Do you really have Sametime 8.5.1 FP1 applied?

Update: Several changes were made to this post after the initial posting.  I would like to clarify that the Sametime Cluster Guided Activity should be used whenever possible to update a product cluster.

Sametime 8.5.1 FP1, also known as has many fixes which should be applied to an environment.  However, in the initial release of the fixpack, a critical step was missing from the readme file.  The IBM installation manager will install the files onto the server, however to commit the changes to a clustered environment, you will need to perform one additional step through the integrated solutions console.  This is the process to upgrade the existing cluster.  The steps for this can be found under, the section “Upgrading a cluster of Lotus Sametime 8.5 Proxy Servers on AIX, Linux, Solaris, or Windows” in the Sametime information center.  Here is the abridged version of the guide:

  1. Navigate to the Sametime System Console.
  2. Navigate to Sametime System Console – guided activities – Cluster WebSphere Application Servers.
  3. Click Next to begin the guided activity
  4. Select the Product to cluster.
  5. Select “Upgrade existing cluster”
  6. Confirm that the application servers hosting the application are stopped.
  7. Follow the prompts to confirm and start the upgrade.
  8. Once the upgrade is complete navigate to System Administration – Nodes
  9. Select all of the Node and click Full Resynchronize  Wait 1-2 minutes for this to complete.
  10. Navigate to Servers – WebSphere Application Servers.
  11. Select the servers hosting the application you just upgraded and click Start.
  12. Confirm that the application servers start successfully.
  13. Repeat the procedure for each application cluster.

In case there are problems updating a component with the guided activity, the following procedure can be used to manually deploy the update to the cluster:

  1. Navigate to the Sametime System Console.
  2. Navigate to the Applications – Application Types – WebSphere enterprise applications
  3. Select an Enterprise Application.  (In this example, use ConferenceFocus).  Click update.
  4. Select the option “Replace the entire application”.  Click on the “Remote file system” option.
  5. Click on Browse.
  6. Select the node containing the application files.
  7. Navigate to D:IBMWebSphere<Component>PNSametime<Component>OfferingSametimeServerSMServer<Component>installableApps.  (Note these paths may vary per component)
  8. Select the component name (Example: ConferenceFocus.ear).
  9. Click OK.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Under “How do you want to install the application?”, select “Fast Path”.  Leave the rest of the settings as default.
  12. Click Next.
  13. Under the “Select installation options” page, accept the defaults and click Next.
  14. Under “Map modules to servers”, select all of the modules from the list by clicking the ( ) option.
  15. Under clusters and servers, select the cluster and/or server which is hosting the enterprise application.
  16. Click Apply.  The server name should change to the list of servers selected under Clusters and Servers.
  17. Click Next.
  18. Review the summary page.
  19. Click Finish.
  20. Click Rollout update to synchronize and update the servers.

1 Comment

  1. Hi. I have downloaded for testing purposes the following from Xtreme Leverage(Software Sellers) from w3.
    IBM Sametime Standard V8.5.2 Proxy Server Linux on x86 Multilingual

    While trying out the installation, I cannot find the file. Instead I find the launchpad.bat.


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