Applying a Fix Pack to Sterling B2B Integrator

Update Sterling B2B Integrator clustered or non-clustered installation with a fix pack.

Complete the following tasks before you apply a fix pack to your installation:
  • Ensure that a supported version of the IBM® JDK is installed. For more information, see Java Requirements.
    Important: Using an incorrect JDK can cause installation failure.
    Remember: You must install the IBM JDK on the system in a location other than the Sterling B2B Integrator installation directory. The required JDK version is provided with the Sterling B2B Integrator V6.0.0 or later media. You can use the JDK provided or install the JDK from any other relevant source. Ensure that the JDK version is the same or greater than the one provided with the Sterling B2B Integrator V6.0.0 or later media.
  • Download the latest fix pack image from IBM Fix Central or IBM Passport Advantage.
  • Extract the package Media_IM_<fixpackversion>.zip to a folder and locate:

    Common_Repo.zip. Extract this further to get the b2bifixrepo folder that contains the repository.config file.

  • Locate the IM which is already installed (used for base or earlier Sterling B2B Integrator version installations) and open Installation Manager to extract IM_<operating system>.zip.
  • For Linux servers, set the ulimit and language as follows:
    • ulimit -n 4096
    • ulimit -u 16000
    • export LANG=en_US
You can install the fix pack to one node at a time or bring down the entire cluster. Installing the fix pack to one node at a time, does not impact the functioning of the cluster, thereby avoiding any interruption to the transactions and trading partners. Whereas, if you stop the complete cluster, there will be some downtime during which the transactions cannot be processed.
Note: By default, the system supports rolling upgrades. This means you can update a single node with the Fix Pack release updates, without stopping the entire cluster, while upgrading in a multi-node environment.
Important: If the Fix Pack contains updates to the database schema, then you must create a backup of the current database before applying the fix pack. If for some reason the update is interrupted or stopped midway, you must manually revert the database changes by using the backup, and then restart fix pack installation.

You must also ensure that the recycle bin is cleaned up before applying the fix pack. Use the Oracle purge command to remove the recycle bin objects. Refer to the Oracle documentation to know how to use the purge command.

To install a fix pack:

  1. Verify that the Sterling B2B Integrator database is up and ready to accept connections.
  2. Based on whether you are stopping a single node or all the nodes (cluster), do one of the following tasks:
    • To stop a single node, go to the \<install_dir>\install\bin (Windows) or /<install_dir>/install/bin (UNIX or Linux) directory, open a command prompt and enter the StopWindowsService.cmd (Windows) or ./hardstop.sh (UNIX or Linux) command. Wait until the perimeter server of the node is completely down before installing the fix pack.
    • To stop the cluster, open the Sterling B2B Integrator user interface (dashboard), and complete the following tasks:
      • From the Administration menu, select Operations > System > Troubleshooting.
      • Click Stop the System.
  3. Perform a full backup of the Sterling B2B Integrator installation directory, including all sub directories.
    Important: If for some reason the update is interrupted or stopped midway, you must manually revert the changes by using the backed up files, and then restart fix pack installation.
  4. Perform a back up of the database.
  5. If you edited any property files, ensure that the associated properties.in files have the most current changes. Property files are overwritten with the contents of the associated properties.in files during the fix pack installation.
  6. Is the database password encrypted? If Yes, decrypt the password.
  7. Close all command prompt windows.
  8. Open a command prompt and do one of the following tasks to start the Installation Manager:
    1. Go to the IM_<operating_system> directory and type ./userinst or userinst.exe (Windows) for the following scenarios:
      • If you do not have the IBM Installation Manager installed and are using the IBM Installation Manager Agent.
      • If you have a 64-bit IBM Installation Manager installed.
      • If you have the IBM Installation Manager installed on a platform that has only one download available for IBM Installation Manager.
    2. Go to <installation directory>/Installation Manager/eclipse (for Windows system, replace / with \) and type ./IBMIM or IBMIM.exe (Windows), if you have 32-bit IBM Installation Manager installed on a Linux or Windows system.
  9. On the IBM Installation Manager home page, click File > Preferences > Add Repository.
    Tip: By default, the IBM Installation Manager will attempt to connect to the internet. If the server does not have internet access, this behavior can be modified by disabling the Search service repositories during installation and updates option in Preferences while adding the repository.
  10. Click Browse and select the updated repository.config file in the b2birepo folder.
    The repository file is located at

    <directory_where_Common_Repo.zip_was_extracted>/b2birepo/repository.config.

  11. On the IBM Installation Manager home page, click Update.
  12. On the Update Packages page, Sterling B2B Integrator and Global Mailbox options are displayed. Select Sterling B2B Integrator and select Update all packages with recommended updates and recommended fixes and click Next.
    Wait for the installer to read the updates and resolve references. You can also see information about the installed packages and installation directory on the page.
  13. The packages to be updated are selected by default. Verify the selection, and click Next.

    If there are more than one updates in the repository, the latest update is displayed if you select the Show recommended only option. You can select the recommended repository by using the Select Recommended option.

  14. The features and applications (Sterling B2B Integrator) that must be updated are selected by default. Verify the selection and click Next.

    To see if the current installation or update has any dependencies or prerequisites, select the Show dependencies check box.

  15. Verify the JDK directory and click Next.
    Important: The JDK specified here cannot be the jdk sub-directory in the Sterling B2B Integrator installation directory. Selecting the jdk sub-directory in the Sterling B2B Integrator installation directory might corrupt the JDK.
  16. Verify the JCE policy file and click Next.
  17. Type the system passphrase, confirm the passphrase, and click Next.
  18. Review the summary information about the updates and click Update.
    Important: You cannot install or remove any of the features listed on this page. However, if you select any feature that was not part of the original installation, an appropriate error message is displayed indicating the same.
  19. Notice the progress of the update and click Finish after the update completes.
  20. Repeat the steps for other Sterling B2B Integrator nodes.
    Attention: For node 2 and higher, you must update the value of REINIT_DB to false. When REINIT_DB is false, database updates are not applied during each fix pack. The REINIT_DB attribute is in the \<install_dir>\install\properties\ sandbox.cfg file.
  21. If you stopped the Sterling B2B Integrator cluster, restart the cluster.