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Pivotal GemFire® v8.1

Windows/Unix/Linux: Install Pivotal GemFire from a ZIP or tar.gz File

Windows/Unix/Linux: Install Pivotal GemFire from a ZIP or tar.gz File

For Windows, Solaris and all other Linux users, use the ZIP distribution to install and configure Pivotal GemFire on every physical and virtual machine where you will run Pivotal GemFire. You can also use .tar.gz file on Linux distributions.

Prerequisites

Before you install the Pivotal GemFire, you must complete the following prerequisites:
  • Confirm that your system meets the hardware and software requirements described in Supported Configurations and System Requirements.
  • From the Pivotal GemFire product page, locate Downloads. Download the ZIP or tar.gz distribution of Pivotal GemFire.
  • Know how to configure environment variables for your system. If you have not done so already, set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to point to a Java runtime installation supported by GemFire. (You should find a bin directory under JAVA_HOME.)

Procedure

Use the following procedure to install Pivotal GemFire:
  1. Navigate to the directory where you downloaded the GemFire software, and unzip the .zip file or expand the .tar.gz file.
    • Linux (Bourne and Korn shells - sh, ksh, bash). If you are using the command line, type the following command:
      $ unzip Pivotal_GemFire_XXX_bNNNNN_Linux.zip -d path_to_product
      or
      $ tar -xzvf Pivotal_GemFire_XXX_bNNNNN_Linux.tar.gz -C path_to_product
      where XXX corresponds to the product version of GemFire that you are installing, bNNNNN corresponds to the build number of the software, and path_to_product corresponds to the location where you want to install GemFire. For example:
      $ unzip Pivotal_GemFire_810_b50480_Linux.zip -d /opt/pivotal/Pivotal_GemFire_810
      (Alternatively, unzip the .zip file directly with any common ZIP extraction tool suitable for your operating system.)
      $ tar -xzvf Pivotal_GemFire_810_b50480_Linux.tar.gz -C /opt/pivotal/Pivotal_GemFire_810
    • Solaris. If you are using the command line, type the following command:
      $ unzip Pivotal_GemFire_XXX_bNNNNN_Solaris.zip -d path_to_product
      where XXX corresponds to the product version of GemFire that you are installing, bNNNNN corresponds to the build number of the software, and path_to_product corresponds to the location where you want to install GemFire. For example:
      $ unzip Pivotal_GemFire_810_b50480_Solaris.zip -d /opt/pivotal/Pivotal_GemFire_810
      Alternatively, unzip the .zip file directly with any common ZIP extraction tool suitable for your operating system.
    • Windows. Open the following .zip file with your preferred ZIP extraction tool, and extract the product files to the desired installation location on your machine.
      Pivotal_GemFire_810_b50480_Windows.zip
  2. Configure the JAVA_HOME environment variable.

    If you will be using the gfsh command-line utility or managing servers and locators with the ServerLauncher and LocatorLauncher APIs, then you must set JAVA_HOME to a JDK installation. For example:

    • UNIX and Linux (Bourne and Korn shells - sh, ksh, bash)
      JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.7.0_72
      export JAVA_HOME
      
    • Windows
      set JAVA_HOME=c:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_72 
      
  3. Add GemFire scripts to your the PATH environment variable. For example:
    • UNIX and Linux (Bourne and Korn shells - sh, ksh, bash)
      PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin:/opt/pivotal/Pivotal_GemFire_810/bin
      export PATH
    • Windows
      set PATH=%PATH%;%JAVA_HOME%\bin;%GEMFIRE%\bin 
      
  4. The following step only applies to environments where you are running GemFire processes or GemFire client applications outside of gfsh. The gfsh (as well as the deprecated cacheserver) script sets these environment variable for you. If you are running GemFire processes or applications outside of gfsh, then configure the following environment variables for GemFire.
    • Set the GEMFIRE environment variable to point to your GemFire installation top-level directory. (You should see bin, lib, dtd, and other directories under GEMFIRE.) The following variables definitions are examples; your installation path may vary depending on where you install GemFire and the version you are installing.
      • UNIX and Linux (Bourne and Korn shells - sh, ksh, bash)
        GEMFIRE=/opt/pivotal/Pivotal_GemFire_810
        export GEMFIRE
      • Windows
        set GEMFIRE=C:\pivotal\gemfire\Pivotal_GemFire_810
    • Configure your GF_JAVA environment variables as shown in these examples. GF_JAVA must point to the java executable file under your JAVA_HOME. (If you have not done so already, you should also set your JAVA_HOME variable to a supported Java installation.)
      • UNIX and Linux (Bourne and Korn shells - sh, ksh, bash)
        GF_JAVA=$JAVA_HOME/bin/java
        export GF_JAVA  
      • Windows
        set GF_JAVA=%JAVA_HOME%\bin\java.exe 
        
  5. Type gfsh version at the command line and verify that the output lists the version of Pivotal GemFire that you wished to install. For example:
    # gfsh
    v8.1.0
    If you want more detailed version information such as the date of the build, build number and JDK version being used, type gfsh version --full.
  6. If deploying GemFire to a production environment, purchase production licenses from your sales representative. See Understanding Pivotal GemFire Licensing.
  7. Repeat this procedure for every virtual or physical machine on which you will run Pivotal GemFire.
  8. If you need to uninstall GemFire, see How to Uninstall GemFire.

What to Do Next

After you install Pivotal GemFire from a .zip or tar.gz file, you perform the following tasks: