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Planning & Completing An IBM Connections Upgrade

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Presentation from ICON UK in London Sept 2015 on approaches to upgrading IBM Connections whether it's a WebSphere iFix, TDI, DB2 or the Connections applications themselves

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Planning & Completing An IBM Connections Upgrade

  1. 1. UKLUG 2012 – Cardiff, Wales Gabriella Davis The Turtle Partnership http://turtleblog.info gabriella@turtlepartnership.com Planning and Completing An IBM Connections Upgrade
  2. 2. • Admin  of  all  things  and  especially  quite   complicated  things  where  the  fun  is   • Working  with  security  ,  healthchecks,   single  sign  on,  design  and  deployment   of  Domino,  ST,  Connections  and  things   that  they  talk  to   • Stubborn  and  relentless  problem  solver   • Lives  in  London  about  half  of  the  time Let’s  talk  about  me  for  a  minute
  3. 3. Where  to  start?
  4. 4. Fixes CR Release Upgrade Goals Critical Features Bugs Plan Risk Assess Test WHY DELIVERABLES? WHEN? ?
  5. 5. • Register  for  support  updates  so  you  get  notified  of   problems  and  fixes   • If  you  have  a  problem  that  is  resolved  by  a  fix  -­‐  apply  the   fix   • If  you  don't  have  a  problem  you  have  more  time  to  plan   Deciding  When  /  If  To  Upgrade
  6. 6. • Register  for  subscriptions   • http://www-­‐01.ibm.com/software/support/einfo.html   • RSS  Feed  for  Connections  notifications Search  Fix  Central  for  any  updates  
  7. 7. Subscription  Options  By  Product
  8. 8. Backup..  backup..  backup..  beep  beep
  9. 9. DB2 CUSTOMISATION FOLDER CONNECTIONS SHARE WAS DMGR Backing Up Connections Means Backing Up TDI db2  backup  database  peopledb  to   d:  with  2  buffers  buffer  1024   parallelism  1  compress  without   prompting   profilesdmgrbinbackupConfig.sh/bat  d: filename.zip  -­‐nostop  
  10. 10. Working  With  Installation  Manager
  11. 11. IM  controls  all  installs  and  updates   to  your  software   Once  you’ve  installed  something  via   IM  you  can’t  delete  IM  without  first   uninstalling  all  software  it  manages   Install  the  right  version  of  IM  in  the  right  directory   You  can’t  move  or  uninstall  it  once  you  start  using   it Working With Installation Manager
  12. 12. Reviewing  installed  software
  13. 13. Installation  Manager  -­‐  View  Installed  Packages Reviewing  installed  software
  14. 14. Installation  Manager  -­‐  Modify,  Rollback,  Uninstall
  15. 15. Upgrading  The  Infrastructure
  16. 16. Applying DB2 Fixes • Download  the  DB2  fix  for  the  fixpack  you  need  from  FixCentral   • I  prefer  to  use  the  Universal  server  fixpack   • Extract  the  downloaded  file   • for  Linux  run  installFixPack  (from  universal  directory)   • for  Windows  run  setup.exe  (from  the  ESE  directory) Applying WAS Fixes • Using  online  repository  via   Installation  Manager   • Downloading  fix  files  from  Fix  Central   • Apply  to  every  server   • Rolling  back  fixes Applying TDI Fixes • Download  the  fixpack  you  need  from  Fix  Central   • Extract  the  zip  file  into  a  folder  where  there  should  be  a  new   UpdateInstaller.jar   • copy  that  file  into  IBMTDIV7.1maintenance   • Run  applyUpdates.bat/sh  from  IBMTDIV7.1bin   • -­‐queryreg  (current  components  and  versions)
  17. 17. db2level Verifying  DB2
  18. 18. Verifying  DB2 db2licm  -­‐l
  19. 19. • applyUpdates.bat/sh  -­‐update  locationofzipfixfile   • when  all  components  are  updated  run  query  fix  again  to   confirm Applying  TDI  Fixes
  20. 20. Applying  IBM  Connections  Application  Fixes 01 Download  the  fixes  from  Fix  Central   copy  to  a  “fixes”  directory  under   IBMConnectionsUpdateInstaller 02 From  the  AppServer bin  directory  run   setupCmdLine.sh  /bat 03 Go  to  a  command  line  and   from  the  UpdateInstaller   directory  run   “updateWizard.bat/sh”   The  installer  will  ask  you  if  you  have  backed  up  your  customizations  -­‐  don’t  lie  to  it  :-­‐)
  21. 21. Updating  Connections  -­‐  Cumulative   Releases
  22. 22. • There  should  be  an  IBM  technote  with  details  of  the   release   • For  v5  all  the  CRs  are  referenced  from  the  same   technote       • http://www-­‐01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss? uid=swg21683118   • The  technote  contains  details  of  all  the  CRs Planning  a  Cumulative  Release  Fix
  23. 23. • The  CR  update  document  has  things  you  MUST  do  and   things  you  CAN  do   • MUST  DO   • Application  Updates   • DB  Schema  Updates   • Any  Filenet  or  Cognos  Updates MUST  Do
  24. 24. • There  will  also  be  a  list  of  supported  versions  for  your   DB  server,  for  WAS,  for  LDAP,  for  Linux  and  Windows   • also  check  detailed  system  requirements  http:// www-­‐01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss? uid=swg27042395 CAN  Do
  25. 25. WEBSPHERE Optional
 Verify you also install any iFixes with your WAS fix packs DB2 Optional Is your DB2 server used for anything else? DB2 SCHEMA CHANGES CONNECTIONS APPLICATIONS FILENET COGNOS Required when required, otherwise never upgrade
  26. 26. WebSphere from profilesDmgr01bin backupConfig.xx <filename> - nostop 21 3 Customizations datasharedcustomizations Databases db2 backup database peopledb to d: with 2 buffers buffer 1024 parallelism 1 compress without prompting Updating  Connections  -­‐  Backing  Up
  27. 27. • via  Installation  Manager   • Unzip  the  CR  update  file  e.g.  5.0.0.0-­‐IC-­‐Multi-­‐CR03-­‐ LO84244.zip  (there  is  a  single  file  for  multiple  OS)
 
