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How to configure replication to collect a NDI file on the FlexNet Manager Suite Application Server

How to configure replication to collect a NDI file on the FlexNet Manager Suite Application Server

Summary

This article covers how to configure replication on the Application Server. Replication can be used to help diagnose issues with ndi files for example.

Synopsis

This article covers how to configure replication on the Application Server. Replication can be used to help diagnose issues with various file types that we import, or to collect a copy of them if needed to troubleshoot another issue.

Discussion

The FlexNet Manager Suite Application Server has a feature called UseReplication that is disabled by default. This feature can be used for several reasons, including collecting NDI files when it's harder to collect them from the device itself.

Please follow these instructions if you would like to enable Replications:
1) Open Microsoft Internet Information Services Manager (IIS) on your Flexera Application Server

2) Expand theTree on the left and click on ManageSoftRL

3)
Double-click Application Settings as shown in the screenshot
Configure IIS Importers Application Settings

4) Change UseReplication value to true, then change the ReplicationLocation setting if you would like to change the location of the replication (defaults in C:\Replication)
Enable UseReplication option
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5) For settings to take effect without disrupting WebUI users, please go to the Application Pools and Recycle/Restart the Flexera Importers pool.




Alternatively, instead of modifying the setting from the IIS interface, you can configure this setting in the web.config file itself as well.
Please browse to the following directory (default directory for 64 bit):

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Flexera Software\FlexNet Manager Platform\Importers"



Within that folder is a file called "web.config" which you need to open in a text editor such as Notepad.
Next locate the following section:

<!-- Replication -->
<add key="UseReplication" value="false" />
<!-- Replication -->
<add key="ImportTypesForReplication" value="logs, inventories" />
<!-- Replication Location -->
<add key="ReplicationLocation" value="c:\\replication" />


To turn replication on, simply change the first key to:

<add key="UseReplication" value="true" />


To turn replication off, change the first key to:

<add key="UseReplication" value="false" />


Once you've made the changes and saved the file simply restart IIS and when you next run the generate inventory task the .ndi files should stop being created in the "ReplicationLocation" value above.
If you don't want FNMS WebUI users to loose connectivity during the IIS restart, you can instead only Recycle Flexera Imports under the IIS Application Pools.

Additional Information

By default the replication directory is C:\replication, however this can be specified to a custom directory in the web.config during its configuration. This setting can be enabled to help troubleshoot issues around the import of the following extensions, however, the default files that are set to replicate are ndi and log files:

gz, txt, xml, log, ndi, disco, msa, mmi, rea, red, rer, rev, taskstatus, mss, msel, vdi


You can delete the contents of the replication folder if you don't require these files. For example when an ndi file is generated by the generate inventory task, the ndi , when uploaded to the core server will be resolved into the database by the webhandlers . When replication is enabled the ndis are simply replicated to the directory specified, so this can be used as a method of grabbing the ndi files for diagnosing an issue where support may require the ndi file and the accessing the target machine is more difficult. The webhandlers still resolve the above extensions even when replication is enabled.


Unfortunately, Inventory Beacon does not support this feature. But an enhancement request #IOJ-1769509 "NDI file repliaction for cloud customer" has been submitted.
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