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Installing ifixes in IBM Connections 4.5 CR 5

This blog will provide the highlevel steps to install an ifixes on IBM Connections 4.5 CR 5.

Note: These steps are generic in nature and would apply for most of the ifix in connections unless specified by the PMR team or documented in the ReadMe of that ifix

Env: IBM Connections 4.5 CR 5

iFixes to be installed :

IBM connections Installation Path : /opt/IBM/Connections

Step1: Ensure that the ifixes are not already installed

              a. Run the setupCmdLine.sh to load the env setting for the Connections

[root@connections1 /]$ . /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin/setupCmdLine.sh

NOTE: the updateSilent.sh command will not launch if the setupCmlLine.sh is not executed

            b. Navigate to where the updateInstaller is located , in my case its /opt/IBM/Connections/updateInstaller

[[root@connections1 /]$cd /opt/IBM/Connections/updateInstaller

            c. Run the updateSilent.sh with the attributes mentioned below

 [root@connections1 updateInstaller]$ ./updateSilent.sh -fix -installDir /opt/IBM/Connections | grep 75278 

Where 75278   is the ifix Number  which we are going to install


We don’t have the ifixes installed so proceed with the downloading of the ifixes

Step2: Download the Fixpack from the Fixcentral based on your environment and your issues

We will downloading the ifix &

NOTE :For the ifix to be installed the Fix Central will recommend the prerequisite updateInstaller

which needed to be installed

Download the following

And also download the UPDI which is required to install the above ifix



NOTE : This is needed only if your updateInstaller is not of the same version

To check the version of the updateInsaller

            a. Navigate to /opt/IBM/Connections/updateInstaller/version

bash-3.2$ [root@connections1 /]$ cd /opt/IBM/Connections/updateInstaller/version

       b. Open lcui.product file

[root@connections1 version]$ more lcui.product‘<!DOCTYPE product SYSTEM “product.dtd”>
‘<product name=”Update Installer for IBM Connections”>
‘<build-info date=”10/20/2013” level=”00000001″/>
[root@connections1 version]$

Which is

If the version are same as the one required by the ifix  you don’t need to upgrade your updateInstaller


Step3: Installation of the New updateInstaller

NOTE: This step is needed only if the updateInstaller is lower that the one required by the ifixes

 a. Extract the

b.Take the backup of the existing updateInstaller in the location /opt/IBM/Connections/

[root@connections1 Connections]$cd /opt/IBM/Connections/
[root@connections1 Connections]$mv updateInstaller updateInstaller.backup

c. Extract the file in the location /opt/IBM/Connections

And make the scripts executable with chmod 755 *.sh if it is not in executable

[root@connections1 updateInstaller]$chmod –R 755 *.sh

That’s It .. This will install the updateInstaller

Step4: Take the necessary backup

        a. Take the backup of the Connections Customization Directory. You could take a tarzip

backup or copy it in a backup location

NOTE : To get the Customization Directory

Login to the connections admin console >>


[root@connections1 ifixes]$ cp -r /share/customization/ /backup/customization.backup

          b. Take the backup of the LotusConnections-config from the Dmgr Cell

[root@connections1 updateInstaller]$ cd /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/config/cells/connectionsCell01/
[root@connections1 connectionsCell01]$ cp -r LotusConnections-config/ /backup/LotusConnections-config.backup

          c. Take the copy  of the Existing ifixes installed for references

For Eg.

[root@connections1 updateInstaller]$ . /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin/setupCmdLine.sh
[root@connections1 updateInstaller]$ ./updateSilent.sh -fix -installDir /opt/IBM/Connections > /backup/VersionDetails_BeforeIfix.txt


        d. Take the Backup of the specific Database if the ifix modifies some changes in the DB

Step5: Installation of the Ifix

1. Stop the Connections Servers Servers and the Nodeagent

2. Ensure the dmgr is started Otherwise during the UpdateWizard will not be able to proceed further

 3. Copy the ifix which were downloaded from the fixcentral to the ifixes folder in updateInstaller Folder  , Though  It can be any location within the server

[root@connections1 updateInstaller]$ mkdir /opt/IBM/Connections/updateInstaller/ifixes


  The Files were transferred using Winscp


[root@connections1 updateInstaller]$ ls -l ifixes


  4. Launch the GUI Console of RHEL Server

As root ( or any user with which the installation was done) launch the GUI Console of the

RHELServer using VNC or Xming or any X11 forwarding tools


  5.  Run setupCmdLine.sh to load the env variables

[root@connections1 updateInstaller]$ . /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin/setupCmdLine.sh

NOTE: the updateWizard.sh command will not launch if the setupCmdLine.sh is not executed

6. Then Launch the updateWizard.sh from  the GUI from the path /opt/IBM/Connections/updateInstaller


   7. Click Next on the welcome screen


          8. Select the “Install updates ” Option and provide the Path of the ifixes folder .

          In my case its /opt/IBM/Connections/updateInstaller/ifixes.

Then click Next


         9. The updateWizard will detect the ifixes in that folder . We had copied two ifixes

We can click “Details” if we want more information on these ifixes

Select both the ifixes and click Next

NOTE: If there are any dependencies ifixes requirement it will be prompted


        10. The updateWizard will provide a message to take the necessary backups before the installation.

Check the box and Click  OK


          11.  Provide the Deployment Manager Admin user name and Password . This will be validated to proceed


            l2. After the Validation Successful .. Click OK


          13.   Check the summary page . it will again display the ifixes which we have selected to Install

Click Install


Note : It may take some time depending on the number of ifixes


           14. The logs are created in the /opt/IBM/Connections/version/log/

Tail the logs for the ifixes

 [root@connections1 log]$ cd /opt/IBM/Connections/version/log/
[root@connections1 log]$tail –f  20151107_032631_LO75278-OSGi_news_install.log


              15.  If the iFIx installation was successful we will get a “ Result: The iFix Installation was successful”

message in the updateWizard


Checks the logs too . The BUILD SUCESSFUL message should be displayed in them



NOTE: The Installation of the ifix can be done using command line too

For example:

[root@connections1 updateInstaller]$./updateSilent.sh -installDir /opt/IBM/Connections -fix -fixDir /opt/IBM/Connections/update/ifixes -install -fixes LO75278 LO75278-OSGi -wasUserId wasadmin -wasPassword <password>  -featureCustomizationBackedUp yes


           16. Validate if the ifix is installed

[root@connections1 log]$ cd /opt/IBM/Connections/updateInstaller

a. Run setupCmdLine.sh

[root@connections1 /]$ . /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin/setupCmdLine.sh

 b. Run updateScript.sh with the options mentioned below

[root@connections1 updateInstaller]$ ./updateSilent.sh -fix -installDir /opt/IBM/Connections | grep 75278


We see that the ifixes for LO75278 is installed

   17.  Restart Dmgr and Check the dmgr logs
Stop Dmgr

[root@connections1 /]$ cd /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin/stopManager.sh

Provide the wasadmin credentials while stopping

           Start dmgr

[root@connections1 /]$ cd /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin/startManager.sh

18. Start the nodeagent , Do a full synchronization

[root@connections1 /]$ /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/AppSrv01/bin/startNode.sh
  1. Start the Sever , and check  the logs for any errors

In this way we can install the Ifixes for on IBM connections 4.5


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