Install Aternity on-premise 9.0.2 / 9.0.3

You can install a fresh Aternity on-premise deployment where each component has its own dedicated computer in larger deployments, or you can combine several components on the same PC for smaller deployments. The components of the Aternity on-premise solution are:

Order for installing Aternity on-premise components

You must install the Aternity components in the prescribed order in this procedure.

Important

If you have an existing Aternity deployment, follow the instructions to update from your legacy Aternity to version 9.x.

Procedure

  1. Step 1 Plan the strategy of your new Aternity on-premise installation:
    Considerations when planning your installation of Aternity on-premise
    • Decide on the size of your deployment, based on the number of devices you want to monitor. This directly determines the number of computers you need, and their hardware specifications.

      Important

      If you deploy more than one dedicated Aternity Aggregation Server, you must deploy a third party load balancer (LB). Then configure the Aternity Agent of all devices to point to the LB's virtual IP address. Configure the LB with persistent (sticky) sessions to ensure the Agent maintains its connection with the same server.

      Monitored devices must communicate using HTTP or HTTPS (not TCP).

    • Choose the network topology of your deployment, based on the location of your monitored devices.

      • Set the firewalls to open the required ports between components, if you plan any of them to be on opposite sides of a firewall.

      • Decide the security, whether you want to encrypt connections between some or all of the Aternity components.

    • Strengthen robustness by determining the backup strategy and whether to have high availability with redundant servers.

    • Ensure the servers meet the software system requirements for all components in the solution.

  2. Step 2 Download the latest version of Aternity on-premise from our website.

    The setup package is for all Aternity servers.

    Download Aternity on-premise from the website
  3. Step 3 Install the Aternity Database Server on a dedicated computer:

    Aternity 9.x requires that the Aternity Database Server runs either Oracle 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2.

    Use the express database setup for a fast, easy, small installation
    • (Non-DBAs) Use the express database setup for small deployments up to 3000 devices.

    • (DBAs only) Use the custom database setup for larger deployments or to integrate any sized database properly into your enterprise.

  4. Step 4 Run the Aternity Database Verification Utility for a fresh installation to ensure the database's internal structure and naming is fully compliant with Aternity's requirements.
    Use the Aternity Database Verification Utility to ensure the database is ready for Aternity 9.x
  5. Step 5 On a separate PC, install the Aternity Dashboard Server.

    The Dashboard Server displays Aternity's intuitive dashboards using Tableau as its engine.

    Install the Dashboard Server and Dashboard Gateway on the same computer
  6. Step 6 (Large deployments only, above 20,000 devices) Add one or more standalone Dashboard Worker Servers by running its setup on a separate dedicated computer for that component.

    Add the number of standalone Dashboard Worker Servers according to the requirements for the size of your deployment.

    The Aternity Dashboard Worker Server accepts much of the intensive processing required to create dashboards, enabling larger Aternity on-premise deployments to display dashboards more efficiently.

    Dashboards in large deployments are more efficient with Dashboard Worker Servers
  7. Step 7 On the Dashboard Server, install the Aternity Dashboard Gateway 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.

    Add the Dashboard Gateway to the Dashboard Server computer
  8. Step 8 On another PC, install the Aternity Management Server and Aternity Analytics Server.

    You can add more components on the Management Server PC for smaller deployments:

    Install further components on the same Management Server PC for small or medium deployments
    • (Trial demo deployments less than 66 devices) The Management Server PC can also have the Database Server, Analytics Server, Data Warehouse Server, and Aggregation Server, all on the same PC.

    • (Small deployments less than 5,000 devices) The Database Server is standalone. The Management Server PC has ALL the following: the Analytics Server, Data Warehouse Server, and Aggregation Server.

    • (Mid-sized deployments less than 20,000 devices) The standalone servers are: Database Server and Aggregation Server. The Management Server PC has ALL the following: Analytics Server and Data Warehouse Server.

    • (Larger deployments above 20,000 devices) The standalone servers are: Database Server, Data Warehouse Server and Aggregation Server. The Management Server PC should only have the Analytics Server.

  9. Step 9 Install the Aternity dashboard layouts from the Management Server, which plants them in the Dashboard Server via the Dashboard Gateway.

    The Aternity dashboard layouts contain the names, calculations and layouts of the system's dashboards for this Aternity version.

    Important

    (Large deployments only) Download the separate dashboard package for large deployments, containing settings and dashboard layouts which are specially performance tuned for large enterprises.

    Install the layouts from the Management Server into the Dashboard Server via Dashboard Gateway
  10. Step 10 (For deployments above 25,000 devices only) Install a standalone Aternity Data Warehouse Server.

    The Data Warehouse Server stores the raw data gathered from the Aggregation Servers, and aggregates (summarizes) it for the Database Server.

  11. Step 11 (For deployments above 3000 devices only) Install a standalone Aggregation Server.

    An Aggregation Server gathers (aggregates) the data directly from Aternity Agents on monitored devices, and passes it on to the Management Server.

    As your deployment grows in size, add more identical Aggregation Servers (see deployment sizing for details). If you deploy more than one dedicated Aternity Aggregation Server, you must deploy a third party load balancer (LB). Then configure the Aternity Agent of all devices to point to the LB's virtual IP address. Configure the LB with persistent (sticky) sessions to ensure the Agent maintains its connection with the same server.

    Aggregation Server collects and consolidates data from monitored devices
  12. Step 12 To manage the number of monitored devices reporting to the system, configure licenses.
  13. Step 13 Add devices as monitored devices which report their performance to Aternity, by installing the Aternity Agent.
    Add the Agent on desktops and laptops to report their performance to Aternity