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Configuring an integration daemon

Each type of OMAG Server is configured by creating a configuration document.

Configuration for an integration daemon

Configure the basic properties

The basic properties of the OMAG Server are used in logging and events originating from the server. They help to document the purpose of the server (which helps with problem determination) and enable performance improvements by allowing the server to ignore activity or metadata that is not relevant to its operation.

The basic properties include two unique identifiers:

Property Description
localServerId Unique identifier for this server. By default, this is initialized to a randomly generated Universal Unique identifier (UUID).
localServerName Meaningful name for the server for use in messages and UIs. Ideally this value is unique to aid administrators in understanding the source of messages and events from the server. This value is set to the server name assigned when the configuration is created.

The other basic properties have values that can be changed through the admin services API:

Property Description
localServerType Descriptive type name for the server. Again this is useful information for the administrator to understand the role of the server. The default value is Open Metadata and Governance Server. If it is set to null, the server start up process will derive a meaningful server type name based on the rest of the configuration for the server
organizationName Descriptive name for the organization that owns the local server/repository. This is useful when the open metadata repository cluster consists of metadata servers from different organizations, or different departments of an enterprise. The default value is null.
localServerUserId UserId to use for server-initiated REST calls. The default is OMAGServer.
localServerPassword Password to use for server-initiated REST calls. The default is null. This means that only the userId is sent in the HTTP header.
maxPageSize The maximum page size that can be set on requests to the server. The default value is 1000. A value of zero means unlimited page size. Although supported, the zero value is not recommended because it provides no protection from a large request denial of service attack.

The sections that follow cover how to set up these values.

Fine-grained helper command

Set server type name

The server type name should be set to something that describes the OMAG Server's role. It may be the name of a specific product that it is enabling, or a role in the metadata and governance landscape.

POST - set server type

Fine-grained helper command

Set organization name

The organization name may be the owning organization or department or team supported by the server.

POST - set organization name

Fine-grained helper command

Set the server's userId and optional password

The server's userId is used when processing requests that do not have an end user, such as receiving an event from a topic. The default value is OMAGServer. Ideally each server should have its own user ID so it is possible to restrict the resources that each server has access to.

If the password is specified as well, the userId and password combination are used to provide authentication information on each REST call made by the server.

POST - set server's userId


POST - set server's password

Fine-grained helper command

Set the maximum page size for REST API requests

The maximum page size value sets an upper limit on the number of results that a caller can request on any paging REST API to this server. Setting maximum page size helps to prevent a denial of service attack that uses very large requests to overwhelm the server. A value of 0 means no limit, and leaves the server open to such attacks.

POST - set maximum page size


Configure the audit log

Egeria's audit log provides a configurable set of destinations for audit records and other diagnostic logging for an OMAG Server. Some destinations also support a query interface to allow an administrator to understand how the server is running.

If the server is a development or test server, then the default audit log configuration is probably sufficient: the console audit log destination.

POST - set default audit log destination


Using this option overrides all previous audit log destinations.

If this server is a production server then you will probably want to set up the audit log destinations explicitly. You can add multiple destinations and each one can be set up to process specific severities of log records. The audit log severities are as follows:

Severity Description
Information The server is providing information about its normal operation.
Event An event was received from another member of the open metadata repository cohort.
Decision A decision has been made related to the interaction of the local metadata repository and the rest of the cohort.
Action An Action is required by the administrator. At a minimum, the situation needs to be investigated and if necessary, corrective action taken.
Error An error occurred, possibly caused by an incompatibility between the local metadata repository and one of the remote repositories. The local repository may restrict some of the metadata interchange functions as a result.
Exception An unexpected exception occurred. This means that the server needs some administration attention to correct configuration or fix a logic error because it is not operating as a proper peer in the open metadata repository cohort.
Security Unauthorized access to a service or metadata instance has been attempted.
Startup A new component is starting up.
Shutdown An existing component is shutting down.
Asset An auditable action relating to an asset has been taken.
Types Activity is occurring that relates to the open metadata types in use by this server.
Cohort The server is exchanging registration information about an open metadata repository cohort that it is connecting to.
Trace This is additional information on the operation of the server that may be of assistance in debugging a problem. It is not normally logged to any destination, but can be added when needed.
PerfMon This log record contains performance monitoring timing information for specific types of processing. It is not normally logged to any destination, but can be added when needed.
<Unknown> Uninitialized Severity

The body of the request should be a list of severities

If an empty list is passed as the request body then all severities are supported by the destination.

Add audit log destinations

There are various destinations that can be configured for the audit log:

POST - add console audit log destination

This writes selected parts of each audit log record to stdout.


POST - add slf4j audit log destination

This writes full log records to the slf4j ecosystem.


When configuring slf4j as destination you also need to specify audit log logger category via the application properties. This is described in Connecting the OMAG Audit Log Framework section of the developer logging guide.

POST - add JSON file-based audit log destination

This writes JSON files in a shared directory.


POST - add event-based audit log destination

This writes each log record as an event on the supplied event topic. It assumes that the event bus is set up first.


POST - add connection-based audit log destination

This sets up an audit log destination that is described though a connection. In this case, the connection is passed in the request body and the supported severities can be supplied in the connection's configuration properties.


POST - add a list of connection-based audit log destinations

It is also possible to set up the audit log destinations as a list of connections. Using this option overrides all previous audit log destinations.


Remove audit logs

The following will remove all audit log destinations:

POST - clear all audit log destinations

Clears the list of audit log destinations from the configuration enabling you to add a new set of audit log destinations.


