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Web-based System Manager Administration Guide

Installation Requirements to Support Applet Mode

In addition to the standard Web-based System Manager application mode, you need the sysmgt.websm.webaccess fileset to support applet mode. This fileset is automatically installed with the base operating system.

The machine to be used as the managing machine must be setup as an HTTP Server. This can be done by installing and configuring the HTTP Server of your choice. The IBM HTTP Server is available on AIX 5.1 Expansion Pack. Use the /usr/websm/bin/configassist command to automatically configure the HTTP Server.

The following table identifies the requirements for using Web-based System Manager in applet mode with various browsers:

Platform Browser Requirements
PC Netscape Communicator
  • Netscape Communicator must be Version 4.7 or 4.7x. (Netscape Communicator 6.0 is not supported.)
  • The 1.3 Java plug-in must be installed.

PC Internet Explorer
  • Operating System must be Windows 98 (or later), or Windows NT 4.0 (or later).
  • Internet Explorer must be Version 5.0 (or later).
  • The 1.3 Java plug-in must be installed

Note: Applet mode is not supported on the POWER-based platform. See Modes of Operation to see how to manage POWER-based machines.

To configure a server for applet mode, complete the following steps:

  1. Install an HTTP Server on the machine that Web-based System Manager resides. The recommended Web server is IBM HTTP Server. Refer to the documentation for each product on how to install and configure the HTTP Server.
  2. After the HTTP Server is running, you can configure Web-based System Manager to run from it with the following command:

  3. In Configuration Assistant, proceed until you reach the main panel.
  4. Select Configure a web server to run Web-based System Manager in a browser.
  5. Select Next.
  6. Follow the instructions on the subsequent panels to finish the configurations.

Configuring the Client (Browser)

The following are requirements for the client:

If you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, you will be prompted to download the plug-in automatically. If you click yes, the plug-in is downloaded and its installation script runs. If you click no, Web-based System Manager exits.

If you are using Netscape Communicator as your browser, it occasionally cannot locate the correct Java plug-in. If this happens, you can manually download and install it.

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