Creating a build definition and CIP on the processing engine machine

This topic describes how to create a build definition and CIP when the processing engine and the Build definition wizard are on the same machine.


Before you begin

If you are creating a build definition for the processing engine that runs on another machine, see Creating a build definition for another machine .


About this task

Use the following procedure to create the build definition document and the customized installation package on one machine.



  1. Download the Installation Factory code from the download page for the IBM Installation Factory for WebSphere Application Server and unpack the code.

    See the download page for a complete list of tested operating systems.

    Use the Installation Factory console and the processing engine on the same machine with a tested and certified operating system.

  2. Mount or access the product installation image for your operating system.

    You need the image to create the customized installation package.

  3. Download maintenance packages.

    Locate download packages for V6.x of the WAS products on the following Web site: Recommended updates for WAS and Network Deployment. The information also applies to the Express product.

    Refresh pack ZIP files and fix pack ZIP files are bundled with the Update Installer for WebSphere Software. Unzip the file to expose the maintenance package (*.pak) file in the updateinstaller/maintenance directory.

  4. Start the Installation Factory console with the ifgui script.
    • [AIX] [HP-UX] [Linux] [Solaris] Use the IF_root/bin/ script.
    • [Windows] Use the IF_root\bin\ifgui.bat script.
  5. Create a new build definition or edit an existing build definition.

    Click the button for a New build definition Installation Factory to start two wizards in sequence. The two wizards are the Product Selection wizard and the Build Definition wizard.

    Click the button to Open a build definition file Installation Factory. Opening an existing build definition starts the Build Definition wizard only. If change the product, start a new build definition.

  6. Select the check box for connected mode processing so that you can create a customized installation package later in addition to creating the build definition file.

    Browse to select the installation image directory and the maintenance package files.

  7. Provide all required parameters to identify the product, installation image, maintenance packages, the configuration archive file, enterprise archive files, other files and directories, scripts, the output location for the build definition file, and the output location for the customized installation package (CIP).
  8. Select the Save build definition file and generate customized installation package option.
  9. Click Finish to generate the CIP.

    The amount of time required to generate the CIP depends on the number of maintenance packages and the number of features that you include in the package.

    The Installation Factory logs a completion message in the /logs/log.txt file when the processing engine is finished.

  10. Installers can now install the customized installation package using the InstallShield for Multiplatforms (ISMP) Installation wizard that is included in the CIP. Panels in the CIP Installation wizard vary according to the product that you are installing.

    The Installation wizard for WAS products is the install command in the CIP_directory/WAS directory.

  11. Restore a configuration archive for a stand-alone application server profile by using the Profile creation tool in the cip_uid_root/cip/ProfileCreator directory.

    See Profile customization for examples of restoring a configuration archive by way of the command line.


What to do next

In some cases, you might be unable to use the console on the target operating system platform. You have two options in such a case: