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Prerequisites


  • Ports:

    • Germain Server (Often port 80, or 8080)

    • If using ActiveMQ (Often Port: 61616)

HowTo: Test Port Connectivity Using Telnet

On the Command Prompt, use telnet to verify you can access the servers you need to reach

Usage: telnet <Germain UX server> 80

HowTo: Validating the correct java installation responds

On your command line use java -version

Note: If the wrong version for java comes up, you likely have multiple version of java installed. Uninstall the unneeded versions, or check your path and remove the one you do not wish to be invoked.

  • JAVA_HOME is set

HowTo: Check the JAVA_HOME Variable:

  • You can echo JAVA_HOME from your command line

    • Windows: echo %JAVA_HOME%

    • Bash: echo $JAVA_HOME

    • PowerShell: echo $env:JAVA_HOME

Note: If the value is incorrect: Follow steps for setting a system environment variable for your OS.

Initial Configuration


  • Create a new directory for the engines

    • Example: D:\Germain UX\engines or /germainapm/engines

      • (we'll refer to this as $ENGINE_HOME)

      • Setting this as an environment variable can simplify later steps

  • Extract engine distribution into $ENGINE_HOME

    • (e.g. Germain UXEngine-8.5.x.zip)

  • Copy JDBC jars to $ENGINE_HOME/lib/ for the databases that you are planning to monitor:

    • Examples. These will differ with your database version

      • MySQL: mysql-connector-java-5.1.20.jar

      • Oracle: ojdbc6.jar

  • Update initial configuration in $ENGINE_HOME/config/germain-bootstrap.properties:

    • germain.bootstrap.configService - Set to the URL of your Germain server

    • germain.bootstrap.configUser - Specify the Germain user you are planning to use to connect (by default, admin)

    • germain.bootstrap.configPassword - Specify the corresponding password

    • germain.bootstrap.node - 2 options here:

      • A) If you leave this value empty, the engine will automatically register a new node configuration on the Germain server (preferred)

      • B) Specify the hostname of an existing node under germain.apm.monitoringNodes

        • Screenshot of this setting located in Workspace

    • germain.activemq.url - update hostname:port to the location where ActiveMQ service is running (usually same hostname as Germain Server)

Running the Germain Engines as a foreground process


Windows

  • Download the “Windows Binary” for your version from the Downloads section

  • Unzip this archive and take the engines folder inside and place it where you like. You may rename it to fit your naming conventions.

    • This engines folder will be your $ENGINE_HOME. You may optionally add this to your system environment variables.

  • Go to $ENGINE_HOME\bin

  • Edit startEngine.bat and validate/set JVM memory settings.

    • Screenshot of settings in script:

  • Open a Command Window.

  • Navigate to $ENGINE_HOME

  • Run .\bin\startEngine.bat

    • Screenshot of Engine Running:

Linux

  • Navigate to $ENGINE_HOME

  • Use vim ./bin/startEngine.sh and set JVM memory settings

  • As root run ./bin/startEngine.sh

    • Screenshot of starting the script:

Running the Germain Engines as a service


Windows Installer

  • Download the “Windows Installer” for your version from the Downloads section

  • Run the Installer.

    • Hit ‘Next’.

  • Fill in your Server address. (Optional) If there is a Proxy between your Germain Engine and Germain, fill in your Proxy info.

    • Hit ‘Next’.

  • Enter your preferred install path.

    • Hit ‘Next’

  • Hit ‘Install’.

  • Hit ‘Finish’.

  • Go your Germain UX Instance.

    • Hit 'Germain' -->'Germain State'

    • Hit ‘Nodes’.

    • (Optional) Search for your node by Name

    • Hit the lock in the ‘Sessions’ column

    • Hit ‘Confirm’ to authorize your Node (Engine Manager)

  • Your Engine Manager should now be able to connect and finish loading for engine (Default First Engine is ‘standalone’, you can rename it, or create more engines for this Node)

    • You will see in Germain State

    • In the 'EngineManager.log': “Started EngineManagerApplication in X seconds”

