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

Question asked by dmt953 on Feb 12, 2019
Latest reply on Mar 1, 2019 by Richard Faust

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?