Tag: Geospatial

Tweak network configurations of OpenGeo Suite Server

A completely web-based architecture OGS architecture such as the OpenGeo Suite means that a change in the IP address of the server where it is installed impacts radically operations of applications and services. It often happens, however, that the server on which the prototype has been developed becomes a machine directly used in production or even when the network is forced to migrate toward a different configuration then the OGS IP address has to be changed. What does it happen to the deployed applications and how to proceed without having to reinstall all over again?

Base installation of OGS on Windows servers

When installing from scratch the package of the OpenGeo Suite on Windows the applications are deployed into the Jetty container whose configuration drives the way how they are published on the Web (default value for IP address is 127.0.0.1). Therefore assuming that the target address for the OGS server will be for example 192.168.0.10, let’s see what are the steps to follow.

Step 1

  • Click on Start to go into command shell
  • Run “Cmd + Enter” and then
  • Edit the configuration file for the Jetty server
  • Change the IP address in the xml
  • Start the OpenGeo Suite from the Dashboard
  1. Open Start –> Programs –> OpenGeo Suite –> OpenSuite Dashboard
  2. Click on the Start button

OGS dashboard

    Once all services are up and running we can:

  • Verify the right behavior of OGS applications on the default port:
  1. Open a browser and enter the new URL GeoServer http://192.168.0.10:8080/geoserver
  2. Login to GeoServer

It remains to remedy to the visualization of the map projects that have been stored and exported from the GeoExplorer application. In fact, each project uses the URL of OGS server at the time of saving the map, and therefore requires adjustments if you do not want to generate the same project from scratch.
GeoExplorer is a map viewer/composer developed from the OpenGeo SDK that uses a SQLite database to store configurations of map projects.
Assuming that a map was saved with an URL like http://127.0.0.1:8080/geoexplorer/viewer/#maps/1 (let’s keep in mind the last number) then what do we need to do for recovering the operation after a change of IP address?

Step 2

Download a SQLite editor

Download the free editor SQLite Studio for MS Windows. It’s a binary that can be directly executed with no need for installation

Edit GeoExplorer database
  • Backup SQLite database. From the command shell in the HOME of the user run:
  • Open SQLite Studio and connect to geoexplorer.db
  • Open SQL query editor and run the following query to find the configurations of the map with id 1

  • GeoExplorer database result

      From the resultset:

    • Go into edit mode on the config field of the row and then make Copy of the value
    • Config field value
      In a text editor:

    • Paste into a new window
    • Find “127.0.0.1″ and replace with “192.168.0.10″
    • Copy the whole modified text
    • Back to SQLite studio, paste and overwrite the config field value
    • Commit the change in the table maps
    • Open a browser, enter the new URL of the map stored in GeoExplorer http://192.168.0.10:8080/geoexplorer/viewer/#maps/1 and the trick is done!

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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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OpenGeo Suite Linux Server Installation

In this post we want to explain how OpenGeo Suite can be easily and rapidly installed in a linux box. We assume to work on Linux but the same can be applied to Windows servers or Mac OS X machines equipped with a specific package.
However, given that we worked with several linux installations and that such installations are the most proper choice for the management in production environment, we now describe how it is easy to install it through an APT-GET repository.
Hereafter is our Ubuntu target server description [as VMware virtual machine on ESXi infrastructure]:

Server Value
OS Ubuntu 10.04 Linux 32-bit
Virtual Memory 2 GB
Virtual CPU 1

Run the following command shell as sudo.

First of all, import OpenGeo GPG key by executing:

Tip: Since sometime an error associated with “apt-key” command is displayed, check if some distro treats pipe differently and retype “sudo” or alternatively split that up.

Add the APT repository for OpenGeo Suite:

Update APT:

Execute a search for packages available:

Tip: The search has to return at least one result otherwise the repository hasn’t been added correctly.

Make OpenGeo Suite package (opengeo-suite) installed:

Post installation

Once the installation process is ended you can display the applications provided by the suite through an Apache Web Server.
To do this, enable a proxy into Apache. First of all, create a suitable configuration for it:

Then add a proxy-pass configuration for the local Tomcat container by setting:

Alternatively, use the script at this location here.

Finally, restart Apache by executing:

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