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1084: Planning and Completing an IBM Connections Upgrade

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So we have IBM Connections installed, but now it’s time to consider what and when to update. It could be a WebSphere fix or a DB2 fixpack, a new application, or database scheme. Some updates are for security, some for performance and some for new features. In this session we'll discuss how you can decide when and what to upgrade, how to plan for and perform a safe upgrade, test when it’s complete and what things can trip you up along the way. All of this is based on lessons learned over hundreds of deployments.

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1084: Planning and Completing an IBM Connections Upgrade

  1. 1. Planning and Completing an IBM Connections Upgrade TI-1084 Gabriella Davis The Turtle Partnership gabriella@turtlepartnership.com
  2. 2. Let’s talk about me for a minute • 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 • gabriella@turtlepartnership.com • twitter: gabturtle • http://connections101.info • http://turtleblog.info
  3. 3. Planning
  4. 4. What Are We Dealing With? • Fixes ▪ WebSphere ▪ Applications • Fixpacks ▪ Tivoli ▪ DB2 /SQL etc • CRs (Cumulative Releases) • .. and now Day 1 fixes
  5. 5. Deciding When / If To Upgrade • 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
  6. 6. Search Fix Central for any updates • Register for subscriptions ▪ http://www-01.ibm.com/software/support/einfo.html ▪ RSS Feed for Connections notifications
  7. 7. Subscription Options By Product
  8. 8. Before Any Fixes Or Updates • Backup WebSphere ▪ profilesdmgrbinbackupConfig.sh/bat d:filename.zip - nostop • Backup the databases ▪ db2 backup database peopledb to d: with 2 buffers buffer 1024 parallelism 1 compress without prompting • Read all the documentation ▪ http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter • Download all the necessary files
  9. 9. Working With Installation Manager • 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 • You can upgrade it to the latest version though
  10. 10. Reviewing installed software
  11. 11. Reviewing installed software • Installation Manager - View Installed Packages
  12. 12. Installation Manager - Modify, Rollback, Uninstall
  13. 13. Applying WebSphere Fixes
  14. 14. Applying WebSphere Fixes • Using online repository via Installation Manager • Downloading fix files from Fix Central • Apply to every server ▪ Rolling back fixes
  15. 15. Applying FixPacks
  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)
  17. 17. Verifying DB2 db2level
  18. 18. Verifying DB2 db2licm -l
  19. 19. 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)
  20. 20. Applying TDI Fixes • applyUpdates.bat/sh -update locationofzipfixfile • when all components are updated run query fix again to confirm
  21. 21. Applying Interim Connections Application Fixes • Download the fixes from Fix Central ▪ copy to a “fixes” directory under IBMConnections UpdateInstaller ▪ From the AppServerbin directory run setupCmdLine.sh /bat
 • Go to a command line and from the UpdateInstaller directory run “updateWizard.bat/sh” • It will ask you if you have backed up your customizations - don’t lie to it :-)
  22. 22. Connections 5.5 Fixes
  23. 23. Updating Connections - Cumulative Releases
  24. 24. Planning a Cumulative Release Fix • 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 • There are no CRs for Connections 5.5 yet but there are Day 1 fixes here • http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss? uid=swg21972646
  25. 25. MUST Do • 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
  26. 26. CAN Do • 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
  27. 27. Deciding What To Upgrade & In What Order • WebSphere (optional?) ▪ Verify you also install any iFixes with your WAS fix packs • DB2 (optional?) ▪ Is your DB2 server used for anything else? • Connections Applications • DB Schema Changes • FileNet • Cognos
  28. 28. Updating Connections - Backing Up • WebSphere ▪ from profilesDmgr01binbackupConfig.xx <filename> - nostop • Customizations ▪ datasharedcustomizations .. • Databases ▪ db2 backup database peopledb to d: with 2 buffers buffer 1024 parallelism 1 compress without prompting
  29. 29. Updating Connections Applications • 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)
 

  30. 30. Updating Connections Via Installation Manager
  31. 31. Updating Connections Via Installation Manager
  32. 32. Verifying The Install Step 1 • Before starting any Connection servers • Check the logs ▪ c:programdataIBMInstallationManager ▪ IBMConnectionsversionlog ▪ Dmgr SystemOut.log
  33. 33. Verifying The Install Step 2. • 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
  34. 34. Step 3. Stop Here Before Starting Any Connections Servers • 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 (v5) • http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss? uid=swg21972646 (v5.5) ▪ 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
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. After Any Fixes Or Updates • 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)
  37. 37. Upgrading Connections - New Releases Hello 5.5 !
  38. 38. In-Place vs Side By Side • Upgrading from 5.0 - 5.5 can be done in place or side by side ▪ I avoid upgrading in place since there’s no way to back out once you start ▪ It does mean running duplicate hardware until you cutover to the new environment ▪ but it’s much safer and lower risk
  39. 39. Planning • Installing Connections 5.5 is a small part of what you will need to plan for • If you are doing an in-place upgrade you will have to uninstall the Connections applications before installing the latest version
  40. 40. Planning ▪ DB2 installation and patching ▪ TDI installation and patching ▪ Verify the Linux libraries and OS are at the right level ▪ Creating 5.0 databases to match the source data ▪ Patch the databases to match the source data ▪ Writing migration XML and script files to move the DB data ▪ Migrate the DB data ▪ Upgrade all the databases to v5.5 DB Schema ▪ Exporting artifacts from the existing environment ▪ Backing up and restoring the databases that aren’t migrated but need to be reused eg. FEBDB, FNOS, FNGCD ▪ Installing and patching WAS ▪ THEN…..
  41. 41. Planning - More ▪ INSTALL CONNECTIONS… ▪ Upgrade to the latest CR that Connections supports ▪ Upgrade all the databases to the latest CR DB Schema ▪ Import the artifacts that you exported from 5.0 ▪ Migrate the SSL keydb from source to destination ▪ Import the WAS internal key into the keydb ▪ Copy the shared content stores ▪ Copy the local search to one node ▪ Copy over the customisations and verify they still work ▪ Synchronise files in communities
 
 

  42. 42. Test All Existing Customisations • In any Connections environment I recommend deploying a test server • All components other than Cognos can be installed on one server • Having a test server enables Customisations, iFixes and Interim fixes to be tested before deploying to production
  43. 43. Things To Watch Out For… • The keydb used by IHS must have the WAS certificate from the deployment manager installed • If you buy a 4096 SSL certificate you need to configure WebSphere to support that by using unrestricted java library files • The XML files imported as part of the artifacts import may not work as expected on Connections 5.5 • There may be configuration settings that are no longer supported to in the wrong syntax
  44. 44. Connections 5.5 Day 1 Fixes • IBM released a number of critical, required Connections, database and Cognos fixes on the day Connections 5.5 became available. • These should be used as your primary install files , not the ones you download from Passport Advantage • Make sure you download all these files before starting your install or migration • Instructions and download links are all here • http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss? uid=swg21972646
  45. 45. Connections 5.5 Day 1 Fixes • There is a new DB Wizard to be used for creating or upgrading databases • http://ibm.co/1Pnwwqx (Windows) http://ibm.co/1WShfiU (*ix) • There is a new UpdateInstaller file for Connections to enable the new fixes to be applied http://ibm.co/1VvIBtN • There are new iFixes for Connections http://ibm.co/1nDjtH6 • There is a new migration tool if you are moving from an earlier version of Connections which brings in your artifacts and configuration files http://ibm.co/1KfI1Qc • There is a new Cognos wizard to be used when deploying Cognos http://ibm.co/20bCTnH (Windows)
  46. 46. Thank you Questions?
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