MidVision RapidDeploy for Database Advanced on AWS

Amazon EC2 Installation and Support guide

1. Overview

This guide will provide step by step instructions how to start using the installed products on your AWS EC2 instance.

This AMI contains a ready-to-run MidVision RapidDeploy for Database Server and Enterprise Database Server on AWS base image at the selected version. In order to use this image, you need to launch it with your selected type, and log in via SSH to create and configure your database. 

Visit the MidVision RapidDeploy for Database Server and Enterprise Database Server pages on the AWS Marketplace

2. Launching an instance

In order to launch MidVision RapidDeploy for Database Server, a few settings need to be configured on the AWS console as follows. The instructions for launching an instance differ depending on where you launch from. Initially you will launch the instance from the AWS Marketplace.


 3. Initial login and setup

The MidVision RapidDeploy for Database products are shipped with a base binary installation with default SAMPLE database created. On the first login to the instance, you will be placed into a console wizard, which will guide you through the process of initial configuration steps. The following is an overview of the steps you will be guided through to get started with the installed products on the instance.

Once the instance has started up (you can see it by having ” 2/2 checks passed ” in EC2 console).

  1. Log onto the instance from the EC2 console or via SSH as the ‘ec2-user’ user, using the key you selected above.  For example:
    • From the EC2 console by clicking  the “Connect to your instance” button with username “ec2-user”, using the previously (instance launch-time) selected .pem keyfile.
    • Via SSH from your desktop, for example
      ssh -i ./MidVisionUSMC.pem ec2-user@ec2-52-87-198-23.compute-1.amazonaws.com
  2. You should see the MidVision banner and then you are placed in a setup wizard.
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    Please run 'sudo su - db2inst1' to start using provided services.
    Welcome, this is MidVisionCloud RapidDeploy and  IBM DB2 image first run configuration
    Note that you can rerun this configuration wizard again by executing /home/db2inst1/firstrunsetup.sh script
    Configuration steps
    1. Set RapidDeploy framework initial password
    2. Open ports on RHEL firewall
  3. On the first login to the instance, you will be placed into a console wizard, which will guide you through the process of initial configuration. After logging onto the instance via SSH as the ‘db2inst1’ user you will be placed in a setup wizard. The following is an overview of the steps you will be guided through to create the required profiles on the instance:
    1. Set initial password for RapidDeploy user “mvadmin”.
    2. Choose which ports to open on Red Hat Linux firewall. You should open port 9090 for the RapidDeploy web console if required. You should open the required ports for default database, typically 50000.

    All inputs asking for specific data can be left as blank just by hitting  [return] , which will pick the default value displayed at the end of the question. Please refer to IBM documentation for DB2 configuration.

  4. The wizard finishes with the following output:
    Configuration finished, you may now start using RapidDeploy services and other software. Web user interfaces are available on:
    DB2 sample database JDBC url: jdbc:db2://[publicip]:50000/SAMPLE (use db2inst1 user credentials)
    RapidDeploy: [publicip]:9090/MidVision

    Note that initially db2inst1 user password is empty. You are free to change it if necessary.

  5. You can test the connection to db2 SAMPLE database using following commands:
    [db2inst1@ip-172-30-0-34 ~]$ db2
    (c) Copyright IBM Corporation 1993,2007
    Command Line Processor for DB2 Client
    You can issue database manager commands and SQL statements from the command 
    prompt. For example:
        db2 => connect to sample
        db2 => bind sample.bnd
    For general help, type: ?.
    For command help, type: ? command, where command can be
    the first few keywords of a database manager command. For example:
     ? CATALOG DATABASE for help on the CATALOG DATABASE command
     ? CATALOG          for help on all of the CATALOG commands.
    To exit db2 interactive mode, type QUIT at the command prompt. Outside 
    interactive mode, all commands must be prefixed with 'db2'.
    To list the current command option settings, type LIST COMMAND OPTIONS.
    For more detailed help, refer to the Online Reference Manual.
    db2 => connect to SAMPLE
       Database Connection Information
     Database server        = DB2/LINUXX8664
     SQL authorization ID   = DB2INST1
     Local database alias   = SAMPLE

4. Accessing the web console

4.1 Access the RapidDeploy Web Console

RapidDeploy server and agent will start up automatically when you start your instance. You can access the web console on:


Note: make sure you have port 9090 open in your Security group when trying to access RapidDeploy web console. For the first time, you can set the password for the default username ‘ mvadmin ‘. 

5. Connecting to DB2 database from remote db client

5.1 Connecting to SAMPLE database from remote db2 client

In order to connect to the database running on our db2 instance you need to make sure your connection settings are correct:

  • Necessary ports are open in your security group and internal firewall (default 50000 for SAMPLE database)
  • The password for db2inst1 user is set (by default the password is empty)
  • You use correct db2 drivers,
  • Some of the db2 clients (dbeaver, RazorSQL) require specific operating system permissions for some of the files in ~/sqllib/security (https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/database-connection-fails-authentication-error-sql1639n). Please follow these steps as a root user to change permissions
# cd /home/db2inst1/sqllib/security
# chown root:root db2chpw
# chown root:root db2ckpw
# chmod u+s db2chpw
# chmod u+s db2ckpw

Then as db2inst1 user:

# db2stop
# db2start

6. Maintaining the installation

The following sections cover some of the activities you might want to perform after the instance has been started.
  • db2inst1: This is the default user, which you can log in as. It is permitted to use all SUDO rights. To switch to the root user, type “sudo su“.
  • root:      This is the superuser in linux systems. You can log in as any other user without using passwords. E.g: “su ec2-user“, “su db2inst1
  • ec2-user:  This user has also SUDO rights. If you want to switch back to root user, type “exit“, this will take you back to the previous user session.

RHEL instances are shipped with a firewall by default to protect your machine. For security reasons, the instance is only accessible via SSH (port 22) at first, so further ports can be opened on the firewall as needed. You will need to open all the ports in this internal firewall, which you have open in your Security group. There is a script placed in the user home of the db2inst1 user (/home/db2inst1), which is also the starting location when logged in. You will need to be the root user to run this script. Example usage:

[db2inst1@ ] sudo ./open-firewall.sh 9090
Open firewall port 9090 iptables: Saving firewall rules to /etc/sysconfig/iptables:[ OK ]

There are a few scripts and other files in db2inst1 and root users home directory, which will need to remain unchanged in order to keep the provided scripts working. There are a set of scripts in db2inst1 home directory. Those scripts are executed when logging into the instance controlled by  .bash_profile , but you can also execute them manually whenever they are needed. There are some hidden files used as well,  .firstrun  indicates that the setup wizard has already ran once.

To restart RapidDeploy manually from the filesystem, use the rapiddeploy linux service. The RapidDeploy version is 5.0.5. RapidDeploy home is located at /var/rd/midvision Example usage:

[db2inst1@ ] sudo service rapiddeploystart start 
[db2inst1@ ] sudo service rapiddeploystart stop

The RapidDeploy server uses an in-memory database, so your RapidDeploy framework needs to be shut down properly to save your work. This happens when the instance is stopping or when calling the stop service manually from the command line. Note that on instance restart, unsaved data will be lost.

For security reasons, you will need to change the default password (default value is ‘[instance-id]‘) for user mvadmin. This will be requested the first time only when you log in to the RapidDeploy server.

7. Troubleshooting

7.1 Session loss during setup

If you lose your SSH connection to the target instance during the first run setup script execution (e.g. as a result of a network problem), we advise you to delete and recreate the EC2 instance and run the script again.

7.2 Contacting MidVision support

Please visit our support website.