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Configuring BlueIntegrator For First Use

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After completing the installation of BlueIntegrator, there are several tasks that need to be completed prior to using the system:

  • License BlueIntegrator
  • Configure the databases
  • Configure the BlueIntegrator servers

Each of these steps is dealt with in more detail below.

 

Licensing BlueIntegrator

To begin the licensing process, run BlueIntegrator Explorer from the BlueIntegrator group in the Start menu. If the software has not yet been licensed, you will be prompted to enter a license key.

You can obtain a trial license key from support@blueIntegrator.com , or purchase a full license key from order@blueintegrator.com or by Blueintegrator products.

Configuring the databases

After successfully entering a license code, you are prompted to select a BlueIntegrator database. This is the repository that will hold the BlueIntegrator data. By default, a single database is used for configuration, messaging and tracking data, although you can specify separate databases for messaging and tracking if required in your environment.

The following form appears:

If you are running BlueIntegrator for the first time, you will need to create a new database BlueIntegrator currently supports SQLServer repositories only (SQLServer 2005 or 2008, 2012,2014,  2016,2017,2019 SQLExpress or MSDE). With both SQLExpress and MSDE you should take care to check that your tracking requirements will not exceed the 2GB size limit applicable to both of these platforms.  If you don’t have an available instance of SQLServer, you can download SQLExpress free of charge from Microsoft via the link provided, and you should do this before proceeding.

Enter the server name or address, which can be (local) for the local machine, or (local)\SQLExpress for a local SQLExpress instance, or a resolvable server name or IP address (optionally with an instance name separated by a backslash.  You also need to specify a name for the new database (which defaults to BlueIntegratorDatabase). You can also specify a username and password.

When you are ready, click OK to create the database and continue.

You can specify separate databases for messaging data and for tracking. To do this, select Static Configuration / Settings from the BlueIntegrator Explorer tree, and then edit the MessageDatabaseConnectionString and TrackingDatabaseConnectionString properties under the DatabaseSettings header.

Configuring the BlueIntegrator servers

The final stage in initial configuration configures a BlueIntegrator Server.  A Server is a Windows Service that performs work. Server roles include running Ports and Workflows and sending email. Receive and Send Ports are assigned to one or more Servers, and in order for Workflows to execute at least one Server must be designated to run Workflows. In order to send emails, at least one Server must be designated to send emails.

Each Server runs under a set of credentials, and these credentials determine the Server access rights. For example if a Server executes a File Receive Port, the credentials under which that Server runs will determine the files it can access. Multiple Servers can be defined per machine.

BlueIntegrator should prompt you if no Servers are registered, and offer to help you define a new Server. Without a Server defined, BlueIntegrator cannot do any work. The following form should appear, which can also be seen through the Servers node in the BlueIntegrator Explorer:

To register a new Server, give it a name, specify the machine on which it will run (which must have BlueIntegrator installed and the BlueIntegrator Management Service started), and specify a set of credentials. You should also specify SMTP details if the Server will send email, and specify whether the Server will run Workflows.

The Use Deployed Versions checkbox allows you to lock this server to running versions of Schemas, Maps and Workflows that are flagged as the deployed version. In this way a release Server can continue to run using a flagged version of a resource whilst that resource is being worked upon by developers. You specify the deployed version of a resource by using the Deploy button on the properties form shown on selecting the item concerned in the BlueIntegrator Explorer tree.

It should not be necessary to change the Management Port number from the default of 3899 unless the BlueIntegrator Management Port for the machine on which the Server will run has been modified. An alternative port for a machine can be specified at registry location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/BlueIntegrator/ServicePort.

Click OK, and the Service is ready for action. Right click on the Server, and select Start.  Your system is now ready for use.