Minotaur - Installation

By: Raging Bull Tech  11-11-2011

System Requirements

Note: Minotaur has been tested with the latest service packs installed on all dependant technologies, so we recommend the same in your environment.
The product has been developed and tested for both 32- and 64bit environments.

Windows Server 2003 / 2003R2 / 2008 / 2008R2
Windows Vista / 7 (although desktop operating systems are not recommended)
SQL Server Express 2005 / 2008 for single server installation
SQL Server 2005 / 2008 / 2008R2
IIS 6 / 7 / 7.5
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Internet Explorer 8 or later

Useful Information

During the installation of Minotaur, you will be prompted to supply all required data to successfully install the product. You do not have to modify any configuration files after the installation.

If, during the installation process, you select to do a complete installation, the service and the web components will be installed on the current server. You will be prompted to supply connection details to create your database, which can either be on the current server or a separate database server. You will also be prompted to configure your connection string to the database and then also to supply credentials under which your web application and monitoring service will run.

If you select a custom installation, you can specify in you wish to install a combination of the monitoring service, the web application and the operational database. You will be prompted to supply details for each of these components which are relevant to your choice.

Note on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 2008

Minotaur requires elevated administrator privileges to install and operate. Minotaur furthermore requires "IIS 6 Management Compatibility" features to be enabled to install Minotaur on a Windows 7 / Vista / 2008 environment. Ensure these features are enabled by navigating to "Turn Windows Features on or off" in the Control Panel.

Getting Started / Security Credentials

You need the following to install, configure and run Minotaur:

Logged on user
a) Your logged in user requires administrative rights on the server you are installing Minotaur to, as well as the SQL server you are installing the Minotaur operational database on (must have sysadmin privileges for the duration of the installation and the BizTalk group registration process). The installation program will create the Minotaur operational database.
b) Your logged in user must be part of the BizTalk Administrators Group to open the Minotaur User Interface.

Active Directory Service Account
c) An Active Directory account, which is part of the local administrators group on all servers to be monitored, including all the SQL servers hosting BizTalk databases as well as the SQL server that will host the Minotaur database. This should be configured before registering a BizTalk Group in Minotaur.
d) The above-mentioned Active Directory account must also be added as a login on any SQL instance hosting BizTalk databases in cases where the Minotaur database is installed on a separate SQL instance.
e) The above-mentioned Active Directory account must also be a member of the BizTalk Administrators Group.
f) The above-mentioned Active Directory account must also be a member local administrators group on the server the Minotaur User Interface is being installed on AND a member of the IIS_WPG (or similar IIS group) Group.
g) You are now ready to install and configure Minotaur, continue on to the next section.


Step1: Launch the installer
Step 2: The welcome installation page

Step 3:

The license agreement page

If you do not agree with the Terms and Conditions of use, exit the installation.

Version Number

Step 4:

The customer information page

Step 5:

The setup type page

Complete– Select this option to install all Minotaur components on one server.

Custom – Select this option to install selective components on different servers.

The default of “Complete” includes all option pages of the installation. You will be presented with the SQL Information page, the Connection String page and the Service Credentials page. The custom option has a subset of these pages for each option in custom. The following steps will show how the pages should be completed, regardless of the setup type.

Step 6:

The SQL information page (Database Server)

The information on this page will determine where Minotaur is installed to. The connect details on this page is used to create the database only.

Select the Upgrade option to upgrade an existing Minotaur



Step 7:

The connection string page

Minotaur will use the information on the page to connect to the Minotaur operational database.

Keep the default option of windows authentication if you plan to access the Minotaur front end on the same server as it is installed.

8: The service credentials page

The active directory service user details created for Minotaur should be captured here along with the BizTalk Admin group.

Step 9:

The IIS details page

Use the dropdown to select a web site to install Minotaur to. Do not capture anything into the dropdown box manually – it will be ignored.

Step 10:

Ready to install page

Step 11:

Installing Minotaur page

Step 12:

Installation completed

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