Configure a Web server and a deployment manager profile on the same machine



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This procedure describes installing a Web server and its plug-in on a machine where the default profile is a deployment manager.


Before you begin

This procedure configures the deployment manager profile that is the default profile on the machine. A managed node must exist to define a Web server definition, which is always on a managed node. If the deployment manager is the default profile, the Plug-ins installation wizard looks for a managed custom node in the deployment manager configuration. If the deployment manager does not have a managed custom node, the Plug-ins installation wizard looks for a managed application server node. If the deployment manager does not have a managed node, then the Plug-ins installation wizard classifies the installation as a remote installation.

Start the deployment manager and the node agent for the managed node. The deployment manager and the node must be running to successfully change its configuration.



Use the following procedure to install the Web server plug-in, configure the Web server, and create a Web server definition in the default profile.



  1. Log on as root on a Linux or UNIX operating system, or as a member of the administrator group on a Windows system.

    In addition, verify that the umask setting is 022. To verify the umask setting, issue the following command

    To set the umask setting to 022, issue the following command

    umask 022
    Some steps of the installation on a Windows platform require the administrator group user to have the following advanced user rights:

    • Act as part of the operating system

    • Log on as a service

    For example, on some Windows systems, click Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > User Rights Assignments to see the advanced options. See your Windows documentation for more information.

    The installation wizard grants your Windows user ID the advanced user rights, if the user ID belongs to the administrator group. The silent installation does not grant these rights. If you create a new user ID on a Windows platform to perform a silent installation, restart the system to activate the proper authorizations for the user ID before you can perform a successful silent installation.

    When installing the WAS as a Windows service, do not use a user ID that contains spaces. A user ID with spaces cannot be validated. Such a user ID is not allowed to continue the installation. To work around this problem, install with a user ID that does not contain spaces, or do not choose to install Windows services.

  2. Install the WAS Network Deployment product.

    See Installing the product and additional software.

  3. Create a deployment manager profile as the first profile on the machine. See Using the Profile creation wizard to create a deployment manager.

  4. Install the IBM HTTP Server or another supported Web server.

    See Installing IBM HTTP Server or the product documentation for your Web server.

  5. Launch the Plug-ins installation wizard on the machine with the Web server.

    Select the Plug-ins installation wizard from the launchpad or change directories to the plugin directory on the product disc or in the downloaded installation image and issue the install command.

  6. Clear the check box for the roadmap or select the check box to view the roadmap, then click Next.

    If you are unsure of which installation scenario to follow, display the roadmap instead. Print and keep the roadmap as a handy overview of the installation steps.

    Press Ctrl-P to print the roadmap if the Web browser navigation controls and the menu bar are not present on the browser window that displays the Plug-ins roadmap. Press Ctrl-W to close the browser window if the navigation controls and the menu bar do not display. Or close the browser window with the window control in the title bar.

  7. Read the license agreement and accept the agreement it if you agree to its terms. Click Next when you are finished.

  8. If your system does not pass the prerequisites check, stop the installation, correct any problems, and restart the installation. If your system passes the prerequisites check, click Next.

    Look for the appropriate log file for information about missing prerequisites:

    • If you stop the installation, see the temporaryPluginInstallLog.txt file in the temporary directory of the user who installed the plug-ins. For example, the /tmp/temporaryPluginInstallLog.txt file might exist if the root user installed the plug-ins on a Linux or UNIX system.

    • If you continue the installation in spite of warnings about missing prerequisites, see the plugins_install_root/logs/install/log.txt file after the installation is complete.

    See Troubleshooting installation for more information about log files.

  9. Select the type of Web server that you are configuring and click Next.

    The Plug-ins installation wizard panel prompts you to identify the Web servers to configure. Actually one can select only one Web server each time you run the Plug-ins installation wizard.

    Stop any Web server while you are configuring it. A step later in the procedure directs you to start the Web server as you begin the snoop servlet test.

    If you select the Web server identification option labeled None, the Web server installs the binary plug-ins but does not configure the Web server. A known problem in the wizard panel causes the English word None to appear in translated versions of the wizard. However, the selectable option is functional in every locale in spite of the missing translation.

  10. Select Application Server machine (local) and click Next.

  11. Accept the default location for the installation root directory for the plug-ins. Click Next.

    You can type another new directory or click Browse to select an empty directory. The fully qualified path identifies the plug-ins installation root directory.

    The default location is:

    • /usr/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins

    • /opt/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins

    • C:\Program Files\IBM\WebSphere\Plugins

    A possibility exists that the Web server might run on a platform that WAS does not support.

  12. Click Browse on the Application Server installation location panel to browse for the location of the deployment manager, if necessary. Click Next when the installation root directory is correct.

    The fully qualified path identifies the installation root directory for the Network Deployment product core files.

    The default location is:

    • /usr/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer

    • /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer

    • C:\Program Files\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer

  13. Click Browse to select the configuration file for your Web server, verify that the Web server port is correct, and then click Next when you are finished.

