Chapter 9. Configuring KIE Server to connect to Business Central

Warning

This section provides a sample setup that you can use for testing purposes. Some of the values are unsuitable for a production environment, and are marked as such.

If a KIE Server is not configured in your Red Hat Process Automation Manager environment, or if you require additional KIE Servers in your Red Hat Process Automation Manager environment, you must configure a KIE Server to connect to Business Central.

Note

If you are deploying KIE Server on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, see the Deploying a Red Hat Process Automation Manager environment on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4 using Operators document for instructions about configuring it to connect to Business Central.

KIE Server can be managed or unmanaged. If KIE Server is unmanaged, you must manually create and maintain KIE containers (deployment units). If KIE Server is managed, the Process Automation Manager controller manages the KIE Server configuration and you interact with the Process Automation Manager controller to create and maintain the KIE containers.

Note

Make the changes described in this section if KIE Server is managed by Business Central and you have installed Red Hat Process Automation Manager from the ZIP files. If you have installed Business Central, you can use the headless Process Automation Manager controller to manage KIE Server, as described in Chapter 10, Installing and running the headless Process Automation Manager controller.

Prerequisites

  • Business Central and KIE Server are installed in the base directory of the Red Hat JBoss EAP installation (EAP_HOME).
Note

You must install Business Central and KIE Server on different servers in production environments. In this sample situation, we use only one user named controllerUser, containing both rest-all and the kie-server roles. However, if you install KIE Server and Business Central on the same server, for example in a development environment, make the changes in the shared standalone-full.xml file as described in this section.

  • Users with the following roles exist:

    • In Business Central, a user with the role rest-all
    • On the KIE Server, a user with the role kie-server

Procedure

  1. In your Red Hat Process Automation Manager installation directory, navigate to the standalone-full.xml file. For example, if you use a Red Hat JBoss EAP installation for Red Hat Process Automation Manager, go to $EAP_HOME/standalone/configuration/standalone-full.xml.
  2. Open the standalone-full.xml file and under the <system-properties> tag, set the following JVM properties:

    Table 9.1. JVM Properties for the KIE Server instance

    PropertyValueNote

    org.kie.server.id

    default-kie-server

    The KIE Server ID.

    org.kie.server.controller

    http://localhost:8080/business-central/rest/controller

    The location of Business Central. The URL for connecting to the API of Business Central.

    org.kie.server.controller.user

    controllerUser

    The user name with the role rest-all who can log in to the Business Central.

    org.kie.server.controller.pwd

    controllerUser1234;

    The password of the user who can log in to the Business Central.

    org.kie.server.location

    http://localhost:8080/kie-server/services/rest/server

    The location of the KIE Server. The URL for connecting to the API of KIE Server.

    Table 9.2. JVM Properties for the Business Central instance

    PropertyValueNote

    org.kie.server.user

    controllerUser

    The user name with the role kie-server.

    org.kie.server.pwd

    controllerUser1234;

    The password of the user.

    The following example shows how to configure a KIE Server instance:

    <property name="org.kie.server.id" value="default-kie-server"/>
    <property name="org.kie.server.controller" value="http://localhost:8080/business-central/rest/controller"/>
    <property name="org.kie.server.controller.user" value="controllerUser"/>
    <property name="org.kie.server.controller.pwd" value="controllerUser1234;"/>
    <property name="org.kie.server.location" value="http://localhost:8080/kie-server/services/rest/server"/>

    The following example shows how to configure a for Business Central instance:

    <property name="org.kie.server.user" value="controllerUser"/>
    <property name="org.kie.server.pwd" value="controllerUser1234;"/>
  3. To verify that KIE Server starts successfully, send a GET request to http://SERVER:PORT/kie-server/services/rest/server/ when KIE Server is running. For more information about running Red Hat Process Automation Manager on KIE Server, see Running Red Hat Process Automation Manager.

    After successful authentication, you receive an XML response similar to the following example:

    <response type="SUCCESS" msg="Kie Server info">
        <kie-server-info>
            <capabilities>KieServer</capabilities>
            <capabilities>BRM</capabilities>
            <capabilities>BPM</capabilities>
            <capabilities>CaseMgmt</capabilities>
            <capabilities>BPM-UI</capabilities>
            <capabilities>BRP</capabilities>
            <capabilities>DMN</capabilities>
            <capabilities>Swagger</capabilities>
            <location>http://localhost:8230/kie-server/services/rest/server</location>
            <messages>
                <content>Server KieServerInfo{serverId='first-kie-server', version='7.5.1.Final-redhat-1', location='http://localhost:8230/kie-server/services/rest/server', capabilities=[KieServer, BRM, BPM, CaseMgmt, BPM-UI, BRP, DMN, Swagger]}started successfully at Mon Feb 05 15:44:35 AEST 2018</content>
                <severity>INFO</severity>
                <timestamp>2018-02-05T15:44:35.355+10:00</timestamp>
            </messages>
            <name>first-kie-server</name>
            <id>first-kie-server</id>
            <version>7.5.1.Final-redhat-1</version>
        </kie-server-info>
    </response>
  4. Verify successful registration:

    1. Log in to Business Central.
    2. Click MenuDeployExecution Servers.

      If registration is successful, you will see the registered server ID.