Nerdio Manager Community Edition
The Nerdio Manager Community Edition (CE) is part of our Nerdio Tech Insider community program and was officially launched on October 21st, 2020. Below we highlight important differences between the Community Edition and the paid edition of Nerdio Manager.
NME-CE is available through the Azure marketplace, just like the paid version. In fact, you select and install the regular version of Nerdio Manager to start with. Once installed you have three options. By clicking on the highlighted banner at the top of Nerdio Manager, you can choose to:
Keep using it in trial mode: For proof-of-concept and production purposes.
Upgrade to a paid version: For production workloads.
Move to Community Edition: For private lab purposes only. Send the support team an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your Install ID and we will assign the Community Edition license.
Since we are discussing the Community Edition here, we’ll assume you have installed NME-CE in your own private Azure lab. Note that Nerdio Manager is only available on Azure. It is not available on other cloud platforms and on-premises.
Once you have selected to use Nerdio Manager Community Edition, that’s it, you are done. It will just keep working until you uninstall or deactivate it. We will NOT charge you for any licenses. However, please keep in mind that you are NOT allowed to use NME-CE in a company lab environment – not for testing or evaluating, not for production, etc. That’s what the trial mode is for. Community edition is meant for private Azure lab purposes only.
A few things to note about the community edition:
The total number end-users is limited to 25. This is a metric we will monitor. However, for private lab purposes, this should be more than sufficient.
You will be able to use the full feature set of Nerdio Manager in the Community Edition.
We are not limiting the type and number of machines/CPU’s to be used with NME-CE, so you can go all out.
Please, do keep an eye on your Azure costs. While we offer NME-CE free of charge, you will still need to pay for the underlying resources being consumed by NME-CE. For example, think about the virtual machines part of your AVD deployment.
Like the paid version, NME-CE is built on the same Azure native Platform-as-a-Service services. This means costs will apply here as well. However, by scaling down the underlying App Service plan and the SQL database, costs can be kept to a minimum. If you run NME-CE within a MSDN account, for example, it will be more than enough to get you through the month. See Nerdio Manager Default Deployment Resources and Costs to help you get started.
Since this is a Community effort, our normal support channels do not apply. We do offer best effort support as part of the Nerdio Tech Insider program Slack channel. Go here to join. There will be others using the CE as well, so make sure to ask and answer questions and help each other out.
Tip: Bookmark our help site. It is fully dedicated to Nerdio Manager and offers dozens of KB articles on various configuration options, troubleshooting issues, several “How to” videos and more. This should be your number one go-to resource before anything else if you have questions.
If you have comments, feedback, or anything else you would like to share, please join our Slack channel (see links below) and we will be more than happy to be in contact.
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