We Have Lost The “wasadmin” Account Password!

If you have lost the “wasadmin” account password or any other local WebSphere account, there is a rather simple way to recover it.

Just connect to the server where WebSphere Deployment Manager is running, via RDP or SSH, depending on the OS of the server, and open the “security.xml” file located under “<WebSphere_Installation_Directory>/AppServer/profiles/<Deployment_Manager_Profile>/config/cells/<Cell_Name>” for example “/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/ic-dmgr01/config/cells/ic-cell01”.

After that just search for the account name, for which you would like get the password, in the same line you should find the attribute “password”:

Then just copy the value of the “password” attribute, now we need to decode the xor encoded password. For that I am usually using the following Website: https://strelitzia.net/wasXORdecoder/wasXORdecoder.html

Just paste the encoded text and click the “decode” button, after that you should have the password.

HCL Connections 6.5 Installation – Community Highlights Database Missing

When creating Databases for HCL Connections 6.5 using the Database Wizard, you will find that the database “XCC” for the “Community Highlights” Application is missing. If you continue without it and you want to install all Connections Applications, you will get an error during the installation process stating that the Database for “Community Highlights” Application is missing.

To remedy this problem you will have to create the database manually, to do that, just extract the Package containing the Connections 6.5 Wizards, and navigate to the folder with the “icec” database scripts, for example:


In case you are using DB2, start the DB2 CMD as the DB2 Administrator and run the following commands:

db2 -tvf createDb.sql

db2 -tvf appGrants.sql

Please note that the script “appGrants.sql” allows the default Connections User, “LCUSER” to access the database. If you want to use this user to access the database, you are good to go.

Live from Tokyo – In Vienna

My employer, Axians ICT Austria GmbH, is sponsoring “HCL Tokyo Live Viewing Party” and hereby you are invited.

In Addition to the Live Stream from Tokyo, the Agenda is stacked with sessions about HCL Digital Solutions software, which will be held by Axians and other event sponsors. We also have a special guest, Cornelius Granig, the author of “The Darknet”.

If you are still not convinced, check out the cool location we have reserved.

Make sure not to miss the Live Stream from Tokyo, we will be especially delighted if you would watch it together with us in Vienna, to do so, make sure to register.

HCL Domino v11, Connections v6.5 and more – Live Keynote

It’s that beautiful time of the year again, we get to play with the new Software. The HCL has announced a Live Keynote, this time from Tokyo. The keynote is going to be streamed live, and we will be able to see the version 11 of Domino/Notes, Connections and Sametime. This event is rather short, set to last for one and a half hour, during which we are going to hear about the most important facts of the new Software Version and how to start using it right away. Take a look at the Agenda below:

9–9:15 a.m.: Live from Tokyo Keynote: A Major HCL Milestone.
Presenter: Richard Jefts, General Manger, HCL Digital Solutions

9:15–9:30 a.m.: Domino V11: Why Modernizing Beats Migrating.
Presenter: Andrew Manby, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Domino

9:30–9:45 a.m.: Domino V11 Demo: One Vendor, One Solution, One Stack. The Only Stack You Need.
Presenter: Andrew Manby, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Domino

9:45–10 a.m.: We Hear You: HCL Connections 6.5 = More Value from Your Investment.
Presenter: Danielle Baptiste, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Connections

10–10:15 a.m.: Boost Engagement with HCL Connections 6.5: We’ll Show You How.
Presenter: Danielle Baptiste, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Connections

10:15–10:30 a.m.: Get Started with Domino V11 and Connections 6.5 Today.
Presenter: François Nasser, Global Sales Leader, HCL Digital Solutions

You can register for the Keynote using a GoToWebinar.

So what’s my take on this? HCL has proven that they are all about getting work done. Maybe even more important, they focus on doing the work that matters most for the customers, delivering much awaited Features. This shows in the Agenda, it is short and fully “packed”. I like this, this is a most welcome change.

I have been working with Notes V11 Beta 1 for two months or so, although this is the first beta Version, which is not publicly available, it is stable and looks very promising.

I can’t wait to see Connections 6.5, the IU should be cleaner, and along new features, we will get a lot of complementary software, free of charge. Like HCL Connections Invite and Connections Toolbar.

By the way, the new Digital Solutions Product Branding looks awesome!

HCL Connections – Take care when Upgrading to HCL Engagement Center from the Highlights App

Since HCL Connections 6 CR3, we have the possibility to install the “Highlights” Application, which basically is a light version of “Connections Engagement Center”, previously known as XCC and originally developed by TimeToAct Group.

The Highlights Application was well-received by most of our customers and many wanted to at least try out the full version of the HCL Connections Engagement Center.

So the question is, how do you update to the full Version? Well, the XCC or the HCL Connections Engagement Center was never hard to install and maintain, so the Upgrade is also pretty straightforward, that is, unless you are running Connections on Windows OS.

I have done a few upgrades on Linux OS, using the 6.0.2 Version of the setup for Engagement Center. This usually lasts about 10 Minutes and works like a charm. This process is described very well by the official documentation.

Recently, I had an issue upgrading to the full version on Windows platform, with the Connections 6 CR5 Version. Here I had to find out that the “ICECInstaller_Windows.bat” not only fails to upgrade the product, but it also messes up the Highlights Application, which won’t work after the update.

