I’ve started experimenting with the new IBM WebSphere Portal 8 (Enable version). My first adventure that I’d like to share with you was downloading and installing this new version. I’ve installed previos versions of Portal many, many times starting with version 5.0. So I jumped onto the IBM website, found the install images and started up the download.
First, the download is bigger than in previous versions. In previous versions, I downloaded 6 images for a total of around 4gb. With this version, I had to download 10 images (2 for IBM Installation Manager, 3 for WebSphere, and 5 for Portal Enable) that took up almost 7gb. I uncompressed all the files into one directory as required, which I called Portal8.
I was installing this on a VMWare server running Windows 2003, which I previously used. That server had 20gb allocated to it. Well, with Windows taking several gb and the downloaded images expanding to over 8gb, I was under the recommended available disk size for the installation (8gb). As you’ll see in reading the rest of this port, at this point I should have gone back and checked the system requirements closer. But I was too excited to start the installation, and unfortunately it takes longer to request a change to VM disk space than I was willing to wait. I knew that I could run the install from a network drive, but our network seemed really slow for these VMs.
To try to get enough disk space for the install, I decided to install just IBM Installation Manager (IIM) first (146mb on disk), then remove the IIM installation software, which included zip files for all the supported operating systems. On a side note, it would be nice to not have to download all that extra software for Linux, Solaris, zOS, etc. when all I want is a Windows version! I ended up deleting just enough to get me the available space I needed.
After installing IIM, I had to point to the repository configurations for WebSphere, Portal, and Enable using IIM’s preferences dialog. Each repository configuration is in a file in the main directory for these components.
I started the installation through IIM, selected WAS, Portal, and Portal Enable to install, and then selected the WAS fixpacks to install from a list IIM presented to me. Funny thing is, IIM showed me fixpacks for all operating systems, not just the one I was running.
Once I deciphered what was targeted for Windows, I clicked next and encountered my first real problem. I got this message: “A supported operating system was not detected.”
I immediately went to the info center to look at the system requirements. Sure enough, Windows 2003 is no longer supported. Windows 7, Windows 2008, and Windows Vista Enterprise are the only versions supported in WebSphere Portal 8. I guess I should have read the requirements more closely! (Yes, I’m laughing at me too.)
So its back to square one. I’ll request an updated VM from my IT people. This time, I’ll get more disk space along with the correct operating system. I’ll also make sure they add more memory as the Info Center says that 4GB is now the minimum amount.
Just so you don’t get stuck in this same situation, I’ve summarized the new requirements here.
My 4 days in the Desert with Adobe — Part 2
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 7:12a Eric Herman As I mentioned in my last blog post, the time I spent in the desert with Adobe at the sales conference was incredibly valuable. As the best of breed digital platform, three key themes resonated with me and want to take the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the benefits of the adobe partnership and how it impacts the work we do for clients.
One of the first things I learned is that Adobe has grown tremendously over the past few years and has really cemented its place as the leader in digi [read] Keywords: development
Facebook Introduces New Campaign Structure
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 1:12p Mark Polly Facebook has been hailed and maligned at the same time for its advertisement features. On one hand, Facebook ads promise to reach large, targeted audiences with your message. On the other hand, Facebook ad reach is a black box that only Facebook controls. In a previous post, Why Facebook is Failing Marketers, my colleague Michael Porter wrote about Facebook ads reaching only 16% of a company’s fans.
I don’t know if the New Facebook Campaign Structure that Facebook is rolling [read] Keywords: facebook
My 4 Days in the Desert with Adobe – Part 1
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 12:12p Eric Herman In mid-December, I attended the Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference in Las Vegas. It’s a time when Adobe invites its entire sales organization – along with Adobe’s key partners – to discuss the past year’s performance, celebrate the major sales successes, and layout the company’s sales and product strategies for the next year.
As Forrester & Gartner’s leader in Web Content Management, Adobe certainly has much to discuss and no lack of thought leadership within the Digital Marketin [read] Keywords:
A Primer on CMO, CIO Collaboration
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 8:11a Michael Porter Tom Wentworth at CMSWiRE has a short but very interesting article on collaboration between the Chief Marketing Office and the Chief Information Officer. He engages you at the beginning with the reasons why the two roles are blurring. I personally of one CIO who also wears the CMO hat.
…today’s marketers have a required skillset that often overlaps with that of the CIO, who has traditionally managed and maintained a company’s IT infrastructure. For that reason, CMOs are becoming int [read] Keywords: collaboration
Cool Mobile Infographic
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 5:12a Michael Porter Thanks to the Marketing Tech Blog for a reference to a cool “Future of Mobile” info graphic by Three. It’s UK focused but still a nice summary of mobile. I especially like the internet use via mobile devices now and in 2025. Click to get to the entire info graphic. [read] Keywords: mobile
What’s The Difference Between Beacons and Geofencing
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 5:12a Michael Porter Thanks for John Spyers for pointing this out to me. I’ve heard a lot lately about the “contextual” experience. By that I mean, an up to the minute completely personalized experience based on more than just what a company knows about you. Now you can take into account all of the usual items like how good a customer they are, do they have a shipment on the way, and did they just call customer service. You can add to that things like, where are they and do they have a rese [read] Keywords: mobile
What Does SoftLayer Mean for IBM?
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 5:12a Michael Porter So I’m not the cloud guy within Perficient but let’s face it, everything I see within my portal, web content, social, and marketing automation world has some cloud component. Let me give you some examples:
We see more and more requests to host IBM Portal and IBM WCM on an easy to manage external entity. Perficient uses a partner, Blue Iron because they stand up actual working instances of software and support more than just the base OS.
Sitecore has a Sitecore Azure option which [read] Keywords: ibm
5 Signs of A PC Exodus
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 6:12a Michael Porter CRN has an article on five signs of a PC exodus. Given all the stats we’ve seen on the dominance of mobile, I’m not surprised. Here are a couple mobile stats to consider before I list the five signs.
And now the list: (Go to the CRN article to get more in depth information)
Is LG leaving?
Asus’ smartphone shift
Acer’s executive shakeup
Samsung dumping desktops? [read] Keywords: mobile