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asked 2015-07-28 07:40:10 -0500

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updated 2015-08-05 13:44:39 -0500

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I haven't been able to have mcollective functional. Searched through the web for help although there is no standard tutorial for setting it up for Puppet 1.8.1 open-source running Ubuntu 14.04 server.

The configuration files are hideous and activemq doesn't make much sense.

Appreciate a step by step tutorial.


I went through that. I have the correct packages installed on the master and the agent. Apart from that there is no explenation how to configure /etc/mcollective/, *.cfg files or what to include in /etc/activemq/instaces-enabled or create a activemq.conf file. It doesn't say if I need to install activemq.

When I do a mco ping I get: Could not connect to ActiveMQ Server:


I went through with the module: puppet module install puppetlabs-activemq. mcollective installed on master and agent. Ran it on my master. It created an activemq.xml file. My server.cfg and client.cfg, yet when i mco ping I get error message: Could not connect to ActiveMQ Server

main_collective = mcollective
collectives = mcollective
libdir = /usr/share/mcollective/plugins
logfile = /var/log/mcollective.log
loglevel = info
daemonize = 1

# plugins
securityprovider = psk
plugin.psk = unset

connector = activemq
plugin.activemq.pool.size = 1 = stomp1 
plugin.activemq.pool.1.port = 6163
plugin.activemq.pool.1.user = mcollective
plugin.activemq.pool.1.password = marionette

factsource = yaml
plugin.yaml = /etc/mcollective/facts.yaml


Could not connect to ActiveMQ Server: (RuntimeError) from
/usr/lib/ruby/vendorruby/mcollective/connector/activemq.rb:273:in rescue in connect'
<---- from /usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/mcollective/connector/activemq.rb:221:inconnect'
from /usr/lib/ruby/vendorruby/mcollective/client.rb:36:in block in initialize' from
/usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/timeout.rb:55:intimeout' from
initialize' from /usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/mcollective/application/ping.rb:52:innew' from
/usr/lib/ruby/vendorruby/mcollective/application/ping.rb:52:in main' from
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/mcollective/application.rb:293:inrun' from
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/mcollective/applications.rb:23:in run' from /usr/bin/mco:33:in<main>'
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answered 2015-07-29 03:48:27 -0500

the puppet docs are ultimately the place to go ..

install mcollective

if you have any specific questions after goig through this let us know

Cheers Stuart

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I edited my answer. As said, the documentation doesn't cover a step by step installation process, and leaves out information of additional packages to install and file configuration settings.

nicccoX gravatar imagenicccoX ( 2015-07-29 09:09:17 -0500 )edit

hi - the document has a link to configuring activemq in it - states its the first thing you need to do.

sahumphries gravatar imagesahumphries ( 2015-07-29 10:56:35 -0500 )edit

is activemq owner and has access to /var/log/activemq and all sub dirs. does /etc/init.d/activemq has: ACTIVEMO_CONFIGS="/etc/sysconfig/activemq" create file activemq in /etc/sysconfig if it doesnt exist.

sahumphries gravatar imagesahumphries ( 2015-07-30 04:30:32 -0500 )edit

No the /etc/init.d/activemq don't contain that snippet. I'm running Ubuntu, and don't have /etc/sysconfig

nicccoX gravatar imagenicccoX ( 2015-07-30 04:41:13 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-08-05 13:48:30 -0500

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I'd start by making sure you can resolve the Activemq server from your mcollective agent. Also make sure you can reach port 6163.

Also this is how I configured Activemq for Ubuntu,

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