WebSphere Application Server Centralized Installation Manager – Part 3

Add Installation Manager Installation Kit

Next we need to provide the binary file required for the installation of IBM Installation Manager to Job Manager. The binary file is actually uploaded from the machine where you have the browser running to the Job Manager machine. The binary file is saved under <JOB_MANAGER_PROFILE_ROOT>/IMKits directory.

Expand Jobs in left navigation pane of Job Manager admin console

Click Installation Manager installation kits


Click Add button


Click the Browse button and point to the Installation Manager Installation Kit

Click Add button


The Installation Kit is added and displayed in the table as shown below.


Installing IBM Installation Manager by creating a Job

In this step we are going to install IBM Installation Manager in the remote host using Job Manager.

Expand Jobs in left navigation pane of Job Manager admin console

Click Submit link


Select “Install IBM Installation Manager” as job type

To know the list of Job Types supported by the Job Manager that are relevant to a target of type host refer Appendix B: Job Types & targets

Optionally, provide a description in the Description field

Click Next button


Add a target by entering a target name and then clicking Add button

Instead of directly typing a target name, it is possible to use the Find option to search for a target and then use it. The Find option is useful when multiple targets are configured.

Provide username and password to be used by Job Manager for this Job

If you had saved the Security Information while configuring the target, you need not provide username & password under Target Authentication section

Click Next button


Check the “I accept the terms in the license agreements” check box

Since we have already added the Installation Manager Installation Kit, Job manager will automatically pick it and use it. It will pick the most recent Installation Kit that is relevant to the target platform. You can override this behaviour by explicitly providing the Installation Kit to use by giving its path in the “The path and file name of Installation Manager kit” field.

Job Manager will use the default “Agent Data Location” and “Installation Directory” if you do not specify it here.

Click “Next” button


It is possible to schedule the job using the options provided here. The default option just runs the job once immediately after the Finish button is clicked.

Click Next button


Review the summary and click “Finish” button


A Job ID is created and displayed as shown below.

Click on the Job ID link


Job status initially appears as “In progress” and if the Job is successful turns to “Succeeded“. You can further click on the status link to know the history of changes to the status field i.e. when the state transitions happened.

Click “Back” button

Click on Job ID link again after few minutes


We can see that the Job has succeeded.

Click on stdOut.txt link


Message similar to the one shown below is displayed in admin console. Note that IBM Installation Manager is installed under <USER_HOME_DIR>/IBM/InstallationManager directory. This is the default installation directory when we install it as a non-administrator. If we install with root privileges, the default installation directory will be /opt/IBM/InstallationManager.

Similarly the default agent data location for a non-administrator is <USER_HOME_DIR>/var/IBM/InstallationManager. For an administrator the default location is /var/ibm/InstallationManager.


Login to 10.0.0.4 and verify the contents of the folder <USER_HOME_DIR>/IBM/InstallationManager

wasadmin@localhost-desktop:~/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse$ ls -l

total 500

drwxr-xr-x 3 arun arun 4096 2012-05-10 00:43 atoc

drwxr-xr-x 3 arun arun 4096 2012-05-10 00:43 configuration

drwxr-xr-x 12 arun arun 4096 2012-05-10 00:43 documentation

drwxr-xr-x 4 arun arun 4096 2012-05-10 00:43 extra

-rwxr-xr-x 1 arun arun 63005 2011-09-09 12:05 IBMIM

-rw-r–r– 1 arun arun 162 2012-05-10 00:43 IBMIM.ini

drwxr-xr-x 4 arun arun 4096 2012-05-10 00:43 jre_6.0.0.sr9_20110208_03

-rwxr-xr-x 1 arun arun 63005 2011-09-09 12:05 launcher

-rw-r–r– 1 arun arun 162 2012-05-10 00:43 launcher.ini

drwxr-xr-x 2 arun arun 4096 2012-05-10 00:43 lib

-rwxr-xr-x 1 arun arun 266168 2011-09-09 12:05 libcairo-swt.so

drwxr-xr-x 2 arun arun 4096 2012-05-10 00:43 native

drwxr-xr-x 11 arun arun 53248 2012-05-10 00:43 plugins

-rw-r–r– 1 arun arun 7756 2011-07-28 11:10 readme.html

-rw-r–r– 1 arun arun 114 2012-05-10 00:42 repository.config

-rw-r–r– 1 arun arun 214 2012-05-10 00:43 silent-install.ini

drwxr-xr-x 2 arun arun 4096 2012-05-10 00:43 tools

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