    Select the file and not just the directory of the file. Some Web servers have two configuration files and require you to browse for each file.

    The following list shows configuration files for supported Web servers:

    Apache HTTP Server


    Domino Web Server

    names.nsf and Notes.jar

    The wizard prompts for the notes.jar file. The actual name is Notes.jar.

    The Plug-ins installation wizard verifies that the files exist but the wizard does not validate either file.

    IBM HTTP Server


    Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)

    The Plug-ins installation wizard can determine the correct files to edit.

    Sun ONE Web Server 6.0 or Sun Java System Web Server, V6.1

    obj.conf and magnus.conf

    The wizard displays a naming panel for the nickname of the Web server definition.

  14. Specify a nickname for the Web server and click Next.

    The wizard uses the value to name configuration folders in the plug-ins installation root directory. The wizard also uses the name within the deployment manager as the name of the Web server definition.

  15. Accept the location for the plugin-cfg.xml file and click Next.

    See Configuration behavior of the Plug-ins installation wizard for a description of the logic that determines what path is configured by default. The wizard determines the characteristics of the deployment manager to determine the best path for the file.

    When the deployment manager is the default profile, the path is


    Accept the default value.

    Important: If there is a managed custom node on the deployment manager machine, the Plug-ins installation wizard uses the following file path

    In this case, accept the path and resume the procedure at this point in Configuring a Web server and a custom profile on the same machine.

  16. Click Next after verifying the characteristics of the plug-ins installation or click Back to make changes.

    You can use the administrative console of the deployment manger to delete an existing Web server or to create new ones. Federated nodes can have more than one Web server definition.

  17. Click Next on the pre-installation summary panel to begin the installation or click Back to change any characteristics of the installation.

    The wizard begins installing the plug-ins and configuring the Web server and the deployment manager.

    The wizard shows an installation status panel as it installs the plug-ins.

    The wizard displays the Installation summary panel at the completion of the installation.

  18. After the wizard installs the code and creates the uninstaller program, examine the post-installation summary panel. Click Next when you are finished to display the Plug-ins installation roadmap.

    The Plug-ins installation wizard installs the binary plug-in module. On a Linux system, for example, the installation creates the /opt/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins directory. The /opt/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins/config/Web_servername directory contains the plugin-cfg.xml file.

    The wizard displays the name and location of the configuration script and the plugin-cfg.xml file. The wizard also displays the type of Web server that is configured and the nickname of the Web server.

    If a problem occurs and the installation is unsuccessful, examine the logs in the plug-ins_install_root/logs directory. Correct any problems and reinstall.

  19. Close the road map and click Finish to exit the wizard.

    Log files from the installation are in the plug-ins_install_root/logs/install directory.

  20. Complete the installation by creating the Web server definition.

    You must create an application server profile or a custom profile and federate the node before use the administrative console of the deployment manager to create a Web server definition. The same is true for running the configuration script that the Plug-ins installation wizard created. You must assign the Web server to a managed node when you create it.

    The managed node must exist before running the Plug-ins installation wizard. Otherwise, the installation is considered a remote installation.

    If you install the plug-in, save the script to run after you create a managed node. Otherwise an error occurs. Before starting the Web server, wait for these actions to occur:

    • The script runs successfully.

    • The script creates the Web server definition on the managed node.

    • Node synchronization occurs.

    Adding the node starts the nodeagent process. If the node agent is not running for some reason, start the node.

    See startNode command for more information.

    Tip: If you want the Web server to handle requests for an application for multiple managed nodes, install the application on each managed node and on the Web server definition.

    The script already contains all of the information that gather when using the administrative console option.

    Select one of the following options:

    • Using the administrative console

      Click Servers > Web servers > New and use the Create new Web server entry wizard to create the Web server definition.

    • Run the configuration script

      If the node has only a deployment manager profile, then the plug-ins installer reverts to a remote plug-in configuration. You must manually copy the plugin_install_root/ bin/ script or the plugin_install_root\ bin\ configureWeb_servername.bat script to the was_install_root/bin directory of the deployment manager to run the script.

      Issue the appropriate command from a command window:

      • ./was_install_root/bin/

      • was_install_root\bin\configureWeb_servername.bat

      If you have enabled security or changed the default JMX connector type, edit the script and include the appropriate parameters on the wsadmin command.

  21. Domino Web Server only: Set the WAS_PLUGIN_CONFIG_FILE environment variable.

    To configure Domino, set the WAS_PLUGIN_CONFIG_FILE environment variable. On Linux and UNIX-based platforms, sourcing a script to the parent shell allows child processes to inherit the exported variables. On Windows systems, run the script as you would run any other command. Sourcing is automatic on Windows systems.

    1. Open a command window.

    2. Change directories to the plug-ins installation root directory.

    3. Issue the appropriate command for the plug-ins_install_root/bin/ script:

      • . plug-ins_install_root/bin/ (Notice the space between the period and the installation root directory.)

      • source plug-ins_install_root/bin/

    The script is also in the lotus_install_root/notesdata directory on Linux and UNIX systems.

