Orient Me is Available for Download

Orient Me 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 with Docker 17.03 installed, then there is no need to update to 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:


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

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-” 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:



Have fun. 🙂

IBM Connections Plug-ins for Notes – File Upload Issue

If you are forcing SSL for Connections applications and using Connections Plug-ins for Notes, you may get the following error when trying to upload files through the plug-in:

“A problem with the server was encountered”

To get around this you must add the following line to the “plugin_customization.ini”:


The “plugin_customization.ini” you need edit is located in “<notes_installation_directory>\framework\rcp\”.

Issue with IBM Connections plug-in for Notes

If you have more than four locations configured in Notes with two or more different User IDs, you may experience a rather strange bug in correlation with Notes Connections plug-in.

After the installation of the Connections plug-in for Notes, you will need to enter your connections credentials and save them. So far so good. The Problems start when you save your credentials in four or more Notes locations, involving two or more user IDs. After you change then from one Location to another, changing the ID-File, your client will lose all your saved Connections credentials for Notes Connections plug-in and you will have to type them in all Notes locations again.

This problem was reproduced with IBM Notes 9.0.1 Fix Pack 6 and the latest Version of Connections plug-in for Notes (

If you are also experiencing this Error, open a PMR and reference the following APAR: “LO89513”.

Hopefully there will be a fix for this problem soon.

“Pitfall” when implementing Sametime Awareness in IBM Connections

If you are implementing Sametime Awareness in IBM Connections through Sametime Proxy server, as described in the official documentation, make sure that “isConnectClient” attribute, in “LotusConnections-config.xml” file, is set to “false”.  The example in the Documentation shows otherwise:

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If you set the “isConnectClient” attribute to “true”, and the rest of the configuration is OK, the connection to the Sametime Proxy server will work, but the loading of the Homepage after the login will take significantly longer, some users may even get warning messages stating that they are unable to log in to Sametime.

This problem especially impacts the Firefox Browser, for some reason Chrome is much less affected and the issue is not that easy notice.

A big thanks to Martin Leyrer for sharing this. 🙂

IBM Connections Mail: Unable to read encrypted mail

I have experienced the issue with ICM in connection with iNotes where the users where unable to read encrypted E-Mails.

The following screenshot shows the error in the GUI:

The message is encrypted.

The mail server is configured to require a secure channel to deliver this message but one is not available. Contact your administrator.

I could reproduce this issue with ICM 1.6 iFix 2 in Connections 5 CR3 environment and ICM 1.7 in Connections 5.5 CR1 Environment.

The issue was resolved by editing the following line in “LotusConfig.xml” file:

<genericProperty name=”shindig.config.container.overrides”>{“atom.feed” : {“isEntryContentElementForced” : false, “isEntrySummaryElementForced” : true}}</genericProperty>


<genericProperty name=”shindig.config.container.overrides”>{

“atom.feed” : {“isEntryContentElementForced” : false, “isEntrySummaryElementForced” : true},

“gadgets.sso” : {“cookieDomain” : “<FQDN_of_iNotes_Server>”, “cookieNames” : “LtpaToken,LtpaToken2,iwaSSL,iwaSSL2,Shimmer”}



<genericProperty name=”shindig.config.container.overrides”>{

            “atom.feed” : {“isEntryContentElementForced” : false, “isEntrySummaryElementForced” : true},

            “gadgets.sso” : {“cookieDomain” : “webmail.bat-groupware.at”, “cookieNames” : “LtpaToken,LtpaToken2,iwaSSL,iwaSSL2,Shimmer”}


According to Support, this configuration change was only needed when using SPNEGO and it will be corrected in the next release.

A big thumbs up to IBM Support for helping us with this issue.