BizLink Install Part 2

Now we need some AS2 action. So I went to Parties (who doesn’t like parties??)

Since I already have an AS2 server I figured I would use it for testing against. So I grabbed its address and public cert, next I ran the AS2 Setup Quick Start Wizard that is on the welcome page.

This configured my local AS2 server I named it NFFCTEST and set the AS2 URL to reflect the ip of the system, I’m assuming I will set it to an external IP when I go into production.

It auto generated a cert for AS2 which was nice of it.

So now I needed to add an External Trading Partner

I gave it a name, typed in the AS2 Identifier and the AS2 URL. Originally I forgot to include the port (which made it not work of course)

I set a Customize Subject Header, and use EDI Message (I don’t know if this is correct, but it matches my other server settings)

I set the S/MIME Signed/Encrypted for the format type. For the Encryption Algo I set to DES3 168 (it defaults to AES 128) and signing algo to SHA1 160

I added the public cert that came from my other AS2 box.

I enabled Retry, 3 times, every 300 seconds.

I enabled Resend, 3 times, 1 every hour.

Then submit.

– Ok so that’s all fine and good. Now I need to get a file into this thing.

I went to Server, services. And then clicked add. Then added Directory Monitor Inbound. I created a folder and used an Include Mask of *.edi

I just specified the Originator / Recipient because I thought that was easiest!

I set the scan frequency for every 10 seconds, from 00:00 to 12:59 PM

Ok, now let’s drop a file in and see what happens.

If everything works you should see the file, and you should be able to click on it and get to this message tracking screen












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Stupid Adobe Reader XI, setting printer dialog Actual size

No matter what you do, this setting will not stick. To get it to stick

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\AVGeneral]

Bizlink install process part 1

The Bizlink install was a very straightforward process and it took me about an hour to complete. Go to the download site



I choose the 64bit version. It was pretty much a next, next, next install. I choose BizLink, New Installation, and installed onto a single machine. If you were going distributed I think the install could get much more complicated :) I accepted all of the default ports. I made a quick MS SQL database for it as well.

Next you need to install all of the various parts to run as a service, this is pretty easy you just go into the dir you installed bizlink, then app3.3.0\bin then do the below



Next, I had to license it. To do so you go to Setup > Licenses, Click Add, choose upload license file, and then give it a name.

One slightly tricky thing was I wanted to patch 3.3.0 to current. So I clicked on Software Patches, hmmm I see I think that’s what I want. I can never figure out if I have Bizlink or BizManager or whatever… anyways… hmm how to install. Oh yeah if I download BM_33017_Release_Notes.pdf  (that BM stands for BizManager and not bowel movement I guess) there are the instructions. Unzip the patch to /app3.3.0 and the go into /app3.3.0/bin/ and Run as Administrator on the installpatch.bat

Easy peasy. Next post, how to get AS2 up and running

Bizlink, Axway, Liaison comparing EDI platforms

So it’s impossible to compare EDI platforms since no one wants to give me a trial copy to test. When we were evaluating SANS the Equallogic folks dropped one off and said here yeah go, take it for a spin. Those were people that were proud of their software. We bought an Equallogic. Why are they so ashamed? Anyways, we ended up going with Bizlink for the moment. So far the install process was straightforward, it took less than an hour. I’m working on configuring some trading partners. We will see how it ends up.

sflow, juniper, and SolarWinds Real-time NetFlow Analyzer

Always wanting to monitor more and more the things, I finally decided to get some sort of flow monitoring thingy going. The SolarWinds Real-time NetFlow Analyzer looked cool, and was pretty easy to get up and running. For our Juniper I followed these instructions

Basically I used putty to SSH into the switch.

Type configure

[edit protocols]
set sflow collector udp-port 5600
set sflow interfaces ge-0/0/0
set sflow polling-interval 20
set sflow sample-rate egress 1000
I also added
set sflow sample-rate ingress 1000
then type commit

Centos 6.5, nagios, zenoss, monitoring windows time

So installed Centos 6.5, choose Redhat 64bit version, this uses the vmxnet3 device.

Install as typical

Next add this repository

Then install nagios

yum -y install nagios nagios-plugins-all nagios-plugins-nrpe nrpe php httpd

(we need check_nrpe)

Next install Zenoss like here

You will have to use yum remove mysql-libs-5.7.71-1.e16.x86_64

Then disable the firewall (if its an internal box of course) I use setup

Then login to yourhost:8080

Download   (version 2.5)

Download   (I used version 2.1)

Go to Advanced, ZenPacks, then load the constructionkit and the NRPE_Component


Now on your windows machine install

Then copy the .bat file from these instructions

And set it up like this post

1) Go to the Device Status Page of the server you want to add the
check to (enter the device name in the search box at top right)
2) From the “+” drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen, select “Add Remote Nagios”, and enter the “command” and “alias”.

the command is check_windows_time

3) when the screen refreshes, select the “NRPE Components”, then
the newly created component on the right
4) below that there is a drop-down menu, from which you can select “Details”
5) The “arglist” parameter can be set in the text box on that Details pane.

From the page you are on, select “Graphs” -> “Details”

then in Arguments type



I then tested by screwing up the time on the machine to make sure the alert fires!

the end




Zenoss and NRPE and oh my

Sos I’ve been messing with zenoss, I tried nagios for awhile as well as FAN (fully automated nagios) but so far I have been liking zenoss better.

So, now I’m trying to get nsclient++ to work with zenoss so I can check the ntp.

So far a ran across this

because I wanted a quick way to check that nsclient++ was working.

Then I got the Received 0 bytes from daemon 

which happened because I was testing from a workstation and it was denying the connection, once I added that ip it was able to connect.

Of course then I got the request contained arguments (not currently allowed) so to turn that on I needed to use

nscp settings –generate –add-defaults –load-all

Then find it in two places!


; Section for NRPE (NRPEServer.dll) (check_nrpe) protocol options.

; COMMAND ARGUMENT PROCESSING – This option determines whether or not the we will allow clients to specify arguments to commands that are executed.
allow arguments = true

; COMMAND ALLOW NASTY META CHARS – This option determines whether or not the we will allow clients to specify nasty (as in |`&><‘”\[]{}) characters in arguments.
allow nasty characters = true


; Section for external scripts configuration options (CheckExternalScripts).
[/settings/external scripts]

; COMMAND ARGUMENT PROCESSING – This option determines whether or not the we will allow clients to specify arguments to commands that are executed.
allow arguments = true

; COMMAND ALLOW NASTY META CHARS – This option determines whether or not the we will allow clients to specify nasty (as in |`&><‘”\[]{}) characters in arguments.
allow nasty characters = true

Hmm so that finally go NRPE working, so now I execute this plugin

So I can wrap it in this zenoss plugin

but the force was not strong with me, I couldnt’ figure it out. But I have enjoyed messing with zenoss, so know I’m trying to get the WMI plugin to work

p.s. I did get it to work with help from the author!


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