As I'm sure you know by now, the installation of WebSphere Application Server (WAS) version 8 has moved to the common IBM installation platform, IBM Installation Manager. IBM Installation Manager is also used by WebSphere Application Server version 7 for the purposes of installing Feature Packs, but as the process is different to the main product install I thought I'd write a quick cheat sheet.
- Download and install IBM Installation Manager.
- Start IBM Installation Manager.
- Click File -> Preferences and add the following two repositories (you will need to authenticate with your IBM ID):
- Import your existing WAS installation (specify the location of $WAS_HOME)
- Click Install to add Feature Packs (WAS processes must be stopped for installation)
Installed Feature Packs are delivered as profile templates into the $WAS_HOME/profileTemplates director. Installing a Feature Pack does not make it active, to add the functionality you need to augment your existing profile using the newly installed profile template. This augmentation is performed using the manageProfiles tool. Here's an example of augmenting a standalone WAS (default) profile with the JPA Feature Pack:
manageprofiles.sh -augment -profileName AppSrv01 -templatePath $WAS_HOME/profileTemplates/JPA/default.jpafep