Installing a CIP silently

Installing a customized installation package (CIP) using silent installation refers to using a file to supply installation options without user interaction. To configure the installation, change the options in the response file before you issue the installation command. Silent installation mode does not accept interactive installation options. To specify non-default options during a silent installation, use the response file. To install silently, accept the license agreement in the agreement option.

 

Before you begin

You can install a customized installation package (CIP) that includes a WAS product and one or more maintenance packages and other customizations. The Installation Factory must create a CIP before install the CIP. See Developing and installing customized installation packages for more information about creating a customized installation package (CIP).

Knowing what component to install and in what order to install the component is an important consideration. At some time before starting this installation, see Planning to install Network Deployment . The diagrams show typical topologies for the product.

 

About this task

Use this procedure to perform a silent installation of the product.

A silent installation uses the installation wizard to install the product in silent mode, without the graphical user interface. Instead of displaying a wizard interface, the silent installation causes the installation program to read all of your responses from a file that you provide.

 

Procedure

  1. Log on to the operating system.

    Log on as root on an operating system such as AIX or Linux, or as a member of the administrator group on a Windows system.

    In addition, select a umask that would allow the owner to read/write to the files, and allow others to access them according to the prevailing system policy. For root, a umask of 022 is recommended. For non-root users a umask of 002 or 022 could be used, depending on whether or not the users share the group. To verify the umask setting, issue the following command

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

    umask 022
    

    When installing on a Windows system, a Windows service is automatically created to autostart the application server if your installer user account has 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 set 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.

    If you plan to run the application server as a Windows service, do not install from 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.

  2. Copy the response file as myoptionsfile to your disk drive and customize it.

    See Customizing the response file for a Network Deployment CIP .

    The name of the original file is responsefile.nd.txt .

    Do not add an options line to any of the profile creation response files that includes the following parameter

    -silent
    

    The -silent parameter is not required. If it exists in any of the files, the file cannot create a profile during a silent product installation.

  3. Issue the proper command to use your custom response file. For example, issue a command such as the following:

    • mnt_cdrom/WAS/install -options /tmp/WAS/myoptionsfile.txt -silent

    • "disc_drive_D:\WAS\install" -options "C:\temp\WAS\myoptionsfile.txt" -silent

 

Results

The installation wizard and the Profile Creation wizard record installation events in the following log files:

Table 1. Installation and profile creation logs for WebSphere Application Server products
Log Content Indicators
app_server_root/logs/log.txt Logs all installation events

INSTCONFFAIL

Total installation failure.

INSTCONFSUCCESS

Successful installation.

INSTCONFPARTIALSUCCESS

Installation errors occurred but the installation is still usable. Additional information identifies the errors.
app_server_root/wasprofileprofile.log

  • Traces all events that occur during the creation of the named profile

  • Created when using the Profile Creation wizard or the wasprofile command

INSTCONFFAIL

Total profile creation failure.

INSTCONFSUCCESS

Successful profile creation.

INSTCONFPARTIALSUCCESS

Profile creation errors occurred but the profile is still functional. Additional information identifies the errors.
app_server_root/logs/wasprofile/wasprofile_delete_ profile.log

  • Traces all events that occur during the deletion of the named profile

  • Created when using the Profile Creation wizard or the wasprofile command

INSTCONFFAIL

Total profile deletion failure.

INSTCONFSUCCESS

Successful profile deletion.

INSTCONFPARTIALSUCCESS

Profile deletion errors occurred but the profile is still deleted. Additional information identifies the errors.
profile_root/logs/pctLog.txt Logs all profile creation events that occur when using the Profile Creation wizard

INSTCONFFAIL

Total profile creation failure.

INSTCONFSUCCESS

Successful profile creation.

INSTCONFPARTIALSUCCESS

Profile creation errors occurred but the profile is still functional. Additional information identifies the errors.
app_server_root\logs\instconfig.log (Not available on systems such as AIX or Linux) Logs the activities of ANT configuration scripts that run at the end of the installation procedure.

Configuration action failed:

Unsuccessful ANT script configuration.

Configuration action succeeded:

Successful ANT script configuration.

Log more information when InstallShield MultiPlatform (ISMP) cannot start the installation wizard.

Verify or troubleshoot the installation if the app_server_root/logs/log.txt file or the profile_root/logs/pctLog.txt file does not contain a record of a problem, but problems exist. If the profile_root directory exists, the pctLog.txt file is in the logs directory. If the error happens early in the installation, look for the logs in the system temporary area. The installation program copies the logs from the system temporary area to the logs directory at the end of the installation.

If the profile_root directory does not exist, the pctLog.txt file is in the USER_HOME directory and is named .$~pctLog.txt. Issue the env command to display the USER_HOME directory on operating systems such as AIX or Linux. See the environment variable settings on Windows system to display the value of the variable.

Certain events can prevent the installer from starting the installation wizard. Such an event is not enough disc space to launch the installation wizard, for example. If your installation fails and there is no information in the installation logs, use the -log parameter to record entries for events that cause the installer program to fail to start the installation wizard. The syntax of the install command for logging such events is

install  -options fully_qualified_options_response_file_name               
         -silent
         -log # !fully_qualified_log_file_name  @ALL 

Certain events can prevent ISMP from starting the Installation wizard. Such an event is not enough disk space to launch the Installation wizard for example. If your installation fails and there is no information in the installation logs, use the -is:javaconsole parameter to record entries for events that cause the ISMP program to fail to start the installation wizard. The syntax of the install command for observing such events is:

./install -is:javaconsole

install.exe -is:javaconsole
Ensure that you have at least 250 MB free in your temporary directory before attempting to install WebSphere Application Server.

Specifying a log file when creating a deployment manager profile

Note:

The following examples show how to use the -log parameter when creating a deployment manager profile.

The first example shows the command for AIX systems

./pctAIX.bin
-options 
  /usr/IBM/WebSphere/silentFiles/responsefile.pct.NDstandAloneProfile.txt
-silent        
-log !/usr/IBM/WebSphere/silentFiles/pctlog.txt @ALL 

This example shows the command for Linux on 32-bit platforms. Use the appropriate command for your operating system. The options and attributes are the same with only file path differences

./pctLinux.bin
-options 
   /opt/IBM/WebSphere/silentFiles/responsefile.pct.NDstandAloneProfile.txt
-silent          
-log # !/opt/IBM/WebSphere/silentFiles/log.txt @ALL 

The following command is for Windows platforms

pctWindows.exe
-options
  "C:\IBM\WebSphere\silentFiles\responsefile.pct.NDstandAloneProfile.txt"
-silent              
-log # !C:\IBM\WebSphere\silentFiles\log.txt @ALL

 

What to do next

Go to Installing a CIP to continue the installation and configuration of your system.

 

See also


Customizing the response file for a Network Deployment CIP


Related information


Installing a CIP

 



 

 

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