Backup / Restore of an IBM Connections environment on file basis

In todays time of virtual machines the easiest and simplest way of getting a backup is doing a snapshot. I usually recommend it everytime bigger changes such as upgrades are done.  But not always there is the option to get a timely snapshot and therefore other means of backups are necessary.  One “quick and dirty” way is copying all necessary files to a backup folder.

In a standard Connections environment (all Components in a /IBM directory) this usally means backing up two directories:

  • the database directory (/DB2) if DB2 is installed locally
  • the complete aforemeantioned /IBM directory (at least the /WebSphere and /LotusConnections directories under it)

Since IBM Connections 3 the IBM Installation Manager is used for installing the solution and its upgrades.  Now I ran into a problem during an upgrade to 3.0.1 (always check the the remote desktop is started using the /console setting 😉 ) and hat copy back the recovered folders.  Unfortunately the Installation Manager copies files some files in a separate directory no matter what you said when installing. And these files contain the information which upgrades have already been installed.  So the IBM Installation Manager was still believing 3.0.1 was installed even though it did not and I copied back the “old” 3.0.0 environment. Having not enough time to play around I went the way of deinstalling Connections completely and reinstalling it.

So when you do a backup, make sure to add the following folder, too:

  • C:\ProgamData\IBM\Installation Manager

 

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