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How do I patch WAS 6.0.0.1 Express to v6.0.2.25?

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I have an installation of IBM WebSphere Application Server 6.0.0.1 Express that I need to patch up to 6.0.2.25. I'm not sure the steps and exact fixpacks required to get to this level. I have been told the following is the upgrade path:

- 6.0.0.0 to 6.0.2.0 requires the 6.0.2 fix pack
- 6.0.2.0 to 6.0.2.25 requires the .25 cumulative fix

Can you provide the URLs to the exact fix packs I need, as well as provide any necessary installation steps needed if it is less than obvious?
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Forgot to mention, this is running on Windows 2003.
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- Start at the WebSphere Application Server support page:
  http://www.IBM.com/software/webservers/appserv/was/support/
- Click the download link
- Click the Recommended fixes link
- Click the Version 6.0 link

* First, download the latest version of the update program by using the
  "V7.0 Update Installer" link in the "Other V6.0 tools and fixes" section of the table
- Click the Windows tab
  Direct link to this page:
  http://www.IBM.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg24020448

? If you have an earlier version of the UpdateInstaller, remove (uninstall it)
? Expand the download file
? Execute the UpdateInstaller Installer program.
   I recommend installing the UpdateInstaller under your WebSphere directory
   in a directory/folder named UpdateInstaller

- In the "Refresh Pack 2" row of the table, click the Windows link
  Direct link to this page:
  http://www.IBM.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg24009813
- Use either the FTP link column, or the DD (DownloadDirectory - a Java applet)
  to retrieve the necessary files:
- AppServer - 32, or 64 bit image?
- AppClient is the Application Client that allows you to build stand-alone Java
  applications that execute "outside" of the AppServer.  You may, or may not
  have this code installed.
- Plugin - This is really important if you use a Web Server (which you should!)
- IHS - This is if you have an earlier version of the IBM HTTP Server (web server) installed

- Save the retrieved *.pak files in the WebSphere\UpdateInstaller\maintenance directory

- To retrieve the 6.0.2.25 cumulative fix, you are going to need to access the appropriate directory on the IBM FTP server.  For the 32 bit AppServer, it would be:
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/websphere/appserv/support/fixpacks/was60/refreshpack2/cumulative/cf60225/WinX32/

Hopefully this helps.


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ok, copied the cumulative fix *.pak files into the same WebSphere\UpdateInstaller\maintenance directory

Then, execute the UpdateInstaller, e.g.,
WebSphere\UpdateInstaller\update.bat

And follow the instructions...

Good luck & have fun
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Thanks HonorGod! I will give this a shot on 5/18 when I am back in the office.
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HonorGod, I'm still working through this - it's taking awhile to download everything from the FTP server. Thanks for all your pointers. A quick follow-up question, can I use the v7 Update Installer to go from 6.0.0.1 to 6.0.2? The description makes it seem like it's not supported until 6.0.2.21+.
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The good news is that the V7 updateInstaller can be used for 6.0, and 6.1, and 7.0 application servers.

The bad news is that it can only be used for 6.0 after you have installed fix pack 2, and only if you are going to at least cumulative fix 6.0.2.21...

So, first, you need to use the 6.0 updateInstaller to get your 6.0 AppServer up to 6.0.2, then you can use the 7.0 updateInstaller to get form 6.0.2.0 directly up to 6.0.2.21 (or beyond).

Ugly, I know, but that's the best I can do....

Sorry.
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Let me know if you don't have the 6.0.2 updateInstaller, and I'll see if I can find the link for it.
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You may be in luck.  From what I see, it looks like the 6.0.2 updateInstaller is bundled with the 6.0.2 FixPack.
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If not, you should be able to use either the 32, or 64 bit link at the bottom of the table on this page:

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg24008401
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Ok great. I do not have any Update Installer installed, unless it is part of the WAS 6.0.0.1 Express RTM install.

So use the Update Installer in 6.0.2 for applying fixpack 6.0.2, then use the Update Installer 7 for 6.0.2.25?
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If you have to update your web server and plugin, then you really need to use the information from this document:

http://www.IBM.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg21383216
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Correct.

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I am up to:
  • WebSphere Platform 6.0 [EXPRESS 6.0.2.0 o0526.07]
  • Java version = J2RE 1.4.2 IBM Windows 32 build cn142-20050609 (JIT enabled: jitc), Java Compiler = jitc, Java VM name = Classic VM
Will try to work on the rest tomorrow.
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HonorGod, had to rebuild the VM, but plan on getting this done tomorrow.
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Ouch.  Boy you have had quite a challenge, haven't you...  Good luck
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Several balls in the air - one fell. :) I'm sure I'll get the rest of the way with your instructions.
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I understand completely.  Again, I wish you well.
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HonorGod,

I think we may be good! Can you verify for me real quick, to make sure I have the JDK updated appropriately.

Here is what I see in admin console:
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server - Express, 6.0.2.25
  • Build Number: cf250801.02
  • Build Date: 1/8/08
Here is what I see in SystemOut.log:
  • WebSphere Platform 6.0 [EXPRESS 6.0.2.25 cf250801.02]  running with process name <removed>\server1 and process id 3672
  • Java version = J2RE 1.4.2 IBM Windows 32 build cn142-20070708 (SR9) (JIT enabled: jitc), Java Compiler = jitc, Java VM name = Classic VM
Looks good to me!
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Use the versionInfo command in the WebSphere\AppServer\bin directory to do a "quick check" of things.

Windows:
> cd C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\bin
> versionInfo

Unix:
> cd /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/bin
> ./versionInfo.sh

This will tell you the "current" version information.

You can also use the historyInfo command script to get a more complete (much larger) list of what has been installed, when updates were attempted, if the update was successful, or if it failed

So, if you use the historyInfo (or ./historyInfo.sh), I would strongly encourage you to redirect the output to a file, and search for "warning", and "fail".

When you start your AppServer, take a look at the SystemOut.log.  It will contain a section marked (delimited) by lines that look like:

************ Start Display Current Environment ************

and

************* End Display Current Environment *************

Within this section, you will see a line that tells you the version number of the AppServer (e.g., 6.0.2.25), as well as that of the JVM
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Wow - historyInfo gives you quite the output. :) Well everything looks good to me! Thank you very much for your help. It would have taken me a bit to put all the pieces together.

I still need to test installing and patching the IIS plugin, but if I need help there I will open a new question on EE. Keep an eye out in the WebSphere Zone. ;)

Thanks again!
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Awesome, thank you!
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I do (as you probably could guess given my rank in this zone. :-)

Thanks for the grade & points (here, and abroad).

Good luck & have a great day.
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