      2021-12-03 12:49:13,744 INFO  BootstrapConfigService - Bootstrapping config from: C:\Program Files (x86)\Germain Software\Germain UXEngines - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:49:13,760 INFO  BootstrapConfigService - Classpath: bin/apm-engine-manager.jar - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:49:13,869 INFO  ConfigurationServiceClient - Connecting to: http://qa.germainux.com - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:49:13,869 INFO  EngineManagerConfigService - Getting node configuration for hostname: DESKTOP-87C7TD9 - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:49:15,353 INFO  AuthenticationClient - Requesting new session cookie for: DESKTOP-87C7TD9 - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:49:15,713 INFO  AuthenticationClient - Writing sessionID to file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Germain Software\Germain UXEngines\config\session.txt - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:49:17,150 WARN  AuthenticationClient - === Authorization test [1] failed. Please check the Germain State view to authenticate this node. Retrying in 60 seconds === - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:50:17,369 WARN  AuthenticationClient - === Authorization test [2] failed. Please check the Germain State view to authenticate this node. Retrying in 60 seconds === - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:51:18,416 WARN  AuthenticationClient - === Authorization test [3] failed. Please check the Germain State view to authenticate this node. Retrying in 60 seconds === - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:52:18,666 WARN  AuthenticationClient - === Authorization test [4] failed. Please check the Germain State view to authenticate this node. Retrying in 60 seconds === - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:53:18,869 WARN  AuthenticationClient - === Authorization test [5] failed. Please check the Germain State view to authenticate this node. Retrying in 60 seconds === - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:19,104 INFO  AuthenticationClient - Authorization test [6] successful. - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:19,728 INFO  EngineMetricService  - Initializing engine metric service. - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:20,010 INFO  AbstractQueueProxyFactory - Mapping queue '_Germain_DATA_QUEUE' to 'apm.storage' - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:20,010 INFO  AbstractQueueProxyFactory - Mapping queue '_Germain_DOCUMENT_AUDIT' to 'apm.documentAudit' - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:20,010 INFO  AbstractQueueProxyFactory - Mapping queue '_Germain_ACTION_QUEUE' to 'apm.action' - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:20,010 INFO  HttpQueueProxyFactory - Initializing HttpQueueProxyFactory. - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:20,510 INFO  EngineManagerService - Starting engine manager... - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:20,791 INFO  StateStoreServer     - Creating new hsqldb server: {server.database.0="file:database/hsqldb/state", server.dbname.0="Germain_STATESTORE"} - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:20,806 INFO  StateStoreServer     - Starting hsqldb server instance. - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:21,353 INFO  ENGINE               - checkpointClose start - [HSQLDB Server @5e63cad]
      2021-12-03 12:54:21,353 INFO  ENGINE               - checkpointClose synched - [HSQLDB Server @5e63cad]
      2021-12-03 12:54:21,369 INFO  ENGINE               - checkpointClose script done - [HSQLDB Server @5e63cad]
      2021-12-03 12:54:21,400 INFO  ENGINE               - checkpointClose end - [HSQLDB Server @5e63cad]
      2021-12-03 12:54:21,604 INFO  EngineManagerApplication - Started EngineManagerApplication in 311.715 seconds (JVM running for 313.42) - [main]
      2021-12-03 12:54:31,619 INFO  EngineManagerService - Engine Manager heartbeat... - [scheduler-2]
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Windows Installer Unattended / Silent Install

The windows installer can have all fields set from the command line using a FIELD=”Value” pattern.

Example:

msiexec.exe /QN /I "C:\Users\User\Downloads\Germain UXEngines.msi" INSTALLFOLDER="C:\germain\engines\" Germain_SERVICEURL="https://youtserver.cloud.germainux.com" PROX="http" Germain_HTTPPROXY="http://yourhttpproxy.yourdomain.com:8080"
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Argument

Description

/QN

(Required): Sets ‘msiexec.exe’ to do a silent install. If all necessary fields are set correctly this will install the engine. If not, it will fail silently.

/I “[PATH_TO_MSI]“

(Required): For setting which .msi you are installing.

INSTALLFOLDER="FULL_PATH_OF_FOLDER"

(Optional): You can set the path of where you would like to install the Germain Engine. Default is ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Germain Software\’.

Germain_SERVICEURL="YOUR_SERVER_URL"

(Required): The URL of your Germain server.

PROX="PROXY_TYPE"

(Optional): If you have a proxy, you set the type of proxy here. Options are ‘http' and ‘https’, value must be in lower case. Default is ‘none’.

Germain_HTTPPROXY="PROXY_URL:PORT"

(Optional): If you have a proxy, you set the URL of the proxy here.

The order of the FIELD=”Value” arguments is not important. You can rearrange them as long as they, as a group, are at the end of the command.

Windows Binary

  • Download the “Windows Binary” for your version from the Downloads section

  • Unzip this archive and take the engines folder inside and place it where you like. You may rename it to fit your naming conventions.

