Using response files with NIM

If you are using NIM to install an ISMP-packaged product on one or more NIM clients, you can create and use a separate response file for each client.

Separate response files are useful when properties of the installation operation must be configured differently for each client. In order to install multiple clients, you must name each response file CLIENT_NAME.response. These response files must be located in the default location (the same location as the product installer files).

For example, to install the MyProduct ISMP-packaged product located in an lpp_source resource in the /export/lpp_source/lpp_source1/ismp/ppc/MyProduct directory on the CLIENT1 and CLIENT2 clients, do the following:
  1. Create a CLIENT1.response and CLIENT2.response response file.
  2. Place the response files in the /export/lpp_source/lpp_source1/ismp/ppc/MyProduct directory.
  3. Create the correct responses for each client in the corresponding response file.
  4. When you run the NIM cust operation to install the MyProduct ISMP-packaged product on CLIENT1 and CLIENT2, the response files are used automatically and appropriately for each client.

If you want to use the same response file for all clients, name the response file PRODUCT_NAME.response and place in the same default location as the ISMP-packaged product (the product location in the lpp_source resource). For example, create a response file called MyProduct.response in the /export/lpp_source/lpp_source1/ismp/ppc/MyProduct/ directory. If there are no client response files when you perform the NIM cust operation, the MyProduct.response file is used automatically.