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Insight Server

The Insight server is a document-oriented database (Apache Lucene Solr) that is used for

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 Reports and Task/Submission searches. The software is included in the
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tomcat bundle. The Insight Server works in conjunction with
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and a web app (insight.war embedded in frevvo.war) to retrieve the information for the 
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reports.
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Administrators administrators, designers and users assigned form/flow Edit permissions can run the Insight Data Batch Job to refresh submissions when changes are made to Searchable Fields in a form/flow.

Here is how it works:


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    users initiate a form or a workflow process.
  • The
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    repository and the Insight server are updated with the information real time.
  • The Insight service (insight.war) is a batch job that runs automatically on upgrade but can also be performed manually. The batch job takes the existing 
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    submissions and creates Solr documents for them.
  • The Reports query the Insight Server.

Tip

Always use a fresh Insight instance for

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. Multiple databases should never point to the same Insight instance.

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When you unzip the tomcat bundle, you will see a new <frevvo-home>\solr-6.6.2 x.x.x (where "x.x.x" is the version number) directory that contains the Insight Server software.

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The default server and port are localhost:8983. The Insight Server URL configuration parameter is located in the <frevvo-home>\tomcat\conf\Catalina\localhost\context.xml.default file. Configuring the location of the Insight Server in this file makes it available to the insight and frevvo web application warfiles.
 Modify the insight.server.url parameter in the <frevvo-home>\tomcat\conf\frevvo-config.properties file if the Insight Server is running on a different machine than

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# Insight settings 
insight.enabled=true
insight.server-url=http://localhost:8983/solr

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 Windows:

  1. Open a command prompt. Navigate to <frevvo-home>\solr-6x.6x.2x. Type bin\solr.cmd start to run the Insight server in the background, listening on the default port 8983.
     

    You will see this message: 
     


  2. Browse http;:<your server:your port>/solr to verify the Insight server is running. The <server:port> default values are localhost:8983. Change <your server>  to the server name and <your port> to the port the Insight server is running on if they are different than the defaults. Do not include the angle brackets <>. You will see the Insight server (Solr) dashboard with the current status:

Warning

If you close the Insight server (Solr) startup window, the server will stop running. Leave the window open or set up Live Forms and the Insight Server to run as Windows services.

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Linux:

  1. Ensure that the scripts are executable: chmod 755 <frevvo-home>/tomcat/bin/*.sh
  2. Navigate to <frevvo-home>/solr-6x.6x.2x/bin. Run this command to make the solr startup file executable:

    chmod +x solr
  3. Navigate back to the solr-6x.6x.2 x directory.
  4. Start the Insight server by typing :
    bin/solr start - this starts the Insight server in the background, listening on the default port 8983.
  5. Browse http;:<your server:your port>/solr to verify the Insight server is running. The <server:port> default values are localhost:8983. Change <your server>  to the server name and <your port> to the port the Insight server is running on if they are different than the defaults. Do not include the angle brackets <>. You will see the Insight server (Solr) dashboard with the current status:

    

You do not have to restart the Insight server every time you restart

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  1. Navigate to <frevvo-home>\solr-7x.5x.0x
  2. Type bin\solr.cmd stop -all


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  1. Extract the NSSM zipfile to a Program Files\nssm directory
  2. Open a command prompt. Run as an administrator
  3. Navigate to the directory under c:\Program Files\nssm\ that contains the nssm.exe file for Windows64 or Windows32

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    For example, the path in Windows 7 would be C:\Program Files\nssm\nssm-2.24\win64
  4. Type: nssm install <service name> - Replace <service name> with the name you want to use for the Insight Server service.

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    Ex: nssm install insightserver
  5. Browse to the location of the solr.cmd script by clicking on the three dots to the right of the Application Path field. This should be in <frevvo-home>\solr-7x.5x.0x\bin.



  6. Click on the solr.cmd file, then click Open.  The Application Path field will populate.

  7. Notice the Startup directory field also populates. REMOVE bin from the Startup directory field. The Startup directory should be: c:\<frevvo-home>\solr-5x.4x.1x\

  8. Enter these Arguments:

    start -f -p 8983

    • the -f option starts the Insight Server in the foreground so NSSM can kill it when it needs to be stopped or started
    • the -p option specifies the port that the Insight Server is running on. The default is 8983. Change 8983 to the port number for your installation if necessary.



  9. Optionally, click the Details tab to specify a Display Name and Description - Ex: Insight Server, Script to Stop/Start Solr5. Notice the Startup type is set to Automatic.

  10. Click the Install service button. A success message displays:



  11. Start the Insight Server service from the Computer Management Services pane.



  12. Browse http://<your server:port>/solr to verify the Insight server is running. The <server:port> default values are localhost:8983. Change <your server>  to the server name and <your port> to the port the Insight server is running on if they are different than the defaults. Do not include the angle brackets <>. You will see the Insight server dashboard with the current status:

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  1. Navigate to <frevvo-home>. Install
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    as a service by running Run the Install-Service batch file file as an administrator to install
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    as a service.
  2. Configure the

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    service if you are using Windows 64 bit by clicking on the Configure Service batch file. You must run the Configure-Service batch file as an administrator.

    1. Change the mode on the Startup and Shutdown tabs from jvm to java. Save the changes.



  3. Frevvoproduct
    will appear under Windows services with the name frevvoforms with a Startup type of Manual. Change this Startup Type to Automatic (Delayed Start), then start the service.

Add a Dependency to the Live Forms service

Once the two services are installed and started, add a dependency to the Insight server for the frevvoforms service. With the dependency in place, the frevvoforms service cannot start unless The dependency ensures that the Insight service is running before the frevvoforms service starts.

  1. From the administrative command prompt, type the following command with the name you gave to the Insight Server service:

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    sc config frevvoforms depend= <name of the Insight Server service>



  2. Check the Dependencies tab of your Insight Server service in the Windows Services list, . It should list frevvoforms as a system component that depends on the Insight service.



  3. If you manually stop the Insight Server service, it will ask you if you want to stop Live Forms.

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