Configure a Remote Data Collector

In order to safely connect a Metric Insights instance that is hosted on the cloud to data sources that live behind your firewall, you will need to download Insightd, a thin, remote data collection framework that can be used to run queries on behalf of Metric Insights.

Insightd will run on a machine behind your firewall and will periodically poll Metric Insights for the queries it needs to run. Once these queries are assigned and completed, the results are then securely posted back to the Metric Insights server to get turned into your visualizations.

If you encounter any problems you can troubleshoot your remote data collector setup.

1. Select 'Remote Data Collectors' from Admin menu

Select 'Remote Data Collectors' from Admin menu

2. Add a new remote data collector

  1. Give your new remote data collector a name
  2. Enter the hostname of your remote data source

Save

3. Click the name of the new remote data collector to edit it

3.1. Add a SQL database or Plug-in data source to the remote data collector

Note: A single remote data collector can connect to multiple data sources if they are all accessible through the same remote host.

3.2. Select your choice from the associated drop-down

Select your choice from the associated drop-down

Note: We will connect to Business Objects for demonstration purposes.

4. Finally, download the Insightd installer on to the machine your server

As mentioned in the overview, the insightd installer will need to run on a server behind your firewall. Metric Insights allows you to download a pre-configured package of Insightd to install on your machine.

5. Install insightd

Now, copy the downloaded file to the server that will be running Insightd.

Please refer to the following sections to install insightd on Windows and Linux servers.

If you encounter any problems you can troubleshoot your remote data collector setup.

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