We released Installation version 1.8 on Sept. 11, 2014. Let's talk about what's new in this version!
There's one important change in this release, and that's allowing the user to use a web browser to run Installation Manager via the Installation Manager web server. The detailed information on this can be found, as always, in the Installation Manager Knowledge Center: Working from a web browser.
So why did you create an "Installation Manager web server"?
The idea behind this was to provide a graphical way for interacting with Installation Manager on machines that do not have a graphics environment or have graphics libraries that are compatible with Installation Manager. This allows a user to use a GUI to install on a server machine, for instance, that they would otherwise have to do a silent or command line driven install.
How do I start the web server?
There are two ways to do this: the standard way, or securely starting and stopping the web server. The first does not require any authentication to connect and perform actions on the target system. As we document on the Starting and stopping the Installation Manager web server page, to start the server in a non secure mode, you run the "ibmim-web" executable that is found in the "eclipse/web" folder in the Installation Manager install location.
For those who want to start it securely, we document that on the Securely starting and stopping the Installation Manager web server page. There are two additional steps from the basic starting mechanism:
- Run the "ibmim-web" executable, with the "-secure" parameter
- You will be prompted for a server password. This is the password you'll need to use to access IM on this machine
- You will be prompted to re-enter the password to confirm it.
This will then use HTTPS to make the connection.
Once the server starts, Installation Manager will display a message in the command prompt that lists the URL to use to connect to the server. Make note of that URL!
The server is started, what's next?
You can use the web interface by opening a web browser and navigating to the URL that was listed after starting the server. This works similarly to using Installation Manager in wizard mode.
Note that if you have started the server in secure mode, you will need to use HTTPS and accept the certificate for the "untrusted connection". After that, you will need to provide the password you set when starting the server.
So that's what's new in IM 1.8. The web interface is a major change for Installation Manager, so try it out and let us know what you think!