This week I installed IBM Connections 5.5CR1 on a Windows Server. I used WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5.9 and everything ran pretty smooth, but the Connections install itself ended in an error after all applications were successfully installed. The popup showed a regexp error and a long string. The installer ran through the night, so I couldn’t remember this string and started the install again. The Same message box appears after everything was successfully installed (checked through ISC, after the error everything was uninstalled by the Installation Manager) and even the install.log showed nothing special. This time, I remembered the string, it was the password of my WebSphere Administration user!

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I’m really impressed of the WAS 8 installation. Install Manager can handle multiple repositories, so you can install the core package and updates in one step. That’s lots faster than installing WAS 7, Update Installer and the fixes. Yes i know Ubuntu is unsupported for WebSphere Application Server, but i like the simple install and update process. So i use it on about 80 % of my linux testsystems and i have no problems when installing IBM Domino, WebSphere, DB2 or Connections. Additional software for Ubuntu I added the following packages to Ubuntu and use x-forward for installing IM and WAS.

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