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Installing Data Services Platform Using Console or Silent Mode

This section describes how to install BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform (DSP) using either Console mode or Silent mode. Console mode is an interactive installation that you can use on UNIX systems without a graphics (windowing) workstation.

Silent mode is a non-interactive installation on a Windows or UNIX system. In Silent mode, the installer application uses a properties file to obtain installation parameters.

The chapter includes the following sections:

Following installation, you can perform specific post-installation tasks such as verifying successful installation and exploring DSP shortcuts and paths. For more information, see Post-Installation Tasks.

Figure 3-1 illustrates the current step in the overall installation process.

Figure 3-1 Console Mode Installation Step

Console Mode Installation Step



Before You Install

Before you begin installing DSP, confirm that the following conditions are met:

For additional information about installation prerequisites, see Installation Prerequisites in Preparing to Install BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform.


Using Console Mode to Install DSP

This section describes the console-mode installation procedure.

Note: You cannot install DSP in console mode on Solaris systems running in a Japanese locale. In cases when you are installing on a Japanese Solaris system, change your locale in the shell in which you are installing to English, and then install the product. After DSP is installed, you can run it in a Japanese locale.

To install DSP on a UNIX system in console mode:

  1. Change to the directory (cd) that contains the DSP installer.
  2. Start the installation program.
  3. The installer file name has the following form:


    where filename is the name of the DSP installation program specific to your platform. For example, enter the following to start the Solaris version of the DSP installation program:

    sh aldsp_201_solaris32.bin -mode=console

    Similarly, enter the following to start the Linux version of the DSP installation program:

    ./aldsp_201_linux32.bin -mode=console

    A message appears indicating that the software is being extracted, followed by a welcome message, as shown in the following text:

    <--------- BEA Installer - BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.0 --------->
    This installer will guide you through the installation of BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.0. Type "Next" or enter to proceed to the next prompt. If you want to change data entered previously, type "Previous". You may quit the installer at any time by typing "Exit".

    Enter [Exit][Next]>
  4. Press Enter to continue.
  5. The license agreement is displayed. Review the entire agreement. When you reach the end of the agreement, you are prompted to accept or reject the terms.

    Select Option:
    1 - Yes, I agree with the terms of the license
    2 - No, I do not agree with the terms of the license

    Enter option number to select OR [Down][Exit][Previous]>
  6. Enter 1 if you accept the license agreement.
  7. You are prompted to choose the BEA home directory, as shown in the following text:

    <--------- BEA Installer - BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.0 --------->
    Choose BEA Home Directory:

    "BEA Home" = [/usr/local/bea]

    Input existing BEA Home OR [Exit][Previous][Next]>

    The <BEA_HOME> directory serves as the central support directory for all the BEA products installed on your system. For a detailed description of how this directory is used, see "BEA Home Directory" in "Preparing to Install WebLogic Server" in Installing BEA WebLogic Server. This document is available, in the WebLogic Server document set, at the following URL:

    A warning message is displayed in cases when a previous installation of DSP is found, or when WebLogic Server 8.1 is not found in the specified BEA home directory.

  8. Press Enter to accept the default BEA home directory, or enter an alternative directory.
  9. When prompted, confirm the directory you selected. You are prompted to choose whether you want to perform a complete or custom installation, as shown in the following text:

    <--------- BEA Installer - BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.0 --------->
    Choose Install Type:

    -> 1|Complete
    |Install the complete BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.0.
    2|Custom Installation
    |Choose software components to install and perform optional configuration.

    Enter index number to select OR [Exit][Previous][Next]>
  10. Enter 1 or 2 to choose a complete or custom installation respectively.
  11. When you specify a custom installation, the installer enables you to choose the components to install, as shown in the following text:

    <--------- BEA Installer - BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.0 --------->
    Choose Components to install:
    |_____BEA AquaLogic Platform [1] x
    |_____BEA AquaLogic Runtime [1.1] x
    |_____Workshop Extension [1.2] x
    |_____Samples [1.3] x

    Enter number exactly as it appears in brackets to toggle selection OR [Exit][Previous][Next]>

    Enter the value for the component, for example, 1.1 for the DSP (Liquid Data) Runtime. The installer prompts you for additional component values. Continue selecting components, and press Enter without a value when you are done.

    The installation begins and the installation status is displayed as it progresses. When the installation is complete, a "Congratulations!" message is displayed.

  12. Press Enter to exit the installer.
  13. This completes the Console Mode installation process.


Using Silent Console Mode to Install DSP

The Windows, UNIX, and Linux versions of the installer provide a noninteractive, or silent-mode installation, that you can use in cases when you want to install DSP without needing to supply information from the keyboard during the installation process. Instead, the installer gets the required information from a properties file that you provide.

Before launching a silent-mode installation, make sure that all installation prerequisites are met and that all the information in the properties file is correct. After the silent installer is started, it proceeds in the background and does not report exceptions. Some exceptions are ignored.

However, if a previously installed copy of DSP is detected, a dialog box will appear asking if you want to override the old version. Other exceptions cause the installer to fail. For example, if the specified BEA Home directory <BEA_HOME> or the specified DSP install directory (USER_INSTALL_DIR) do not exist or are incorrect, the installer fails.

Note: On UNIX systems, the installer displays the message Installation Complete when it finishes. This message does not necessarily indicate that the installer was successful; it means only that the process has finished running.

If a fatal exception occurs during installation, the installer displays a message and no changes are made to the system.

Using Silent Mode on Windows and UNIX Systems

This section describes how to install DSP on Windows and UNIX systems using Silent Mode.

To install using silent mode:

  1. Create the required installer properties file.
  2. The content of the file is described in Exploring the Silent Mode Installer Properties File. You can use any legal file name for the installer properties file. Verify that the <BEA_HOME>, <USER_INSTALL_DIR>, and other values specified in the properties file are correct and that all requirements have been met.

  3. Open a command window.
  4. Navigate to the directory containing the DSP installer.
  5. Run the installer application, specifying the properties file and the log file name as options.

Exploring the Silent Mode Installer Properties File

Table 3-1 describes the required installer properties used with a Silent Mode installation.

Table 3-1 Installer Properties  

Sample Property Setting




BEA Home directory. The specified directory must exist on the system. For full installation options that include DSP, WebLogic Platform version 8.1 must be installed in the specified <BEA_HOME> directory.

For Windows, specify the absolute path, including the drive. Backslashes must be escaped.

For UNIX, specify the absolute path.



Product installation directory.

For Windows, specify the absolute path, including the drive. Backslashes must be escaped.

For UNIX, specify the absolute path.


The components to install on the system. You can specify the following:

  • DSP Runtime. Installs DSP.

  • Workshop Extension. Installs DSP extensions to WebLogic Workshop.

  • Samples. Installs the DSP sample domains.


The following shows a sample Silent Mode installer properties file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!-- Silent installer option: -mode=silent-silent_xml=/home/me/silent.xml -->
<data-value name="BEAHOME" value="C:\bea" />
<data-value name="USER_INSTALL_DIR"
value="C:\bea\weblogic81" />
<data-value name="COMPONENT_PATHS" value="Liquid Data
Runtime|Workshop Extension|Samples" />


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