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 and IE Compatibility Mode

If you are deploying Orient Me, make sure that you deactivate the Compatibility mode in Internet Explorer.

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This can be done via Group Policy.

Or you might get a nice “blank” page when trying to navigate to the Orient Me page.

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Hopefully this will save you some troubleshooting… 🙂

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:


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:

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.