Question: today I have came across a question on StackOverflow regarding new 8.1 installation, I couldn't pass by:
That is exact point of my confusion I've experienced previous week, when Sitecore 8.1 was released. The explanation is below:
"An error occurred when trying to create a controller of type 'AnalyticsDataController'. Make sure that the controller has a parameterless public constructor."
"at System.Web.Http.Dispatcher.DefaultHttpControllerActivator.Create(HttpRequestMessage request, HttpControllerDescriptor controllerDescriptor, Type controllerType) at System.Web.Http.Controllers.HttpControllerDescriptor.CreateController(HttpRequestMessage request) at System.Web.Http.Dispatcher.HttpControllerDispatcher.<SendAsync>d__1.MoveNext()"
That results to several icons missing from Launchpad, for example FXM.
Previously in Sitecore 8.0, there was a very confusing situation, when many new features introduced in 8.0 required license for 8.0. Running those features with a license from one of previous Sitecore version did not block those features in UI from working, but still disabled them from inside of CMS. That lead to some confusing situations like I have described in one of my previous blog posts (see: blog post about FXM and question on StackOverflow) when user without appropriate license ran FXM and couldn't add parent placeholder - no relevant error message was said.
Now since 8.1, Sitecore decided to perform very reasonable structural changes to separate CMS from xDB and Analytics with licensing model. They introduces a new CMS-only mode when Sitecore can run without xDB and Mongo, just CMS features. Those who require to use xDB and Analytics in 8.1 now need to request explicit license allowing those features (using this URL). Otherwise their Sitecore instance will default to CMS-only mode. Sitecore download page contains a warning message regarding those changes:
Sitecore 8.1 now requires a license with the “Sitecore.xDB” key to enable all features of the Experience Platform. If your license file does not contain this key, Sitecore will default to Experience Management (CMS-only) mode. Any customers or partners with a license to Experience Platform should contact their account manager or login to SPN if they are missing this key.
Hope Sitecore fixes that shortly!
Update: I have received confirmation that having a license for xDB in 8.1 this issue does not occur.
From time to time you may need to obtain your licensing information, for instance when you need to submit support ticket.
License information is displayed right at the loging screen in Sitecore 6.X - 7.X (as per screenshot below):
Once you need more details about current license, (for example to see which modules you are licensed to) you may find that from two menus (Licenses and About) under Sitecore button in Content Editor:
However Sitecore 8 login screen does not show this information by default anymore. To enable displaying licensing info, you need to change one configuration file switch:
<setting name=”Login.DisableLicenseInfo” value=”false” />
Then you'll get a button that reveals your licensing information, including the License key:
Sitecore button in the left top corner of Content Editor has now become "hamburger" button, but provides all the same functionality:
For me (being a developer), the quickest option to remind the license number is just looking up directly at License.xml file:
Hope this helps!