Date: February 4th, 2012

Adding Geoserver’s extensions to OpenGeo Suite in production

OpenGeo Suite is smoothly installed in Ubuntu Server as documented here below, except for the database component because each web application is deployed into a Tomcat container. Such deployment is performed by copying the necessary applications installed with the suite to the webapps directory of Tomcat usually located at the following path /var/lib/tomcat6/webapps/. Specifically they are located in these directories while the installation is performed:

Component Web Archive Path
GeoServer geoserver.war /usr/share/opengeo-geoserver/
Dashboard dashboard.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/
GeoWebCache geowebcache.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/
GeoEditor geoeditor.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/
GeoExplorer geoexplorer.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/
Recipes recipes.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/

Tips: If you want to check if the web archives installed are those deployed into Tomcat, execute the md5sum command on each file


First of all, you have to check the Geoserver’s version currently installed by loading its default page available at http://localhost/geoserver. The extension to be downloaded has to correspond accordingly to the above-checked version.

Create a temporary directory in the user home:

For example you want to install the new data stores listed below by grabbing:

MySQL Data Store:

SQL Server Data Store:

Before performing all operations to take over the current installed Geoserver WAR with a more library extension, it is necessary to execute a backup of this version:

Then you can export the original web archive to a temporary directory:

Now it’s time to endorse the library directory with these new extensions:

At the end of this activity it is necessary to generate the new Web Archive as follows:

Then copy this new geoserver deployment into Tomcat:

Restart Tomcat and load GeoServer application again. A screen showing a new vector data store for SQL Server will be displayed!

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