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Mid-sourcing server

This section details the installation and configuration of a mid-sourcing server, as well as the deployment of an instance which enables third parties to send messages in mid-sourcing mode.
The "mid-sourcing" architecture is presented in Mid-sourcing deployment .
Installing a mid-sourcing server follows the same process as installing a server in the normal way (refer to the standard configuration). It is an independent instance with its own database which can be used to run deliveries. Simply put, it contains an extra configuration to allow remote instances execute deliveries through it in mid-sourcing mode.

Steps for installing and configuring an instance

Prerequisites for installing and configuring an instance

  • JDK on the application server.
  • Access to a database server on the application server.
  • Firewall configured to open HTTP (80) or HTTPS (443) ports to the mid-sourcing server.
The following procedure details a configuration using a single mid-sourcing server. It is also possible to use multiple servers. Likewise it is also possible to send certain messages (such as workflow notifications, for example) from an internal configuration.

Installing and configuring the application server for mid-sourcing deployment

The installation procedure is identical to that of standalone instance. Refer to Installing and configuring (single machine) .
However, you must apply the following:
  • At step 5 , You must disable the mta (delivery) and inMail (bounce mails) modules. The wfserver (workflow) module however, must stay activated.
    <?xml version='1.0'?>
    <serverconf>  
      <shared>    
        <!-- add lang="eng" to dataStore to force English for the instance -->    
        <dataStore hosts="console.campaign.net*">      
          <mapping logical="*" physical="default"/>    
        </dataStore>  </shared>  
        <mta autoStart="false"/>  
        <wfserver autoStart="true"/>  
        <inMail autoStart="false"/>  
        <sms autoStart="false"/>  
        <listProtect autoStart="false"/>
    </serverconf>
    
    
    For more on this, refer to Enabling processes .
  • Steps 6 , 9 and 10 aren't necessary.
  • During steps 12 and 13 , you need to indicate the 8080 port in the connection URL (since the console communicates with Tomcat directly, not via the Web server). The URL becomes http://console.campaign.net:8080 . During step 13 , select the Issue towards Mid-sourcing package as well as those to install.
    The default routing of technical deliveries is automatically replaced with email routing via Mid-sourcing.

Installing and configuring the mid-sourcing server

From the client console, locate the Email routing using mid-sourcing mid-sourcing account (in the /Administration/External accounts/ folder). Populate the URL of server , account , password and Mirror page URL settings with the information provided by the server provider hosting the mid-sourcing server. Test the connection.
The mid-sourcingEmitter option creates two Mid-sourcing workflows. It is a process that runs by default every 1 hour and 20 minutes and collects delivery information on the mid-sourcing server.

Deploying a mid-sourcing server

  1. Installing the application server:
    If you install the mid-sourcing server and want to install extra Adobe Campaign modules, we recommend using the Delivery module and not the Campaign module.
    Follow the same procedure as for the standard deployment, selecting only the Mid-sourcing platform option.
  2. Configuration for receiving in mid-sourcing mode
    Set the submission account password: In the /Mid-sourcing/Access Management/Operators/ folder, the mid operator is used by the remote instance for submissions in mid-sourcing mode. You must set a password for this operator and give it to the administrator of the submission instance.
    The Mid-sourcing platform option creates the default folders for storing the deliveries submitted and the default operator performing the submissions.

Multiplexing the mid-sourcing server

It is possible for a mid-sourcing instance to be shared by multiple submitting instances. Each of these instances needs to be associated with an operator in the mid-sourcing database. To create a second account on the mid-sourcing server:
  1. Create a folder in the Mid-sourcing > Deliveries node that will be associated with the default mid-sourcing account (for example: prod).
  2. Create a folder in the Mid-sourcing > Deliveries node with the same name as the account (for example: acceptance_test).
  3. In Mid-sourcing > Access Management > Operators , create a new account.
  4. In the Access rights tab, give this operator the rights of the Mid-sourcing submissions group. This access right is available in Mid-sourcing > Access Management > Operator groups .
  5. Select the Restrict to data in the sub-folders of option and select the deliveries folder to restrict this operator to the mid-sourcing deliveries folder.
  6. Restart the Web module using the following command: nlserver restart web .
You must change the mid-sourcing server setting in the serverConf.xml file. The following line must be added to the "Management of affinities with IP addresses" section, under the existing line:
<IPAffinity IPMask="" localDomain="" name=""/>

The '@name' attribute must respect the following rules:
'marketing_account_operator_name'.'affinity_name'.'affinity_group'
'marketing_account_operator_name' relates to the internal name of the mid-sourcing account declared in the mid-sourcing instance.
'affinity_name' relates to the arbitrary name given to the affinity. This name must be unique. Authorized characters are [a-z]``[A-Z]``[0-9] . The aim is to declare a group of public IP addresses.
'affinity_group' relates the Sub-affinity declared in the target mapping used in each of the deliveries. The last part including the '.' is ignored if there is no Sub-affinity. Authorized characters are [a-z]``[A-Z]``[0-9] .
You must stop and then restart the server in order for the modification to be taken into account.

Configuring tracking on a mid-sourcing server

Configuring the mid-sourcing server
  1. Go to 'operators' and select the operator mid .
  2. In the Frontal servers tab, enter the tracking server connection parameters.
    To create a tracking instance, enter the URL of the tracking server, the tracking server internal account password and the name of the instance, its password, and the DNS masks associated with it.
  3. When you have entered the connection parameters, click Confirm the configuration .
  4. If necessary, specify the location where images contained in deliveries are to be stored. To do this, select one of the publication modes from the drop-down list.
    If you choose the Tracking server(s) option, the images will be copied on the mid-sourcing server.
Configuring the customer platform
  1. Go to the external mid-sourcing routing account.
  2. In the Mid-Sourcing tab, specify the mid-sourcing server connection parameters.
  3. Confirm your configuration by clicking Test the connection .
  4. Declare the tracking instance referenced on the mid-sourcing server:
    Click the link Use this platform as a platform to access the tracking servers ,
    Specify the name of the tracking instance and then confirm the connection with the tracking server.
If the delivery of messages is to be managed by several mid-sourcing servers, select the option Routing with alternating mid-sourcing accounts and specify the different servers.