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Preparing a silent installation response file

Before installing IBM Sales Center for WebSphere Commerce silently, you must prepare a file that contains the information required to complete the installation wizard. This file is called a response file because it contains responses to the prompts of the installation wizard.

About this task

A template response file is provided on the IBM Sales Center for WebSphere Commerce DVD. The file is called responsefile.txt.

To prepare the silent installation response file, complete the following steps:


  1. Gather the following information:
    Installation path
    This is the full path to the location where you want to install IBM Sales Center for WebSphere Commerce
  2. If you want to use the template response file, copy the responsefile.txt file from IBM Sales Center for WebSphere Commerce DVD to a location on the hard drive.
  3. Open the responsefile.txt file in a text editor.
  4. Update the options in the file as follows:

    Parameters in the file take the following form: -W parameter =" your_value "

    Installation Information Parameter Example
    License Acceptance lafiles.licenseAccepted -P lafiles.licenseAccepted="true"
    Installation path destination.installPath -W destination.installPath="C:\SalesCenter70"
    Run migration migration.runMigration -W migration.runMigration="False"
    Note: Set this value to "True" if you are migrating from a previous version of IBM Sales Center.

    When you update the options in the files, follow these rules:

    • Start parameter settings with -W
    • Put a space between the -W and parameter.
    • Put an equals sign (=) between the parameter and your value.
    • Enclose your values in quotation marks (").
    • If you have no value to enter, use two quotation marks with no space in between ("").
    • A parameter setting cannot span multiple lines. It must be entered on one line.
    • If you want to make comments in the file, put a number sign character (#) before the comment. If the comment spans multiple lines, each line must begin with a number sign character.
    • When providing an installation path, if you decide not to use the default, ensure that you do not use periods (.), spaces, or dollar signs ($) in the directory name. Also, the installation path should not exceed 250 characters in length.
    • Note: IBM Sales Center is installed and migrated using the same installation program. If you are migrating from a previous version of IBM Sales Center, set the value of migration.runMigration to "True".
  5. Save your changes and exit the text editor.