Date Created: Mon 13-Dec-2010

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Install IBM Installation Manger Silently

I had to download the IBM Installation Manager

IBM Installation Manager for Linux Intel
iim.linux.x86_1.4.2000.20100901_0107.zip (96 MB)

Before I continue lets try an understand how the new IIM (IBM Installation Manager) approaches silent installs of WebSphere 8. By opening this link http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/install/v1r4/index.jsp I was able to read a little on how to do silent installs.

Excerpt from: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/install/v1r4/topic/com.ibm.silentinstall12.doc/topics/c_silent_response_files.html

A response file is an XML file that contains data required to complete installation operations silently.

IBM® Installation Manager uses response files to complete installation operations silently. You can record a response file by recording preferences and installation actions in Installation Manager in user interface mode. Alternatively, you can create a response file manually by using the documented list of response file commands and preferences. You can use one response file to install, update, or uninstall multiple products. Using a response file, you can do almost any action that you can perform using Installation Manager in wizard mode. For example, with a response file you can specify the location of the repository that contains the package, which package to install, and which features to install for that package. You can also use a response file to modify installed packages, to apply updates, and to apply a license.

You cannot record a response file to install Installation Manager. But what you can do it modify the install.xml file as seen below. Before I show you the answer scroll though the screens of a manual install so you can see what time we are saving. If you are not interested,the complete install script is below the screen captures.

Run a manual install by typing ./install







As shown below, I changed the default location for my server. Please select a file-system that has plenty of space.





Click Next to start the installation.




By running the graphical install we have essentially created and installer instance. What I wish to do now is try and automate this install to create and installer instance via the command line.

Installing the IBM Installation Manager via the command line ie silently

Open: install.xml in located in the root of the IIM installation binaries

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<agent-input clean='true' temporary='true'>
<server>
<repository location='.'/>
</server>
<install>
<offering features='agent_core,agent_jre' id='com.ibm.cic.agent' version='1.4.2000.20100901_0107'/>
</install>
</agent-input>

Edit file to contain the following changes

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<agent-input clean='true' temporary='true'>
<profile kind='self' installLocation='/var/apps/iim/eclipse' id='IBM Installation Manager'>
<data key='eclipseLocation' value='/var/apps/iim/eclipse'/>
</profile>
<server>
<repository location='.'/>
</server>
<install>
<offering profile='IBM Installation Manager' features='agent_core,agent_jre' id='com.ibm.cic.agent' version='1.4.2000.20100901_0107'/>
</install>
</agent-input>

To install type the following command


./install --launcher.ini silent-install.ini

The IBM Installation Manager (IIM) is installed. We can now use this concept in automation scripts to automate the installation of WebSphere packages.

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