In our present setup we use a solaris jumpstart server to transport the installation files of WebSpere to the node and start the actual installation/update with a finish (i.e. shell-) script. After the installation process is finished, the source files are deleted so they do not occupy disk space permanently.
While the initial installation is about 750 MB in size (+ additional 600 MB for a recent fixpack) the source files of WAS 8 Beta 3 allocate more than 5.5 GB. This clearly exceeds the limits of both disk and network capacity.
I understood that the Installation Manager supports the use of an enterprise http repository. In a testing environment it worked well (after I got familiar with the IBM Packaging Utility :-)), but setting up a repository will require sound and good arguments for introducing a new way of software delivery in our company.
My questions are:
- will there be seperate installation sources for the different platforms so that I can reuse our existing infrastructure without overcharging it?
- do I have to maintain a local repository with all installation files an future Fixpacks on each machine or will it be sufficient to have a local repository containing only the Fixpack I want to distribute?
- will there be future support for local repositories?
Thanks in advance for your support!