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License Manager Version 2.0

ArtfulBits License Manager is an easy to use tool which manages ArtfulBits components licenses for Microsoft® SharePoint®. Additionally it allows sending user feedback or support request about each product.

License Manager

Feature List

Integrated with SharePoint Central Administration site
Per SharePoint Farm licensing model
User feedbacks support

Image 1: SharePoint 2010 License Manager Link

License Manager link at the Central Administration page for SharePoint 2010.

Image 2: SharePoint 2007 License Manager Link

License Manager link at the Central Administration page for SharePoint 2007.

Image 3: List of all ArtfulBits components

List of all ArtfulBits packs.

Image 4: License information

License information.

Image 5: License activation form

Activating license.

How to Use

After ArtfulBits License Manager is installed, go to the SharePoint Central Administration page:

SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2010

Choose "Operations".
Click on "ArtfulBits License Manager":

Click on "ArtfulBits License Manager":

This page shows all ArtfulBits installed products and their license statuses.

Click on product name to view license details.

If product is not licensed you can click "Enter License" link and enter license key (trial or full) into textbox. For upgrading product edition click "Convert License" and enter new license of target product edition.

Pressing "Activate" button will verify the key and in case of verification success license status will be updated.

Note: in trial or unlicensed mode all product features are available for evaluation. This way you will be able to try each and every feature available in the product line which will give you good understanding of what feature set will be necessary for you and it will be easier to come up with the decision which product edition should be purchased. After trial period expiration full license should be purchased which will determine product edition and available (unlocked) feature set.

Preparation for Installation

Before installation, please, check that your target server meets License Manager system requirements.

1. Installation

Download License Manager installation package from ArtfulBits website, unpack the file, and run Setup.exe:


You must be a SharePoint Farm Administrator for successful installation. Also "Windows SharePoint Administration" and "Windows SharePoint Timer" should be running on the server:

SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2010

After system check is finished, click "Next".

After reading License Agreement, click "Accept" and go to next step.

Select one or more web applications and click "Next".

Wait for install to succeed, click "Next" for deployment status details.

2. Activating / Deactivating Feature

SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2010
Go to the SharePoint Central Administration page, then choose "Operations". After that click on "Manage farm features": Go to the SharePoint 2010 Central Administration page, then click on "Manage farm features":

In SharePoint farm feature list, activate ArtfulBits License Manager feature (if deactivated):

3. Product Upgrading

Process of updating License Manager is pretty straightforward - just download latest installation package and execute Setup.exe from it. After system check completes, select an "Upgrade" option and then follow setup wizard instructions.

4. Uninstallation / Repairing

Execute Setup.exe from your installation package. On the Repair and Remove section, select Remove radio button and click "Next", the License Manager will be uninstalled. Or select "Repair" - to repair the License Manager .

For SharePoint 2013 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2012
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
For SharePoint 2010 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 7 x64
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.5
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
For SharePoint 2007 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 x86/x64
Windows Server 2008 x86/x64

Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003/2008
(Please read about limitation)
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • Windows SharePoint Services v3 or SharePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or 3.0
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+ is recommended for Advanced Administration features

Also compatible with:
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome

Questions List

How to get my "FarmID" value?

There are several ways how to get your SharePoint Farm ID.

Method 1:

  • Make sure ArtfulBits License Manager is installed on SharePoint Server and activated
  • Go to your SharePoint Central Administration site
  • Open Operations page (for SharePoint 2007 only)
  • Click on ArtfulBits License Manager link under ArtfulBits Solutions Configuration group
  • Click on Enter License button for certain product
  • FarmID will be displayed on License Management page under License Information section

    NOTE: By clicking on "Click here to get license" link you will be redirected to "Get Trial License" page with auto-filled FarmID

Method 2:

  • Download FarmInfo.zip (ArtfulBits utility for retrieving SharePoint FarmID)
  • Run it on your SharePoint Server

The application dialog will look like this: Retrieving SharePoint FarmID using ArtfulBits SharePoint Farm Info Tool

Method 3:

  • Run Windows PowerShell on your SharePoint Server as administrator
  • Type in the following command to set minimal reqired execution policy:
    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
  • Hit "Enter" key to confirm default choice
  • Enter following commands one by one:
Output of commands execution will look like this: Retrieving SharePoint FarmID using Windows PoweShell script commands

How to convert ArtfulBits column to standard SharePoint column and back?

ArtfulBits Progress, Follow-Up, Category, DateTime and all ArtfulBits Lookups columns have "Conversion" feature.

ArtfulBits column can be converted from an existing SharePoint Column and can be converted to the standard SharePoint Column.

