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MFT Agent Installation

OpCon MFT Requires OpCon version 22.0 or greater.

Before starting an installation, an updated OpCon License key including an OpConMFT Agent type must be obtained. Failure to do this will result in a license Violation when the defined OpCon MFT agent is activated in opCon and will result in OpCon termination if the activated OpConMFT Agent is not deactivated within the specified time.

The OpCon MFT environment consists of an OpCon MFT Agent and the SMAMftAgentProxy that provides the communication link between OpCon and the OpCon MFT Agent.

The SMAMftAgentProxy is contained within the SMANetCom environment and is installed automatically when the core SMA OpCon component is installed.

The SMAMftAgentProxy uses the new SMANetCom Rest-API module and provides the communications link between OpCon and the OpCon MFT Agent Rest-API. There is a one to one relationship between an OpCon environment and an OpCon MFT Agent is due to the authentication token used between OpCon and the OpCon MFT Agent. Part of the configuration process is to retrieve the token value from the OpCon MFT Agent and store this in the OpCon agent record.

OpCon MFT Agent Installation

The OpCon MFT Agent software can be downloaded using the OpCon Web Installer. It is listed as SMA OpConMFT under the Agents section. The software currently only has a download option. Once down loaded, the installer can be started manually outside the OpCon Web Installer.

The agent installation consists of executing the installer program and answering a single license acceptance message. After the installation, if a system restart is required, restart the system.

Retrieve the OpCon MFT Agent Port Number

After the restart, the port number for communication with OpCon that was automatically configured during the installation process must be retrieved from the OpCon MFT Agent.

Select the OpConMFT n.nn menu item and then the OpConMFT n.nn Configurator menu item.

This opens the Configurator Software.

Select the Scheduler option from the tree view and then the Scheduler Settings. The port number will be displayed in the UI Port field.

Enable Use SSL/TLS

The connection between OpCon and the OpCon MFT Agent requires a https connection instead of the default http connection.

Using the Configurator, define a self-signed certificate or extract the information to request purchase a certificate from a CA authority. Select the TLS Certificates option from the tree view and select create.

Enter the information for the certificate.

City/TownEnter the name of your city or town.
OrganizationEnter the name of your organization.
State/Province/RegionEnter the name of the area you are located in.
Common NameEnter a name for the certificate (i.e. OpConMFTxxx - where xxx is a unique value in case you more than one OpCon MFT Agent).
CountryEnter the name of your country.
UnitEnter the name of your unit within your organization.
PasswordEnter a password that will be associated with the certificate.
Verify PasswordRe-enter the password.
E-mail AddressEnter a valid email address that will be associated with the certificate.

Select Create Self Signed to create a certificate or Create Signing Request to produce the information to purchase a certificate from a CA.

On the Scheduler Settings screen, ensure that the Use SSL/TLS option is selected.

Now select the browse option next to the Use SSL/TLS field and select the self-signed certificate you created or a certificate you imported.

OpCon MFT Agent Scheduler Settings Tab

Define Email SMTP Server Connection

The OpCon MFT Agent can be configured to send notifications (emails). To enable notifications, a SMTP Server connection must be completed.

Select the OutBound Email (SMTP) option from the tree view and then Add button.

OpCon MFT Agent Notifications Server

Set the required options to configure the connection to the SMTP service. The same SMTP service used for OpCon Notifications can be used for OpCon MFT Notifications.

Site NameEnter a name to define the SMTP connection.
Server URL / IP AddressEnter the address of the SMTP service.
Server PortAdjust the port number if required (default 25).
UserId / PasswordEnter credentials for the SMTP service.
No TLS / Explicit TLS / Implicit TLSSelect the TLS option for the SMTP service.
FromEnter the name to be used as the sender of all notifications from the OpCon MFT Agent.
Send ToEnter a recipient address that will be used when the Test button is selected.

Select the Test button to send a test message. During this process, if the connection fails, the software test various TLS and port options to obtain a valid connection.

Once these changes have been made, restart the OpConMFT Service.

After the OpCon MFT agent is installed, a new token value is available for download for a short period of time. If the OpCon MFT OpCon Agent configuration is not completed within this specified time an error message will be displayed indicating that the token is not available. If this happens, then a new token must be generated using the OpCon MFT Agent software. This can be done by selecting the Reset Auth Token Deadline button on the Scheduler Settings tab of the OpConMFT Configurator.

OpCon MFT Agent Configuration

The configuration of the OpCon MFT Agent is done using Solution Manager.

From Solution Manager, select Library and under the Administration menu select Agents.

OpCon MFT Agent View

Select + Add to configure the new OpCon MFT Agent.

Enter a name for the agent and select the OpConMFT from the Machine Type drop-down list.

Open the General Settings tab and enter the address information, the Max Concurrent Jobs and the Socket Number (the UI Port number retrieved from the OpCon MFT Agent Scheduler Settings tab).

OpCon MFT Agent Settings

Save the configuration.

Select the Communications Settings tab and enter the JORS Port Number which is the same port number used on the previous tab ((the UI Port number retrieved from the OpCon MFT Agent Scheduler Settings tab).

Save the configuration.

The next step is to complete the Authentication process which consists of connecting to the OpCon MFT Agent for the first time and obtaining a token which will be used for future communication. There is a timeout value of 100 seconds between the completion of the OpCon MFT Agent installation and performing the initial authentication step. If this is not completed within the time frame, it will not be possible to authenticate. The following message will be displayed Unable to update authentication token for machine reason The request was cancelled due to the configured HttpClient.Timeout of 100 seconds.

When this occurs it will be necessary to reset the auth token deadline and re-authenticate. See OpConMFT Agent Installation for process.

Go to the Operational Agents screen and select the created opCon MFT Agent. This will display the AgentSelection tab, which includes an Authentication button. After selecting the Authentication button, a successful authentication message will appear.

The OpCon MFT Agent can then be started.