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Removing the dependency on OS local user credentials for installing the IBM Datastage product

Hi Team

Problem Statement:

We are not able to install “IBM InfoSphere Datastage v11.5” on new VSI

Issue Description:

We are trying to install “IBM InfoSphere Datastage v11.5” product on new Linux host & as pre-requisite we are supposed to have product related ID’s created on OS before install which should have “static” password & may require “no-expiry”( fixed password) for future use (this is post installation part).

Detailed Description:

We are working on Data center migration project and on new Linux host due to new security policy we are not allowed to create any local users on Linux machine. So we will not be having any local OS user id/static password.

We are trying to install the IBM Datastage on new linux machines and we are not able to install due to Security issues related to local id/password as we are not allowed to have them.

So to install IBM datastage product we would need few of product related id's created locally prior to the installation , so this case is not possible for us.

IBM Pre-requisite requirement for OS id/password;


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  • May 13 2020
  • Already exists
Who would benefit from this IDEA? JP Morgan Chase as Customer
How should it work?

So thing is "are we going to release new datastage version in nearest future which which will remove/bypass this dependency on having local accounts & static password" which requires during installation & post installation? as i see latest version like 11.5 & 11.7 does not support.

any thought on this?

Idea Priority Urgent
Priority Justification This new policy is going to be applicable across firm which we need to follow, & to adopt new hardware we would need to follow this new security policy set at Linux OS for Identity management
Customer Name JP Morgan Chase Bank
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    Scott Brokaw commented
    20 May 02:12pm

    11.7 has the same requirements re: local accounts during installation. The removal of this requirement is specific to containerization in Cloud Pak for Data.

    Note: you should be able to configure post-install the accounts to be non-local in 11.5/11.7.

    Credential mapping is a different requirement, but this can be avoided in 11.x by sharing the registry enabling DataStage Engine to use PAM instead.

    Please open a ticket with support if you need additional details.

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    Guest commented
    20 May 01:48pm

    Cloud PAK is not JPMC approved, So if we install 11.7 version we will overcome having dependency on local accounts/static password during installation & post installation? correct?

    I hope this will resolve having id/static password which will require while credential mapping also(Suite user to OS users) as our new Security policy does not allow us to keep any password.

  • Admin
    Scott Brokaw commented
    20 May 01:23pm

    The requirement to have Local OS accounts for installation is removed via our containerized deployment option for DataStage. You can deploy this by leveraging Cloud Pak for Data DataStage.

    FYI, I would suggest trying to install 11.7 or Cloud Pak for Data 2.5 or 3.0 coming out next month instead of version 11.5 as 11.5 will be going out of support on Apr. 30th, 2021.

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    Guest commented
    20 May 09:41am

    Hi Team,

    Is it possible to get exact "Expected time of completion" for this request?

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    Guest commented
    19 May 05:39pm

    Any update on this?


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