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Error installing websphere portal toolkit 4.3

vi kam
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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I finished my Websphere portal server installation fairly easily (took about 5 hrs or so). Now i am trying to install the Websphere Portal Toolkit 4.3. Working on Windows 2000 Server, when i double click the exe file i get the following error
A suitable JVM could not be found. Please run the installer again using the option -is:javahome <JAVA HOME DIR>
At this point my mind hurts. what is the %#@&* thing trying to say ?
Any help is much appreciated

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vi kam
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 117
I hate replying to my own post, but ...
Looks like there is very little activity on Websphere Portal here at the ranch. I did a search for "Portal" found only a hand ful of references, the last post being on Mach 10th of this year or something like that.
I started installing this thing at 1:00 in the night, The installation was a nightmare and took almost 6 hrs to get everything right. I dont mind working late in the night though. Outside distractions are minimum and find the thought process is straight without going haywire. The development server is ready, i need to install this portal tool kit before I can start the coding
Help much appreciated
vi kam
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 117
Come on people.

Surely some one must have faced this issue before
Pradeep bhatt
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Joined: Feb 27, 2002
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I havent.

vi kam
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At first, i was sceptical. I did not think anyone would have answered. But i couldnt resist myself, came to the forum, saw that someone has posted a reply.
But this, is not what i expected
You havent !!! thats all. (good one though)
John Dale
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Joined: Feb 22, 2001
Posts: 399
Since you haven't gotten an answer, I'll speak up on a hunch.
Perhaps the installer is java based, and needs to know the location of a compatible Java runtime environment. It could be that it expects to find that Java runtime installed as the system Java runtime, and if this is not the case, you may need to enter it as a parameter to the install program.
See if you have a system runtime by typing:
java -version
If you get command not found, or you get some version other than 1.3.1,
you might want to try startup program specifying the location of one of the Java runtime enviroments installed as part of Portal or Studio.
As I recall, Portal Toolkit 4.3 is intended to be used with WebSphere Studion XXXX Version 5.0, so that seems like a good one to start with. If the install program is called setup.exe (I don't remember what it is called), you might try
setup -is:javahome "C:\Program Files\ibm\WSADV5\eclipse\jre"
making sure you match the case of the parameter name in the error messages, and entering the location of the jre your websphere studio xxx v5.
If that doesn't work, and you are installing the toolkit on the same platform as your Portal, you might try the one in the application server, which may be somewhere like
If that doesn't work, it might be that we don't have the format of the parameter right. In that case, you may be able to get it to work by adding the jre directory at the front of the path in your command window (but not changing the system settings), using a command like:
set PATH=C:\Program Files\ibm\WSADV5\eclipse\jre;%PATH%
and then running the install command (without the -is:javahome parameter) in that command window.
Sorry I don't have the time to dig deeper.
Chris DeLashmutt

Joined: Jan 20, 2005
Posts: 5
I finally figured this issue out!

What the installer is asking for is the path to your WSAD install, not Java. Once I called the installer with -is:javahome <path to my WSAD install> everything started working!

If the installer would just ask for the right thing, I (and many others) wouldn't have been tearing thier hair out about this!

[ January 20, 2005: Message edited by: Chris DeLashmutt ]
[ January 20, 2005: Message edited by: Chris DeLashmutt ]
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Joined: May 06, 2005
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The other solution is just run the uninstall.jar via your exiting JVM...


It works!

java -jar uninstaller.jar
I agree. Here's the link:
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