Importing the Database Access Key

The Database Access Key is a unique key generated when the Alloy Navigator Express database is created. To access the Alloy Navigator Express database, every technician and service must have a registered copy of this key, imported to the local computer. You can obtain the key from your Alloy Navigator Express administrator, as a .reg file or as an encoded string of characters.

You import the Database Access Key using the Access Key Import window.

To import the Database Access Key:

  1. Depending on the module you are working with, open the Access Key Import window as follows:
  2. In the Access Key Import window, import your Database Access Key as follows:
    • To import a .reg file, click Load from File, browse to the .reg key file, and click Open.
    • To import an encoded string of characters, paste the previously copied string to the Access Key Content field.
  3. Click Import. Alloy Navigator Express imports the key to your local computer and closes the Access Key Import window.

  4. In the Connection Manager window, click Test Connection to verify the connection using the imported key.

  5. Click OK.

Access Key Import window

Use the Access Key Import window to import the Database Access Key to your local computer, to review information about the key, or to copy the key content to the Clipboard.

NOTE: To access the Access Key Import window, click Import in the Connection Manager or Import Key in the Automation Server Manager or Web Configuration.

  • Access Key Content - the encoded content of the Database Access Key. To import the key as a string of characters, paste the string into this field.

    TIP: If you need to pass the Database Access Key to a teammate or to your other computer, you can copy the content of this field and then run the Connection Manager on the target computer and paste the copied content into the Access Key Content field there.

  • Load from File - imports the key as a .reg file.
  • Access Key Details - the information about the Database Access Key:
    • Name - the key name
    • Authentication - the authentication that the Database Account uses
    • Login - the login name of the Database Account (the SQL Server login used to connect to the database)
    • SQL Server - the name of the SQL Server hosting the database
    • Database - the database name
    • Version - the database version
    • Creation Date - the date when this key was created
  • Import - imports the Database Access Key to your local computer.