I usually set aside a day in my planning to find all the latest software, the latest patches and get them in place and extracted on the servers I’m using. I like to create a “Software” directory on the deployment manager to put everything in one place and so I don’t have to keep copies on every server but that takes space. Expect to need up to 50GB for your installers. To manage space I like to delete the extracted directories once I’ve completed the installs
None of the downloads I’ve listed below are optional and that certainly includes the fixpacks. You need all of these if you’re going to install Connections.
IBM Installation Manager
I like to download the latest 64bit version. It will give you a warning when you install Connections that Connections itself is a 32bit product but I find the 64bit version works better regardless. The latest version if 1.8.3 but find all versions here with links to their downloads on Fix Central (where you’ll need to login).
Comes in three parts and you’ll need all three extracted to the same directory.
CIK2HML IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5.5 (1 of 3)
CIK2IML IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5.5 (2 of 3)
CIK2JML IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5.5 (3 of 3)
Websphere 8.5.5 Fixpack 4 (as of CR3)
Once WebSphere is installed, Installation Manager will connect to the IBM download sites to bring down fixes and fixpacks on demand. To do this you need a login for your Passport account and your server needs to be able to connect outbound on port 80 either directly or via a proxy. I find this a much simpler way of deploying updates than finding and downloading the files so I usually don’t download them in advance.
If your server isn’t going to be able to do that you will need to download the fixpack from this document
IBM HTTP Server 8.5.5
IHS is found inside the WebSphere Supplementals downloads, along with other tools that we’re not going to use here. There are once again three separate download files and you’ll need to get all three and extract them all to their own directory. Which I like to call WASSUPP because it makes me smile.
CIK1VML IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Supplements (1 of 3)
CIK1WML IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Supplements (2 of 3)
CIK1XML IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Supplements (3 of 3)
DB2 10.1 is supported still and if you search for IBM Connections downloads that will be what you are offered but DB2 10.5 is licensed and supported (as of CR2 of Connections)
There are a lot and I mean A LOT of DB2 products but the one I download and use is
CIXV0ML IBM DB2 Server V10.5 for Linux on AMD64 and Intel EM64T systems (x64)Multilingual
For a full list of DB2 10.5 products and part numbers take a look here
DB2 10.5 Fixpack 4 (10.5.0.4 known as “Cancun” apparently) is downloadable from Fix Central via this document. I like to download the Universal Fix Pack installer.
All download links for all DB2 version and platform fixpacks are found on this technote
Tivoli Directory Integrator 7.1.1
CZUF3ML IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator Identity Edition V7.1.1 for Linux – x86-64,
TDI Fixpack 4
The documentation and a link to the Fix Central download is here
The Fix Central homepage is here
IBM Connections Wizards
CN1F6ML IBM Connections V5.0 Wizard for Linux, AIX Multilingual
IBM Connections Installer
CIYQ7ML IBM Connections V5.0 for Linux Multilingual
CR3 Database Update Scripts
Although CR3 only requires an update to the Homepage schema, if you are updating from 5.0 (instead of from CR2) you also need all the updates supplied with CR1 and CR2. The script package includes all updates including the CR3 homepage and previous schema changes.
Database scripts are in a zip file downloadable here
Forms Experience Builder 8.5
CN0VYML IBM Forms Experience Builder V8.5.1 Linux Multilingual
IBM File Viewer 1.0.7
IBM File Viewer will support WebSphere 18.104.22.168 as a platform although it requires an additional fix according to this link . Since Connections only just started supporting 22.214.171.124 itself (as of CR3) I haven’t installed File Viewer using that version yet, only 8.0.0.x. I’ll be using it for this blog though.
IBM File Viewer itself is in theory available on http://greenhouse.lotus.com but I always struggle to get it from there. However if you can get the IBM Docs download from your passport site, we actually install a Conversion Server and a File Viewer Server which are components of IBM Docs. Installing an IBM Docs server requires separate licensing but you can use the download to install just the two components you need.
CN54LML IBM Connections Docs V1.0.7 for Windows and Linux Multilingual