IBM Connections 6.0 CR2 Released

Since yesterday a new Cumulative Refresh, for Connections 6.0, is available for download. It includes some new Features like OAuth Support for the mobile App, GDPR Support and a ton of bug fixes. Use the following Links to access the official documentation:

Complete Fix List

IBM Connections 6 Update Strategy

IBM Connections 6.0 CR2 Download

IBM Connections 6.0 CR2 Database Updates

 

 

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IBM Connections – WAS Plugin issue

If you get an HTTP 404 Error in a browser, after trying to access an IBM Connections Application and errors like

“File does not exist: E:/IBM/HTTPServer/htdocs/profiles”

start popping out in “error.log” file of the IBM HTTP Server, then most probably there is an issue with WAS Plugin.

I had this error just after the Installation of IBM Connections and the reason was the incorrect value of “WebSpherePluginConfig” variable, which contains the path to the “plugin-cfg.xml” file in the HTTP Server configuration. After the value was corrected and a correct path was supplied, IBM Connections could be accessed without any issue.

Travelog, on the Path to Pink!

Today I attended an IBM Webcast, translated to English “Path to Pink”, it was held by Martti Garden and Matthias Schneider. Personally, I found it exciting and very informative. The IBM is keeping their promise and continuously delivers new Connections “Pink” parts.

I will skip the talk about technology and components on top of which Pink is being built, as well as the reasons why this is done, I am sure most are familiar with this part.

After a brief introduction with OrientMe, Connections Customizer and “Pink Metrics”, all these components are already delivered as a part of the pink package. We got a bit of insights what is coming next and a demo of some components which are not published yet.

For example, IBM Docs is coming as a Container, I personally liked the Docs Editor, which can be used in Files, Blogs and Wikis. It has a powerful export feature, which lets you export a blog to a wiki article.

“Pink Profiles” also extends the functionality of the Profiles application, many customers will like this, as it brings some highly practical functionality which was desired by many.

“Pink Middleware” will be delivered to allow new plugins and applications to be integrated in the Pink package easier.

“Pink Note”, “Connectron Client” (was also demonstrated) and “Pink Content” were just some of many terms mentioned.

For sure, these are very fun and excitement times to work with IBM Connections. I like the path were Connections is developing and the effort put by the IBM to develop the workplace of the future.

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.

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. πŸ™‚