Installation Guide

Alloy Navigator Express Cloud (SaaS)

Introduced in 8.7

Updated in 2022.1

Alloy Navigator Express cloud service is best for small, medium, and large companies of all industries looking for an all-encompassing solution accompanied by a powerful process automation system, third-party integration, and a flexible API.

Our SaaS solution can dynamically scale to meet the needs of your business. We supply all the hardware and software necessary: data storage and backup solutions, web-based email services, database processing, managed technical support services, and more.

INFO: You can obtain additional information through the Alloy Support Portal.

Administrative tools and downloadable packages

In addition to links to your Alloy Navigator Express web apps in the cloud, you receive downloadable links to these tools and components:

Component File Name
Alloy Administrative Tools installation package AlloyAdminTools Express 22.2.x.exe
Audit agent installation package AlloyAuditAgent.msi
Database Access Key

AlloyNavigatorExpressKey.zip

Alloy Administrative Tools

The Alloy Administrative Tools installation package (AlloyAdminToolsExpress22.2.x.exe) includes these administrative apps and tools:

Component Description Documentation File and Location

Settings App

The administrative desktop app that enables you to perform administrative tasks, such as customizing business logic, creating and maintaining user accounts, configuring the email and Active Directory integration, accessing logs, etc.

Compared with web-based Admin Center, which gives access only to core administrative tasks, this desktop app provides access to all administrative tasks available in Alloy Navigator Express.

Help: Settings App

\Bin\AlloyNavigatorExpressMngr.exe

Import tool

The tool that enables you to import data from external files and third-party database applications, such as CRM, HR, and network inventory systems, directly into Alloy Navigator Express cloud.

Help: Import \Bin\ImportWizard.exe

Active Directory Import tool
(Import Contacts)

The tool that imports user data from the on-prem Active Directory or other directory services into your cloud-based Alloy Navigator Express in accordance with Active Directory Synchronization jobs that you create in the Settings App.

Help: Active Directory Import \Bin\ImportContacts.exe
Audit agent

The audit agent installation package (AlloyAuditAgent.msi) includes a preconfigured, ready-to-use audit agent for Windows computers. Once you install the agent on the computers you want audited, it will regularly run the audit and automatically deliver audit results to your cloud-based Alloy Navigator Express.

Database Access Key

Before you log in to Alloy Navigator Express Settings for the first time, you need to import the Database Access Key to your local computer. Typically, the key is delivered as a zipped .reg file (AlloyNavigatorExpressKey.zip).

For instructions on how to import your key, see Importing the Database Access Key.

Comparison of cloud and on-premises features

In comparison with our on-premises solution, the on-prem and cloud-based solutions have the following differences.

Feature Configuration Details

Automated notifications

Once a minute or less frequently

The minimum interval for checking the notification queue is 60 seconds. Attempts to set a shorter interval are discarded.

For details, see Settings App Help: Customizing global notification settings.

Sync with the Active Directory or other directory services

Every 4 hours or less frequently

The minimum interval for Active Directory Synchronization is four hours. Attempts to set up a more frequent schedule for Active Directory synchronization jobs are discarded.

For details, see Settings App Help: Integration with Active Directory and other directory services.

Incoming mail processing

Every 5 minutes or less frequently

The minimum interval for checking incoming mail is five minutes. Attempts to set up a more frequent schedule for Mail Connector jobs are discarded.

For details, see Settings App Help: E-mail processing.

Recurring tickets

Every 15 minutes or less frequently

The minimum interval for recurring tickets is fifteen minutes. Attempts to set up a more frequent schedule for Recurrent Ticket jobs are discarded.

For details, see Web App Help: Managing Recurrent Tickets.

Automation & Workflow Log

Only failed executions

The Automation & Workflow Log can record only failed executions. The retention period is 7 days and cannot be changed.

For details, see Settings App Help: Automation & Workflow Log.

Log retention policy

30 days

The retention period for log entries is 30 days and cannot be changed. Log entries older than 30 days are purged automatically.

For details, see Settings App Help: Configuring log settings.

Scheduled reports

Once a day or less frequently

The minimum interval for recurring tickets is twenty-four hours. Attempts to set up a more frequent schedule for Scheduled Report jobs are discarded.

For details, see Settings App Help: Scheduling reports.

Attachment size limit

25 MB

Attachments larger than 25 MB are not allowed.

For details, see Settings App Help: Attachments.

Network Inventory module

Not supported

Alloy hosted solution does not include an on-prem Network Inventory module.

For details, see Network Inventory Help.

Automatic upgrade of Desktop App installations

Not supported

The Automatic Upgrade feature is disabled. Alloy hosted solution does not include the Desktop App, so there is no need to upgrade it.

For details, see Settings App Help: Enabling Automatic Upgrade.

The ability to redeploy the online documentation

Not supported

The ability to change the URL for online Alloy Software Product Documentation is disabled.

For details, see Settings App Help: Customizing documentation settings.