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Cross-Platform Issues When Creating Siebel Image Directories
This topic is part of Preparing to Create a Siebel Installation Image.
Each Siebel image that you create contains directories representing the specified operating system platforms that you will use, such as Windows, AIX, and so on. The Siebel image itself can reside on any supported operating system. Siebel Image Creator can run natively on Microsoft Windows, IBM AIX, HP-UX, Linux, and Oracle Solaris.
Many customers support multiple operating systems. For example, a customer who installs server modules on UNIX still might have to install client or server modules that run only on a supported Microsoft Windows operating system, such as Siebel Web Client (Siebel Mobile Web Client), Siebel Tools, Siebel Management Server, and so on. For more information, see Siebel Installation Media Contents.
If you support multiple operating systems (such as Windows and one of the supported UNIX operating systems), then use one or more of the following strategies in creating your Siebel images:
- Create a single multi-platform Siebel image on one of your operating systems. Use a cross-platform networking tool, such as Samba, to make the Siebel image accessible from operating systems other than the one where the Siebel image was created.
For example, when you run Siebel Image Creator on Windows, include Windows and all of the applicable UNIX operating systems and include all of the modules for applicable operating systems. Before you run Siebel Image Creator, make sure that you have located the JAR files as described in Determining the Location for the Siebel Media Files and the Siebel Image. In order to install modules on UNIX computers (in this example), users who perform installations must be able to access the Windows-based Siebel image files.
This approach is generally recommended, because it consolidates all of the modules and applicable operating systems in a single Siebel image.
- On each applicable operating system, create a separate Siebel image that includes the modules that will be installed on that operating system.
For example, run Siebel Image Creator on Windows and include only the Windows operating system and the modules that will be installed on Windows. Then run Siebel Image Creator on Oracle Solaris (or another UNIX operating system) and include only Oracle Solaris and the modules that will be installed on that operating system.
Before you run Siebel Image Creator, make sure that you have located the JAR files for the applicable operating system as described in Determining the Location for the Siebel Media Files and the Siebel Image. In order to install the Siebel modules (in this scenario), no cross-platform tool would be necessary to access the Siebel image files, because the files for each module already reside on the operating system on which the installations will be performed.