Set Up a New Aternity Dashboard Gateway Server

Install the Aternity Dashboard Gateway Server on the Dashboard Server.

The Dashboard Gateway acts as the interface between the Dashboard Server and the Aternity Management Server, performing background tasks like preprocessing the data for display in the dashboards, and maintaining logs, audits and cleanup. It must be on the same computer as the Dashboard Server. While it has no user interface of its own, it is crucial to the proper functioning of Aternity.

The Dashboard Gateway is on the same computer as the Dashboard Server

Before you begin

You must first complete:

To install the Dashboard Gateway, you must have on the Dashboard Server:

Attribute Requirement

Permissions

Ensure you have local administrator privileges on this computer.

Microsoft .NET

Ensure this server has Microsoft .NET 3.5 (exactly) required for the database drivers, and .NET 4.5 or later, required for driver setup (both in parallel). To add .NET to a Windows Server, learn more.

Time zone

Synchronize all Aternity components to have the same date, time AND time zone.

Procedure

  1. Step 1 Access the Aternity Dashboard Server.
  2. Step 2 Log in to the computer as a local administrator.

    To verify you are a local administrator on this computer, not a domain administrator, open the System control panel, select Advanced system settings > Computer Name, and confirm the Change button is active.

  3. Step 3 Locate the AternityTableauGateway_windows-x64_12.0.0.7954 setup file, which you downloaded as part of the Aternity on-premise server setup package.

    Copy it to a temporary location on this computer.

  4. Step 4 Right-click the setup and select Run as administrator to begin.
  5. Step 5 In the Welcome screen, click Next.
  6. Step 6 Choose a Destination Directory which does not contain any spaces.

    For example, d:\data\Aternity\DashboardGateway. Do NOT install in Program Files as it contains a space.

  7. Step 7 Define the Management Server's access to the Dashboard Gateway and click Next.
    Define the credentials and port number for the Dashboard Gateway
    Field Description
    Gateway User / Password /Confirm Password

    Displays the username and password for the Dashboard Gateway. Make a note of this for when you later install the Aternity dashboard layouts on the Management Server.

    Gateway Port

    Displays the port number which the Management Server must use when it accesses the Dashboard Server. The default port is 8088.

  8. Step 8 The setup file searches where Tableau is installed. This can take a while.
  9. Step 9 Define the credentials of a local administrator on that device and click Next.
    Tableau file paths are automatically discovered. You need only enter the administrator user name and password.
    Define the local user
  10. Step 10 Connect the Dashboard Gateway to the Dashboard Server (Tableau).
    Connect to the Tableau Server
    Field Description
    Tableau Administrator User / Password

    Enter the Tableau administrator username and password which you created when you set up the Dashboard Server.

    Tip

    To avoid adding hidden characters, type these fields with the exact correct credentials. Do not paste them.

    Tableau Hostname

    Enter the hostname or IP address which users enter as their URL when accessing the dashboards directly from the Dashboard Server.

    This is NOT the Aternity URL. This is the direct dashboards URL. For example, dashboards.company.com

    Tip

    To avoid adding hidden characters, type this field with the exact correct address. Do not paste it.

    Port

    Enter the port for users to access the dashboards. The default is 80, but if you select Use SSL Transport, enter 443.

    Use SSL Transport

    Select if you configured the Dashboard Server so users who view the dashboards in their browsers must access via SSL (https).

    This setting encrypts the connection between the Dashboard Server and the Dashboard Gateway.

  11. Step 11 If prompted, restart the computer to complete the setup.

    If you choose not to restart when prompted, it displays the final screen which urges you to restart the computer.

    Start the Dashboard Gateway automatically
  12. Step 12 To verify that the Dashboard Gateway is functioning properly:
    1. a Verify there is a Windows Service called AternityTableauGateway which starts automatically.
    2. b On the Dashboard Server, go to http://localhost:8088/tableau-gateway/info.jsp

      If you changed the default port from 8088 to a different value, substitute it here.

    3. c Enter the Dashboard Gateway's username and password to display its settings in the browser.
      Verify the Dashboard Gateway is functioning
  13. Step 13 (Optional) To set the Dashboard Gateway to run as a local administrator, change the properties of its Windows service.
    1. a Access Windows Services
    2. b View the properties of the AternityTableauGateway service.
    3. c Select Log On > This Account.
    4. d Enter the credentials of the required user.
    5. e Restart the AternityTableauGateway service.
  14. Step 14 Set up the drivers on the Dashboard Server to enable connection to the Aternity Vertica Database Server, by launching the small driver setup file, data\AternityTableauGateway\vertica\VerticaSetup-<version>.exe.

    This standalone setup program is part of the Aternity on-premise download package, and requires .NET installed, as detailed in the prerequisites. Select Install to start the setup wizard.

    Select all the components (selected by default), and then select Next > Proceed.

    Add all Vertica driver components

    After the setup completes, exit the program.