Installing IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool
Daniel Martin-Corben 270004CY29 Visits (3261)
In this blog I'm going to cover installing ICCT (IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool) also know as ICON, now I know there is lots out there on installing this tool. As per usual I have trouble finding it, so into my developerWorks blog it goes, and more so this one is driven around the install of AIX. Along with this I will be detailing a few things I do to make managing the system easier. First a little information about this tool -
ICCT is part of the IBM Virtual Appliance Factory tools. ICCT implements a consistent methodology to design and build Open Virtualization Appliance (OVA) files across multiple cloud provider architectures, in my case IBM PowerVM, but also kernel-based virtual machine (KVM), and VMware. An OVA file is a portable self-contained binary package that includes metadata and several software artifacts such as operating system, middleware, software packages, and applications at the top. In the case of an IBM PowerVM cloud provider, these software artifacts are part of a raw disk file and are configured by the Virtual Solution Activation Engine (VSAE) at deployment time. Virtual hardware resources are defined within the Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) file included in the OVA.
Preparing the Server -
ICCT uses the following directories;
Inorder to make the management and administration of this server easier I tend to create the following filesystems before I do the install -
Filesystem GB blocks Free %Used Iused %Iused Mounted on
The point of giving /drouter its own filesystem is that it takes configuration, databases and templates away from the / filesystem. It can fill up quickly and saves you having problems with / being full. In addition to this I create a 'images' directory' as when exporting OVAs from ICCT I find it easier to stage them on ICCT server and move them later. So this space needs to be bigger then the largest appliance in your Cloud.
Remove Any Older Versions of ICCT -
Install IBM Installation Manager -
Install Image Construction and Composition Tool -
To start the ICCT server /opt
To use ICCT, point your browser to: http