Convert from standard:
  • Try to add needed ArtfulBits Column as usual
  • On settings page expand "Column Conversion settings" section
  • In drop-down control choose which standard column will be converted to ArtfulBits Column (will be empty when list doesn’t have proper columns)
  • After selecting existing standard Column and clicking on “Covert” button - warring message will be shown
  • Click "OK", and standard Column will be converted to ArtfulBits column

Convert to standard:
  • Open settings page of existing ArtfulBits Column
  • Click on "Convert" button in Column Conversion section
  • Warring message will be shows, click “OK” button
  • ArtfulBits column will be converted to standard SharePoint Column

How to enable Datasheet view support?

To enable Datasheet view mode support, make sure that ArtfulBits Column site collection feature is activated.

For DateTime, Progress, Category and Follow-Up columns editing in Datasheet is enabled by default.

To enable column editing for Parent Selector, Cross-Site Lookup and Cascaded Lookup do the following:

  1. Open column settings page
  2. Go to "Datasheet Compatibility Mode" section
  3. Choose "Allow Editing" option to enable column content editing in Datasheet view

I received error: Unable to cast object of type
'System.Web.Configuration.ScriptingScriptResourceHandlerSection' to
type 'System.Web.Configuration.ScriptingScriptResourceHandlerSection'...

Possible reason of this issue is conflict in versions of System.Web.Extensions assembly.
To fix the problem, do the following steps:
  1. Backup web.config of your web-site
  2. Add following code into assemblyBinding section of your web.config file:
       <assemblyIdentity name="System.Web.Extensions" 
          culture="neutral" />
  3. Restart IIS service

How to upgrade ArtfulBits SharePoint product to newer version?

  1. Just download new version of product from our site
  2. Unzip files and run "Setup.exe"
  3. Follow wizard steps and select "Upgrade" option

NOTE: Upgrade operation is safe and doesn't affect on existing user data.

Is ArtfulBits SharePoint product update free of charge?

Yes. You can upgrade to newer version within the same major version number completely free of charge. For example, if you've purchased a license for any 1.xx product you can upgrade to any higher 1.yy version. Higher major version will be licensed separately. So, version 2.0 will need a new license.

How to check if AJAX is installed on a server?

  1. Open Global Assembly Cache (GAC)
  2. Find System.Web.Extensions assembly

Which Lookup Column do I need?

See the following features comparison chart of ArtfulBits Lookup columns that helps you make the right choice:




Lookup data from lists cross-site within site collection
Lookup data from lists on the same site
Lookup data from the same list
Ajax support enabled
Supported JSLink
Single and multiple lookup
Parent-child relationships
Supported single-single, single-multi, multi-single and multi-multi relations
Unlimited number of cascading levels
Support lookup data from subfolders
Picker Dialog for searching items in lookup lists
Filtering retrieved data using existing list views
Supported default values
Adding items to source list via new item form
on the fly
Adding lookup items via inline entering
on the fly
Adding lookup items via New Item form
on the fly
Editing lookup items via Edit Item form
on the fly
Excluding own item from lookup list during item editing
Checking whether hierarchical data is non-cyclic
Datasheet view support, including edit mode
Conversion among "ArtfulBits Cascaded Lookup", "ArtfulBits Cross-Site Lookup", "ArtfulBits Parent Selector" columns and standard SharePoint "Lookup" column
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Item Version Size
SharePoint 2013
Zip file contains ArtfulBits License Manager install files for SharePoint 2013, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 1937 Kb
SharePoint 2010
Zip file contains ArtfulBits License Manager install files for SharePoint 2010, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 1936 Kb
SharePoint 2007
Zip file contains ArtfulBits License Manager install files, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 1919 Kb
License Manager user guide.
780 Kb
Installation guide describes installation and licensing steps.
866 Kb

Release Notes

Version Notes
(February 5, 2013)
New Features:
  • Added SharePoint 2013 support

  • Improved licensing model
(June 03, 2011)
New Features:
  • Added support for new licensing model (Please see specific product features pages)

  • Improved license managing
(July 08, 2010)
  • Improved SharePoint 2010 integration
  • Improved product purchase link
(June 11, 2010)
  • Improved Setup Wizard
(April 22, 2010)
New Features:
  • SharePoint 2010 support added
(February 01, 2010)
New Features:
  • Feedback functionality has been added

Bugs Fixed:
  • Problem when there are no products installed except License Manager
  • Problem with product version (Setup Wizard only)
(January 19, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • License management of free products
(December 28, 2009)
  • Licensing algorithm optimized
  • Improved user interface
  • Improved Setup Wizard
(November 02, 2009)
Initial Release

[PRO] - Professional edition
[ENT] - Enterprise edition

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