2.6.  Utilize Centralized Installation Manager (CIM) in WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0.


Centralized Installation Manager provides an easy, repeatable, centralized user interface for installing IBM WebSphere Application Server to a large number of remote target machines, all without requiring the administrator to log in to each machine and repeat the same install operation.

Centralized Installation Manager (CIM) has been available in WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment since Version 7.0. A number of major improvements were made to CIM for WebSphere Application Server V8.0. Beginning with WebSphere Application Server V8.0, CIM drives remote installation of WebSphere Application Server and its supplementary products using IBM Installation Manager, which provides a single user interface for managing the product lifecycle. CIM also enables you to install the product and apply maintenance (fixpacks and ifixes) — separately or together in one operation.

Because CIM is now integrated with the Job Manager, you can submit installation jobs from both the Job Manager administrative console and wsadmin.sh command line.

The table below lists the available CIM jobs and their functions:

Table 2.1.  Centralized Installation Manager jobs




Use to collect what has been installed on remote targets, it will be run automatically right after you register a host. The inventory information is a snapshot of what has been installed on a remote target at that moment. Rerun this job to get the most updated inventory information as needed.


Install IBM Installation Manager

Use to install IBM Installation Manager on remote targets.


Update IBM Installation Manager

Use to update IBM Installation Manager on remote targets to a newer version.


Uninstall IBM Installation Manager

Use to uninstall IBM Installation Manager on remote targets.


Manage offerings

Use to install or uninstall WebSphere Application Server and its supplementary products. Can also be used to install or uninstall fixpacks and interim fixes.


Manage profiles

Use to create or delete WebSphere Application Server profiles on remote targets.


Collect file

Use to remotely retrieve files from remote targets to the Job Manager machine.


Distribute file

Use to transfer files from the Job Manager machine to remote targets.


Remove file

Use to delete a file on remote targets.


Run command on remote host

Use to run an operating system command or shell script on remote targets.


Test connection

Test the connection between the Job Manager and remote targets.


Install SSH public key

Before you can use the SSH public and private key authentication, you need to install the public key to remote targets first. Use this job to install the pubic key to remote targets.


Add or search for Installation Manager agent data locations

Use to find additional Installation Manager agent data locations on remote targets. This is for advanced users who need to use more than one agent data locations.

Initial Centralized Installation Manager setup

  1. Install IBM Installation Manager.

  2. Use IBM Installation Manager to install IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.0.

  3. Create a Job Manager profile using the Profile Management Tool or manageprofiles.sh command:

    test317:/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/bin # ./manageprofiles.sh -create -templatePath ../profileTemplates/management -serverType JOB_MANAGER
    INSTCONFSUCCESS: Success: Profile JobMgr01 now exists. Please consult /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/JobMgr01/logs/AboutThisProfile.txt
    for more information about this profile.

  4. Start the Job Manager.

    test317:/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/bin # ./startServer.sh jobmgr -profileName JobMgr01
    ADMU0116I: Tool information is being logged in file
    ADMU0128I: Starting tool with the JobMgr01 profile
    ADMU3100I: Reading configuration for server: jobmgr
    ADMU3200I: Server launched. Waiting for initialization status.
    ADMU3000I: Server jobmgr open for e-business; process id is 34056

  5. Open the Job Manager administrative console.

    Figure 2.30. Job Manager administrative console

    Job Manager administrative console

Locating Centralized Installation Manager

You can access CIM from several places:

Using Centralized Installation Manager

In order for CIM to perform operations on a remote host, you must register it with its credential:

  1. From the console, expand the Jobs section and click Targets. Click the New Host button:

    Figure 2.34. 

  2. Enter the Host name of the remote Linux machine; for example, test317.java.boot.by.

  3. Enter a username for the Administrative user with installation authority field; for example, ilcbuild.

  4. Select Password authentication and then enter and confirm your password.

  5. [Optional] If the user does not have superuser authorities, you may want to configure sudo user.

  6. To save the credential, check the Save security information checkbox. (If you choose to save the security information now, you will not need to enter it again during future job submission.)

  7. Click OK.

    Figure 2.35. 

The hostname will be displayed in the table of the Targets panel.

Figure 2.36. 

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