    • This engines folder will be your $ENGINE_HOME. You may optionally add this to your system environment variables.

  • Edit $ENGINE_HOME\bin\GermainEngineStandalone.xml and set the JVM memory settings

    • XML contexts:

      <service>
          <id>GermainEngineStandalone</id>
          <name>Germain Engine Standlone</name>
          <description>This runs a Germain Engine.</description>
          <env name="Germain_HOME" value="%BASE%\.."/>
          <logpath>%BASE%\..\logs</logpath>
          <logmode>roll</logmode>
      	<workingdirectory>%BASE%\..</workingdirectory>
          <executable>java</executable>
          <argument>-Xms256m</argument>
          <argument>-Xmx1024m</argument>
          <argument>-XX:-CreateMinidumpOnCrash</argument>
          <argument>-XX:+CrashOnOutOfMemoryError</argument>
          <argument>-Dgermain.engine=standalone</argument>
          <argument>-jar</argument>
          <argument>bin/apm-engine-spring.jar</argument>
      </service>
      XML
  • Open and Administrator Command Prompt

  • Navigate to the $ENGINE_HOME\bin\WinSW directory

  • Run the appropriate .bat file for your hosts systems .NET version( set-dotnet-2.bat, set-dotnet-4.bat, or set-dotnet-461.bat )

  • Go up one directory cd ..

  • Run the command GermainEngineStandalone.exe install:

    • Screenshot of Service Install:

  • Check the service list to validate that the service was created:

    • Screenshot of service in ‘Windows Services’:

Linux Distributions using System V

To install the Germain engines as a service, create a symlink to the following executable:

  $ sudo ln -s $ENGINE_HOME/apm-engine-spring.jar /etc/init.d/germain-engine
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To control the new service, the following commands can be used:

  $ sudo service germain-engine start
  $ sudo service germain-engine stop
  $ sudo service germain-engine restart
CODE

Linux Distributions using systemd

To install the Germain engines as a service, adjust the provided service file (germain-engine.service) to match the location of the $ENGINE_HOME directory on your system:

  [Unit]
  Description=germain-engine
  After=network-online.target
  Wants=network-online.target

  [Service]
  User=root
  ExecStart=/opt/germainapm/apm-engine-spring.jar
  SuccessExitStatus=143

  [Install]
  WantedBy=multi-user.target
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Then, copy the file into your service directory:

  $ cp $ENGINE_HOME/bin/germain-engine.service /etc/systemd/system/
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To control the new service, the following commands can be used:

  $ sudo service germain-engine start
  $ sudo service germain-engine stop
  $ sudo service germain-engine restart
CODE

To automatically start the server on restart, run the following command:

  $ systemctl enable germain-engine.service
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Troubleshooting


  • Check the $ENGINE_HOME\log directory validate that the engines have started correctly. You can also check for the "java" processes activity.

  • Wait for monitored data to appear on the Germain Dashboard (use the "Drill Through" button on the O.S. Metrics portlets: Server Availability, CORE, Mem... or DB Availability; these come in faster)

  • Troubleshoot

    • Review the log files' contents ($ENGINE_HOME/logs)

    • If data doesn't get through but the engine logs don't show problems, check the Tomcat logs ($CATALINA_HOME/logs) and Germain service logs ($SERVICE_HOME/var/logs)

    • If the screen above doesn’t show up, please zip entire folder ($ENGINE_HOME/logs) and send it to us. Either email the person you are working with or contact through ticket or email: Support - Email, Ticket, Meeting - Germain UX

Further configuration/tuning of Germain engine


  • Don't use Names longer than 20 chars; some DB columns are limited to that size but the Config dashboard's UI doesn't check this.

  • Make sure each engine is set up with the recommended default parameters:
    -server
    -Xms256m (you may need to adjust Xms based on the number of components running inside the engine)
    -Xmx1024m (you may need to adjust Xmx based on the number of components running inside the engine)
    -XX:+CrashOnOutOfMemoryError means that the JVM will crash / exit when there is not enough memory to continue; otherwise the JVM will continue running code in a potential faulty state.
    -XX:-HeapDumpOnOutOfMemory means that the JVM will not create a heap dump when it has an out of memory crash. These are large and unnecessary as the logs will have enough data to determine the cause.
    -XX:-CreateMinidumpOnCrash means that the JVM will not create a Minidump when it crashes. These are unnecessary as the logs will have enough data to determine the cause.

  • Screenshot of these settings located in Workspace