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Silently installing Portal for ArcGIS on Linux

The following steps guide you through the Portal for ArcGIS silent installation process.

Note:

Upgrading to 10.6? For more information, see About upgrading Portal for ArcGIS.

Preparing to install Portal for ArcGIS

  1. Verify that your site meets the minimum system requirements.
  2. Log in to your machine as a user with administrative privileges. You cannot install Portal for ArcGIS as a root user.
  3. Open the ports as described in Ports used by Portal for ArcGIS.
  4. Close all noncritical applications on your server.
  5. Browse to the downloaded folder containing the Portal for ArcGIS setup or insert the Portal for ArcGIS media into the appropriate drive to automatically launch the setup program.

You are now ready to proceed with the Portal for ArcGIS installation.

Install Portal for ArcGIS silently on Linux

  1. Before beginning the installation, read the license agreement located at <CD_ROOT or untar directory>/Documentation/EULA.pdf and accept the terms.
  2. Run the setup silently at the prompt. See sample syntax below:

    <CD_ROOT or untar directory>/Setup -m silent -l yes

    Usage: Setup [Options]

    OptionDescription

    -m; --mode MODE

    Optional. Defaults to GUI.

    MODE is one of the following: silent, console, or gui.

    -l; --license-agreement CHOICE

    Required for silent mode. CHOICE can be Yes or No.

    Yes indicates that you have read and agreed to the Esri Master Agreement (E204, E300). Please visit http://www.esri.com/legal/licensing-translations to read the agreement.

    -a; --authorization-file FULL_PATH_TO_AUTHORIZATION_FILE

    Optional. If this option is not used, you will need to authorize the software after installation. FULL_PATH_TO_AUTHORIZATION_FILE is the full, absolute path to an .ecp or .prvc file provided by Esri.

    FULL_PATH_TO_AUTHORIZATION_FILE examples:

    --authorization-file /home/user/ArcGIS_Portal.ecp

    -a /data/auth_files/ArcGIS_Portal.prvc

    -d; --directory DIRECTORY

    Optional. By default, Portal for ArcGIS is installed in the user's $HOME directory. DIRECTORY specifies a different installation directory.

    The path /arcgis/portal is appended to the installation directory.

    If you're pointing the setup to a previous installation directory, the content in that directory is automatically used in the new installation. Content from installations prior to version 10.2 are not supported.

    -v; --verbose

    Installer runs in verbose mode.

    -h; --help

    Displays command line help and exits.

    -e; --examples

    Displays usage examples of these options and exits.

    Note:

    At 10.6, you can also use the createportal command line utility to create a new portal once Portal for ArcGIS has been installed.

  3. Configure Portal for ArcGIS to be started with the operating system by following these instructions:
    1. Switch to root user.
    2. Copy the <Portal for ArcGIS installation directory>/framework/etc/arcgisportal shell script to the appropriate supported Linux distribution-based locations provided below:
      • RHEL: /etc/rc.d/init.d/
      • SUSE: /etc/init.d/
    3. Change the directory to the applicable init.d folder, and check the arcgisportal script to make sure that root has at least read and execute permissions.
    4. Edit the script as follows:
      1. Update the portalhome variable to the Portal for ArcGIS installation directory, for example, /home/username/arcgis/portal.

      2. For RHEL only, add the line below just before # Description: Portal for ArcGIS Service:

        # chkconfig: 35 99 01

      3. Save the edits to the arcgisportal script.

    5. Still as root user, run the following commands to automatically create the links in /etc/rc*.d with the appropriate run levels:
      • RHEL:
        $ chkconfig --add arcgisportal
        $ chkconfig arcgisportal on
      • SUSE:
        $ insserv arcgisportal
        $ chkconfig arcgisportal on
    6. End the root user session.
    7. Reboot the operating system, and verify that Portal for ArcGIS restarts properly.

Using the createportal command line utility to create a portal

At 10.6, you can use the createportal command line utility to create a new portal once Portal for ArcGIS has been installed. Two options available for using the createportal utility are as follows:

  • Run the createportal utility as an administrator from a command prompt and specify the first name, last name, user name, password, email, secret question, answer, and content directory parameters.
  • Provide a createportal.properties file containing specified parameters.