I opened a case at the HCL Support Site and I promptly got an update that the same problem could be reproduced in the HCL Test Environment and that the support is working on a fix for this issue, so stay tuned for that if you are planing an update.

It is possible to update the product manually, which is also a faster way if you know which file to “tweak”, but you may have a Licensing issue, so if you are planing on doing this, make sure to inform and get a confirmation from the HCL Sales Representative or HCL Support.

HCL Connections – Replacing Textbox.io with TinyMCE

We have the possibility now to replace Textbox.io editor with TinyMCE. I like this new addition to the product and I did not have any issues with.

Replacing the old editor is really easy, basically you use the same process as updating Textbox.io.

But do take care, some formatting, in Wikis for example, will get lost after you switch the editors. So make sure to fill your test environment with some articles from the production and check with your users if this poses a problem for them.

HCL Connections – Survey Export Issue

Recently I came across a problem when exporting the Survey results to an Excel file, export to Open Document Spreadsheet didn’t work also, though export to an XML File worked without any issues.

The error in the GUI I was getting was:

We are unable to process your request. If this error persists, report the problem to your administrator and provide error reference.

The errors I have seen in the Surveys Application Server log:

StandardExcep E com.ibm.form.nitro.platform.StandardExceptionMapper toResponse c29d32cb-eaf7-4c42-a9c3-eaf05d272f69
com.ibm.form.platform.service.framework.exception.ServicesPlatformException: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org.odftoolkit.odfdom.pkg.OdfFileDom

AbstractFrame E com.ibm.form.platform.service.framework.AbstractFramework frameworkEvent Framework error:
java.io.IOException: Exception in opening zip file: /tmp/ibm.fsp.temp.1559308546569/configuration/org.eclipse.osgi/bundles/33/1/bundlefile

The environment I was getting this error, was a Connection 6 CR4 environment, thankfully after I updated to WebSphere and Connections 6 CR5 this error was gone. So If you get this error, make sure to update to the latest Version of WebSphere and Connections prior to contacting HCL and opening a case.

HCL Connections – The Future is Bright

Yesterday I took part of the Webcast, “HCL Connections: The Future is Bright”, it was hosted by “DNUG” (a big thumbs up for that). In this Webcast Danille Baptiste showed us the future plans for HCL Connections. And indeed I do think that the future of the product is bright. The HCL is planing integrations with Microsoft Products, Salesforce and SAP just to name a few, and finally, a proper Integration with Domino! 🙂

I always thought that I knew about all the “Connections Assets”, add-ons developed by “IBM Services”, well I was wrong, Danielle mentioned at least ten of them of which I never heard about. And guess what, HCL will make them all generally available, they will also be installed as a part of the Connections installation.

The thing I like the most is, being able to see all the information you need on single screen/browser tab, things like that blow me away and I hope this will come rather soon:

Danielle also presented a Roadmap for Connections, at the end of the Q3 we should get the next CR, and towards the end of the year we will get Connections 6.5. From there on HCL plans to deliver a major release every year.

Here are a few more slides presented.

I like the way the product is heading, the HCL recognizes the products strengths and weakness and you can clearly see that in their vision. We will hear more of that and in greater detail at Social Connections 15 in Munich.

IBM Connections – Restricting the Community Types Users can create

A while ago we had a requirement to restrict the Community types users can create, in the following I will describe how you can do that. First of these settings are primarily managed in “communities-policy.xml”, you must do the following steps to check the file out and be able to edit it.

  • Start the “wsadmin” command tool and give yourself the administration rights.

./wsadmin.sh -lang jython -username wasadmin -password <password>


  • Check out the “communities-policy.xml” configuration file.


  • Navigate to the folder where you have extracted the community configuration files and open “communities-policy.xml” file in your preferred editor.

Going through the Configuration file you will get the idea what you can do. But simply editing the file won´t get the job done, we also need to make use of the “Security role to user/group mapping” in Websphere console. We will get to that towards the end. Being the case that we cannot create additional user roles in WAS, we must make use of what we have offered, so in the example bellow we will make use of the “Reader” Role in Community application.

    The plan was to allow all users to create only Restricted Communities and grant the “Power Users” the ability to create Restricted and Moderated Communities, “Global” Community Administrators will still have the right to create all types of Communities, including Public Communities. In order to do that you have to take the following steps.

  • Add the following lines under <comm:policy>, Reader section:

<comm:permission class=“com.ibm.tango.auth.permission.CommunityManagementPermission”communityType=“private”action=“create”/>

  • And comment out the following lines in the Community Creator Role section (using “<!–” and “–>”):

<!– <comm:permission class=”com.ibm.tango.auth.permission.CommunityManagementPermission” communityType=”public” action=”create” /> –>

Screenshot of the Configuration file: 

  • Save the changes and check the configuration files back in.


  • After that, make sure that the WebSphere Nodes are Synchronized.
  • Change the Security role to user/group mapping.

By using the following settings all Users will be allowed to create Restricted and Moderated Type of Communities.

By mapping the “Special Subjects” to “None” and setting a desired User Group for “community-creator” role, we can achieve the desired settings.

After clicking the “OK” button, the application should be restarted automatically, so you do not have to restart it manually, but keep that in mind, because your users will not be able to access Communities during restart. After doing so, we should have the following result, all users can create Restricted Communities:

Power Users have additionally the ability to create Moderated Communities:

This is just one of the possibilities you have, you could for example also manipulate the configuration file to take away the ability for all users to create Restricted Communities.