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Getting started with Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS)

Introduction

Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS) is a technical framework for the integration between Exact Globe Next and Exact Synergy Enterprise. ELIS also supports the solutions that exchange data between Exact Globe Next and Exact Synergy Enterprise, and third party solutions.

You can centrally install, activate, and manage the solutions (such as Exact Integration, Shop Floor Control, Word Merge, Exchange Integration, and Central Master Data Management (CMDM)) via the control center. Central and pro-active logging are possible whereby you can manage all the integrations from a central location. Synchronization attempts can also be made again, if errors occur.

This document contains the following information:

  • Installation
    • ELIS
    • Exact Globe Next and/or Exact Synergy Enterprise
  • Working with ELIS
    • ELIS management console
    • Creating tenants
    • Creating products
    • Creating clients
    • Installing solutions
    • Configuring solutions
  • Monitoring the synchronization
  • ELIS documentation

Installation

Note: The application servers (for example ELIS, Exact Globe Next, and Exact Synergy Enterprise) must have the same time zone as the database servers.

ELIS

During the installation for ELIS, two components (Exact Lightweight Integration Server Component and Exact Lightweight Integration Server Management Console) must be installed. Exact Lightweight Integration Server Component is a component of ELIS whereas Exact Lightweight Integration Server Management Console is the ELIS management console that can be installed. In addition, products and solutions in ELIS can be managed.

Creating the ELIS database

ELIS requires a database to store the information and solution files, and to monitor the information. The database must be set up once only. Once the ELIS management console starts after the installation, the database can be created.

Note: The ELIS database should be backed up regularly.

ELIS management console

Once the Exact Lightweight Integration Server Management Console component is installed, the ELIS management console will be available. The ELIS management console is the central location that allows you to manage everything related to ELIS, such as checking for updates, installing products, clients, and solutions, and viewing the logs.

For more information on installing ELIS, see How-to: Installing Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS) and for more information on uninstalling ELIS, see How-to: Uninstalling Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS).

ELIS tools

Together with the Exact Lightweight Integration Server components, additional tools have been installed to help you with the specific tasks. These tools can be accessed via Exact Lightweight Integration Server under the Program Files folder. The tools are:

Exact Globe Next and/or Exact Synergy Enterprise

You have to install the products in the particular ELIS that you want to use. Besides installing these products in ELIS (explained in the following), the products themselves must also be installed. For example, if ELIS is used with Exact Synergy Enterprise and Exact Globe Next, Exact Synergy Enterprise and Exact Globe Next must be installed. Besides these installations, Exact Synergy Enterprise and Exact Globe Next must also be installed as products in ELIS.

For more information on installing Exact Globe Next and Exact Synergy Enterprise, see How-to: Installing and updating Exact Globe Next and Exact Synergy Enterprise: Installation manual. For more information on installing Exact Globe Next and Exact Synergy Enterprise as products in ELIS, see the Creating products section in this document.

Working with ELIS

ELIS management console

To be able to use ELIS, tenants, products, clients, solutions, and configurations must be added. These can be done via the ELIS management console. To open the ELIS management console, go to Start ? All Programs ? Exact ? Exact Lightweight Integration Server Management Console. Once the ELIS management console is opened, type the name of ELIS and click Connect.

Creating tenants

Tenants can be created in the ELIS management console. This is optional. If there are multiple environments, multiple tenants can be created. For example, you can create a tenant for the production environment and a separate tenant for the test environment.

If you are installing the products and clients at a later stage, you can select the tenants that will be used for the products and clients. If the tenant has not been created, the Default tenant will be used. For more information, see How-to: Creating tenants in Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS).

Creating products

Once the tenants are created, the products can be created. Creating the products is mandatory and the clients must be registered at a later stage.

For example, if ELIS is used with Exact Synergy Enterprise and Exact Globe Next, Exact Synergy Enterprise and Exact Globe Next must be installed. Besides these installations, Exact Synergy Enterprise and Exact Globe Next must also be installed as products in ELIS. This can be done via the product packages. These packages contain meta data of the products and determine the options that are visible when the clients are added to the products. For more information, see How-to: Setting up client endpoints for Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS).

Creating clients

After creating the products, the clients can be registered in ELIS. The clients are used to configure the way ELIS connects with the products. Without this information, the products cannot be synchronized.

For example, the Exact Globe Next product package is installed. Through the client that has been created for this product, you define ELIS to look for the Exact Globe Next installation, SQL server, and a company or database. This also applies to Exact Synergy Enterprise. For example, the product package is installed for Exact Synergy Enterprise. Through the client that has been created for this product, you define ELIS to look for the Exact Synergy Enterprise installation, such as how to log in and if a request must be created when there is a synchronization error. For more information, see How-to: Setting up client endpoints for Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS).

Installing solutions

After defining the products and clients in ELIS, the solutions must be installed. The solutions help with the synchronization between the clients. The solutions are Exact Integrator, Word Merge, Shop Floor Control, and other solutions.

To install the solutions in ELIS, the solution package is required. The solution package is installed in ELIS. For more information, see How-to: Installing Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS) under the Starting ELIS section.

Configuring solutions

After installing the solutions, the solutions must be configured before the data can be synchronized. The information will be available in the solutions.

The information provided by the solutions will display the versions of the products that the solutions support. This information is useful to manage the versions. With this information, the system can prevent the clients from being used in the configuration of the solutions if the clients and the solutions are not compatible with each other. If one of the components within the configuration (clients and solutions) is updated, the system will use the information of the version to send alerts to the configured user to inform the user that one of the components is not updated, and the component must be updated to configure the solutions. Upon configuring the solutions, the solutions must be activated. For more information, see How-to: Installing Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS) under the Starting ELIS section and How-to: Activating and deactivating solutions for Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS).

Processing of messages

ELIS supports the processing of messages concurrently from the same activation. However, this feature should be enabled only if the order of the execution is not important because the messages will not be processed in order. This functionality is available if the Add-on setting is configured with the concurrent flag “TRUE” whereby the performance will be improved. For more information, see ELIS-SDK: Create notification subscriber.

Monitoring the synchronization

ELIS supports the integration status logging whereby all the synchronization processes will be recorded in the log table. The administrators can keep track of the historical data of the synchronization process for analysis. For more information, see How-to: Monitoring synchronization for Exact Lightweight Integration Server (ELIS).

Frequently asked questions

To view the frequently asked questions about ELIS, see the following documents:

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