Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TAMeb Naughty Installer - SMS Part 2

Previously, I described the pain and heartache that is the Tivoli Access Manager for e-business SMS Server installer routine when another administrator has installed the WebSphere component [see http://blog.stephen-swann.co.uk/2011/03/tameb-naughty-installer-sms-part-1.html].

The title of that blog post claimed that it was merely Part 1 of the saga. Here's part 2.

It's not unusual for customers to want to install software somewhere other than the suggested location. In a Windows environment, it seems quite normal for the base operating system to occupy the C: drive and for additional components to be deployed on the D: drive. When an installer gives you the option to change the destination for your application, it's reasonable to assume that it is safe to do so.

With the TAMeb SMS installer, however, this assumption would be incorrect. While the PDSMS package can be deployed on to the D: drive, running the smscfg utility to configure the SMS product will fail claiming that c:\Program Files\Tivoli\PDSMS cannot be found on the system!

The simple way to resolve this issue is as you would expect. Temporarily copy the contents of your PDSMS directory from wherever you deployed it to the location above and smscfg will get you further. In fact, you should now be in a state where you can successfully deploy and configure the SMS Server and associated components.

For a comprehensive set of instructions on how to do that, follow the guide at IBM Tivoli Access Manager Session Management Server Deployment Architectures.

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