Installing Verax NMS On SuSE, RedHat, And Debian


The Verax NMS can be installed on 32 and 64 bit Linux distributions
including: SuSE, RedHat Enterprise and Debian using i386 and x64
architectures. It can be also installed in any operating environment supporting Java
1.6 or higher (AS/400, FreeBSD and others).

Before the installation you should check:

  • The amount of available disk space on the installation
    drive (It needs about 650 MB of disk space to install and 2 GB of RAM
    to run).

  • Availability of target TCP port on the server (typically 80
    or other if non-default setting is to be used).

  • Availability of the database server (Database supporting
    ANSI SQL and JDBC standards)

Due to license limitations, the MySQL JDBC driver (a.k.a. the Java
connector) has to be manually downloaded from the Internet and copied
to the relevant NMS installation directories.



NOTE: This guide descibes
process of commercial non-free version of Verax NMS
(Linux/Unix installation
package is available for commercial version only). So, if you want to
Verax NMS Express (which
is free)
you should simply download virtual machine image
an you’re good to go (this tutorial will be useless).

  1. Download and unpack installation package (a tar.gz archive
    with Verax NMS web application and Tomcat server).

  2. Copy the installation files to a temporary directory (for
    instance /tmp), invoke the following command from the directory:

    chmod +x install.bin
  3. Next run the installation script: 

    follow the on-screen instructions as they appear.

The installation process consists of the following steps:

  1. Target directory selection (by default /opt/verax).
  2. (License Agreement)
  3. Discovery and selection of the Java Runtime Environment to
    be used (it can be changed after the installation in the java.conf file)

  4. TCP connection port selection. The default value is 8080.
    Availability of the port will be checked by the installer; however, if
    another application is using the selected port and is not running at
    installation time, the conflict will not be detected.

  5. The final stage of installation is adding startup scripts to /etc/init.d  for
    runlevels 3, 4, 5.


Validating The Installation

In order to check if the installation succeeded, run NMS from the
command line as presented below:


Once the server startup has been completed, point the browser to the
NMS server URL (e.g. http://localhost:8080).if(typeof __ez_fad_position != ‘undefined’){__ez_fad_position(‘div-gpt-ad-howtoforge_com-medrectangle-4-0’)};

If the configuration page is displayed, the installation was successful
and database settings can be configured. If possible, test NMS startup
after a reboot.



All the subsequent commands should be run in the root account context.
In order to change NMS startup at boot (or runlevel change) time, use
the chkconfig command.

Deactivate automatic startup of NMS at runlevel 3, run:

chkconfig --level 3 verax-nms off

Disable NMS completely, use the following command:if(typeof __ez_fad_position != ‘undefined’){__ez_fad_position(‘div-gpt-ad-howtoforge_com-box-4-0’)};

chkconfig --level 345 verax-nms off

Re-enable NMS startup at boot time (for levels 3, 4, 5), run:

chkconfig --level 345 verax-nms on

Runlevels at which NMS is running can be checked using:

chkconfig --list verax-nms

On Linux (and other UNIX systems) versions that do not support
the chkconfig command,
runlevel configuration for NMS is changed using the startup scripts as
shown below :




-s /etc/init.d/verax-nms /etc/rc3.d/S77verax-nms


Configuration File Directory

All the Verax NMS component configuration files are located in /etc/verax.d. The configuration
files have .properties


First Login

The administrator user account with the default password is created by
the NMS upon the first run. The default login and password are admin and pass.

Starting, stopping and
restarting NMS

In order to manage the status of the NMS service (or daemon on UNIX),
use the /etc/init.d/verax-nms

The example below provides instructions on how to restart the NMS
application server:



Third Party Management Library Installation

Some systems require additional installation of vendor provided
libraries, that cannot be bundled with Verax NMS due to licensing or
other reasons. These libraries typically come free of charge and can be
freely downloaded.

The libraries need to be copied to:


The following systems require additional management libraries:

  • MySQL   
    mysql-connector-java-5.1.14-bin.jar (available from MySQL download site)

  • IBM WebSphere  (the libraries above come
    with WebSphere distribution)

  • (downloaded


Tools Used

  • MySQL data base and MySQL JDBC driver: link
  • Verax NMS: link
  • IBM WebSphere libraries: link
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