The Shopping client is a module in the 1E Client (formerly named the Tachyon Agent), which provides the following features:
- Provides a loopback mechanism which allows the Shopping website to retrieve information about the user's computer
- Windows Servicing Assistant (WSA)
This means all computers from which users will access the Shopping self-service portal must have the 1E Client (or Tachyon Agent) installed with the Shopping module enabled.
1E Client installation
Full installation instructions for the 1E Client can be found here: Tachyon 4.1 - Deploying Tachyon clients.
In most cases the 1E Client will be installed silently using a software deployment tool such as Microsoft Configuration Manager.
If the 1E Client is installed using the interactive installation wizard, the particular installer screen that is relevant to Shopping is shown below:
Shopping Admin Console settings
On startup, the Shopping client contacts the Shopping Central website to get the appropriate URL to use for the local loopback mechanism. This URL is defined in the Shopping Settings (1E Tachyon Agent loopback URL under Web Application) in the Shopping Admin Console as highlighted below. The default setting is
http://localhost:8000/ShoppingCentralAgent/MachineInfo. If you want the agent to use a port other than 8000 for this loopback mechanism, modify the port number in the 1E Client loopback URL in the Shopping settings.
Enabling the Shopping module on existing 1E Clients (or Tachyon Agents)
If 1E Client (or Tachyon Agent) has already been deployed without the Shopping module enabled and you now want to enable the Shopping module, please refer to Tachyon 4.1 - Deploying Tachyon Agents: Reconfiguring 1E Client after installation.
Removing the previous 1E Shopping Agent
When the 1E Client starts, if the Shopping module is enabled it checks to see if the 1E Shopping Agent is installed and if so, the 1E Client will attempt to uninstall it. If uninstallation is successful, the 1E Client will enable the Shopping module. If for any reason the Shopping Agent uninstall fails, the 1E Client Shopping module will remain inactive and the 1E Shopping Agent will continue to provide machine information to the Shopping website. The removal of the 1E Shopping Agent will be retried each time the 1E Client starts (if it hasn't been removed by any other method).