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SiteMinder r12.8.02 - Auto-Start on Linux server reboot

Question asked by dmt953 on Feb 12, 2019

Our current version of PS is r12.52 SP1 running on RHEL 6.  For SiteMinder policy server auto-start on server reboot, we simply created a file "siteminder"  in: /etc/init.d/

Below is the content of this file:


# this script starts and stops the siteminder policy server
# at boot time
# start

case "$1" in


su - smuser -c /usr/pservices/ca/siteminder/start-all &
touch /var/lock/subsys/siteminder



su - smuser -c /usr/pservices/ca/siteminder/stop-all &
rm -f /var/lock/subsys/siteminder





For the new r12.8.02 running on RHEL 7, I came across this document from CA which instructs us to setup the policy server auto-start using service daemon:

Configure Auto Startup for RHEL 7

Perform the following steps only when configuring auto startup for RHEL 7.

Follow these steps:

  1. Create a service by creating a new file /etc/systemd/system/S98sm.service
  2. Add the following content in the file /etc/systemd/system/S98sm.service and replace nete_ps_root with an explicit path to the CA Single Sign-on installation directory.

    Description=S98sm Service





  3. Run the following commands to start the Policy Server as a service/daemon process:
    $systemctl daemon-reload
    $systemctl enable S98sm
    $systemctl start S98sm



My question here is, could I still implement the policy server auto-start for the r12.8 on RHEL 7 the same way as I currently do for our r12.52 on RHEL 6 or do I really need to follow the instruction from the CA doc that is specifically for r12.8 on RHEL 7 for proper policy server auto-start on server reboot?