Thursday, March 22, 2007

Adventures In ISC Hell

I just tried to upgrade the ISC from 5.3 to 5.4 and it failed misserably. It gave me JVM errors and I could not uninstall the previous version. I had to reimage the windows server and install from scratch. Since installing from scratch I notice that nothing has been done to help with usability with the Admin Center. Most items go off the screen and to be honest IBM should fire the Admin Center project managers for not doing any usability testing. Most items go off the screen and the average 1024x768 user can not serious use it to help with productivity. This has to go down in the anals of App interfaces as one of the biggest blunders in recent history. Heads should be rollong but more than likely bonuses were doled out!


  1. ...which all goes to show that the ISC/Admin Center interface isnt' worth the pain and blood.

    Administrative command-line forever!

  2. I totally agree. I must say that the best command line I have used is not the dsmadmc but the one in's really nice.

  3. Well, you know, it's a Websphere Portal server. That's a lot of bulk.

    I definitely agree that the installer should replace the jvm rather than just laying down files on top.

    IBM knows AC is a visible blemish and has plans to turn it around.

  4. Have you played with the TSM Express interface?

    It isn't quite so chunky as the ISC - and kinda works nice.

  5. The Tivoli developers for the ISC I spoke too awhile back stated that the goal is to go to a more TSMExpress style interface, but I doubt we'll see any real changes until TSM 6.