BoostSolutions is a SharePoint application development company out of China that creates third-party SharePoint products. I recently installed one of their products, it was working great but when it came to obtaining the license for the product that is where I hit a wall. BoostSolutions has a License Management Center that is supposed to install with every product installation you run. This portion of the install failed at some point and I needed a solution.
I started with their chat support, the agent was very nice, he just didn’t give me a really simple solution. What he suggested was that I remove all of the BoostSolutions files from my SharePoint 2010 farm and start over from scratch. This was my production environment and I wasn’t about to go uninstalling and re-installing a bunch of solutions if I didn’t have to. I started looking for a quick and simple fix to this problem, luckily I found you can download and install just the management center portion to SharePoint 2010.
There are two methods to get the Managemnet Center WSP. You can look at the install files for the solution you downloaded and the Management Center WSP should be with all the other install files. You can also download the Management Center WSP from the BoostSolution website, I don’t know why the agent did not suggest installing it on its own from the start.
So the easiest fix is to
1. Download the Management Center Here
2. Copy the zipped files to your Central Admin Server
3. Extract the files (I did to C:deploy)
4. Right Click Setup.exe
5. Click Run as administrator (you must be SharePoint Administrator)
6. Click Next
7. Click Next (If the system check has no errors)
8. Check the “I accept” box
9. Click Next
10. Check the box for Central Administration (uncheck all others)
11. Click Next
12. Click Next (should say successfully deployed)
13. Click Finish
You can now go into Central Administration, on the left Central Admin window pane you should now have a link for BoostSolutions Software. There will also be a new link in the center window pane in Central Admin for BoostSolutions Software with a link to License Management Center. This was the easiest fix to my issue, I could have probably uninstalled all the other solutions and re-deployed them, that would have probably ruined all the work people had done on the sites using those solutions. This is a much easier, safer, and cleaner method to get the BoostSolutions License Management Center to show up in Central Administration.