    Issue the appropriate command for the script before starting the Domino Web Server.

  22. From the administrative console of the deployment manager, click System administration > Save Changes to Master Repository > Synchronize changes with Nodes > Save.

  23. Start the Snoop servlet to verify the ability of the Web server to retrieve an application from the Application Server.

    Test your environment by starting your Application Server, your Web server, and using the snoop servlet with an IP address.

    1. Start the Application Server. In a Network Deployment environment, the Snoop servlet is available in the cell only if you included the DefaultApplication when adding the Application Server to the cell. The -includeapps option for the addNode command migrates the DefaultApplication to the cell. If the application is not present, skip this step.

      Change directories to the install_root/profiles/profile/bin directory and run the startServer command:

      • ./ server1

      • startServer server1

    2. Start the IBM HTTP Server or the Web server that you are using.

      Use a command window to change the directory to the IBM HTTP Server installed image, or to the installed image of your Web server. Issue the appropriate command to start the Web server, such as these commands for IBM HTTP Server:

      To start the IBM HTTP Server from the command line:

      Access the apache and apachectl commands in the IBMHttpServer/bin directory.

      • ./apachectl start

      • apache

    3. Point your browser to http://localhost:9080/snoop to test the internal HTTP transport provided by the Application Server. Point your browser to http://Host_name_of_Web_server_machine/snoop to test the Web server plug-in.

      The HTTP Transport port is 9080 by default and must be unique for every profile. The port is associated with a virtual host named default_host, which is configured to host the installed DefaultApplication and any installed Samples. The snoop servlet is part of the DefaultApplication. Change the port to match your actual HTTP Transport port.

    4. Verify that snoop is running.

      Either Web address should display the Snoop Servlet - Request/Client Information page.

    5. Remote IBM HTTP Server only: Verify that the automatic propagation function can work on a remote IBM HTTP Server by using the following steps. This procedure is not necessary for local Web servers.

      1. Create a user=adminUser, password=adminPassword in the IHS_install_root /conf/admin.passwd file. For example: c:\ws\ihs60\bin\htpasswd -cb c:\ws\ihs60\conf\admin.passwd adminUser adminPassword

      2. Use the administrative console of the deployment manager or the Application Server to enter the User ID and password information that you created for the administrative user of IBM HTTP Server. Go to Servers > Web server > Web_server_definition > Remote Web server administration. Set the following values: admin Port=8008, User Id=adminUser, Password=adminPassword.

      3. Set the correct read/write permissions for the httpd.conf file and the plugin-cfg.xml file. See the IHS_install_root /logs/admin_error.log file for more information.

      Automatic propagation of the plug-in configuration file requires the IBM HTTP administrative server to be up and running. If you are managing an IBM HTTP Server using the WAS administrative console, the following error might display

      "Could not connect to IHS Administration server error"

      Perform the following procedure to correct the error:

      1. Verify that the IBM HTTP Server administration server is running.

      2. Verify that the Web server host name and the port that is defined in the WebSphere Application Server administrative console matches the IBM HTTP Server administration host name and port.

      3. Verify that the fire wall is not preventing you from accessing the IBM HTTP Server administration server from the WAS administrative console.

      4. Verify that the user ID and password that is specified in the WAS administrative console under remote managed, is created in the admin.passwd file, using the htpasswd command.

      5. If you are trying to connect securely, verify that you export the IBM HTTP Server administration server keydb personal certificate into the WAS key database as a signer certificate. This key database is specified by the directive in the sas.client.props file in the profile where your administrative console is running. This consideration is primarily for self-signed certificates.

      6. If you still have problems, check the IBM HTTP Server admin_error.log file and the WAS logs (trace.log file) to determine the cause of the problem.



The installation of the binary plug-in modules results in the creation of the Plugins directory and several subdirectories. The following directories are among those created on a Linux system, for example:

  • /opt/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins/_uninstPlugin/_jvmForPlugin contains the WAS SDK, Java technology edition used to uninstall the product

  • /opt/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins/_uninstPlugin contains the uninstaller program

  • /opt/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins/bin contains the binary plug-ins for all supported Web servers

  • /opt/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins/logs contains log files

  • /opt/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins/properties contains version information

  • /opt/IBM/WebSphere/Plugins/roadmap contains the roadmap for the Plug-ins installation wizard

The Plug-ins installation wizard configures the Web server to use the plug-ins_install_root/plugin-cfg.xml file.


What to do next

After installing the binary plug-in for the local Web server, create a managed node before one can successfully run the configuration script and use the Web server.

See Configuration behavior of the Plug-ins installation wizard for an overview of the installation procedure.

See Web server configuration for more information about the files involved in configuring a Web server.

See Editing Web server configuration files for information about how the Plug-ins installation wizard configures supported Web servers.

See Installing Web server plug-ins for information about other installation scenarios for installing Web server plug-ins.


See Also

Configuration behavior of the Plug-ins installation wizard




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