Installing WAS 8 Beta on your machine

The WebSphere Application Server 8 is in Beta stage for some time now. One of the most important feature's in WAS 8 is that it supports JEE 6. I want to learn JEE 6 so i installed the WAS 8 Beta on my machine. I used these steps to install it


  • Go to the WAS 8 Beta Web Site and login using your IBM user id and password


  • Download following CD's

    1. IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.0 Beta (Part 1 of 4)

    2. IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.0 Beta (Part 2 of 4)

    3. IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.0 Beta (Part 3 of 4)

    4. IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.0 Beta (Part 4 of 4)

    5. IBM Installation Manager for Windows on Intel


    The first 4 CD's are same on all the platform's but the Installation Manager CD would depend on the platform which your using. I use a Windows 7 for trying WAS 8 so i had to install Windows on Intel Installation Manager

  • Once all the files are downloaded extract them in the same folder and you should get structure like this

  • If you look into the extracted files you will notice there is no launchpad.exe to install the WAS and the downloaded files look like Eclipse Updation archive. The reason is that we will have to use the Installation Manger(Same product that we use for installing Rational products such as RAD). If you have RAD installed on your machine you can use the Installation Manager for the RAD to install WAS 8 Beta, thats what i am going to do. If you dont have RAD install the Installation Manager first

  • Once you have Installation Manager installed on your machine, start it and then follow these steps

    Click on Install





















  • Once the installation finished you should see a screen that will launch profile management tool for you, I want to use this server for development so i am selecting create application server profile for development



  • On the next screen it will ask you to set userId and password for the admin user(You can always skip this step but i like to enable admin security at the start so i will keep it



  • After that it will show you the profile properties like WAS Server HTTP and Admin Port you might want to keep screen print of this page or note down port numbers




Now your WAS 8 is ready to use

3 comments:

Sathya Prakash said...

Hi Sunil,


Does WAS Beta is a enhanced version of WAS ND or WAS base

Sunil Patil said...

WAS 8 beta is beta for next version of WAS. It supports both ND and base install

Shekhar said...

Hi Sunil,
Thanks for the Screenshots you have provided.
i could install WAS8 App server on Win2k3R2 SP2 and could deploy my webapplications as well.

i just need help on installing it on AIX6.1.
for Installation manager to get installed it needs Administrative privileges.
but App server can be installed on normal user directory.
i am done with the installtion but i am not able to start stop the servervices from command console. could you please help on this?