Quick Start Guide for Linux on CentOS or RHEL 8 v13

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Advanced Server adds extended functionality to the open-source PostgreSQL database that supports database administration, enhanced SQL capabilities, database and application security, performance monitoring and analysis, and application development utilities. Advanced Server also supports database compatibility features for Oracle users; for detailed information about compatibility features, see the Advanced Server documentation.

This guide will walk you through using dnf to install EDB Postgres Advanced Server on a RHEL or CentOS 8 system and deploying a database cluster. The database created by this tutorial is well-suited for experimentation and testing. There are likely to be additional security and resource considerations when configuring a production installation that are not covered by this document.

This guide assumes that you are familiar with simple operating system and system administration procedures, and have administrative privileges on the host on which Advanced Server will be installed.

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Components of an EDB Postgres Advanced Server Deployment

Among the components that make up an Advanced Server deployment are:

The Database Server - The database server (the postmaster) is the service that provides the key functionality that allows you to store and manage data. Advanced Server is built on the PostgreSQL open-source database project; it includes all of the documented features of community PostgreSQL and more.

The Database Cluster - A cluster is a set of on-disk structures that comprise a collection of databases. A cluster is serviced by a single-instance of the database server. A database cluster is stored in the data directory; please note that the data directory of a production database should not be stored on an NFS file system.

Configuration Files - You can use the parameters listed in Postgres configuration files to manage deployment preferences, security preferences, connection behaviors, and logging preferences.

Supporting Tools, Utilities, and Clients - EDB makes available a full suite of tools and utilities that can help you monitor and manage your Advanced Server deployment. For more information, visit the EDB website.

Supporting Functions, Procedures, Data Types, Index Types, Operators, Utilities, and Aggregates - Advanced Server includes a number of features that help you manage your data.


Before installing Advanced Server, assume superuser privileges and use dnf to install prerequisite packages:

dnf -y install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm

If you are installing Migration Toolkit or EDB*Plus, you must first install Java:

dnf -y install java

Installing and Configuring Advanced Server

Step 1: You must register with EDB to receive credentials for the EDB repository. If you have not previously registered with EDB, visit the EDB site for information about requesting credentials.

Step 2: Assume superuser privileges to install the EDB repository configuration package:

dnf -y install https://yum.enterprisedb.com/edbrepos/edb-repo-latest.noarch.rpm

Step 3: With your choice of editor, edit the /etc/yum.repos.d/edb.repo file, replacing the username and password placeholders in the baseurl specification with the name and password of a registered EDB user and ensure that the gpgcheck and enabled properties are set to 1.

Step 4: Update the cache and install Advanced Server:

dnf makecache

dnf -y install edb-as13-server

Step 5: Use sudo to assume the identity of the enterprisedb database superuser and create an Advanced Server cluster named acctg on listener port 5444:

sudo su - enterprisedb

/usr/edb/as13/bin/initdb -D /var/lib/edb/as13/acctg

Starting the Cluster

As the enterprisedb user, start the cluster:

/usr/edb/as13/bin/pg_ctl start -D /var/lib/edb/as13/acctg

You can check the status of the cluster with the command:

/usr/edb/as13/bin/pg_ctl status -D /var/lib/edb/as13/acctg

Using the psql Command Line Client

After installing the server and initializing a cluster, you can connect to the database with your choice of client. For convenience, the server is deployed with the pgAdmin 4 graphical client and the psql command line client.

As the enterprisedb user, open a psql session:

/usr/edb/as13/bin/psql -d edb

Then, assign a password to the enterprisedb user:

ALTER ROLE enterprisedb IDENTIFIED BY password;

Create a database (named hr):


Connect to the new database and create a table (named dept):

\c hr

CREATE TABLE public.dept (deptno numeric(2) NOT NULL CONSTRAINT dept_pk
PRIMARY KEY, dname varchar(14) CONSTRAINT dept_dname_uq UNIQUE, loc

Add data to the table:



You can use simple SQL commands to query the database and retrieve information about the data you have added to the table:

 deptno |   dname    |   loc
     20 | RESEARCH   | DALLAS
(2 rows)

Or create database users:

ALTER ROLE enterprisedb IDENTIFIED BY password;

For more detailed product usage information, see the Advanced Server documentation, available at the EDB website.