Starting with this release of J2EE agents, the installation process includes the following features that allow for a smoother, less restrictive, more secure installation process and deployment:
Support for Installation Using Non-Administrative User Accounts
The requirement in prior agent releases that the installation user have root (or Administrator) privileges has been removed. The agent can now be installed by any user regardless of access privileges.
Secure Handling of Sensitive Information
All sensitive information, such as passwords, is now read from files. This information is not typed in clear text during interactive session. Therefore, it is never displayed on the command line or in any logs.
All agent configuration and log files are generated and maintained within an agent’s installation directory. This installation directory is referred to as the Policy Agent base directory. In code examples this directory is listed as such, PolicyAgent-base. The distribution files for the 2.2 release of J2EE agents are provided to you in three formats. You can choose the format that best fits your needs: zip format, tar format, or a package format. The files are small in size since the installer for this release uses a simple configuration mechanism. In summary, when you unpack the binaries, the configuration and log files remain within the installation directory.
Support for Multiple Physical Installations
There is no longer any restriction on using multiple different binaries of the same agent on the same machine.