Pivotal GemFire® v9.1

Configuring Pulse Authentication

Pulse requires all users to authenticate themselves before they can use the Pulse Web application.

If you run Pulse in embedded mode, the Pulse application runs on the JMX Manager node and no JMX authentication is required. You do not need to specify valid JMX credentials to start an embedded Pulse application.

If you host Pulse on a Web Application server (non-embedded mode) and you configure JMX authentication on the GemFire manager node, then the Pulse Web application must authenticate itself with the manager node when it starts. Specify the credentials of a valid JMX user account in the file, as described in Hosting Pulse on a Web Application Server.

Note: The credentials that you specify must have both read and write privileges in the JMX Manager node. See Configuring a JMX Manager.

Configuring Pulse to Use HTTPS

You can configure Pulse to use HTTPS in either embedded or non-embedded mode.

In non-embedded mode where you are running Pulse on a standalone Web application server, you must use the Web server’s SSL configuration to make the HTTP requests secure.

In embedded mode, GemFire uses an embedded Jetty server to host the Pulse Web application. To make the embedded server use HTTPS, you must enable the http SSL component in or gfsecurity-properties. See SSL for details on configuring these parameters.

These SSL parameters apply to all HTTP services hosted on the JMX Manager, which includes the following:

  • Developer REST API service
  • Management REST API service (for remote cluster management)
  • Pulse monitoring tool

When the http SSL component is enabled, all HTTP services become SSL-enabled and you must configure your client applications accordingly. For SSL-enabled Pulse, you will need to configure your browsers with proper certificates.