Some products are designed to coexist and share functions when they are installed in the same package group. A package group is a location where you can install one or more software product packages.

Offering coexistence considerations

When you install each product package, you select whether to install the product package into an existing package group or to create a package group. IBM® Installation Manager prevents you from installing products into package groups products that are not designed to share or do not meet version compatibility and other requirements. To install more than one product at a time, the products must be able to share a package group.

Any number of eligible products can be installed to a package group. When a product is installed, the product functions are shared with all the other products in the package group. If you install a development product and a testing product into one package group, when you start either of the products, you have both the development and testing functions available to you in your user interface. If you add a product with modeling tools, all the products in the package group have the development, testing, and modeling functions available.