Installing Comms: Lowering the Barriers, Day I

As I mentioned previously, I'm trying to eat my own dog food

by using the Comms 6 Single Host Deployment doc. Now, I'm not what you would call a UNIX sysadmin, nor a Comms sysadmin by any stretch of the imagination. Let's just say I'm a jack of all trades, master of none. I know enough where to look for answers and when to ask for help. Guess what I'm saying is that for being somewhat of a novice, I should be able to complete this exercise.

Right now, for the second time, I'm re-uninstalling the Identity Suite components needed for a Comms deployment. That would be Directory Server, Access Manager, and Web Server. Why you ask? Because I can't follow my own instructions. (Big grin.)

Lesson One: Don't cut corners.
When I started this exercise, the first step was to install Application Server 9.1 Update 1. That requires Java 1.5. My system, running Solaris OS 9, only had 1.4. At first I thought I could just download and install the JRE; a smaller download than the entire JDK. Okay, I cut a corner. I installed the JRE (and had to figure out where my PATH was still picking up the older JRE and preventing me from launching the Application Server installer) and ran the Application Server installer. Well, one of the options was the location of the Java 2 SDK 5.0 or higher. Urg. I did need the entire JDK. So I had to exit the Application Server 9.1 Update 1 install, hunt down the new JDK, then download it, then install it. More lost time.

Lesson Two: Read the documentation. Closely.
In my case, I mistakely choose to install all the Identity Suite components (as well as all the multi-national languages, which aren't necessary for my POC, and take up lots more time to install as well). This had the unfortunate effect of installing a second copy of Application Server, version 8.2, which I \*think\* overlayed my initial installation of Application Server 9.1 Update 1, needed for Convergence (Kendo). If I had followed the doc, I would have skipped installing this second conflicting version. (And as I'm writing, the IS uninstall just finished. It is not a quick process on a slow machine, trust me.)

BTW, finding out how to uninstall the Identity Suite components wasn't an easy Google. I finally found out on a Sun Forum how to do it:
/var/sadm/prod/SUNWident-entsys5u1/uninstall

Much of the time during this exercise, I find myself asking: Is this typical of the customer experience? If so, once again, I'm feeling your pain.

I'm on to reinstalling the Identity Suite components at this point. More later.

BTW, some things I've had to learn along the way:

  • Using ssh
  • Using scp to copy files to a remote secure host
  • Using ssh -X to remote diplay an application
  • Finding a Solaris copy of Mozilla (and installing it)
  • All the service stop/start commands
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