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Pentaho® Solutions: Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing with Pentaho and MySQL® by Jos van Dongen, Roland Bouman

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Chapter 3. Server Installation and Configuration

In this chapter, you learn the basic tasks involved in configuring the Pentaho BI Server. In addition, we introduce you to setting up and working with the Pentaho Administration Console (PAC).

Server Configuration

As we illustrated in Chapter, you can run the Pentaho BI Server immediately after downloading and unzipping the software. However, the default configuration is typically not sufficient for production purposes for the following reasons:

  • The BI Server is not configured to start automatically when the operating system reboots.

  • Initially, the BI Server will be accessible only from port 8080, which might conflict with another service running on your machine.

  • Some features, such as e-mail messaging and publishing BI content, require extra configuration in order for them to work at all.

  • By default, an in-memory HSQLDB database is used for all system databases, and you might want to use an RDBMS that you are more familiar with instead.

  • You may need to supply extra JDBC drivers in order to connect to a particular RDBMS.

In this chapter, we describe how to alter the default configuration of the Pentaho BI Server. Although we do not provide an in-depth guide to Pentaho Server administration and configuration, this chapter covers how some of its major components are controlled.

Installation

We already described how to download and extract the Pentaho BI Server. If necessary, see Chapter 1 for detailed instructions. The unpacked directory contains ...

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