I’ve been focusing a lot lately on how to install P8 with CPIT. Mostly because this is easier, faster, and usually more convenient, but it has inconveniences as well. Installing all components separatly has a few benefits and I thought it was time to write how to do that:
- Install different versions of the components
- Install Fix Packs during install
- Use different technologies
- Split components on different servers
- Use pre-installed components (LDAP, DB, …)
- Optimize install size by deleting binaries after each install
- And for curious people, understand better what’s going on 🙂
This will be a long post, but I’ll try to split this step by step and explain precisely what is going on. At the end of this post, I will give the full script you can run to install a full platform. Unlike the CPIT installer, I’ve tried to keep everything in one script to ease distribution, installation and customization. That’s why you will see a lot of HERE-doc commands to create files on-the-go. At this moment I’m using only one dependency, which is a file from the CPIT installer: cpt-actions.jar. This is the java tool allowing us to create the default domain and object store. This is quite basic to implement using the Java API so I hope to write soon how to rewrite this tool so we can get rid of all dependency on CPIT.
Here is how to upgrade P8 FileNet Platform 5.2.1 to 5.2.1 FP5 silently. This upgrades both the server and the client.
You need FileNet 5.2.1 to upgrade to 5.2.1 FP 5. Here is a way to install FileNet 5.2.1.
You can execute this in the same directory you copied 184.108.40.206-P8CPE-LINUX-FP005.tar.gz and 220.127.116.11-P8CPE-CLIENT-LINUX-FP005.tar.gz.
Here is the new and up-to-date version of the Install FileNet P8 series, replacing the old one (5.2). What is mainly new, compare to CPIT 5.2:
- Tivoli Directory Server 6.3 FP24
- GSKit 18.104.22.168
- FileNet Content Platform Engine 5.2.1
- WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5
- IBM Content Navigator 2.0.3
- Installation Manager 1.6.2
- There are now two WAS nodes, one for FileNet and one for ICN
- IBM DB2 9.7 Fix Pack 8/li>
Last version was Install FileNet P8. This post is intended to help you to use the CPIT installer to install a fully functional FileNet P8 on a single server. We will see what you need to run and how to proceed. As nice as it sounds, errors are frequent so we will try to isolate all errors and see how to fix them.
This is weird, but most of the errors from the CPIT 5.1 are still present in the version 5.2.1… The only one actually fixed is the creation of the setDB2port which is not needed anymore.
Update: This post is now super-seeded by the last version, installing FileNet P8. I will still be answering any question you might have though.
IBM came up with something that sounds really nice: The Composite Platform Installation Tools or also called CPIT. And it is true, being able to have a running platform (for test and development only) in less than one hour sounds like a dream, especially when you know how installing P8 is a nightmare. Except it never works…
And from the one hour expected, we fall back to a few days like before. It is actually impressive how many errors this thing can produce. That’s why I write this post, trying to summarize all errors that can occur.