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Installing HCL Digital Experience in Linux using the console

Use the IBM Installation Manager to install HCL Digital Experience to an existing IBM WebSphere Application Server.

A working installation of IBM WebSphere Application Server is required. Ensure that it is not used by another copy of HCL Portal. Before installing the HCL Digital Experience package, install IBM WebSphere SDK Java Technology Edition into the same directory where IBM WebSphere Application Server is installed. The SDK Java version must be 8.0.3.

The installation program verifies the operating system and its prerequisites, available disk space, and any required software prerequisites before installation. We cannot install two instances of the server at the same time, even if we are installing to different directories. You must install each server completely before installing the next one.

  1. Start all servers and applications that require a port number to avoid port conflicts when installing HCL Portal. If we are installing multiple copies of HCL Digital Experience on the server, start the existing Configuration Wizard servers.

    Note: Currently, the cw_profile starting point always defaults to 10200. If you install a second version of portal on the same server, customize the cw_profile port value. Edit...

      InstallationManager_root/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl.ini

    ...and add...

      -Dcwprofile_startingport=new_starting_port_number

  2. Complete the following steps to run the program as an administrator:

    1. cd InstallationManager_root/eclipse/tools
    2. Right-click on the imcl command.

    3. Select Properties.

    4. Go to the Compatibility tab.

    5. Select Run this program as an administrator.

    6. Click OK.

  3. cd InstallationManager_root/eclipse/tools

  4. Run the command to start the IBM Installation Manager in console mode: ./imcl -c

  5. Add the repositories:

    1. Enter P to go to the Preferences menu.

    2. Enter 1 to go to the Repositories menu.

    3. Enter D to add repositories.

    4. Type the path for your HCL Portal repository file.

    5. Enter A to apply your repositories and return to the Preferences menu.

    6. Enter R to return to the Main menu.

  6. Enter 1 to install the software packages.

  7. Select HCL Portal Server. To complete this installation option, your existing copy of WebSphere Application Server must meet the following requirements:

    • WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5.2 or later
    • Java v8.0.3.
    • No existing Portal profile

    Tip: If we have a HCL Portal Enable license, you must select both the HCL Portal ServerHCL Portal Express and HCL Portal Enable packages.

  8. Choose one of the following options:

    • Enter 1 to choose v9.5 for installation.

    • Enter 2 to show all available versions of the package.

  9. Enter N.

  10. Enter A to accept the license agreement.

  11. Enter N.
  12. Choose one of the following options for translation packages:

    • Enter N to select the default English package only.

    • Enter the number for the translation package we want to install.

  13. On the Incompatible package group menu, choose one of the following options:

    • Enter M to change the installation directory. Then, enter the new installation directory. Read the Tip about installation path length to avoid issues that are caused by long paths.

    • Enter N to keep the existing directory.

    Tip: Ensure that the installation paths for WebSphere Application Server and HCL Portal that are reasonably short. Long paths can cause installation problems.

  14. Enter the number for the WebSphere Application Server root directory to use as the existing WebSphere Application Server.

  15. On the IBM Installation Manager > Install > Licenses > Location > Features menu, enter 1 to select the Portal Server Profile feature. Then, enter N to continue.

    Note: Ensure that Portal Server Profile is selected to create a profile that contains the Portal application server and the product binary files. Clear this option if we need a binary only installation for migration or the clustered environment.

  16. Enter the configuration wizard administrator user ID and password.

  17. If you selected the Portal Server Profile feature, enter the information for the following prompts:

    • Enter the host name

    • Enter the node name

    • Enter the cell name

    • Enter an administrator user ID for the portal server

    • Enter an administrator user password for the portal server
    • Confirm administrator user password for the portal server

  18. Enter Y to enter advanced parameters such as customized Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) settings, profile name, and port numbers. Enter N to accept the default parameters.

    • Enter the context root

    • Enter the default home

    • Enter the personalized home

    • Enter the profile name

    • Enter the starting port number

    • Enter the profile path

  19. Enter N.
  20. Review the summary information.
  21. Choose one of the following options:

  22. When the installation is complete, enter F to return to the main installation menu.

  23. Access the Configuration Wizard. Go to http://your_server:10200/hcl/wizard.

    Note: If working with HCL Digital Experience 8.5 or 9 software level prior to CF18, the wizard address will be: http://your_server:10200/ibm/wizard. After installing CF18, the configuration wizard will automatically be adjusted to http://your_server:10200/hcl/wizard. Restriction: There is a known issue with Chrome version 45.x and the Configuration Wizard. If we are experiencing difficulties, use a different browser when you access the wizard.

  24. Log in to the Configuration Wizard with the administrative ID for the configuration wizard profile, cw_profile.

    Note: If the language is not currently supported for the user interface, we might see the English version. For details on supported languages and the language codes for all of the HCL Portal user interfaces, see Supported languages in the HCL Digital Experience v8.5 documentation.


What to do next

After you upgrade to CF08 or higher, we can upgrade your SDK to version 7.1. Go to Upgrading the SDK for information.