2k. Configure the environment

Applies to the following products: 
Questionmark Perception
Applies to the following Perception versions: 
Perception 5.7

After you have created your Main, Results Warehouse, and temporary ETL databases, you need to configure the environment, i.e., tell the system how people will be accessing the servers. You need to provide details for the following:


The portal is the user interface component designed to display the various components of Perception, allowing administrators and participants to login and use Perception. You will need to enter the URL for your Perception server. The address you enter here will form part of the URL used to access Enterprise Manager, e.g., http://<my_server.com>. Remember that in a load-balanced configuration, an additional DNS name (i.e.,assessments.questionmark.local) is usually configured to run on the load-balancer. If this URL hasn't been configured yet or isn't pointing to your load-balanced service, create a host file entry with that DNS to enable the local machine to resolve the name. The server must be able to resolve the DNS name, otherwise this configuration step will fail.

Service layer

This component is designed to facilitate the communication of all parts of the software. You will need to enter the URL for your Perception server, e.g., http://<my_server>, like above in non-SSL configurations.

Windows AppFabric Server(s)

Windows App Fabric is the caching service used by Perception. There may be several servers as part of your Perception installation that have AppFabric installed on them. 

You can enter the address of the server(s) and the port used by it in the following format: <my_server1>:22233,<my_server2>:22233. 

...where my_server is the host name of the relevant server.

The server address can be in the form of machine name (including the fully-qualified name) or the IP address. The servers listed are separated by a comma (,).

To configure the environment:

  1. Add the relevant information for to the Enter the portal address and Enter the service layer address fields.
  2. Once you have entered the relevant addresses, click Configure.
  3. You will be shown a screen similar to the following:
  4. Click Continue.

Now you can continue on to step 2l using the link below.