This is for installing the Replicator Agent on linux systems for versions 3.24.0 and under. For the newer Argon versions and above see here.
A few simple tasks are required in order to get the replicator agent running.
Before we begin, you should have received a ZIP file such as the following: perspectium-replicator-installer.zip. Please contact email@example.com if you have not received this file,
Once you've unzipped the file you should have a file called: perspectium-replicator-installer.jar. This is the file we will use to run the agent installer.
These are the requirements needed to ensure that your agent can be executed properly and has the ability to be upgraded in the future.
|Processor Cores||4 minimum|
|Hard Disk Space||100GB minimum|
The Replicator agent requires only outbound access to the Perspectium cloud and the ServiceNow instance.
Perspectium products require that your firewall settings allow traffic to and from your Perspectium MBS. This can be through any one of the following three ports: AMQP, AMQPS, or HTTPS. You will specify which protocol you will be using through the URL of the <message_connection>.
The Agent also requires that your firewall settings allow traffic to and from your ServiceNow instance. To test this access you can consult this page.
|AMQPS Outbound Port||TCP/5671 outbound to your Perspectium MBS (amqps://example.perspectium.net)|
|AMQP Outbound Port||TCP/5672 outbound to your Perspectium MBS (amqp://example.perspectium.net)|
|HTTPS Outbound Port||TCP/443 outbound to your Perspectium MBS (https://example.perspectium.net)|
|HTTPS Outbound Port||TCP/443 outbound to your ServiceNow instance|
Both 32 and 64 bit versions of Java are supported. The Java version must be Java 8 or higher. As of the Fluorine release, Java versions 9 and 10 are supported. It's strongly recommended that you use a server type JVM instead of a client or desktop version.
A 32 bit version of Java is required if you're running the agent on a Windows server for Agent versions under 3.24.0.
You can determine that Java is in your current path and the version by issuing the following command from the command prompt:
If you don't see something like the following then please contact your system administrator for help.
java version "1.8.0_181"
Make note of the path to Java. One way to determine the path to Java on most linux distros is to issue the following command:
On Windows this is typically located in “C:\Program Files \Java\…”
On either windows/linux the installer will generally find the path to the java installation and auto-fill this for you.
|Oracle||11g, 12c Release 1: 12.1 - 188.8.131.52.0|
|SQL Server (MSSQL)||2012, 2016 recommended|
|MySQL||5.6 - 8.0 supported in Europium|
|SAP Hana||SPS 12|
|Amazon Aurora (MySQL compatible)||N/A|
|HP Vertica||8.0 - 9.21|
NOTE: Perspectium uses the newest version of each of the associated JDBC drivers, which are included with the install.
NOTE: Perspectium strongly recommends placing the Agent on the same local area network as the database server.
The following OS versions are supported by the Replicator Agent:
|Windows Professional & Home||7 - 10|
|Windows Server||2012 - 2016|
|Linux Ubuntu||14.04 and 16.04|
You should make note of the following settings before starting the installation. The installer will prompt you for them:
|General Installer Settings|
|Installation Path||The directory you wish to install to|
|Java Path||java -version|
|Perspectium Cloud Server, User, and Password||contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you did not receive these|
|Agent Name||A name for your agent as provided by Perspectium or as desired|
|Decryption Key||The Encryption Key you specified in the Properties page of the Perspectium ServiceNow Application|
|SQL Replicator Settings|
|ServiceNow Instance, User and Password||ex: yourinstance.service-now.com someuser somepassword|
|Database Server, Port, User, Password, Database Name||Settings to connect to your database|
The instance user name/ID cannot be an SSO user, it must be a local user that is given the 'perspectium' role and can invoke a processor.
|File Replicator Settings|
|FileName||The file you wish to replicate|
|Directory Replicator Settings|
|Directory||The directory you wish to share from|
Before we start the installation, it is recommended to create a user called perspectium and install the agent as that user.
ubuntu@ip-10-221-138-246:~$ sudo adduser perspectium Adding user `perspectium' ... Adding new group `perspectium' (1001) ... Adding new user `perspectium' (1001) with group `perspectium' ... Creating home directory `/home/perspectium' ... Copying files from `/etc/skel' ... Enter new UNIX password: Retype new UNIX password: passwd: password updated successfully Changing the user information for perspectium Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default Full Name : Perspectium Room Number : Work Phone : Home Phone : Other : Is the information correct? [Y/n] Y ubuntu@ip-10-221-138-246:~$
Next, login or sudo to the perspectium user and copy or download the agent installation file into it. See Download. If your download is currently zipped, you can use the following command to unzip it.
perspectium@ip-10-221-138-246:~/Perspectium_Replicator$ unzip perspectium-replicator-installer.zip Archive: ../perspectium-replicator-installer.zip inflating: perspectium-replicator-installer.jar
To run the installer from a linux console using a GUI, type the following:
java -jar ./perspectium-replicator-installer.jar
The following is an example of the installation script when run in console mode (no GUI) using the “-console” switch
perspectium@ip-10-221-138-246:~/Perspectium_Replicator$ java -jar perspectium-replicator-installer.jar -console Mar 16, 2015 2:01:17 PM INFO: Logging initialized at level 'INFO' Mar 16, 2015 2:01:17 PM INFO: Commandline arguments: Mar 16, 2015 2:01:18 PM INFO: Detected platform: ubuntu_linux,version=3.2.0-40-virtual,arch=x64,symbolicName=null,javaVersion=1.7.0_25 Welcome to the installation of Perspectium Replicator Agent 3.1.9! This software is developed by: - Perspectium Corporation <email@example.com> Press 1 to continue, 2 to quit, 3 to redisplay
Press 1 to continue. You will now be presented with the End User License Agreement.
SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE (“SAAS “) TERMS OF SERVICE FOR END-USERS THE SERVICE PROVIDERS (DEFINED BELOW) ARE WILLING TO GRANT YOU RIGHTS TO ESTABLISH AN ACCOUNT AND TO USE THE WEB SERVICES (DEFINED BELOW) ONLY UPON THE CONDITION THAT YOU ACCEPT ALL OF THE TERMS CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT. PLEASE READ THE SERVICE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. BY CLICKING ON "I ACCEPT", YOU WILL INDICATE YOUR AGREEMENT WITH THEM. IF YOU ARE ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF A COMPANY OR OTHER LEGAL ENTITY OR PERSON, YOUR ACCEPTANCE REPRESENTS THAT YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO BIND SUCH ENTITY OR PERSON TO THESE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS, OR IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO BIND YOUR ENTITY OR PERSON, THEN THE SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE UNWILLING TO GRANT YOU RIGHTS TO ACCESS AND USE THE WEB SERVICES. SAAS TERMS OF SERVICE AGREEMENT Effective Date as of first day Perspectium services commence. 1. Definitions. 1.1. Parties. 1.1.1. This is an agreement by and among the originator of the Web Services (the Primary Service Provider), the party that offered and sold you the Web Services (the ‚Secondary Service Provider, which will be Perspectium or a Perspectium authorized reseller), and you. 1.1.2. Both the Primary Service Provider and the Secondary Service Provider will be referred to collectively as the Service Provider, and both will have full Press Enter to continue, X to exit
Press Enter to continue until the end of the agreement. There are about 20 pages of this document.
... 40. Miscellaneous. This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and merges all prior communications, understandings, and agreements. This Agreement may be modified only by a written agreement signed by the parties. The failure of either party to enforce at any time any of the provisions hereof shall not be a waiver of such provision, or any other provision, or of the right of such party thereafter to enforce any provision hereof. The application the United Nations Convention of Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded. This license is written in English, and English is its controlling Press Enter to continue, X to exit Press 1 to accept, 2 to reject, 3 to redisplay
Press 1 to accept the agreement. You will now be asked for the installation destination, this is where the agent files will be copied.
If you have a previous agent already installed in the destination directory, it will be overridden.
Select target path [/home/perspectium/Perspectium Replicator Agent]
You may press Enter to select the default or type in a new one. Please keep the directory within the home of the perspectium user. Next, the installer will scan your path for a suitable JDK or JRE and suggest the path for it.
Please choose the directory of your installed Java JDK or JRE (version 1.7.0 or higher) [/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-amd64/jre]
If this is the right JDK or JRE (See Agent Requirements ), press Enter to select or enter a different path. You will now be asked to supply the Perspectium Cloud Server host name.
Enter the information for accessing the Perspectium Cloud Server: Server:  server10.perspectium.com
Enter the supplied hostname and press enter to continue. Next, enter the user, password, and name of the agent.
