Settings.xml Overview
  • 21 Feb 2023
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Settings.xml Overview

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The Settings.xml file contains adjustable parameters about server administration within an Installation

Such parameters include the ability to adjust the size of the System Logs, Email Server settings, and settings specific to the database the platform is hosted on. The following document discusses how to access and edit the Settings.xml file.

Locating and Adjusting Settings.xml

The file can be found by which can be found by navigating to the Decisions Server folder within the primary installation location (typically C:\Program Files\Decisions\Decisions Server).
Settings can be altered as desired by opening the file in a Text Editor and replacing the contents between each open tag and its respective close tag with the desired/applicable value.
Many settings use a Boolean value of true or false to indicate whether they are enabled or disabled, whereas others require a more specific configuration.

System Settings Chart

The following table alphabetically lists all settings in the Settings.xml file with default values for a local install.

Setting NameDefault ValueDescription
AllowedIPAddresses<blank>Prompts for permitted client IP addresses to access the server.
AllowProxyFromFalseToggles permitting proxy headers
ApplicationNameDecisionsPrompts for a name that can be used by any created cookies.
AspNetLogsFileCountLimit30Prompts for maximum number of ASP NET logs to store. Newer logs will override the oldest logs.
AspNetLogsFileSizeLimit104857600 (bytes, i.e., 100MB)Prompts for the maximum size of an ASP NET log file. A log that exceeds this size then rolls over into a new file.
-1Prompts for a time duration for API calls that, if exceeded, will turn off the Profiler.
90Prompts for a time duration to run the Profiler before stopping.
AutoStartProfilerTrueToggles automatically start the Profiler to capture the session.
CaptureAspNetLogsFalseToggles capturing HTTP requests and responses in a log file saved under /Logs/Asp.NET Core with the prefix "w3clog".
CaptureW3CLogsFalseToggles capturing W3C logs in the log file.
CertificateThumbPrint<blank>Prompts for certificate thumbprint of SSL certificate when using certificate store option.
ClusterAddressableIP<blank>Prompts for IP addresses to allow cluster server connections. If blank, then the server is not clustered.
ClusterPortalBaseUrl<blank>Prompts for the Portal base URL of the clustered environment. This should match the Instance URL generated from the Control instance's Add Instance window.

If blank, then the server is not clustered.
<blank>Prompts for the control instance URL in multi-tenancy environments. Used for environments with Postgres.
CustomHeadersCustomHeader[] ArrayCheck cross-origin.
Refer to the article Decisions Platform in iFrame for detailed information on the CustomHeaders tag.
DatabaseConnectionString[encrypted value]Prompts for the connection string to the Decisions database.
This is typically defined during installation, but this may be changed. Any changes will be automatically encrypted.
DataBaseType[Supported DB type]Allows selection of the supported database connecting to Decisions. This is typically defined during installation, and changes are generally not recommended.
DefaultAccountEmailAddressadmin@decisions.comPrompts for the default account's email address.
DefaultDatabaseQueryTimeout60Prompts for a time duration for database queries that, if exceeded, will automatically fail.
DefaultSameSiteCookieModeLaxAllows selection of the cookie behavior for the server.
DeniedIPAddresses<blank>Prompts for IP addresses to block access to the Decisions server.
DeploymentLockEnabledFalseToggles blocking users from creating or modifying any Designer Elements in the server.
FalseToggles permitting SSO environment user logins with/without "?AutoSSOSignIn=false" in the URL. If set to true, the parameter will fail and redirect the user to the sign-in SSO page instead.
300Prompts for timeout limit
DynamicLocalModuleLoadingTrueToggles loading local module libraries and their functions into memory.
EnableHSTSFalseToggles restricting all server connections to HTTPS. When set to True, all HTTP connections will be refused.
EnableHTTPTrueToggles using the default web traffic port for connections to the server.
EnableHTTPSFalseToggles using the secure web traffic port for connections to the server.
EnableHTTPToHTTPSRedirectionFalseToggles HTTP to HTTPS redirection for any server connections.
EnableSingleSignOnFalseToggles enabling single-sign-on (SSO) for user logins for added security to the instance.
EnableStaleFlowsDataStoreFalseToggles using datastore for Flow storage in a single node and clustered environment.
EnvironmentNameProductionPrompts for the environment name of the installed instance. This will often match the license.
FileStorageLocationC:\Program Files\
Prompts for file path on the local file system to store the server and its files.
ForceBaseUrl<blank>Prompts for SLL termination behind a load balancer when clustering (interlink to Setting up Cluster doc)
FullTextSearchEnabledToggles full text searching in the server.
HideCreatedByOnImportTrueToggles (test this)
HideSystemValidationWarningFalseToggles visibility of System validation warnings.
HTTPPort8080Prompts for the port number for HTTP connections.
HTTPSCertificateLocationPhysicalFilePathAllows the HTTPS certificate location selection between the file path or the certificate store. 
HTTPSCertificatePassword<blank>Prompts for the HTTPS certificate's password.
HTTPSCertificatePath<blank>Prompts for the file path to the certificate on the local file system.
HTTPSPort443Prompts for the port number for HTTPS connections.
IgnoreAllCertificateErrorsFalseToggles respecting certificate errors such as trust errors from self-signed licenses. 
<blank>Prompts for the authentication key are generated from a Control instance's Add Instance window.
Prompts for file path
InstanceNamePrimaryPrompts for the name of the installed server instance referenced in the connection string, e.g., "localhost:80/Primary/".
InterServerCommunicationModeHTTPAllows selection of how objects within the server communicate changes between each other.
could be internal service calls?
IsMultiTenantServerFalseToggles if the installed server is a Multi-Tenant server. Recommended to edit via the EDIT SETTINGS in the installer.
IsTenantServerFalseToggles if the installed server is a Tenant server. Recommended to edit via the EDIT SETTINGS in the installer.
LaunchDebuggerOnUnitTestFailFalseToggles initializing the Debugger upon unit test failure

