Installation Prompts for MCS in Windows

When you install Management & Control Services (MCS), you may be prompted for the following information. Only some of the following options will be displayed, depending on your environment.

Location of the WebLogic Domain: Specify the path to the WebLogic domain you want to use for this installation.

HTTP Port Configuration

HTTP Port: Type the port number to use for communication between Attachmate products that use HTTP. You cannot change this port number after installation. You must include the port number when you specify a URL, for example, when accessing the MCS console. The default value is 8086. If you use WebLogic, this option is not available.

HTTPS Port: Type the port number to use for secure (HTTPS) connections. This port number must be included when you specify a URL. You can modify this value later using MCS. The default value is 8447.

Use IIS Redirector for the HTTP Engine: If you have IIS installed, you can use this option to limit access to specific ports on your server. A redirector is installed in IIS on your computer, and external HTTP traffic is directed through your IIS port to the specified HTTP port. If you have multiple Web sites and ports set up in IIS, you are prompted to select the port to use. When this option is cleared, HTTP traffic uses the HTTP port directly.

Communication between Attachmate components installed on this computer is always directly through the HTTP port; it is not affected by your selection.

HTTP Engine Local Host Name

Use Local Hostname: Select this option if this server uses only one IP address.

Use This IP Address: Select this option if this server has two or more IP addresses configured on either a single network interface card (NIC) or on multiple NICs, and if the displayed address is the one used for HTTP communication.

Use This Fully Qualified Domain Name or IP Address: Select this option if this server has two or more IP addresses configured on either a single NIC or on multiple NICs, and the displayed address in the preceding option is not the one used for HTTP communication. If you select this option, you must type the IP address or domain name to use in the adjacent text box.

Management & Control Services (MCS) Password

Password: Type the password for the Management & Control Services system account. This is a superuser account that allows the MCS administrator to initially access the MCS console to configure valid MCS users or groups. The system account should be used only for this purpose; all regular interactions with the MCS console should occur via an established user account.

MCS passwords are encrypted, and there is no decryption algorithm. This means that there is no way to recover a lost password.

Confirm Password: Type the password for the system account again.

MCS Installation Type: MCS can be installed either on a single server or on multiple servers across your network, creating a server cluster. Setting up a cluster of MCS servers provides server scalability and failover protection.

Note All servers in your cluster must run on the same Web application server and under the same operating system. In addition, you must specify the same configuration options (for example, port numbers) for each server installation.

Before you add a server to an existing MCS cluster, make sure that you have selected to install all of the management components that are already installed on the other servers in that cluster. If you cannot install the same components as part of this installation process (for example, if the servers in the cluster have components from more than one Attachmate product), install this server as a standalone server, and then after you have installed all the necessary components, use the MCS console to add the server to an existing cluster.

Install a Standalone MCS Server: Select this option if you are installing only one MCS server. This server can be added to a cluster later through the MCS console.

Start a New Cluster: Select this option if you are installing the first server in an MCS server cluster.

Join an Existing Cluster: Select this option if you have already created a cluster of one or more MCS servers and want to add this MCS server to that cluster.

New Cluster

Cluster Name: Type a name for your new cluster. This option is displayed only if you selected Start a New Cluster on the preceding page. Cluster names cannot contain the characters &, ", or <.

Join a Cluster: These options are displayed only if you selected Join an Existing Cluster on the preceding page.

Use This Cluster: Select a cluster from the list of existing clusters. The installation searches for existing clusters on your network using a multicast IP address and port. If the cluster you want to join does not appear in the list, you can specify a host name or IP address instead.

Specify an MCS Server

Hostname or IP Address: Type the fully qualified domain name of an MCS server in an existing cluster.

Port: Type the port number for the MCS server you specify.

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