IBM Installation Manager Fun - Driving IM in different ways
DaveHay 100000GC6F Visits (10760)
Many of us are familiar with the traditional IBM Installation Manager (IIM) Eclipse-based rich client, IBMIM, that allows one to drive IIM in an environment where a GUI is available.
However, this approach is not always feasible, especially in an environment where one needs to access IIM on a remote server, perhaps one without a GUI console i.e. operating in so-called "headless" mode.
This is often the case with remote UNIX® servers ( AIX, Linux, Solaris etc. ) where one's only point of access is via a remote terminal session, perhaps using SSH or a client such as PuTTY.
Thankfully, IIM provides two additional options:
This is in addition to the long-established command-line interface, imcl, which one typically uses to query IIM repositories, install and remote packages etc. The imcl tool is well described here: How
In addition to imcl, IIM added the web server option in version 1.8.1 which was released in late 2014. IIM 1.8.1 can be downloaded from IBM Fix Central: Inst
Once installed, the inbuilt web server can be started as follows:
which returns output similar to the following:
IBM Installation Manager web server has started at:
Once it's running, the web server can be accessed via a browser, resulting in this:
In addition, IIM also has the interactive command-line interface, accessed using the -c parameter:
The addition of these two interfaces means that IIM is even more flexible, and can be accessed in a variety of ways, regardless of whether one is working locally on a Windows desktop, or accessing a remote UNIX server over a low-bandwidth WAN link.