Enable RMI

By default, the Meridian server’s RMI port is disabled for security reasons. When enabled, it lets you access Meridian via jconsole and remotely manage your instance.

To enable RMI, you must add some settings to the default Meridian installation. Add the following code to ${OPENNMS_HOME}/etc/opennms.conf:

# Configure remote JMX
ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS="$ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.port=18980" (1)
ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS="$ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.local.only=false"
ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS="$ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.authenticate=true"

# Listen on all interfaces
# Accept remote RMI connections on this interface
ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS="$ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS -Djava.rmi.server.hostname=<your-server-ip-address>" (3)
1 Configures Meridian to listen for RMI on port 18980.
2 Configures Meridian to listen for RMI on all interfaces. Note that originally, RMI was used only for the legacy remote poller; despite this property name mentioning the "OpenNMS poller server," it applies to RMI as a whole.
3 Allows Meridian to accept and complete RMI connections. You must include this option, otherwise Meridian will accept connections but will not be able to complete a valid connection.
If ${OPENNMS_HOME}/etc/opennms.conf does not exist in your install, you can create it and add the code above.

Allow user authentication

Authentication is allowed only for users who are assigned the admin or jmx roles (ROLE_ADMIN, ROLE_JMX). To assign the admin role to a user, add ROLE_ADMIN to their entry in users.xml. Similarly, to assign the jmx role to a user, add ROLE_JMX to their entry in users.xml.

If the ROLE_USER role is required to allow access to the web UI, ensure that the user’s account has it as well (see Assign User Permissions).

You should also ensure that ${OPENNMS_HOME}/etc/jmxremote.access has the appropriate access settings for each role:

admin   readwrite
jmx     readonly

The following types of access are available in Meridian:

  • readwrite: Lets a user retrieve JMX metrics and run MBeans.

  • readonly: Lets a user retrieve JMX metrics, but does not allow them to run MBeans.

Enable SSL

To enable SSL on the RMI port, you need an existing keystore for your Meridian server. For information on configuring a keystore, see Secure Jetty with HTTPS.

After your keystore is set up and configured, you must change the com.sun.management.jmxremote.ssl to true and tell Meridian where your keystore is:

# Configure SSL Keystore
ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS="$ADDITIONAL_MANAGER_OPTIONS -Djavax.net.ssl.keyStore=/opt/opennms/etc/opennms.keystore"

Connect to RMI over SSL

Note that if you use a self-signed or otherwise untrusted certificate, you must configure a client-side truststore when you try to connect over SSL-enabled RMI. For information on creating and configuring a truststore, see Secure Jetty with HTTPS.

After you set up a truststore, you may use it to connect to your Meridian RMI server. For example, when using jconsole to connect to the Meridian RMI interface, run the following command to retrieve JVM statistics:

jconsole -J-Djavax.net.ssl.trustStore=/path/to/opennms.truststore -J-Djavax.net.ssl.trustStorePassword=changeit