Friday, April 22, 2016

Configuring ITIC for use with IBM Control Desk 7.6

As shipped with ICD 7.6 (at least on Linux x86 64-bit), ITIC isn't quite configured correctly. When you try to run, it will complain that it cannot file the main class. The problem lies in the script. Specifically, you need to change the following line:




Without this change, it's trying to find a file named IntegrationComposer7510.jar, which doesn't exist. In 7.6, the correct file is IntegrationComposer7600.jar.

Another thing to note is the URL of the BigFix server for use with the ITIC mapping is:


The easiest way to work around the problem of having one VM on a NAT network and one on a host-only network in VMWare Workstation

The Situation

I have a BigFix environment with a Windows BigFix server on the host-only network, and I've got IBM Control Desk installed on a Red Hat VM on one of the NAT networks. I want to integrate the two for asset management, which requires the Integration Composer, which has to communicate with both servers simultaneously. (We've done an air-gapped integration for a couple of customers, but I wanted to use the out-of-the-box mechanism).

Bad Solutions

Some of the solutions that I considered, but threw out because of the work involved:

Change an IP address

Simply move one server to the other network and then add routes to communicate between different subnets IP addresses on the same network

Easy Solution

I added a network card on the NAT network to the BigFix Windows server. VMWare Workstation quickly suspended and resumed the VM, the adapter was seen, and it got a DHCP address on the NAT network. And then I could communicate between the two machines!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Installing IBM Control Desk v7.6 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6

I just had a difficult time installing ICD 7.6 on RHEL 6.6 and wanted to share one workaround that I used that finally got me around the prerequisite checker failures on Installation Manager.

I've done this successfully in a production environment, but in this case I'm installing this in a VM in my lab that's running under VMWare Workstation, and it's on a NAT network. Every time the Installation Manager runs the prerequisite checker, I kept getting a failure on network.fqdn, even though the hostname was absolutely set to a fully qualified domain name ( So I started up 'dnsmasq' locally and pointed to my own IP address as my DNS server. That allowed network.fqdn to PASS, but then network.dns would FAIL (!).

Figuring I have my networking configured "good enough" for my small test machine, I simply edited the following files:


in the directory /var/ibm/InstallationManager/bundles/plugins/ to change:




And then it worked like a champ!

How did you find those buried files?

If you cd to /var/ibm/InstallationManager/logs and run 'firefox index.xml', you get a great view of all of the Installation Manager log files. In the latest one, the completion message pointed me basically to that directory.

IBM's Maximo 7.6 demo site is available

It's here:

It's just Maximo (enterprise) Asset Management, so it doesn't have any of the IBM Control Desk-specific content, but is a good place to check stuff out if you don't have a a local installation running.