Install vs. activation

Jan 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM
Edited Jan 11, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I've done a few installs of this on our DEV and TEST environments but a little confused about the feature. Once you install and deploy the solution, you get the Central Admin link so you can configure where to save your collection data to. But what's the feature activation on the site collection for? I've activated on my Central Admin site collection but should it be activated on all site collections? It looks from the code that it just creates the timer job.

Edit:

Never mind. Figured it out. The feature *must* be activated on the Central Admin website. The feature activation is what adds the SharePoint Topology Data Collection Settings to the Timer Jobs section of Monitoring. The settings lets you direct where to post the farm info list to.

Maybe I missed it in the docs or it wasn't clear. Also when you activate through the browser you must be logged in as the farm account (not just a farm admin I found).