How To Run Two ActiveMQ Brokers On A Laptop

I needed to set up and test ActiveMQ failover URI’s and play around with Broker topologies for optimization in a safe environment (in my control environment where no other app servers or brokers other than this env could access). I have a Mac laptop with multiple VM operating systems so that I can easily work with any client/company requirements for a current project (ubuntu, windoz, etc). Here’s what I did to set up 2 local test Brokers:

1. Know both native and virtual operating system host names. IP addresses will not work

Explicitly setting IP addresses in the tc config will fail on the native OS as it attempts to bind to the virtual IP

2. Give each Broker a unique name

Standard procedure for any multiple Broker topology on a network

Installing, configuring, and running ActiveMQ is a no brainer so I won’t cover that here but the specific, simple configuration allowing me to run multiple instances on one machine were:

3. Super basic configuration of the connectors: In the activemq.xml Spring config file

Note: what I did here is set up two transport protocols, one for TCP, one for NIO

Instance One: on the native laptop OS

<networkConnector name=”nc-1″ uri=”multicast://default” userName=”system” password=”manager”/>

<transportConnector name=”tcp” uri=”tcp://nativeHostName:61616?trace=true” discoveryUri=”multicast://default”/>
<transportConnector name=”nio” uri=”nio://nativeHostName:61618?trace=true” discoveryUri=”multicast://default”/>

Instance Two: on the virtual machine’s OS

<networkConnector name=”nc-2″ uri=”multicast://default” userName=”system” password=”manager”/>

<transportConnector name=”tcp” uri=”tcp://virtualHostName:61616?trace=true” discoveryUri=”multicast://default”/>
<transportConnector name=”nio” uri=”nio://virtualHostName:61618?trace=true” discoveryUri=”multicast://default”/>

It’s that easy.

4. Start the native then virtual ActiveMQ servers

5. Open a browser on both OS’s and if you enabled the web console, at http://localhost:8161/admin/ you will see the broker interface with each unique broker name.