Orient Me 6.0.0.2 is Available for Download

Orient Me 6.0.0.2 is available for Download from the Fix Central.

The Update solves Docker 17.06 CE incompatibility issue, this is the only fix and there are no new features delivered with this update. If you already have Orient Me 6.0.0.1 with Docker 17.03 installed, then there is no need to update to 6.0.0.2 version. If you want to install Orient Me from scratch, then you should use the newest version.

URL to the official IBM Article: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21999492

Orient Me – Issue at Configuring Notifications

One of the steps needed to configure Orient Me Notification Center is to modify the “service-location.xsd” file, as described in the following article:

https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSYGQH_6.0.0/admin/install/t_install_Orient_Me_NC_configure.html

This file can be “checked out” from the cell configuration documents together with “LotusConnections-config.xml” file. After I made changes to the “LotusConnections-config.xml” and “service-location.xsd” file, I tried to “check in” both files. But after a closer look to the cell configuration documents, only “LotusConnections-config.xml” file was changed although there were no errors in the output after the “check in” command.

I had to manually copy the modified “service-location.xsd” file, to the cell configuration files, overwriting the original, to make the new Notification Center work. The problem occurred on CentOS and WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5.10.

IBM Notes – Enable Displaying Internet Addresses

A few days ago, I searched quite a while for a possibility to display internet addresses instead of Domino usernames in Notes clients via a policy setting. Although there is not a dedicated option in a “Setting” document which could be rolled out via policies, there is a new “notes.ini” setting:

$INETADDRESSFIXUP=1

Which allows to rollout this feature using a policy. This is described in the official article.

Before this “notes.ini” setting can take effect, you need to upgrade the Domino mail templates to the 9.0.1 FP8 version.

You can download the mailtemplates using the following URLs:

English

Multilingual

I like this new feature very much, it makes sense to implement it in an environment where you have a single Domino domain or OU, but many mail domains which were created by acquiring smaller companies. Or if you just want to make users who are more accustomed to Outlook happy. 🙂

Traveler 9.0.1.18 is out and it brings one big change!

Since yesterday the new Traveler 9.0.1.18 Update is out.

As usual there are a few bugfixes, but this time there is also a new feature which changes the way the users mail file is accessed.

Until now the users mail database was accessed by the Traveler server using the server ID, but starting from Traveler 9.0.1.18 the “run as user” Feature will be enabled by default, which means that the users mail database will be accessed with a user ID rather than the server ID. This behavior can be disabled by using the “notes.ini” parameter “NTS_USER_SESSION=false“.

Details on what´s new.

The Traveler 9.0.1.18 update can be downloaded from Fix Central.

How to make Community Surveys work with Connections 6 and Java 1.8

After the installation of IBM Community Surveys, you may get an error after adding “Survey” or “Featured Survey” application to the Connections Communities. Adding the “Survey” Application will work, but when you try to use it you will get an error basically saying that the Application could not be loaded.

To resolve this issue, you need to disable “Edge Side Include (ESI) processing to cache the responses” option for the IBM HTTP Server. You can do this in the ISC:

  • Navigate to Servers –> Server Types –> Web servers.

  • Click on your HTTP Server.

  • After select “Plug-In properties”.

  • Under “Additional Properties” click on “Caching”.

  • After that, just remove the checkmark from “Enable Edge Side Include (ESI) processing to cache the responses”

  • Restart the HTTP Server.

After that, if your default browser language is set to English, you will be able to use “Survey” and “Featured Survey” inside the Communities. If you have any other language set you will get a “spinning” wheel (browser console will show “missing } after function body“) and without any error in the GUI the “Survey” application will fail to load.

To resolve this issue, you will need to download the updated “ibm.nitro.integrations.connections.packaging.client-8.6.0.071.jar” file and replace the one provided by the original Surveys package. You can download the file from the following URL: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg22003527&aid=1

The File resides in “<connections_shared_data>/provision/webresources” directory. You just need to replace the old file and restart Connections applications.

This is documented in the following Technotes:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg22003061

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg22003527

Have fun. 🙂

JUMP Session: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App – 24 May 2017

Make sure not to miss the Jump Session on 24th May about Connections Mobile app involving both cloud and on-premises deployment. It promises to be very interesting.

  • Topic: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App
  • Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes

Webcast URL: https://ibm2.webex.com/ibm2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2964bcb7d60d6a6f97a23bdc42a53ba0

Password: “webcast”.

At the following page you can download the “ics” file for your calendar and view other details about the session:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27049647


The Engage Experience!

This year I was lucky enough to visit Antwerp and attend the “Engage” Conference.

First of all, Antwerp is a really beautiful city, it pays off to spare a few days and thoroughly enjoy the city. The architecture is stunning and the view at the Scheldt river is overwhelming. This also applies to the venue, Elisabeth Center Antwerp, it is very spacious, modern and I find it perfect for this kind of conference. It is located directly at the Antwerpen Central station (which is btw awesome), surrounded by many hotels, restaurants and cafés. I liked the layout of the Conference pretty much, the lunch area was at the same time the sponsor area, which I think allowed better interaction with the Sponsors.

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At the Engage I concentrated on the IBM Cloud and Administration Sessions in general.

The sessions I liked most:

Embracing IoT in the Enterprise and Blocking the Top 10 Risks by Gabriella Davis

Really interesting session, Gabriella explained what are the top risks and opportunities that come with IoT. After this session, it became clear to me which skills I should acquire and in which way to evolve in long term.

IBM Connections Adminblast by Christoph Stöttner

Stoeps always has new mind-blowing suggestions to make your day as a Connections Administrator a lot easier.

Successful Domino Consolidation and Cost Reduction by Daniel Nashed

Daniel explained a lot of configuration settings which should be implemented on every Domino server, as well as many general Tipps for running Domino. Not to miss.

A Hitchhikers guide to troubleshooting Connections by Sharon Bellamy James and Roberto Boccadoro

Sharon and Roberto did a great job explaining everything you need to know to successfully troubleshot IBM Connections.

The sessions I visited regarding IBM Cloud and Hybrid Environment showed me that there are many tools (some of which are free) to migrate to the IBM Cloud, which is feature rich, dynamic and all in all offers some neat solutions. Here is where the IBM Dual-Entitlement license comes in handy, with it you can use IBM Collaboration solutions in a hybrid environment or in the cloud without the need to adjust your IBM licenses.

To summarize it all, it was a great conference with a personal flair, many thanks to Theo Heselmans for making it happen.