CCM CR2 Upgrade/Backup Script errors – Access is denied.

Previous post was how to install CCM. This post will be about an error that I experienced just trying to apply the Fix Pack to get it to CR2 level.

When applying the CR2 update, the Content Engine Server is the first cab off the rank.

Following the instructions, I started with the D:\IBM\Connections\ccm\ccm\ccm\scripts\backup.bat

This script failed to run. Error was ADMN0022E: Access is denied……..because of insufficient or empty credentials.


I checked that the password wasn’t locked out. It wasn’t.

I logged into wsadmin manually, jut to verify all was good. I could.

So google put me onto this awesome post. In this case, wasn’t my issue, although I did try the fix.

Time to dig deeper.

I grabbed the backup.bat file, and scanned though till I found the part that was failing.

I enabled output to the screen by adding echo on..


I then ran the backup script again. This revealed what the issue was.

The customers WAS admin password contains an exclamation point “!” for password quality. This script was passing this password as a variable to the the script which was running the wsadmin command. There appears to be a second time that this script calls the %was.admin.passwd% variable, but as it does it strips the “!” in my password. So I’m supplying the incorrect password, even though it’s correct at the time of input.

I’ve not been able to find a resolution to this apart from changing the password.

I had tried escaping the character out, and used different variations but to no avail. If anyone knows how to do this, please let me know.

CCM Installation fails with CLFRP0038E – Connections 5 CR2

I ran into this issue at a customer site I’m working on at the moment.

Here’s the scenario. Installing the following: Connections, Survey’s Polls (FEB), Social Mail, External Access, CCM, File Viewer. I’ve installed Connections, updated to CR2 and verified all is working. I’ve also installed FEB.

Following this documentation, I ensure I have all of the CR2 required files for install, including the fixpacks extracted to a directory. I’m installing CCM across 2 nodes in a cluster, on separate hosts.

I wanted to make sure that the Clusters/Servers were setup correctly in WAS. I have not had much luck with installers creating WAS clusters or servers,  so as this is pretty straight forward I like to set them up for installations to use.

Below is the summary screen of the CCM_Cluster.


Time to install.

I’ve checked the prereqs. Note- Make sure you have at least 6GB free in %Temp%. In my case this was located on the C:\

I select the Modify option.

Select Add-on features IBM Connections Content Manager


You’ll be asked for your existing WebSphere credentials. Put them in in then select Validate.

You’ll then hit this screen


I selected New Deployment

Left remaining blank, then selected the Directory where I extracted all the installers and FP’s

If you’ve extracted everything out, you should get a Validation Successful. If not, check what files you are missing. The installer was pretty good in identifying what packages I was missing.

I then selected where I wanted to deploy CCM. I select my Servers/Cluster that I previously setup.


Once this was selected, got to the next screen which I selected Modify.

CCM then installs.

I got the below error.



Looking through log files got me this..


Further searching through the logs at  <WAS INSTALL>\profiles\Dmgr01\ConfigEngine\log\ConfigTrace.log reveals that a properties file for the nodes/cluster I’d setup did not exist in the D:\IBM\Connections directory.

[echo] Communities server: Cluster1_server1
 [echo] Loading properties from file: D:/IBM/Connections/
 [echo] Communities server HTTP Port: 9082
 [echo] CE server: CCM_server1
 [echo] Loading properties from file: D:/IBM/Connections/
--- Exception Thrown ---
D:\IBM\Connections\ccm\ccm\ccm\config\includes\ccm_cust_cfg.xml:1200: Source file does not exist.

This is where it got weird. I’d thought that is was because I’d setup the nodes/cluster outside of the install and that it was the IBM Installation Manager that created these properties files. Nope. I tried by setting up the nodes/clusters using the installer, same result, CCM not installed, same error.

Fix? Workaround?

To fix this one I created the files manually. This required grabbing the following values from my ISC in WAS.


I created 2 files, one for each of my servers.


These files were created before I hit Modify on the final installation screen, i.e after you’ve done all the above. I’m pretty sure that you could do this before you ran the installer.

Ran the installer again and was able to install.


Hope this helps someone.

Connections 5 CR1 CR2 IBM upgrade guides

Found these guides hidden in the depths of the release notes for IBM Connections 5 CR2.

Noted that the CR2 guide also has call-outs if you are doing a 5.0 > CR2 update.

Looks like the 5.0 -> 5 CR2 requires some extra SQL scripts against your connections database and some additional Content Manager requirements.

CR1 guide here

CR2 guide here

Thanks to IBM for some good material.