Choosing the Chrome Management License for Your Project

Choosing the Chrome Management License for Your Project

To remotely manage your Chromebox, Chromebits and other Google hardware devices that run Chrome OS, you need to subscribe to a Chrome service or Chrome Management License. There are 4 types of services as listed by Google,  and you choose the one that best suits your project. When you subscribe, you specify the number of subscription licenses that you need, based on how many Chrome devices you want to enroll. How you pay for licenses (subscription type) depends on what service you subscribe too.  All the licenses allow you to lock the device into a 1 app kiosk mode. This gives you confidence that your devices are secure and not being hijacked to unwanted URL’s.  Your Arreya digital signage channel will be the 1 app shown on your device.

The four different service types of Chrome Management Licenses for Chrome OS Devices:

Chrome Enterprise Perpetual

The Chrome Enterprise license allows you to configure policies and settings for Chrome devices, manage users, manage apps, configure networks, and more. Chrome Enterprise includes 24/7 Enterprise support from Google. The perpetual license is valid for the life of the device but can be transferred to a like device in the event of a device issue. This license is a great choice for digital signage as it allows you to “set it and forget it” and not worry about renewing the licenses yearly.

Chrome Enterprise Annual

The Chrome Enterprise annual license gives you all of the same features as the perpetual license, but is billed annually instead. Licenses purchased mid-term are able to be prorated to align renewals to the same date. The license allows you to configure policies and settings for Chrome devices, manage users, manage apps, configure networks, and more.

Chrome Education and Nonprofit Perpetual

The Chrome Education and Nonprofit licenses allows access to the same features as the Chrome Enterprise perpetual license at a lower cost for Education and Nonprofit organizations. The license allows you to configure policies and settings for Chrome devices, manage users, manage apps, configure networks, and more. The perpetual license is valid for the life of the device but can be transferred to a like device in the event of a device issue.

For more information on each service type of Chrome Management License, refer to the description in the Arreya online store.

Annual vs. Perpetual

Perpetual Management Licenses are available for Chrome Education, Chrome Enterprise, and Chrome Nonprofit.
  • Covers the life of the device it’s enrolled to.
  • If you encounter a hardware issue and need to replace a device, you can transfer the subscription to another device of the same model (or equivalent manufacturer-provided replacement).
  • You can’t transfer a subscription from one device model to another in the same domain.
  • You can’t transfer a subscription to a device in another domain.
  • Transfers are audited.
  • We recommend reviewing the Auto Update policies for each device before you purchase a perpetual subscription.
Annual Management Licenses are only available for Chrome Enterprise.
  • Bought per subscription term and can be renewed when the term ends.
    • I got subscription licenses for Chrome Enterprise using the Admin console—Add your billing information to your subscription in the Admin console to automatically renew licenses at the end of each term. If you opt out of automatic renewal or don’t add your billing information, you’ll have to manually renew licenses when the term ends.
    • I have subscription licenses with an authorized partner—When the term ends, you need to manually renew licenses by purchasing an additional subscription term from your authorized partner.
  • Currently, there is no flexible plan available.
  • You can unenroll a device and transfer the subscription to another device (of any model) in the same domain.
  • You can’t transfer a subscription to a device in another domain.
  • If you purchase additional annual subscriptions mid-term, the cost is prorated and the new subscription expires at the same time as your original subscription.


Features by Chrome Management License

Chrome Enterprise License Service

 

Services governed by the Chrome Services License Agreement

Chrome Enterprise, Chrome Education and Chrome Nonprofit services allow you to configure settings and enforce policies for specific Chrome devices. You can control user access, customize features, configure network access, and more. Choose the service that’s right for your organization type.

Chrome Kiosk service gives you access to the settings you need to configure, deploy, and monitor a Chrome device as a single-app kiosk. It’s perfect for a device that’s used exclusively as a kiosk, such as a digital sign or point-of-sale system in a store. However, it can’t be used for public-session kiosks. This service is only available to business customers.

So which one is right for you?

