms.

You can use Universal Dashboard Forge to build desktop applications with Universal Dashboard.

How does Universal Dashboard compare to Grafana?2019-09-06T02:58:31+00:00

Universal Dashboard and Grafana are completely different solutions. While Universal Dashboard can provide the same functionality as Grafana, it requires a working knowledge of PowerShell. Unlike it’s name may suggest, Universal Dashboard is much more than just dashboards. You can build entire tools using UD and PowerShell that accept user input, interact with React components and update dynamically. Grafana is all about reporting. UD is much more about providing a web framework for PowerShell.

How does Universal Automation licensing work?2020-01-14T20:24:16+00:00

Universal Automation licensing is per agent. An agent is a single running instance of UA. Any time you use Start-UAServer, you are starting an agent. UA licenses include a year of maintenance.

How does Universal Automation compare to PowerShell Scheduled Jobs?2020-01-15T15:37:48+00:00

Universal Automation is a cross-platform PowerShell module that is installed from the PowerShell Gallery and works on Windows, Linux and Mac. Schedule jobs are built into PowerShell and integrate with the Windows Task Scheduler.

Universal Automation and Scheduled Jobs can both schedule execution of scripts, retrieve output from the scripts and access the result of scripts.

Universal Automation uses a git repo for configuration that can be stored locally or in a git remote. Schedule jobs uses the local computer system to store files and Task Scheduler tasks to configure jobs.

 

How does Universal Automation compare to Jenkins?2020-01-14T21:56:06+00:00

Universal Automation is PowerShell specific. Unlike Jenkins, it does not require the installation of a separate plugin to execute PowerShell scripts. Universal Automation also integrates with features of PowerShell such as Read-Host and Write-Progress to provide a more native PowerShell experience. Just as with Jenkins, it does collect script output.

Both Jenkins and Universal Automation can execute scripts and schedule scripts to run.

Both Jenkins and Universal Automation allow for users to provide parameters to scripts when running them. Universal Automation doesn’t require any configuration for these parameters as they will be interpreted from the param block of your scripts.

Jenkins has the concept of projects, pipelines, and steps. Universal Automation’s architecture is simpler and doesn’t have the same level of organization. Scripts within UA can trigger other scripts to achieve pipeline-like functionality.

UA and Jenkins both other role-based access. UA provides authentication through its Universal Dashboard website. This requires some configuration of UA.

Jenkins requires the installation of Java as well as the Jenkins server itself. UA is distributed as a PowerShell module and can be downloaded using PowerShellGet.

How does Universal Automation compare to Azure DevOps2020-01-14T20:19:15+00:00

Universal Automation is PowerShell specific. Although Azure DevOps has tasks that integrate with PowerShell, they only collect output from the stdout stream and don’t integrate as tightly with PowerShell.

Azure DevOps requires a connection to the internet to control the execution of scripts on agents that run on-premises. Universal Automation is a stand-alone agent and does not require a connection to a master to drive the execution of scripts.

Both Azure DevOps and Universal Automation can execute scripts and schedule scripts to run.

Both Azure DevOps and Universal Automation allow for users to provide parameters to scripts when running them. Universal Automation doesn’t require any configuration for these parameters as they will be interpreted from the param block of your scripts.

Azure DevOps has the concept of projects, pipelines, tasks, and steps. Universal Automation’s architecture is simpler and doesn’t have the same level of organization. Scripts within UA can trigger other scripts to achieve pipeline-like functionality.

Azure DevOps offers extensive role-based access and access controls. UA provides role-based access controls. UA provides authentication through its Universal Dashboard website. This requires some configuration of UA.

Azure DevOps configuration is handled through the use of YAML scripts within the configured repository. UA uses PowerShell scripts for configure and jobs that are run as PowerShell scripts.

How does PowerShell Pro Tools licensing work?2019-09-06T03:14:56+00:00

PowerShell Pro Tools is licensed per user. Each user will need their own license. That user can use that license on as many machines as they are using but only if they are the sole user.

How does PowerShell Pro Tools compare to Sapien PowerShell Studio?2019-09-06T03:13:55+00:00

PowerShell Pro Tools augments PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio and the Visual Studio Code PowerShell extension. Rather than a dedicated PowerShell scripting environment, PowerShell Pro Tools integrates into existing development environments. PowerShell Pro Tools supports GUI creation via Windows Forms, packaging as executables and services and even creating installers, just like Sapien PowerShell Studio. Because PowerShell Pro Tools is built into Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, you also benefit from all the features of those environments such as Git integration. PowerShell Pro Tools even offers features, such as code conversion, that PowerShell Studio does not.

Do you process purchase orders?2020-01-28T13:53:04+00:00

Yes. Please contact us directly and we can process a purchase order.

Do you offer a trial for Universal Dashboard Premium?2019-09-06T02:45:16+00:00

Nope. You can use Universal Dashboard Premium for up to an hour before the web server stops responding. After this time, you can restart the web server and use it for another hour. This should allow you to adequately evaluate the solution without buying a license. That said, if you want a license but are unsure whether or not UD is a fit for your organization, we also offer a 100% money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied with UD. Purchase a license and you’ll be surprised what UD can do.

Do I need to know JavaScript, HTML and CSS to use Universal Dashboard?2019-09-06T02:48:16+00:00

Nope. Universal Dashboard is built for PowerShell users. You don’t need to know much about building websites to get UD up and running. A working knowledge of web technologies is nice to understand what you’ll be building and deploying but you don’t need to know anything about JavaScript, React, REST APIs or jQuery to get going. If you do know a thing or two about web development, you’ll find the UD provides a rich ecosystem to flex your webdev potential building custom controls on the UD platform.

Can I get a free trial of PowerShell Pro Tools?2020-03-22T13:05:17+00:00

Yep. PowerShell Pro Tools provides an unlimited trial with limited features. We also offer a free trial of PowerShell Pro Tools for 21 days. You can request one here.

Are there any examples of people using Universal Dashboard?2019-09-06T02:55:26+00:00

Universal Dashboard is used by thousands of people. You can find examples on the Universal Dashboard Marketplace or on the Universal Dashboard Show Off category on the forums. Universal Dashboard is highly customizable, extensible and utilized by companies all around the world. You can build anything from dashboards to employee onboarding to shipment tracking systems with UD.