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PowerVP Version 1.1.3 Installation Tips

In “PowerVP Version 1.1.3 Provides Significant Enhancements,” I told you about the new version of PowerVP and the significant enhancements it offers with the GUI as a Web application, agent data store, utilization alerting and VIOS integration. This article provides some instructions and tips for installing PowerVP.

Product Installation

You’ll receive PowerVP either on physical media or by downloading from IBM. In either case, the media will look like Figure 1 (after unzipping the download version).

Load the media into any client workstation. PowerVP supports Windows, Linux and AIX for install. Also, IBM provided a Java version of the installation. This will work on most other client workstations where you have Java installed on the client.

The first temptation is to drill into your operating system’s directory—for example, Windows—and copy the PowerVP.exe file from the media to your PC. If you do this, the installer will not work. The license folder and its contents are also required at install and the directory structure must match the install media. So, you could copy the license folder and the Windows folder from the media if you were installing on Windows and it would work.

If you run this install on an AIX or Linux partition on your Power Systems server, you’ll need to have a windowing capability on the partition (e.g., have a VNC server running on the partition and connect a VNC client to the partition and run the install in the VNC session). You can install from a command entry without having a windowing capability, but if you do, the defaults taken won’t install a Liberty server. We’ll talk about installing a Liberty server further on in this article.

The first few panels are pretty basic. When you reach the “Choose PowerVP Install Set” panel, you’ll be making your first decision. There are three choices:

  1. PowerVP Client GUI option will only install the GUI software
  2. PowerVP Server Agents option will only install the agent software
  3. Typical simply installs both

Here, we will select Typical.

Next you’re asked for an Install Folder. This is the folder on your client where PowerVP will install what you selected on the previous panel. Note that if you’re doing agent installs to AIX/VIOS or Linux partitions, the installer will simply be copying the agent install artifacts to your client. You’ll still have to do a separate agent install to the Power Systems partition(s). So, even if you choose to run this install on your Linux or AIX partition, you’ll still need to do the additional agent install for those operating systems.

You’ll then be asked where you want product icons and shortcuts. Select the appropriate option.

Next is the WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core Installation panel. The PowerVP GUI in release 1.1.3 is now a deployable Web application. It has to be deployed to an Application Server. PowerVP bundles the IBM Liberty WebSphere Application Server, which you can install on your client and have the PowerVP Web application run on your client system.

If you want to deploy the PowerVP GUI to an existing application server in your network, do not check the “Install Liberty for PowerVP” checkbox. If you do want PowerVP to use the bundled Liberty server, check the checkbox and update the port assignments for the Liberty server (you can use the defaults). These ports are different from the ports that PowerVP uses for the GUI to connect to the agent.

The next decision point is the “PowerVP Agent Server Selection” panel. Here, you choose which agent operating systems on the Power Systems server that will be running the PowerVP agent. For AIX/VIOS and Linux, the installer will simply copy the RTE (AIX/VIOS) and RPM (Linux) files that you will use to install the PowerVP agent, to your client. For IBM i, in addition to copying the save files (SAVF) that contain the license program for use with the restore license program (RSTLICPGM) command, the installer will also perform the license program installation on your IBM i system (assuming you have the Host Servers running on your IBM i).

Next, for each operating system you selected, you’ll be presented with a panel to provide the hostname or IP address of the partition where you’ll be running the system level agent. You can set the ports (you need to use the same ports for PowerVP on all of the partitions). You can select if you want to use SSL, non-SSL or both for the connection between the PowerVP GUI and PowerVP agents. You also select if you want to have the agent automatically started when the partition IPLs. The last checkbox will launch some additional instructions that you’ll need to finish the install of the PowerVP agents. These instructions will be launched to your browser. For the IBM i partitions, click the “Add system” button to provide this information. You can add multiple IBM i partitions on the IBM i Agent panel and the installer will automatically install the PowerVP agent to all of the IBM i partitions you provide.

Finally, after reviewing all of the install options panels, click on the Install button. If you checked the “Launch Installation Instructions” checkbox, you will see new tabs started in your default Web browser with further instructions on installing the PowerVP agents on the Power Systems partitions. Don’t close these instructions tabs. You’ll need them.

Kent Bruinsma is a senior software engineer for IBM in Rochester, Minn.

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