Saturday, 30 May 2009

Web Application Integrator and Virtual Portals

Having "played" with WAI in the past, I was aware that it could be used within a Virtual Portal, but had never had a reason to try it ... until this week, when I was working with a colleague to set it up.

The documentation is, in my opinion, a bit sparse in this area, but it's actually quite simple.

Firstly, you deploy the application ( as per the documentation ); this involves

a) Download the ZIP file from the Catalog - as
b) Expand the file into /tmp
c) Drill into the expanded contents, and find webappintegrator_for_Portal_6_1.ZIP
d) Expand this file into /tmp
e) Locate the file /tmp/wai_install/deployWebAppIntegrator.xml and copy it into /opt/IBM/WebSphere/ApplicationServer/profiles/wp_profile/ConfigEngine/config/includes
f) Open a command prompt
g) Change to /opt/IBM/WebSphere/ApplicationServer/profiles/wp_profile/ConfigEngine
h) Run the following script to deploy the portlet: -

./  deploy-webAppIntegrator -DWasPassword=<was pwd> -DPortalAdminPwd=<wps pwd> -DWebAppIntegratorLocation=/tmp/wai_install

This enables the WAI element on each portlet page, within the Manage Pages area within the Administration portlet.

However, any Virtual Portals won't have this element deployed.

Therefore, the trick is to manually import the following XML file: -


into each Virtual Portal, using the Administration portlet within the Virtual Portal itself.

Having done this, the WAI element appears in Manage Pages on the Virtual Portal, and you're good to go.

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