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Preinstallation Checklist for the CommCell Console on UNIX

The CommCell Console is a graphical user interface through which you can control and manage your CommCell environment. For more information, see CommCell Console - Basic.

By default, the CommCell Console is installed as part of the CommServe installation. However, you can install additional consoles on other computers.

Use this preinstallation checklist to prepare the computer where the CommCell Console will be installed and to gather all of the information you will need during the installation.

  • Verify System Requirements

    Verify that the computer where you will install the CommCell Console satisfies the minimum requirements. For more information, see System Requirements - CommCell Console.

  • Verify License Requirements

    The CommCell Console does not require a license.

  • Determine the Installation Location

    Based on your environment, install the CommCell Console on an appropriate computer.

    Environment Where to install the software
    Non-Clustered On a computer that can communicate with the CommServe computer using TCP/IP.
    Clustered On the physical nodes of the cluster which can communicate with the CommServe computer using TCP/IP.
  • Install the CommServe Package

    Verify that the CommServe package is already installed and configured in your environment. The CommCell Console must establish connections with the CommServe computer to open the user interface. For information about installing the CommServe, see Preinstallation Checklist for the CommServe.

  • Review Firewall Settings

    If you plan to install the CommCell Console on a computer other than the CommServe computer, and there is a firewall between the two computers, firewall port 8401 must be open to allow communications.

    If the computer uses a proxy to connect to the CommServe computer, configure third-party ports to establish connections with the CommServe computer. For more information, see Configuring Access to the CommCell Console Using TPPM.

  • Set Up the CommCell Console as a Remote Web-Based Application

    If you plan to use the CommCell Console as a remote web-based application, review the following requirements:

    • The CommCell Console must be installed on the CommServe computer.
    • Internet Information Service (IIS) must be enabled on the CommServe computer.
    • The computer from which you plan to remotely access the CommCell Console must have Java enabled in the web browser. For more information, see System Requirements - CommCell Console as a Remote Web-Based Application.

    By default, the CommCell Console uses port 81 for internet access. (If port 81 is used by another application, the console uses the next available port. Check IIS to see which port is being used). By default, the URL to access the console is http://commserve_computer_host:81/console.

    If you install the CommCell Console and Web Console on the same computer, the URL will not require a port number. The CommCell Console will use the same port used by the Web Console (port 80 by default).

  • Set Up the Java Runtime Environment

    The CommCell Console requires the Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE). You must install the JRE software before you start the CommCell Console installation. For more information, see System Requirements - CommCell Console.

  • Gather Installation Data

    Refer to the items in this section to gather the information that you will need during the installation. Record the information before you begin installing the software, so you can refer to it during the installation.

    You can install the CommCell Console by using the installation package created by the Download Manager. If you have a CommCell Console installed and you want to install CommCell Consoles on additional computers, you can install the additional CommCell Consoles by using the installed CommCell Console.

    SnapProtect package to install
    • For installations using the CommCell Console, install the CommCell Console package, which is listed under the Server category.
    • For installations using the installation package, install the CommCell Console package.
    Client computer details
    If the File System Agent, or another package, is already installed on the computer, you are not required to gather all the computer details again. The level of detail depends on how the CommCell Console is installed:
    • For installations using the CommCell Console, the installation program requests only the name of the client computer.
    • For installations using the installation package, the installation program uses the default network interface name (host name) of the computer to communicate with the CommServe computer. If the computer has multiple network interfaces, decide which interface name you prefer to use.
    Installation directory
    By default, the software binaries are installed in /opt/snapprotect.

    You can change the directory to a different local directory or to an NFS share. If you decide to use an NFS share, make sure that it is always mounted and accessible by the SnapProtect software.