Configure the server security connector

Metadata that is being aggregated from different sources is likely to need comprehensive access controls.

Egeria provides fine-grained security control for metadata access. It is implemented in a server metadata security connector that is called whenever requests are made for to the server.

Security is configured for a specific OMAG Server by adding a connection for this connector to the server's configuration documentusing the following command.

POST - configure security connector


This passes in a connection used to create the server security connector in the request body.

    "class": "Connection",
    "connectorType": {
        "class": "ConnectorType",
        "connectorProviderClassName": "{fullyQualifiedJavaClassName}"
Example: set up the sample server security connector

For example, this is the connection that would set up the sample server security connector provided for the Coco Pharmaceuticals case study:

    "class": "Connection",
    "connectorType": {
        "class": "ConnectorType",
        "connectorProviderClassName": "org.odpi.openmetadata.metadatasecurity.samples.OpenMetadataServerSecurityProvider"

Determine configured security

GET - query the server security connector setting

Response indicating no security
    "class": "ConnectionResponse",
    "relatedHTTPCode": 200
Response indicating a specific security connector

If the response looks more like the JSON below, a connector is configured. The connectorProviderClassName tells you which connector is being used.

    "class": "ConnectionResponse",
    "relatedHTTPCode": 200,
    "connection": {
        "class": "Connection",
        "connectorType": {
            "class": "ConnectorType",
            "connectorProviderClassName": "{fullyQualifiedJavaClassName}"

Remove configured security

DELETE - remove configured security connector


This removes all authorization checking from the server.

Configure the integration services

The integration services (or Open Metadata Integration Services (OMIS) to give them their full name) run in an integration daemon.

Each integration service hosts one or more integration connectors. An integration connector is responsible for the exchange of metadata with a specific deployment of a third party technology. For example, the database integrator integration service supports integration connectors that work with relational databases (RDBMS). A deployment of this integration service in an integration daemon may host, say, two integration connectors each loading metadata from their own relational database server.

The configuration document contents for an integration service

The descriptive information and operational status are filled out automatically by the administration services based on the integrationServiceURLMarker value that you supply. The other values are supplied on the configuration call.

List integration services

It is possible to get a description of each of the registered integration services using the following command:

GET - list integration services


Note the integrationServiceURLMarker for the integration service that you want to configure.

Configure an integration service

Each integration service is configured with the network location of the metadata access point / metadata access store running the appropriate OMAS. There are a set of options that the integration service supports along with the list of configuration properties for the integration connectors that will be run in the integration service. The integration connector's configuration properties defines which connector implementation to use and how it should be operated.

POST - configure an integration service


With a request body like the following:

  "class": "IntegrationServiceRequestBody",
  "omagserverPlatformRootURL": "{MDServerURLRoot}",
  "omagserverName": "{MDServerName}",
      "class": "IntegrationConnectorConfig",
      "connectorName": " ... ",             
      "connectorUserId": " ... ",           
        "class": "Connection",
          "class": "ConnectorType",
          "connectorProviderClassName": "{connector provider class name}"
          "class": "Endpoint",
          "address" : "..."
      "metadataSourceQualifiedName": " ... ",
      "refreshTimeInterval": "60", 
      "usesBlockingCalls": "false",
      "permittedSynchronization": " ... "

Detailed description of the properties:

  • connectorName sets up the name of the connector. This name is used for routing refresh calls to the connector as well as being used for diagnostics. Ideally it should be unique amongst the connectors for the integration service.
  • connectorUserId sets up the user id for the connector - if this is null, the integration daemon's userId is used on requests to the Open Metadata Access Service (OMAS).
  • connection sets up the connection for the integration connector.
  • metadataSourceQualifiedName sets up the qualified name of the metadata source for this integration connector. This is the qualified name of an appropriate software capability element stored in open metadata. This software capability is accessed via the partner OMAS and is used to control the origin information - known as metadata provenance in any metadata elements created by the integration connector. The default value is null, which means all metadata elements created by the integration connector will have local cohort provenance values and can be updated by other process in the open metadata ecosystem. If it is set up with a valid qualified name, the metadata elements will have external source provenance values and only the integration connector is able to update the values.
  • refreshTimeInterval sets up the number of minutes between each call to the connector to refresh the metadata. Zero means that refresh is only called at server start up and whenever the refresh REST API request is made to the integration daemon. If the refresh time interval is greater than 0 then additional calls to refresh are added spaced out by the refresh time interval.
  • usesBlockingCalls sets up whether the connector should be started in its own thread to allow it to block on a listening call.
  • permittedSynchronization is an optional property that defines the permitted directions of metadata flow between the third party technology and open metadata. If the integration connector attempts to flow metadata in a direction that is not permitted, it receives the UserNotAuthorizedException. The default for this value is set up automatically in the integration service's descriptive information so this value only needs to be set if it is necessary to restrict the behavior of the connector. These are the different values for this property and their effect:
    • TO_THIRD_PARTY - The third party technology is logically downstream of open metadata. This means the open metadata ecosystem is the originator and owner of the metadata being synchronized. Any updates detected in the third technology are overridden by the latest open metadata values.
    • FROM_THIRD_PARTY - The third party technology is logically upstream (the originator and owner of the metadata). Any updates made in open metadata are not passed to the third party technology and the third party technology is requested to refresh the open metadata version.
    • BOTH_DIRECTIONS - Metadata exchange is permitted in both directions. Synchronization is halted on a specific element if potentially clashing updates have occurred both in the third party technology and open metadata. Such conflicts are logged on the audit log and resolved through manual stewardship.

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