The process for installing Interim Fixes (and later on, Fix Packs as well) changed significantly for Maximo 7.6 from Maximo 7.5.
Maximo 7.6 takes advantage of the installation technology in IBM Installation Manager and the Configuration Tool. With these two tools, we will install the Interim Fix, which can include updating the database, rebuilding and redeploying the ear files and restarting the Maximo server. As with the Maximo 7.6 installation, you can review and modify installation options before executing it. And, while the tools are executing, will receive a feed of constant information on what the tools are doing. During execution, if there is an error that stops the update process, you will be able to fix the error and continue.
First, I downloaded the latest Interim Fix from Fix Central. The first IFIX for Maximo 18.104.22.168 is called TPAE_7600_IFIX.20150209-1019.im.zip. What is the next thing I do? Read the readme. You'll find it in the zip file, in the \files directory.
Now I am just following the steps from that the readme to install the Interim Fix, starting with shutting down the Maximo application server (MXServer). (If you forget to shut it down, you will be prompted to do so when the time comes.)
Run the Installation Manager.
Windows: Start > All Programs > IBM Installation Manager > IBM Installation Manager (or C:\Program Files\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse\IBMIM.exe)
UNIX: In the /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse directory, run the IBMIM command.
Which brings you to the IBM Installation Manager main screen.
In the Installation Manager main window, click File > Preferences.
You will see the Preferences dialog.
Click the Add Repository button.
Click the Browse button, navigate to the location of the interim fix compressed file, and click Open.
...and the results.
In the Add Repositories dialog box, click Apply, and then click OK.
Back at the Installation Manager main window, click on the Update icon.
In the Update Packages dialog box, select the package group, IBM Tivoli's process automation suite.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
Showing some progress here, leading to the Update Packages screen.
Another progress bar...
...along the way to a successful package installation.
When the installation is complete, exit the Installation Manager.
Now the files have been laid down. Following the readme file in the Interim Fix, I can use the UI Configuration (ConfigUI) tool to update the database and rebuild and redeploy the ear files, or I can do it manually. In this case, I choose to use the ConfigUI tool.
However, again following the Interim Fix readme, I may have manual steps to do before I update rebuild and redeploy. Required Manual Steps will be found in the Manual Changes column in the ListofAPARs .xlsx file located in the Readme.zip archive downloaded with the Interim Fix. After I complete that modification, I launch the ConfigUI tool.
Next, start the configuration program:
Windows: Use Start > Programs > Tivoli's process automation suite > Configuration Program (default location C:\IBM\SMP\ConfigTool\ConfigUI.exe)
UNIX: In the <installLocation>/ConfigTool directory run ConfigUI, for example, /opt/IBM/SMP/ConfigTool/ConfigUI
In the Deployment Operations pane, I am selecting the Update Database, Build and Deploy Application EAR Files option and then clicking Finish.
After you click Finish, the installer does all of the tasks you selected. Note the status messages (and, sometimes, error messages) scrolling below in the Configuration View Console.
And it is complete. It has updated the database, rebuilt and redeployed the ear files, and started the Maximo application server. Logging into Maximo and checking System Information:
21 Oct 2019 Edit: updated language, expanded on what "I have a manual step to do before I can do that" meant.