Install Rudder root server on Debian or Ubuntu

If you are working on a test system, you can use the quick install script:

curl https://repository.rudder.io/tools/rudder-setup | bash -s setup-server 5.1

That will automatically execute the installation, and you can go directly to the Initial configuration section below.

Before installation

Before all, you need to setup a server according to the server specifications. You should also configure the network.

As Rudder data can grow really fast depending on your number of managed nodes and number of rules, it is advised to separate partitions to prevent /var getting full and break your system.

Dependencies

Rudder requires Java RE (version 8 at least) which is not packaged by default on Debian 8. The Java RE 8 for Debian can be found through Oracle’s website: https://www.java.com

Installation

Each official package is signed with our GPG signature. To ensure the packages you will install are official builds and have not been altered, import our key into apt using the following command:

wget --quiet -O- "https://repository.rudder.io/apt/rudder_apt_key.pub" | sudo apt-key add -

Our key fingerprint is:

pub  4096R/474A19E8 2011-12-15 Rudder Project (release key) <security@rudder-project.org>
      Key fingerprint = 7C16 9817 7904 212D D58C  B4D1 9322 C330 474A 19E8

Add Rudder’s package repository:

echo "deb http://repository.rudder.io/apt/5.1/ $(lsb_release -cs) main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/rudder.list

Update your local package database to retrieve the list of packages available on our repository:

apt-get update

To begin the installation, you should simply install the rudder-server-root metapackage, which will install the required components:

apt-get install rudder-server-root

Initial configuration

Validate the installation

Once all these steps have been completed, use your web browser to go to the server URL.

You should see a loading screen, then a login prompt. The default login is:

  • User: admin

  • Password: admin

You are strongly advised to change this password as soon as possible.

Now you should go to Settings → General → Allowed Networks and check that the networks listed there properly include all your nodes network addresses. By default this will contain your server’s attached networks.

The setup of the Rudder server is now over. If you plan to manage hundreds or thousands of nodes, please note that some performance tuning can be necessary on the system.


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