My name is Shahfazal (Fazal) Mohammed and I'm with the WebSphere Process Server (WPS) Technical Support team. I've been with IBM for over 7 years, joining the WebSphere Process Server Test (QA) team as an intern, then moving up to WPS QA Functional and System verification testing. As part of the QA team, I worked on both White-box and Black-box testing, as well as User-Acceptance testing. I designed and developed End-to-End tests based on real-world scenarios from the Insurance domain. I also worked on System Integration Testing, Automation, Stress and Endurance testing as well. After about 4 years with the Testing team, I moved to the WPS Support team to leverage my in-depth knowledge of WPS to help our clients debug and resolve issues.
I've written official technotes and contributed to other documentation to help you with your installation questions/issues but when asked by my manager to contribute to a 'blog' of sorts to write about Installation/Setup, I was very interested.
As this intro post for the Install blog, I'll discuss briefly what you'll need to do to be able to properly install WebSphere Process Server v7 via the most commonly requested method - silent installation as a non-root user. Installing silently allows you to control where each of the components can be installed, specifically the Installation Manager and the 'Agent DataLocation' for the Installation Manager. Here's how I explain/outline the silent installation process to our WebSphere Process Server customers:
The steps above are typically combined into one script with an appropriate response file. In my next blog post, I'll outline the above steps with an example and other items that you need to be careful about.
1. Since WebSphere Application Server v184.108.40.206 does not support installation via IM, WebSphere Application Server needs to be installed first.
2. Installation Manager needs to be installed next.
3. Installation Manager needs to import the WebSphere Application Server installed in step 1 above.
4. Installation Manager will need to install WebSphere Process Server (along with the XML and SCA Feature Packs) to the WebSphere Application Server imported in step 3 above
Please see the continuation of this blog in Part 2.