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How to Setup the SPSS Network License Manager on Linux

1. Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 on your server (or RHEL 6 if you are enlightened) =)

                a. VMware: Install from ISO Library by selecting the “Datastore ISO File” Location. “Check Connect at Power On”. Start the VM and Install, configure Networking and yum –y upgrade RHEL 5.5.

                b. Physical: Install RHEL 5.5 from PXE, Kickstart, or DVD to Physical Server. Install, configure networking and yum –y upgrade RHEL 5.5. NOTE: Physical servers are a pain to manage vs. virtual.

2.  Make Directory’s for SPSS under /opt/ folder. Opt folder is for 3rd party applications on Linux.

NOTE: Do not do anything as root. Configure visudo first and then run your commands under sudo. Root is unforgiving if you make a mistake!!!
a. sudo mkdir /opt/SPSS
b. Download the SPSS Linux .tar file or using wget from CLI (e.g. Terminal, Putty, SecureCRT). NOTE: For downloads use /tmp/ only and change directory into /opt/SPSS. [e.g. sudo cp /tmp/linux64-8.2.2.tar.gz /opt/SPSS]

Terminal, Putty, SecureCRT:
Web Browser:

3. Uncompress the SPSS tar.gz file and navigate to sentinellm directory:

                a. Check your directory: [username@server]$ pwd
                b. Make sure you copied the file to /opt/SPSS: [username@server]$ ll /opt/SPSS/
                c. Untar: [username@server]$ sudo tar xzf SPSS-linux64-8.2.2.tar.gz
                d. Change to sentinellm directory: [username@server]$ sudo cd /opt/SPSS/sentinellm

4. Start the SPSS Service: [username@server]$ sudo ./lserv               
a. Make sure that port 5093 is open in SELinux if you have SELinux Enabled:

            b. Check your IPTables configuration also. Restart IPTables if necessary:

[username@server sentinellm]$ sudo cat /etc/sysconfig/iptables
[sudo] password for username:
# Firewall configuration written by system-config-securitylevel
# Manual customization of this file is not recommended.
:RH-Firewall-1-INPUT - [0:0]
-A INPUT -j RH-Firewall-1-INPUT
-A FORWARD -j RH-Firewall-1-INPUT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -p icmp --icmp-type any -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -p 50 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -p 51 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -p udp --dport 5353 -d -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 631 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 631 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m udp -p udp --dport 5093 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 5093 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -p udp --dport 5093 -d -j ACCEPT

5. Add your license keys to the Network Licensing Server:
                a. [username@server]$ sudo ./licenseactivator aaaa000rrrr888ddd999www
NOTE: Only Paste the CTRL+SHIFT+P (RHEL 5.5 Terminal) authorization codes after licenseactivator. It will then give you a validation code saying that the key has been added successfully.
6. Restart the Network License Manager:
                a. Script: sudo /opt/SPSS/
                NOTE: Use the vi editor. It is the default editor for all Linux/Solaris Servers.
                # Restart SPSS Services
                /opt/SPSS/lsrvdown servername
                chmod a+x /opt/SPSS/ to activate the script so that it will be executable.

                b. Manually: sudo ./lsrvdown servername ; sudo ./lserv
7. Verify that the service is running:
                a. [username@server]$ ps  -ef | egrep lserv
8. Add the Network License Manager Service:
                a. [username@server]$ /sbin/chkconfig --add NOTE: Please reference chkconfig man page for configuration. or
9. Verify that Service is going to start on Restart of Server:
                a. [username@server]$ /sbin/chkconfig --list |grep lserv

10. Install the Network License Manager Tools on a Windows Server 2008/Windows 7 to Manage the NLM. NOTE: You need your IBM SPSS Support Login.
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