For the usage of the createportal command line utility, run the createportal.sh script with -h or -help as shown below:

<Portal for ArcGIS Installation Directory>/tools/createportal/createportal.sh -help

Example usage with the utility: createportal.sh [-fn <arg>] [-ln <arg>] [-u <arg>] [-p <arg>] [-e <arg>] [-qi <arg>] [-qa <arg>] [-d <arg>]

Example usage using a file: createportal.sh [-f <FILE>]

OptionDescription

-fn; --firstname

First name for an initial administrative account used to configure the portal.

Ensure multiple-word entries are enclosed in quotes.

-ln; --lastname

Last name for an initial administrative account used to configure the portal.

Ensure multiple-word entries are enclosed in quotes.

-u; --username

User name for an initial administrative account used to configure the portal.

User name can be composed of numbers 0–9, the ASCII letters a–z and A–Z, and the dot character (.).

-p; --password

Password for the initial administrative account used to configure the portal.

Password can be composed of numbers 0–9, the ASCII letters a–z and A–Z, and the dot character (.).

-e; --email

Email address for an initial administrative account used to configure the portal.

-qi; --question

Index of the secret question to retrieve a forgotten password. Available questions with respective index numbers are as follows:

  • 1, What city were you born in?
  • 2, What was your high school mascot?
  • 3, What is your mother's maiden name?
  • 4, What was the make of your first car?
  • 5, What high school did you go to?
  • 6, What is the last name of your best friend?
  • 7, What is the middle name of your youngest sibling?
  • 8, What is the name of the street on which you grew up?
  • 9, What is the name of your favorite fictional character?
  • 10, What is the name of your favorite pet?
  • 11, What is the name of your favorite restaurant?
  • 12, What is the title of your favorite book?
  • 13, What is your dream job?
  • 14, Where did you go on your first date?

-qa; --answer

Answer to the secret question you chose for the parameter -qi .

Ensure multiple-word entries are enclosed in quotes.

-d; --contentDirectory

Absolute path and name of the content directory used to store data hosted in the portal.

By default, the portal content directory will be created locally at this location:

C:\arcgisportal

or

\\<Absolute path to>\<Content Directory>

-f; --file

The properties file for the createportal utility.

By default, the createportal.properties file can be found at this location:

<Portal for ArcGIS Installation Directory>\tools\createportal

-h; --help

Displays command line help and exits.

Example of the createportal.properties file:

#
# Portal for ArcGIS site creation properties
#
# First name for initial administrator account
PORTAL_ADMIN_FIRSTNAME =

# Last name for initial administrator account
PORTAL_ADMIN_LASTNAME =

# User name for initial administrator account
# Can only have the numbers 0-9, the ASCII letters a-z, A-Z and the dot character (.)
PORTAL_ADMIN_USERNAME =

# Password for primary site administrator.
# Can only have the numbers 0-9, the ASCII letters a-z, A-Z and the dot character (.)
PORTAL_ADMIN_PASSWORD =

# Initially, leave PORTAL_ADMIN_PASSWORD_ENCRYPTED set to false.
# When you run the tool the first time, the password will be
# encrypted and PORTAL_ADMIN_PASSWORD_ENCRYPTED will change to true
PORTAL_ADMIN_PASSWORD_ENCRYPTED = false

# E-mail address for initial administrator account
# e.g username@domain.com
PORTAL_ADMIN_EMAIL =

#This is the index of the secret question to retrieve a forgotten password. 
#The list of questions with their respective index numbers is as follows:
#1, What city were you born in?"
#2, What was your high school mascot?"
#3, What is your mother's maiden name?"
#4, What was the make of your first car?"
#5, What high school did you go to?"
#6, What is the last name of your best friend?"
#7, What is the middle name of your youngest sibling?"
#8, What is the name of the street on which you grew up?"
#9, What is the name of your favorite fictional character?"
#10, What is the name of your favorite pet?"
#11, What is the name of your favorite restaurant?"
#12, What is the title of your favorite book?"
#13, What is your dream job?"
#14, Where did you go on your first date?");
PORTAL_ADMIN_SECURITY_QUESTION_INDEX =

# Answer to the secret question
PORTAL_ADMIN_SECURITY_QUESTION_ANSWER =

# Portal content directory where portal will store default and user-generated content.
# By default, the portal content directory will be created locally, 
# e.g C:\\arcgisportal or \\\\<Absolute path to>\\<Content Directory>
PORTAL_CONTENT_DIRECTORY =

You will receive a message that the portal is created successfully before the tool exits.