IBM Cognos Proven Practices: Setting up an Unattended Install of IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager

Product(s): IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager; Area of Interest: Infrastructure

An outline of the steps required for an unattended silent installation of IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager (VVM).

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Ganesh Salpure, Software Test Specialist, IBM

Ganesh Salpure is a member of the IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager QA team working out of IBM India Software Labs. He is involved in test design, execution and test automation for IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager.



28 September 2011

Introduction

Purpose

This document outlines the steps required for an unattended silent installation of IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager (VVM).

Applicability

The approach used in this document applies to:

  • IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager 8.4.1
  • IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager 10.1

Assumptions

This document assumes that both the VVM installation directory and the transfer specification file are protected from unauthorized or inappropriate access.


Unattended Install Methods

By default, each time you install IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager using the installation wizard, the options you select are recorded in a transfer specification file. A transfer specification file has the extension .ats and each section in the transfer specification process corresponds to a dialog box in the installation wizard. Therefore, if you already installed IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager, you can use the generated transfer specification file as a template for unattended installations on different computers.

If you do not use the installation wizard to install components, you can use the default transfer specification file named response.ats that is available within the install media. You must modify the response.ats file for your environment before you can use it for an unattended installation. The following sub sections will step a user through both the methods described above.

Install Using A Transfer Specification File Generated from a Previous Install

  1. Use the installation wizard to install IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager on one computer.
  2. Go to the install_location/instlog directory.
  3. Locate the transfer specification file that was generated. The filename format is ts-VVM-version-yyyymmdd_hhmm.ats .
  4. Copy the transfer specification file to the computer where you plan to install IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager.
  5. On the computer where you plan to install the VVM software, use a text editor such as Notepad or vi to open the transfer specification file that you copied.
  6. In the License Agreement section, under the section Title=IBM License Agreement, change the I Agree property to Y. Also, under the section Title=Non IBM License Agreement, change the I Agree property to Y.
  7. Under section Title=Password, set a machine compliant password for DATABASE_PASSWORD property.
  8. Ensure that there are no spaces on either side of the equal sign (=) for all values set in the transfer specification file.
  9. Save the transfer specification file in a directory.
  10. On the Microsoft® Windows® operating system, insert the VVM product CD. Open a Command prompt window, change to the win32 directory on the VVM product CD and type the following command,

    issetup -s location/filename.ats


    where location is the directory where you saved the transfer specification file.

    Similarly on the UNIX® or Linux® operating system, open shell prompt, change directory to your UNIX® or Linux® flavor named directory (example: aix32, solaris32, hpuxpa32 or linuxi38632) on the VVM product CD and type the following command,

    ./issetup -s location/filename.ats


    where location is the directory where you copied the transfer specification file.

Install Using The Default Response.ats File Provided Within the Install Media

  1. On the target computer, insert the VVM product CD.
  2. Go to the directory named win32, aix32, solaris32, hpuxpa32 or linuxi38632 whichever corresponds to your target machine operating system type and open the response.ats file using a text editor.
  3. In the License Agreement section, under the section Title= IBM License Agreement, change the I Agree property to Y.
  4. Under the section Title=Non IBM License Agreement, change the I Agree property to Y.
  5. Under the section Title=Installation Location, set APPDIR to the path of directory where you want to install IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager on target computer.
  6. Under the section Title=Port Information, users can change the default ports if required or leave them untouched.
  7. Under the section with Title=Password, set a machine compliant password for property DATABASE_PASSWORD. In the case of UNIX systems, this password should match the Informix user account.
  8. Under the section Component List, if only IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager studio installation is required, then set value for VVM_SERVER_APP_VERC to 0.
  9. Ensure there are no spaces on either side of the equal sign (=) for all changes made in response file.
  10. Save the response.ats file to a local directory on your computer.
  11. On the Microsoft Windows operating system, insert the product CD. Open a Command prompt window, change to the win32 directory on the VVM product CD and type the following command,

    issetup -s location/filename.ats


    where location is the directory where you saved the transfer specification file.

    Similarly on the UNIX or Linux operating system, type the following command,

    ./issetup -s location/filename.ats


    where location is the directory where you copied the transfer specification file.

Appendix A: Sample response.ats File

; Licensed Materials - Property of IBM
; BI and PM: is
; (C) Copyright IBM Corp. 2004, 2011
; US Government Users Restricted Rights - Use, duplication or disclosure
; restricted by GSA ADP Schedule Contract with IBM Corp
[Dialog1]
Title=Welcome to the Installation Wizard
DE=0
EN=1
FR=0
JA=0
ES=0
NL=0
SV=0
FI=0
IT=0
PT_BR=0
KO=0
ZH_CN=0
ZH_TW=0
[Dialog2]
Title=IBM License Agreement
;Failure to accept the license agreement and non-IBM terms, if any, will
; abort the installation. Please return the software to the point of 
; acquisition and obtain a refund, if applicable.
I Agree=y
[Dialog3]
Title=Non IBM License Agreement
;Failure to accept the license agreement and non-IBM terms, if any, will
; abort the installation. Please return the software to the point of 
; acquisition and obtain a refund, if applicable.
I Agree=y
[Dialog4]
Title=Installation Location
APPDIR=C:\vvm
BACKUP=0
[Dialog7]
Title=Shortcut Folder
APPFOLDER=IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager
ALLUSERS_FLAG=1
[Dialog8]
Title=Port Information
STUDIOWEB_PORT=9400
JDBCODBC_PORT=9401
HTTPSSL_PORT=9402
JDBCSSL_PORT=9403
MONITOR_PORT=9406
DATABASE_PORT=9408
[Dialog9]
Title=Password
DATABASE_USER=informix
DATABASE_PASSWORD=Strongpasswd@123#123
[Component List]
VVM_APP=1
VVM_SERVER_APP_VERC=1
VVM_JDBC_APP_VERC=1
VVM_STUDIO_APP_VERC=1
VVM_ODBC_APP_VERC=1
[Install Conditions]
RebootSystem=0

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