usually matches DNS name on the certificate, used in IIS and clustering install (add in HTTPS IIS docs)
5Prompts for a time duration for API calls that, if exceeded, will be added to the log file for troubleshooting.
LogCheckFieldTypesFalseToggles logging field types checks into the log file.
LogFileMaxSize10485760 (bytes)
The maximum allowed size is 2,147,483,647 aka 2.14 GB 
Prompts for the maximum size of a log file. A log that exceeds this size then rolls over into a new file.
1000Prompts for a time duration for Flow step execution that, if exceeded, will be added to the log file for troubleshooting.
LoginPageAllowedIPs<blank>Prompts for permitted IP addresses for users to log in to the server. 
LogMaxBackups10Prompts for the maximum number of log files to keep.
Prompts for file path location where server logs are stored in the local file system.
5Prompts for a time duration for SQL statements that, if exceeded, will be added to the log file for troubleshooting.
Enter settings for the server to send email notifications to users and workflow task assignees.

ByPassSmtpServerTrueToggles bypassing below SMTP settings instead of using direct mail. It is not recommended to set it to True unless for testing purposes.

SmtpServerUnknownEnter configuration settings to connect to an SMTP server to the server to send and receive emails.

ClientDomain<blank>Prompts for the address of the SMTP server. It is used to send, receive, and relay outgoing emails between senders and receivers. If blank, then this is not used nor needed in the server.

EncryptedPassword[hidden password]Prompts for the password for the email account specified in the Username setting.

Port25Prompts for the port number of the connecting SMTP email service. 

RequiresAuthenticationFalseToggles user authentication when logging into the SMTP account specified in the Username setting.

ServerAddress<blank>Prompts for the server address of the connecting SMTP email service.



Username<blank>Prompts the SMTP email user account username to log into to manage emails.

UseSSLFalseToggles the secure-sockets layer (SSL) to secure the connection between the server and the SMTP server.
MaintenanceModeFalseToggles setting the server into Maintenance Mode. Any jobs will pause, and only Administrators can log in until this is turned off.
NoLockReadsFalseToggles No Lock allows SQL to read data without regard to locks and other blockers.
PortalBaseUrlhttp://localhost:80Prompts for URL to the Portal. This is typically defined during installation.
ProductTitle<blank>Prompts for the name of the product.
<blank>Prompts for the secondary connection string to the Decisions database. Changes will be automatically encrypted.
ServerAdministratorEmailsupport@decisions.comPrompts for which email will be contacted by actions such as Send Logs to Support and Send Notification to Server Admin.
5Prompts for the frequency of server health heartbeats.
ServerName<blank>Prompts for the name of the installed Decisions server.
ServerType[Installation Server Type] Allows selection of the server installation type. Recommended to edit via the EDIT SETTINGS in the installer.
Prompts for file path location of where settings files are stored within the specified File Storage Location setting.
ShowDraftModeAppsFalseToggles visibility of draft apps in the App Store.
ShowUnhandledExceptionDialogFalseToggles displaying an error window when catching an unhandled exception.
SkipDatabaseInitializationFalseAllows secondary nodes in a cluster to skip the DB Initialization and start the DecisionsServer service quickly.
SkipTypeCheckOnInitializationFalseToggles skipping JavaScript type check at runtime.
SplashScreenTextDecisions OS is Loading...Prompts for text to display when the Portal loads/reloads.
StudioBaseUrl<blank>Prompts for the URL to the Studio. This is often left blank.
UsePrototypeInstanceTrueToggles using a template instance. Mainly used for multitenant environments
UserIdCaseSensitiveFalseToggles case sensitivity for username during login.
UseTimeZoneTranslationFalseToggles time zones translation.

For more information and questions regarding Settings.xml, see Decisions Forum: Settings.

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