The “System” page (System ⇒ Services ⇒ System) consists of 5 sections: General settings, Database settings, External accessibility settings, Active directory integration settings and Cluster settings. The first two sections are configured by the setup by default.
General settings. If the checkbox is checked it will mean that the system is configured, thus connection to SQL Server database is well configured and the plugins directory is pointing to a correct folder. Until this checkbox is not checked, the contentACCESS will run in a so called “zombie” mode.
Plugins directory textbox contains the path where the processing plugins are stored on the server.
Under Database settings the system database configurations can be found, which are filled in by the setup by default. If you need to edit these settings (not recommended), click on the Configure button and fill the fields in the Database connection settings window:
By default contentACCESS is connected to the database with the credentials of the user, under whom contentACCESS is running. If you want to use SQL credentials which differ from these credentials data, then check checkbox Use explicit credentials and enter the User and Password that you want to use for connecting to database. You can also run a test connection with the Test button in the left corner of the window.
Under External accessibility settings: enter the externally accessible, fully qualified domain name for the proxy server into the Server FQDN textbox (in case the proxy is not installed, then the domain name of contentACCESS server need to be entered here). The proxy server ensures the communication between the user and the contentACCESS, and forwards user requests to the contentACCESS server. These external accessibility settings are used by the shortcut links in the Email Archive system. If you have contentACCESS Email Archive and/or accessGATE Mobile, then this setting is mandatory. In all other cases this setting is also highly recommended.
Active directory integration settings
Some contentACCESS functionalities [like contentWEB access for mailboxes or Virtual Drive] require LDAP connection. Enter the required data and the user/administrator credentials into the user name and password textboxes over which you would like to connect to the active directory. It is not necessary to fill in these fields in case that you use an online Exchange server.
contentACCESS supports clustering, which enables to run contentACCESS and its jobs on multiple nodes, and thus improve performance. To adjust default cluster settings, scroll down on the System page. At the bottom of page, the following can be adjusted:
Node update interval (sec): in time intervals, which is set here (in our case in every 30 seconds) each node will “ping” the central database and will update his state in it.
Node auto logoff time (sec): if an input has not been received by a node during the time period set here, the node will automatically switch to offline.
Events retention time (sec): events (i.e. commands to run a job, added/changed/removed job configurations, changes in already set schedulers etc.) that are shared and distributed between nodes will be stored in the database during this retention time.
Events distribution interval (sec): events to be distributed between nodes are written into the system database. These events are periodically checked by each node in time periods, which is set here.
Task auto disable time (sec): if any failure occurred when running of a node (server shutdown, hardware problems etc.), the task(s) performed by this specific node (job running, retrieving contents etc.) will be automatically disabled within the time set here.
Stop task after ping failures (count): the value which is set here will determine, after how many ping failures will be the task stopped. After the ping failure count reaches this value, all the tasks running on a node will be stopped.
Node selection strategy: the administrator can select here, how the nodes will be automatically selected for processing. A node that is picked up for a task can be selected according to one of these strategies:
“First wins” strategy – using this strategy the first running node will be picked for the task.
“Balanced” strategy – by this strategy type the CPU- and memory usage, and the number of running jobs will be considered before picking up the node for a task.
Default node role: the administrator can select here the default role type of a node added to the system. It is recommended to set here “Universal”, i.e. when the node can be used both for processing and retrieving data. Later on, the role type of a node can be adjusted with navigating to System ⇒ Services ⇒ Cluster on the Central Administration ribbon, in the nodes’ grid, from the nodes’ context menu.
Enabled by default: by default all nodes are enabled (the checkbox is checked), i.e. if contentACCESS service starts up, the nodes start the processing (to run jobs, publish models etc.), too. In case the user will install contentACCESS components on next nodes, it is recommended to disable the nodes (uncheck this checkbox). The reason for this is, that a node must be fully configured before he picks up any job for processing. Enabled status of a node is marked with green color, disabled status is signed with yellow color in the nodes’ grid.