User: [demo] Password: [demo] Enter the information for your agent: Name:  demo_agent
You will now be asked to select the type of agent to install. Depending on which type, additional information may be required. For example you may be asked for database credentials for subscribing to ServiceNow and writing to a local database.
Type: 0 [x] MySQL Replicator 1 [ ] MSSQL Replicator 2 [ ] Oracle Replicator 3 [ ] File Replicator 4 [ ] Directory Replicator input selection:
After entering the agent type information, you will now be prompted for the decryption key, maximum number of records to read and the interval between reads. The decryption key should be the same as the encryption key you would have set, e.g. in ServiceNow. See Encryption.
Decryption Key: [The cow jumped over the moon] Max Reads:  Polling Interval (sec): 
The installer will now complete its task and copy the files to the target directory, you should see the following output.
[ Starting to unpack ] [ Processing package: core (1/2) ] [ Processing package: (2/2) ] [ Unpacking finished ] [ Starting processing ] Starting process Update wrapper.conf (1/3) Updating wrapper.conf... wrapper.conf configuration complete. Starting process Update license.txt (2/3) Updating license.txt... license.txt configuration complete. Starting process Update config.xml (3/3) Updating config.xml... config.xml configuration complete. Installation was successful application installed on /home/perspectium/Perspectium Replicator Agent [ Writing the uninstaller data ... ] [ Console installation done ]
After successful installation of the agent, the user is given an option to generate an automatic install script on the last panel of the agent installer. This is useful to install an agent on another machine using the same settings.
You can execute the auto-install.xml by running the following command:
java -jar perspectium-replicator-installer.jar auto-install.xml
Note: The user must copy and paste the created auto-install.xml along with the perspectium-replicator-installer.jar in the same folder or directory and issue the command stated above.
After the initial set up, you can look at your configuration within the agent.xml file of the conf directory. Here you will see a generic task set up with the credentials you have just input. You can either run it now, however, it is recommended to run our tool to test and validate your current connections. It will run through your Message Bus Connections, Database Connections, and Instance Connections (to ServiceNow or elsewhere) as you have prescribed.
Following these connections it will notify you which pieces failed as well as other diagnostic information about your current configuration. To see how to run this test see here.
Since we want the Replicator agent to run all the time, we'll make sure that it is automatically started when the computer is started. We will first want to verify a few components by performing a couple of tasks.
First, let's check that our agent is not currently running by issuing the command:
This should output:
Perspectium Replicator Agent is not running.
In order to make sure that the replicator agent will run we can issue this command to validate the configuration:
After this shows a successful validation we should run our agent before installing it as a service just to verify the normal processing. This can be done by executing the command:
And you should see a message similar to the following:
Starting Perspectium Replicator Agent... Waiting for Perspectium Replicator Agent.... running: PID:12345
Before proceeding to the installation, it is advisable to share out a couple of test records into your database in order to ensure that the agent is subscribing to the data as expected.
Once the above step has been completed with no problems, we can go ahead and stop the agent by entering the following command:
You should see a message similar to the following:
Stopping Perspectium Replicator Agent... Stopped Perspectium Replicator Agent.
Finally, to install the agent as a service, we use the following command:
To ensure that the installer has successfully set up the agent as a service, let's check the status of the agent. It should now be called through “service ReplicatorAgent start/stop” instead of “bin/agent start/stop”
sudo service ReplicatorAgent status
which should output something similar to:
Perspectium Replicator Agent is running: PID:1234, Wrapper:STARTED, Java:STARTED
Then, we can start it (if we have not yet):
sudo service ReplicatorAgent start
… or stop it:
sudo service ReplicatorAgent stop
If you are upgrading a previously installed agent to a newer release, you will need to stop the currently running agent. Once the agent is stopped, you may proceed to run the install procedure described above. Note that if you generated an automatic installation script with your previous installation, you can run the installer from the command line and pass the automatic installation file as a parameter. Doing so will cause the installer to run and use all the settings you specified in the previous installation. You will not be prompted for this information.
To run the installer with an auto installation script, open a command window and change to the directory where the new installer jar file resides. Next you should locate the auto installation script from your previous install. It is usually in the top directory of the agent installation and if you accepted the default name will be called “auto-install.xml”.
Once you know the location, copy and paste the auto-intall.xml into the same folder or directory as the perspectium-replicator-installer.jar. Now you can run the following command making sure to use the correct name of the installer jar file:
java -jar perspectium-replicator-installer.jar auto-install.xml