Getting excited about installation!
Richard Lesses 2700011KU1 Comment (1) Visits (10566)
I gave a presentation on IBM Installation Manager a couple of days ago. We recently released an Interim Release Fix for both Maximo (version 126.96.36.199 and later only) and SmartCloud Control Desk (version 188.8.131.52 and later only)
This release includes WebSphere 8.5.5. (See the Tivo
While it may be difficult to imagine anyone getting excited about software installation technology, I have to admit that I do.
To give you an idea of how it is different than what we've used before, here are a few points from the presentation.:
IBM Installation Manager (IM) is an Rational product that installs and maintains software packages.
It replaces the variety of installers used to install products that employ custom-built installers (WebSphere’s installer and updater), third-party installers (InstallAnywhere), OS-dependent installers (batch files and shell scripts) and IBM Autonomic Deployment Engine (Deploymen Engine, Middleware Installer, Base Services Installer and Process Solution Installer)
Like DE, IM writes to a local repository to track product installations, versions and configurations.
For installation administrators, here's the neat part:
IBM Installation Manager is integrated with Passport Advantage and IBM Fix Central to speed downloading installation packages and Fix Packs. It connects directly to those sites when you want to install new packages or update current installations. This means that product installs and Fix Packs are available directly through Installation Manager. This cuts down the time you now spend searching for the correct packages, fixes, installation instructions, download locations, different installation engines.
Also, Installation Manager is supported externally and internally. It is sold as a standalone product for enterprises to roll out software, and need to be able to package, customize, and track installations in a local data repository. Support for Installation Manager, as with WebSphere, is available both directly through Maximo or SCCD support.
I can't speak to future plans for IM use. However, as Maximo Anywhere and WebSphere both use Installation Manager now, you can draw your own conclusions about how future Maximo and SCCD releases will be installed.
I posted one slide from my presentation to the Files section for reference. It lists the required Passport Advantage pack