For most Arreya digital signage subscribers, we recommend the Perpetual Chrome Enterprise Management License. A one time cost for the life of the device, there is no annual cost for updates or renewals. Google offers this license to non-profit 503c entities and certified educational entities at a large discount . This makes purchasing a large quantity of licenses very affordable. For projects that have a set cut off time, the Kiosk annual license may be the cost friendly alternative to the perpetual license. Contact us to discuss 319-294-6671, info@arreya.com or For more information go to Service and subscriptions.

Inserting a calendar with the Google Calendar Widget

Google Calendar widget:

  1. From your Dashboard go to [Content] -> [Presentations]
  2. Click edit next to the presentation you would like to change
  3. Click [Widgets] near the top left and select [Google Calendar] from the dropdown
  4. Enter the ID* from the calendar to be displayed
  5. Choose the view style and your preferences for the remaining options
  6. Click [Ok] to continue
  7. The new widget will appear in the middle of the presentation
  8. The widget can now be moved, resized, or edited just like any other widget
    1. Click and drag the center of the widget to move the widget
    2. Click and drag an edge or corner to resize the widget
    3. Click on the paintbrush to edit font, text color, text size, and much more

*Locating the Google Calendar ID

1.  Navigate to Google Calendar.

2.  Click the Settings.

3.  On the left hand side you’ll see a category labeled Settings for my calendar.  From there, click on your calendar name.

  

4.  Once you have clicked on your Calendar name, click on Access permissions.  In Access permissions make sure there is a checkbox in Make available to public.

5.  After checking the above box, go to Integrate calendar and copy your “Calendar ID”

Scheduling a Presentation

How to schedule a Digital Signage Presentation for your Arreya Digital Signage:

Creating a new schedule –

  1. Log in to your Arreya Manager at https://yourchannel.arreya.com/login
  2. Click [Schedule] in the top menu
  3. Click [+ New Schedule]

  4. Choose a Presentation from the drop-down menu
  5. Click the empty Start box to choose a start time.  You can adjust the day and time
  6. Click the empty End box to choose an end time.  You can adjust the day and time
  7. Check the box for Repeat every to start a recurring schedule.
  8. Fill in the empty box for the number of and then change the dropdown to the unit of time.
    1. Use Minute(s) to have the presentation repeat every X minutes.
    2. Use Hour(s) to have the presentation repeat every X hours.
    3. Use Day(s) to have the presentation repeat every X days.
    4. Use Weeks(s) to have the presentation repeat every X weeks.  You’ll be able to set what days of the week you want the schedule to appear on.
    5. Use Month(s) to have the presentation repeat every X months.
    6. Use Year(s) to have the presentation repeat every X years.
  9. Set an expiration date and time for your schedule.
  10. Click Create and your new schedule will be added to the calendar and list

Your content is now scheduled.  Changes take effect immediately.  You cannot overlap schedules.

Update an existing Schedule –

  1. Log in to your Arreya Manager at https://yourchannel.arreya.com/login
  2. Click [Schedule] in the top menu
  3. Choose a schedule from the list and click [Edit], or click the blue scheduled time on the calendar
  4. Choose a Presentation from the drop-down menu
  5. Click the empty Start box to choose a start time.  You can adjust the day and time
  6. Click the empty End box to choose an end time.  You can adjust the day and time
  7. Check the box for Repeat every to start a recurring schedule.
  8. Fill in the empty box for the number of and then change the dropdown to the unit of time.
    1. Use Minute(s) to have the presentation repeat every X minutes.
    2. Use Hour(s) to have the presentation repeat every X hours.
    3. Use Day(s) to have the presentation repeat every X days.
    4. Use Weeks(s) to have the presentation repeat every X weeks.  You’ll be able to set what days of the week you want the schedule to appear on.
    5. Use Month(s) to have the presentation repeat every X months.
    6. Use Year(s) to have the presentation repeat every X years.
  9. Set an expiration date and time for your schedule.
  10. Click Update and your changes will show on the calendar and list

Your content is now scheduled.  Changes take effect immediately.  You cannot overlap schedules.

Tip: You can use schedule updates to control content on the fly

Remove an existing Schedule –

  1. Log in to your Arreya Manager at https://yourchannel.arreya.com/login
  2. Click [Schedule] in the top menu
  3. Choose a schedule from the list and click [Delete]
  4. Click [OK] on the confirmation screen

Your schedule is now removed.  Changes take effect immediately.