 Updating  Connections  Applications
  28. 28. Updating  Connections  Via  Installation  Manager
  29. 29. Updating  Connections  Via  Installation  Manager
  30. 30. • Before  starting  any  Connection  servers   • Check  the  logs   • c:programdataIBMInstallationManager   • IBMConnectionsversionlog   • Dmgr  SystemOut.log Verifying  The  Install  Step  1
  31. 31. • The  nodeagent  on  the  application  server  profiles  should   be  started   • Dmgr  will  deploy  the  updated  apps  to  each  node   • Monitor  SystemOut.log  on  the  Dmgr  to  verify  when   the  apps  are  fully  deployed   • The  actual  files  are  deployed  from     • dmgrconfigcellscellnameapplications  To   • profilenameconfigcellscellnameapplications   • the  file  date/time  stamps  should  match Verifying  The  Install  Step  2.
  32. 32. • Now  is  the  time  to  apply  the  DB  schema  changes   • Download  the  database  updates  zip  file  linked  to  from  the  update   document  http://www-­‐01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss? uid=swg21683118   • Use  the  readme  in  the  SQL  directory  to  find  the  commands  to  run   • make  sure  you  are  logged  in  as  the  DB2  administrator     • I  like  to  pipe  the  command  to  a  text  file  so  I  can  review  the  output  by   adding  >[outputfile]  after  each  line Step  3.  Stop  Here  Before  Starting  Any  Connections  
  33. 33. If  you  don’t  update  the  DB  Schema  the  application   servers  will  still  start   the  applications  just  won’t  work   check  SystemOut.log  for  errors  relating  to  versions   of  the  db  schema
  34. 34. • Sync  the  nodes   • Start  each  server  individually,  monitoring  the   SystemOut.log  for  any  errors   • Test  every  URL  works   • /files   • /blogs   • /communities  etc   • Test  the  search  works  by  using  the  search  validation  URL   • <hostname>/search/serverStatus  (case  sensitive) After  Any  Fixes  Or  Updates
  35. 35. Upgrading  Connections  -­‐  New  Releases
  36. 36. Side  by    Side  vs  In  Place  Upgrades
  37. 37. • In  place  upgrades  mean  more  downtime   • No  opportunity  to  test  prior  to  cutover   • Any  issues  that  occur  in  Connections  post  upgrade  have   to  be  fixed  immediately   • Test  servers  enable  you  to  create  the  data  migration  xml   and  bat/sh  files  first  and  minimise  your  downtime  when   cutting  over  production Risks…
  38. 38. Questions

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