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Deploying an external reporting server

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In version 3.4 and later, to enable clients or employees located outside your network to access reports when your Cloud Cruiser Express server is behind a firewall, you can deploy an external reporting server. This is an instance of Cloud Cruiser Express in your DMZ that is able to display reports from your Cloud Cruiser Express database but cannot run batch jobs, preventing it from modifying data if it were compromised.

Before you begin

Install your primary instance of Cloud Cruiser Express and load some charges into the database so that you have data that can be viewed in a report.

To deploy an external reporting server

  1. Install a second instance in your DMZ using the same procedure in Installing the Cloud Cruiser Express application, specifying the same database server and credentials in the installer as you did for your primary instance.
    The computer on which you install this instance must be able to access the database server behind your firewall and itself be accessible by computers on the Internet.
  2. On your reporting server, edit the file <install_dir>/conf/system.properties and uncomment the following line by removing the # character:
            ​#activeProfiles=reportOnly
  3. Restart the application server to implement this property change.
    For instructions, see Stopping and starting the application server.
  4. Add user accounts for anyone who will use this Cloud Cruiser Express instance, giving them the Report User role.
    Only users with this role can log in to the reporting instance. The admin user has the role by default.

Your external reporting server is ready. Users who also have the Admin or Customer Budget roles can perform the same actions as on a regular Cloud Cruiser Express instance, but they cannot run batch jobs.

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