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Installing WebSphere 8.5.5 with Installation Manager

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Installing WebSphere 8.5.5 with Installation Manager


Earlier this year, I blogged on installing IBM Installation Manager, without getting into too much detail, actually. I recently followed that up with a step-through migrating profiles from WebSphere 7.0 to WebSphere 8.5.5. I seem to have forgotten an important step, huh? Yep, that's right. This week's blog post will be all about How to Get Your Blog Posts In Order.

First, the link to the Installation Manager install blog post

Second, the link to the first Migrating profiles blog post.


Now, the missing blog post:

Installing WebSphere 8.5.5 with Installation Manager in 15 steps



  • You have installed IBM Installation Manager 1.6.2 to the server on which WebSphere 7.0 resides.
  • You have downloaded the Passport Advantage Packages for Installation Manager and WebSphere Application Server ND for Maximo and SmartCloud Control Desk. Download this for a visual representation of the packages you will need to download
  • You have combined the two sets of three packages into two folders - called (say) WAS_ND_V8.5.5 and WAS_V8.5.5_SUPPL.

1. Launch Installation Manager

2. From the File Menu, select Preferences. The first item is Repositories.
The Repositories page opens and shows available repositories, repository locations, and the connection status for the repositories. Click Add Repository. Click Browse. When you browse, go to the repository location (either the three WAS Network Deployment V8.5.5 downloads or the WAS V8.5.5 Supplements) and select the repository.config.

3. Add a second Repository for the the other repository location.


4. Click Apply.

5. On the IBM Installation Manager screen, click Install.

6. Select everything. Click Next.

7. Accept the terms and click Next.

8. At the next four Install Packages screens, click Next.

9. On the Configuration for IBM HTTP Server for WebSphere Application Server screen: If you recall from previous blog posts, I disabled all of the existing WAS 7.0 services. So, port 80 will be available. Click Next.

10. At Configuration for Application Client for IBM WebSphere Application Server, change Host name to a fully-qualified host name (for example, and click Next.

11. Click Next. Install with Oracle Java JDK 1.6 (not Java 1.7 or later), for example:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.6.0_45\jre
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.6.0_45
  • C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_45\jre
  • C:\Program Files \Java\jdk1.6.0_45

12. Click Next.

13. At install Packages, click Install.

14. This will take awhile. When it completes, click Finish.

15. Exit out of IBM Installation Manager.

I didn't add a lot of screen shots to this post, mainly because I'm just accepting the defaults and have disabled the existing WebSphere services. I also left out the part about downloading and installing the Oracle JRE, which you must get from


Until next, time, happy installing!

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