Introduction

Connect Extension APS Package is a part of the Connect Extension for the CB Commerce that needs to be installed / updated in every CB Commerce instance that is setup to work with Connect, as schematically illustrated below:

Extension package provides the following capabilities to the CloudBlue Commerce:

  1. Products Discovery
  2. Connectivity Configuration Management
  3. Connectivity Health-Check
  4. Installation and Upgrade management of the Product Packages.
  5. Subscription details view for the Connect product(s) owned by the Reseller accounts directly
  6. Reseller-level parametrization of Connect product(s)
  7. Reseller-level actions of Connect product(s)
  8. Reseller-level identification by Vendors
  9. Notification to Vendors of changes in the tier accounts information
  10. Automation of Usage files propagation

The minimum supported version of the CloudBlue Commerce for the compatibility with Extension APS package is 8.1 (or higher).

Live Demo

For a brief overview and live demo of the Extension package, please refer to the following video:

Prerequisites

Extension package requires Adapter Package to be installed first. Please refer to that article for the details.

1. Deploy APS Package

Open Provider Control Panel of the CloudBlue Commerce, navigate too the Services > Applications screen and click Import Package:

And specify the following URL:

As a result of this operation you should see the “Package successfully scheduled for import” notification. Please wait a few seconds. Upon completion of the importing process, you will be able to proceed to the next step of the configuration process and create APS Application Instance.

2. Retrieve Hub Credentials

In order to create instance of the Extension APS Application, you will need to retrieve Hub-level credentials from the corresponding Hub object details in the Provider Portal of the CloudBlue Connect.

Please store values of the following 3 variables:

  1. APS Extension OAuth Key
  2. APS Extension OAuth Secret
  3. APS Extension Application Endpoint

You will need these values in the following chapter to create APS Application Instance.

3. Create APS Application Instance

Once APS Package is imported, please navigate to the System Applications tab, locate the “CloudBlue Connect Extension” package:

Once clicked at the package in the list, you will navigate to the APS Application Instances list:

And provide the following values:

ParameterValue
Application API end-point URIhttps://aps.connect.cloudblue.com/hub
Authentication TypeOAuth
Network AccessProxy
OAuth KeyAPS Extension OAuth Key” value from the Hub > Extension details in the Provider Portal of the CloudBlue Connect (described earlier in the article)
OAuth SecretAPS Extension OAuth Secret” value from the Hub > Extension details in the Provider Portal of the CloudBlue Connect (described earlier in the article)
Impersonation LevelYes

Click “Next” and leave value of the “Hub Identifier” property empty at the next screen:

Click “Next” one more time and create APS Application Instance.

If everything was done correctly, you should see your new instance with the status “Ready” in the System Applications list as illustrated below:

Once the APS Application instance is created, 2 new elements will appear in the Services section of the Provider and Reseller Control Panels (versions 1 and 2) of the CloudBlue Commerce:

NOTE: Tier Configurations objects appear in the Settings menu when the following 2 conditions are satisfied:

  1. Product contains at least one Tier parameter marked as ‘required‘.
  2. At least 1 order that contains that product has been placed by Customers of the Provider or Reseller where Settings are being viewed.
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