Creating an example with the Information Store

An installation of i2® Analyze includes example settings for deploying the server with the Information Store. This topic describes how to use those settings in an example deployment.

Install i2 Analyze and any software prerequisites. For more information, see Installing i2 Analyze. To deploy the preconfigured examples for the Information Store, you need either IBM® Db2® or Microsoft™ SQL Server 2019. You do not need IBM HTTP Server.

If you are using SQL Server, download the Microsoft JDBC Driver 7.4 for SQL Server archive from Extract the contents of the download, and locate the sqljdbc_7.4\enu\mssql-jdbc-7.4.1.jre11.jar file.

The following procedure describes how to create an example deployment of i2 Analyze with the Information Store, which also fulfills the functions of the Chart Store. The i2 Analyze toolkit contains an example configuration for the deployment. The deployExample task generates the default values for the mandatory settings and deploys the platform.

The example deployment demonstrates a working i2 Analyze system with an example user so that you can log in.
In the example deployment, i2 Analyze runs with an example security schema and matching Liberty security groups and users. The example user has the following credentials:
  • The user name is Jenny
  • The password is Jenny
The example deployment uses the law-enforcement-schema.xml schema as the i2 Analyze schema with the associated law-enforcement-schema-charting-schemes.xml as the charting scheme.
  1. Create the configuration directory:
    1. Navigate to the \toolkit\examples\configurations\information-store-opal directory.
      This directory contains the preconfigured files that you need to deploy a system that uses the Information Store to store data and Analyst's Notebook charts, and to support the i2 Notebook web client.
    2. Copy the configuration directory to the root of the toolkit.
      For example, C:\IBM\i2analyze\toolkit\configuration.
If you are using SQL Server as your database management system, you must complete extra configuration actions to deploy the example.
  1. Copy the example topology.xml file for SQL Server from the toolkit\configuration\examples\topology\sqlserver to the toolkit\configuration\environment directory. Overwrite the existing topology.xml file in the destination directory.
  2. Copy the mssql-jdbc-7.4.1.jre11.jar file that you downloaded to the toolkit\configuration\environment\common\jdbc-drivers directory.
Regardless of your database management system, you must complete the following steps after you create the configuration directory.
  1. Specify the credentials to use for the deployment.
    1. Using a text editor, open the toolkit\configuration\environment\ file.
    2. Enter the user name and password to use with the database.
    3. Enter a user name and password to use for Solr.
    4. Enter a password to use to encrypt LTPA tokens.
    5. Save and close the file.
  2. If you are using IBM Db2 11.5.6 Fix Pack 0 or later, you might need to update the port number that is used in the topology.xml file.
    By default, i2 Analyze is deployed to connect to Db2 using port 50000. In version 11.5.6 Fix Pack 0 and later, the default port that Db2 uses is changed to 25000. For more information about the ports that Db2 uses, see Db2 server TCP/IP port numbers.
    1. Using an XML editor, open the toolkit\configuration\environment\topology.xml file.
    2. In the <database> element, set the value of the port-number attribute to 25000.
    3. Save and close the topology.xml file.
  3. Run the setup script to create the example deployment.
    1. Open a command prompt and navigate to the toolkit\scripts directory.
    2. To deploy the example, run the following command:
      setup -t deployExample
    3. To start the Liberty server, run the following command:
      setup -t start
  4. Optional: To populate your Information Store with the provided example data for the law-enforcement-schema.xml schema, run the following command:
    setup -t ingestExampleData

When you start i2 Analyze, the URI that you can use to connect to the deployment is displayed in the console. For example:

Web application available (default_host): http://host_name:9082/opal.

Install Analyst's Notebook Premium or open a web browser and connect to your deployment. For more information, see Connecting clients.