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These steps are required when you convert from a demo/trial frevvo server installation to a production installation.
While you are demo-ing frevvo you do not need to do the Database Setup steps discussed below.
Your frevvo server requires a SQL database for storing users and form submissions. The default HSQLDB is ONLY sufficient for demo/trial versions of frevvo. All production frevvo users MUST switch their frevvo software to a production quality database. The following steps describe how to change the underlying database from the demo/trial HSQLDB to a production quality SQL database. The database configuration file, server.xml is located in <frevvo-home>/frevvo/tomcat/conf directory.
Before you start:
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5. Next, uncomment the pair of definitions for your database. Ex: if you are using SQL server, uncomment the definition for SQLSERVER Resource. Save the changes.
Database configuration has been removed from the <frevvo-home>\tomcat\conf\Catalina\localhost\frevvo.xml file. It is now done in the C:<frevvo-home>\tomcat\conf\server.xml file. Also, notice the database resource name has been changed to jdbc/sharedfrevvoDS. When you configure your database, make the changes to the server.xml. Do not copy configured sections from a frevvo.xml of a previous release into the server.xml file.
It is recommended practice to use a named user (schema) account with the proper privileges when connecting frevvo to Oracle databases. The built in SYSTEM user account will not work.
The frevvo database below must be created with UTF-8 encoding.
For your selected database type in server.xml:
Set the sharedfrevvoDS data source username and password parameters to a user that has read and write permissions to the frevvo database.
If you use a custom schema (anything other than 'dbo'), please this documentation for an additional task.
Where did the SQL scripts go? The frevvo server no longer needs the SQL scripts that used to be in <frevvo installdir>\frevvo\data\sql. The server automatically creates the necessary tables at first startup.
Configuration of the connection Url is key to successfully connect the frevvo server to your database. Consult your DBA to assist with connection issues.
For your selected database type in server.xml:
As of SQL 2000, Microsoft SQL allows installation of multiple SQL named instances. If your SQL server was installed this way you must use the instance parameter. For example if you database instance was named xyzzy:
2. Verify that the user and password required to connect to the frevvo database are correct.
3. Make sure that the user configured in the data sources has permissions to read and write to the frevvo database.
If you are using SQL Server, it is recommended that you append the sendStringParametersAsUnicode property with a value of false to your database connection URL. This property will improve performance. You can find more information about this property on this Microsoft website. If you do not see the property, when configuring the Connection URL to your database, add it.
If you are trying a different database type and do not see an example in server.xml for your database, you can create a new data source entry. Hibernate supports the following dialects however frevvo has only been certified to run with a subset of these databases. For additional dialects see Hibernate documentation. Refer to our Supported Platforms for the list of Application Servers and databases supported/certified by frevvo.
The frevvo database should be created with UTF-8 encoding if you are using international characters. Setting the encoding depends upon the database you are using. Please consult your database documentation.
If you're using a improperly encoded database for sharedfrevvoDS you may run into one or more of the following runtime issues:
These commands will create the proper frevvo utf8 encoded database in mySql:
You can convert a database and/or table to UTF-8 using the MySQL configuration file or the MySQL cmd tool.
MySQL cmd tool:
If you are using SQL Server as your frevvo database, it is highly recommended that you turn on the READ COMMITTED SNAPSHOT setting in the database. You do not have to do this if you are using MySQL or Oracle databases because the option is turned on by default. There are two ways to turn on the option:
Using DDL (Data Definition Language) - Run the commands listed below
frevvo database relies on the JDBC API. See the list of certified databases. If you choose a database that's not in this list you do so at your own risk.
You MUST use a JDBC4 type driver.
the SQL Server JDBC Driver - this driver (mssql-jdbc-8.4.1.jre11.jar) is included in the frevvo tomcat bundle in the <frevvo-home>\frevvo\tomcat\lib directory.
At this time, frevvo only supports the mssql-jdbc-8.4.1.jre11.jar version of the SQL Server JDBC driver. This version of the driver is included in the frevvo tomcat bundle.
Users on Mac OS may see this exception:
Caused by: com.mysql.cj.exceptions.InvalidConnectionAttributeException: The server time zone value 'EDT' is unrecognized or represents more than one time zone. You must configure either the server or JDBC driver (via the serverTimezone configuration property) to use a more specifc time zone value if you want to utilize time zone support.
Customers facing this error should add the serverTimezone=EST5EDT (insert correct timezone) parameter to the jdbc url.
The frevvo bundle includes an HSQL embedded database. If you use the HSQL database during your trial period, you cannot migrate the data (user, roles, applications) automatically from HSQL to your production database. Once your production database is in place, you must manually: