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4.1 Configuring an extended portal instance with the wizard
IBM Web Administration for iSeries includes a Portal Configuration Wizard to help you build a
complete, production-level portal environment. The wizard allows you to configure
WebSphere Portal components, a databases, an HTTP server, and LDAP.
Chapter 3, “Installation and configuration” on page 29, explains how to create a basic portal
instance with no security and other advanced options. This section explains how to create an
extended portal instance. It guides you through the process of creating a portal instance with
user authentication based on an LDAP directory server. It shows you how to connect to the
proxy server and deploy the Lotus Collaborative Center portlets.
4.1.1 Basic configuration
Before learning about more advanced features, such as authentication of users in LDAP, you
must prepare a basic portal instance. This section shows you how to configure basic portal
elements, such as an HTTP server instance and WebSphere Application Server instance. To
prepare a basic portal instance, we use the recommended WebSphere Portal configuration
wizard which a part of the IBM Web Administration for iSeries tool.
Creating a basic WebSphere Portal instance
These steps guide you through the process to create a basic WebSphere Portal instance.
Later, we extend this instance with additional features.
Restriction: The portal configuration wizard only creates new instances. After your
instance is created, you can use only manual configuration tasks to make any changes.
Important: During this process, you need to make decisions about several configuration
options based on other products. To learn more about these products, see the following
Section 2.1.1, “Topologies” on page 18, for the planning the placement of different
components in your I/T environment
Appendix B, “IBM Directory Server (LDAP)” on page 495, to help you understand the
reasons for using LDAP and learn how to set up the LDAP server
Appendix A, “Installing, configuring Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing,
Lotus Team Workplace” on page 383
If you plan to use the collaboration capabilities of WebSphere Portal, you have to set up
Lotus components, such as Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing
(Sametime) and Lotus Team Workplace (QuickPlace).
Attention: Make sure that you resize or maximize your browser window before you start
the wizard. If you resize or maximize the browser window while running the wizard, the
page reloads so that you lose all of the data that you entered in the wizard. If this happens,
you must start the wizard from the beginning.
Note: The instance creation steps are based on our test environment, which consists of:
host name: rchas07
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1. Open a browser and enter your IBM Web Administration for iSeries URL:
Here, host name is the name of your iSeries host.
If you see an error page instead of the logon window, it is possible that the HTTP
Administration server is not started. See “IBM Web Administration for iSeries” on page 35
to help you start this interface.
2. In the Enter Network Password window (Figure 4-1), enter your user name and password.
Figure 4-1 Logging into HTTP Administration for iSeries
Restriction: You must have at least *ALLOBJ and *JOBCTL authority to work with IBM
Web Administration for iSeries. We recommend that you have *QSECORF.
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3. The iSeries Tasks page (Figure 4-2) opens. Click IBM WebSphere Application Server -
Express for iSeries.
Figure 4-2 IBM Web Administration for iSeries
4. Depending on your last visit, you may see a different page than the one shown in
Figure 4-3. Click the Setup tab.
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5. On the Getting started panel (Figure 4-3), you can see the different wizards that you can
run. Apart from WebSphere Portal wizard, you can create a new HTTP server or a new
WebSphere Application Server.
Click Create a New WebSphere Portal.
Figure 4-3 Getting started panel
Note: If a link is not displayed, one or more of the required products are not installed.
For example, you will not see the Create WebSphere Portal link if WebSphere
Application Server V5.0 Enterprise Enablement or WebSphere Portal runtime is not
Note: At this point, you have also an option to use the One Step Create option, where all
values are defaulted for the user. However, for our example, we use the multi-step