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Overview

This section provides you with information and instructions for installing and configuring your Pentaho Open Administration Console. The following topics are covered here:

System Requirements

The Management Services Console requires Java SE runtime version 1.5 or later. The console has been tested with the Sun HotSpot Client VM. The default memory system parameters of the JVM (such as those parameters specifying maximum heap size) are adequate for running the console. Specifically, Pentaho recommends that you have at least 100MBs of free physical memory.

Opening the Installation Zip File


The name of the file.zip file contains all the libraries and script files necessary to run the Pentaho Open Administration Console. To install the Pentaho Open Administration Console, unzip this file into an empty directory.

Securing the Console


Before you start the Pentaho Management Services Console, you must make sure that it is running on a secure server. There are two approaches to securing the Pentaho Open Administration Console. The console runs as a Web server on the device on which it is started. The first approach to securing the console is to only run it locally; the second is to require authentication when accessing the console.

Running the Console Locally

The Pentaho Open Administration Console starts up on port 8099. In most instances servers run with a firewall and this port is blocked from external devices unless explicitly configured. Running the console locally provides the highest degree of security. Pentaho strongly recommends that you have a firewall installed on the server running the console.

Requiring Authentication

Follow the instructions below to configure console authentication:

  1. Create a directory called pwd in the console root directory.
  2. In the pwd directory, create a text file named console.pwd.
  3. In the console.pwd file, create entries for authenticated users in the format user: password.

Note: User passwords are not encrypted so limit read access to the user starting the console.

Starting the Pentaho Open Administration Console


Follow the instructions below to start the Pentaho Open Administration Console in the operating system of your choice.

If you are using this operating system...

Then follow these instructions...

Windows

1. Open the command window.
2. Go to the install directory. This directory contains the file, console.bat.
3. Type console.bat and press ENTER.

  • Once the console is running, the following line appears in the command window: Started SocketConnector @ localhost:8099

Linux

1. Open the command window.
2. Go to the install directory. This directory contains the file, console.bat.
3. Type ./console.sh and press ENTER. (You might need to run chmod +x console.sh before running.)

  • Once the console is running, the following line appears in the command window: Started SocketConnector @localhost:8099

 Mac OS X

1. Open a command window.
2. Go to the install directory. This directory contains the file, console.bat.
3. Type java -jar lib/console.jar and press RETURN.

  • Once the console is running, the following line appears in the command window: Started SocketConnector @ localhost:8099

Note: The message Address already in use: JVM_Bind as the console starts, indicates that another program is using the port required by the Management Services Console (8099). This port is currently not configurable.

Stopping the Pentaho Open Administration Console


You can stop the console by halting the process at the command line or by using a Web browser to navigate to http://server:8099/halt where server is the name of the server on which the Pentaho Open Administration Console is running.

To start using the Pentaho Open Administration Console navigate to http://server:8099 where server is the name of the server on which Pentaho Open Administration Console is running.

To stop the server:

  1. Open a command window.
  2. Go to the install directory that contains the file, stop.bat (or .sh).
  3. Type stop.bat and press ENTER to stop the console.
     

Configuring the Pentaho Open Administration Console


Before you use the Pentaho Open Administration Console to administer a BI Server installation you must edit the default entries in the console.xml file (located at ...\pentaho-open-admin-console\resource\config) so that the console can locate the necessary BI platform files.
 

 


Setting

Description

<platform-username>

Enter the name of the administrative user.

<biServer-status-check-period>

Enter the time period in which the Pentaho Open Administration Console console will ping the PCI to check if the server is running

<homepage-timeout>

Enter length of time the Pentaho Open Administration Console will wait for home page content from the server before displaying static HTML content.

<solution-path>

Paste the path to the solutions directory of the BI Server you want to administer.

<war-path>

Paste the path to the Web application directory of the BI Server you want to administer into the Pentaho Web-App Path text box.


Establishing a Trusted Proxy


In instances where the Pentaho Pre-Configured Installation (PCI) and the Pentaho Administration Console are running on separate devices, you must edit the web.xml file to establish a trusted proxy between the PCI and the console. Go to x:\\pentaho-demo\name_of_app_server\webapps\pentaho\WEB-INF, where x corresponds to the drive on which the PCI is installed. In the web.xml file, replace the IP address (localhost) of the device running the Administration Console:
 

 



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