Performing the initial configuration

This section describes how to use the Initial Configuration wizard to set the console preferences the first time you use the Toolkit.

About this task

The first time you start the Toolkit, you are presented with the Initial Configuration page. From this page, you set the console preferences.

Note: After configuring your preferences through the wizard, you can edit them at any time by clicking Toolkit Preferences from the main menu.

To configure the Toolkit, follow these steps.


  1. Start the Toolkit by following these steps:
    1. Open a terminal window.
    2. Change directory to /opt/ibm/sgtk/.
    3. Run the following command: ./ This command starts the Linux Scripting Toolkit Console through the Firefox browser. If this is the first time that you have started the Toolkit, the Initial Configuration wizard opens.
  2. Select the method for retrieving the boot environment file, and click Next. You can choose to either download the boot environment file or use a locally stored version. The default is Download. If you select Local, you must supply the location of the local boot environment file (ibm_utl_boot_tools-xxx_anyos_x86–64–, where xxx is the version number.
  3. Configure the current repository for tasks and workflows. If this is a new installation of Linux Scripting Toolkit, select create new repository, to create a new repository. When you create a new repository, you are prompted for a destination for the repository. This is the directory that will be exported when you configure an NFS server for deployment. If this is a reinstallation of Linux Scripting Toolkit, select re-use existing repository. SeeConfiguring an NFS server for deployments.
  4. Set the network preferences. By setting the network preferences, the Scripting Toolkit provides two ways to perform deployments: either over a network or through a local deployment. If you specify the source media to:
    • Leave in network, the Toolkit guides you to set detailed preferences for network deployments.
      Network deployments
      In this mode, the files used by deployment (such as, UXSPs, DD, and the 3rd SW) are accessed over your network by using a repository shared through NFS. This mode requires network connectivity on the target server.
      In this mode, operating system files are left on the network share. This means that connectivity with the network share on the source server is required for operating system deployment.
      You need to configure the following settings:
      Network sharing
      This setting must be enabled to perform network deployments. Enable Network sharing to populate the current network settings.

      By default, the Path field contains the same path you provided when you created the new repository. This must also be the same path used when you configure an NSF server for deployments. See Configuring an NFS server for deployments for more information.

      NFS is the only supported protocol.

      Proxy settings
      If you connect to the network via proxy, enter your proxy settings here.
      PXE settings
      Enter the location information that the target servers will use to boot using PXE images. The default location is /tftpboot.
    • Use local media; no network preferences need to be set.
      This setting affects the creation of operating system repositories. Refer to Creating operating system repositories for details.
      Local deployments
      In this mode, the files used by deployment, such as, UpdateXpress System Pack (UXSP), device drivers, and third-party software, are bundled locally to the deployment media, and operating system files are bundled in the USB key or left on a retail CD/DVD. Thus no network connectivity is required on both the source server and target server.
      Currently the Toolkit supports only the following operating systems for local deployments:
      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
      • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
      • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
  5. To apply the settings, click Next.
  6. To complete the wizard and return to the home window, click Finish.


After you have completed these steps, you can begin using the Toolkit. You can change your previous selections at any time by selecting Toolkit Preferences from the main menu.