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Foglight 6.0.0 - Installing Foglight on a UNIX System with an Embedded PostgreSQL Database

Before Installing Foglight Installing Foglight
Preparing to install Installing a new version of the Management Server Installed directories Foglight settings Uninstalling Foglight Upgrading the Management Server
Running the Management Server Installing and Upgrading Cartridges Installing Agents Appendix: Switching from an Embedded to an External Database

Monitoring the Management Server host

During the installation, or upgrade, a HostAgent is automatically created to monitor the host where the Management Server, the embedded Foglight Agent Manager, and embedded database run. The health of this host directly affects the health and performance of Foglight.

On the navigation panel, under Dashboards, click Administration > Agents > Agent Status.
On the Agent Status dashboard, find the UnixAgentPlus called EmbeddedHostMonitor.

Information about the status and data collection of the agent are available on this dashboard.

For more information about monitoring activities and exploring the data collected for the host, see the Foglight for Infrastructure User and Reference Guide.

Next steps

To install cartridges, see Installing and Upgrading Cartridges.

Running the Management Server FAQ

On UNIX®, Foglight uses the Quest Common Process Runner to run processes such as the embedded database, the embedded Agent Manager, and command actions.

Newer Linux® distributions have enabled new kernel security extensions from the SELinux project at the NSA (National Security Agency). SELinux is an NSA project to improve the security of Linux through Mandatory Access Control (MAC). These extensions allow finer-grained control over system security. However, SELinux also changes some default system behaviors, such as shared library loading, which can be problematic to third-party programs.

If you see the error message “cannot restore segment prot after reloc: Permission denied” when you start the Management Server, your SELinux configuration is preventing IDL (the Interface Definition Language) from launching.

To rectify this issue, you can perform one of the following workarounds:

chcon -t texrel_shlib_t <foglight_home>/jre/lib/i386/*.so
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t <foglight_home>/jre/lib/i386/server/*.so
Disable SELinux altogether by setting it to disabled in your /etc/sysconfig/selinux file:

For more information about SELinux, consult your Linux® distribution vendor.

It is recommended that you do not use this method to stop the Management Server. However, if you do use this method, follow the following workaround.

Remove the stale .pid file that is located in the state directory. The logs or the console output inform you which .pid file to remove when you restart the server.

The Foglight browser interface requires JavaScript. You may need to modify the security settings in your web browser to enable this functionality. Depending on your browser, this setting may be labeled either “Enable JavaScript” (for example, in Firefox®), or “Enable Active Scripting” (for example, in Internet Explorer®).

The default link to the login page points to http://localhost:8080. In some instances, this link may not correspond to the URL of your Foglight server, resulting in the link not working. This issue can also occur when Foglight is not able to identify your local host. Add your host/IP information to the etc/hosts files to correct this issue.

Configuring the Management Server with a link-local IPv6 address is not supported because many web browsers do not support link-local IPv6 addresses. To correct this issue, update your host/IP information in the etc/hosts file.


Installing and Upgrading Cartridges

Using the Foglight Administration Module, you can install cartridges on the machine hosting the Management Server, enable and manage cartridges, and download agent installers.

The Cartridge Inventory dashboard contains controls for installing, enabling, disabling, and uninstalling cartridges, and for viewing information about the installed cartridges.

Installation is the first step in adding a cartridge to the Management Server. A cartridge file has the extension .car. Installing the .car file causes the Management Server to be aware of all cartridges in the .car file.

A cartridge must also be enabled before it is added to the Management Server. You can choose to enable a cartridge during installation, or afterward. See the Administration and Configuration Help for instructions on enabling and disabling cartridges after installation.

Navigate to the Cartridge Inventory dashboard (Dashboards > Administration > Cartridges > Cartridge Inventory).
Click Install Cartridge.
In the Install Cartridge dialog box, click Browse to navigate to a .car file on your local machine using a file chooser. Click OK in the file chooser when you have selected the .car file that you want to install.
The check box Enable on install is selected by default.
Click Install Cartridge.

If the installation is successful, the message “Cartridge has been installed successfully” appears in the Install Cartridge area and the cartridge is listed in the Cartridge Inventory.

If Enable on install was not selected (see Step 4), a disabled symbol () appears in the row for that cartridge in the Installed Cartridges table on the Cartridge Inventory dashboard.

For more information about cartridge installation and configuration, see the Administration and Configuration Guide.

NOTE: Warning messages similar to the following appear in the Management Server log when you install a cartridge:
WARN — Module system:<name> was converted to the newest version during loading
These warnings are expected and do not affect functionality.

To obtain a full list of the cartridges installed on the Management Server, open the Cartridge Inventory dashboard (Administration > Cartridges > Cartridge Inventory), and select Cartridge Inventory Report from the Reports menu.

For complete cartridge upgrade instructions, see the Upgrade Guide.


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