IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere V8.0.1 on Windows 7’s up and running


With my recent troubles while installing IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V8.0 it turned out I was mistakenly installing the previous Open Beta 2 version. I can hardly explain why I did a snapshot of the Parallels virtual machine I was using for the installation (it was the very first time in my virtualization career), but having done it reverting the installation was a breeze.

I downloaded the required packages and run the launchpad.

Once you click the Install IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere link, you’ll start the installation.

The very first step is to install IBM Installation Manager V1.4.1.

A few other clicks and you should get it up and ready.

It’s strongly advised to install IM and the other software you’re about to install in a directory with no spaces in the path and have it as short as possible. It’s probably a minor issue on Unix-based OSes, but Windows may not be as forgiving. I’m on Win7 and the last thing I’d like to worry about is to fix issues with spaces, long path names and such.

With IM installed, the next step is to install RAD8 itself as well as WAS8 Open Beta and the other versions of it – I opted for WAS7 too.

Since the installation was for RAD V8.0.0 and there was an update 8.0.1 available I clicked the Check for Other Versions, Fixes, and Extensions button for them to be downloaded and installed. In fact, you’ll have to do it anyway once RAD8’s installed to have it fresh.

At the time of the installation, 5 updates were available (that accounted for a longer installation time).

Again, don’t forget about shortening the paths with no spaces.

I chose a bit more than it’s really necessary to run RAD8, but it’s going to be a reference installation for all my further activities around JEE6 and WAS8 so I made sure there’s more than needed so I’m not stuck when troubling myself with JEE6 learning.

After a couple of hours, after around 7 GBs were downloaded and around 16GBs installed that I left over night, the next step was to install the license. That’s where I run across an issue with not being able to do so (that turned out to have been an issue with the version of RAD8 not the license or process themselves).

This time it was like a breeze. Nothing unordinary. A few clicks and it was installed.

A bit anxious, I fired up the RAD8.

It went up very fast. Finally, I could experience RAD8 with no questions about license.

But wait, WAS8’s profile wasn’t created during the installation, so just a few other clicks away till it’s fully installed.

I must admit that the installation was stunningly easy and the only trouble was the time it took – a night should be enough 🙂 Enjoy!

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2 responses to “IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere V8.0.1 on Windows 7’s up and running

  1. thank you.but I want to ask you.
    how did you solve the license file.
    can you help me to solve it?

    • I’m an IBMer who works for the Software Group in Poland so it eventually turned out the easiest part. Just downloaded one and registered via IBM Installation Manager.

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