OSAD is an alternative contact method between SUSE Manager and traditional clients.
By default, SUSE Manager uses
rhnsd, which contacts the server every four hours to execute scheduled actions.
OSAD allows traditional clients to execute scheduled actions immediately.
Use OSAD in addition to
OSAD has several distinct components:
osa-dispatcherservice runs on the server, and uses database checks to determine if clients need to be pinged, or if actions need to be executed.
osadservice runs on the client. It responds to pings from
mgr_checkto execute actions when directed to do so.
jabberdservice is a daemon that uses the
XMPPprotocol for communication between the client and the server. The
jabberdservice also handles authentication.
mgr_checktool runs on the client to execute actions. It is triggered by communication from the
osa-dispatcher periodically runs a query to check when clients last showed network activity.
If it finds a client that has not shown activity recently, it uses
jabberd to ping all
osad instances running on all clients registered with your SUSE Manager server.
osad instances respond to the ping using
jabberd, which is running in the background on the server.
osa-dispatcher receives the response, it marks the client as online.
osa-dispatcher fails to receive a response within a certain period of time, it marks the client as offline.
When you schedule actions on an OSAD-enabled system, the task is carried out immediately.
osa-dispatcher periodically checks clients for actions that need to be executed.
If an outstanding action is found, it uses
jabberd to execute
mgr_check on the client, which then executes the action.
OSAD clients use the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the server to communicate with the
SSL is required for
If SSL certificates are not available, the daemon on your client systems fails to connect.
Make sure your firewall rules are set to allow the required ports.
For more information, see installation:ports.adoc.
At the command prompt on the SUSE Manager Server, as root, start the
systemctl start osa-dispatcher
On each client, install the
mgr-osadpackage from the
Toolschild channel. The
mgr-osadpackage should be installed on clients only. If you install the
mgr-osadpackage on your SUSE Manager Server, it conflicts with the
On each client, as root, start the
systemctl start osad
osa-dispatcherare run as services, you can use standard commands to manage them, including
Each OSAD component is configured using local configuration files. We recommend you keep the default configuration parameters for all OSAD components.
|Component||Location||Path to Configuration File|
If your OSAD clients cannot connect to the server, or if the
jabberd service takes a lot of time responding to port 5552, it could be because you have exceeded the open file count.
Every client needs one always-open TCP connection to the server, which consumes a single file handler.
If the number of file handlers currently open exceeds the maximum number of files that
jabberd is allowed to use,
jabberd queues the requests, and refuses connections.
To resolve this issue, you can increase the file limits for
jabberd by editing the
/etc/security/limits.conf configuration file and adding these lines:
jabber soft nofile 5100 jabber hard nofile 6000
Calculate the limits required for your environment by adding 100 to the number of clients for the soft limit, and 1000 to the current number of clients for the hard limit.
In the example above, we have assumed 500 current clients, so the soft limit is 5100, and the hard limit is 6000.
You also need to update the
max_fds parameter in the
/etc/jabberd/c2s.xml file with your chosen hard limit: