Category Archives: IBM Connections

IBM ConnectED 2015 – short review, presentation and addon

Last week i was at ConnectED 2015 in Orlando. I enjoyed the event very much, mainly because i met great old and new friends. The Lotus community is one of the best i’ve ever met, or i ever was part of.

After coming home i found out that i have a flu and the headache and need of sleep is not age dependent. So the visits to kimonos and dolphin bar are a little bit shorter than last year, but i enjoyed them nevertheless.

I did a session during ConnectED 2015, see the last version of slides here:

Today i read in Anderl Artners Blog, that he provides some Assembly Lines for TDI/SDI, which can help you with SPNEGO and mailintegration. Thanks for that!

Announcement plugin for IBM Connections

Last week i searched a way to send all Connections users an information on important updates, which should be configurable and uses cookies to hide it for a specific time.

First i had a look at the Greenhouse Announcement Widget which is used within Greenhouse.

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Quite nice, but i had problems with IE 9 users and the popup appears on each page you open within Connections. So i tried something other.

After some searching i found a script of Ollie Phillips which is originally used to inform users about Cookie usage on the site. Ollie published the cookiesDirective.js under the MIT License. When you find the announcement slider useful, please buy him a beer.

I took the script and put it to a osgi bundle and added some configuration parameters.

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If you want to test it, announcement-osgi, please use the updated archive! Download link see last point in this post!

Installation

Unarchive the package and copy de.stoeps.announcement_1.0.0.jar to your Connections customization folder/provision/webresources and the folder de (and all content below) to customization/javascript.

The text which is shown within the slider can be edited within customization/javascript/de/stoeps/announcement/popup.txt. You can use html code and links within this text file. So you can add links to additional informations.

Background color backgroundColor: '#CACACA', button text (buttonTextPre & buttonTextPost) and opacity (set backgroundOpacity: '99' to show a solid color) is configured in customization/javascript/de/stoeps/announcement/initialize.js

The announcement can be disabled with announcementEnabled: 'false'.

cookieLiveTime: 2 set the cookie to 2 days, so your users get the announcement again after 2 days and must confirm with the button.

After installation and after changes in initialize.js you must restart Common Application.

Update

Klaus and Rainer mentioned problems with german language within the browsers. So i renamed the plugin from de.stoeps to org.scripting101.

Please use the following archive to install the announcement osgi plugin!

announcement-osgi-1.0.1

Installation and customization is nearly the same, only the path within customization/javascript changes from de/stoeps to org/scripting101!

Thanks for testing guys.

IBM ConnectED 2015 – Session “Best and Worst Practices in deploying IBM Connections”

Today IBM announced the session agenda for IBM ConnectED 2015.

I’m really interested in the new concept of more technical content and hope that all attendees will enjoy the format of the smaller designed event.

My session “BP203: Best And Worst Practices in Deploying IBM Connections” is accepted and i’m proud and happy to go to Orlando in january 2015 again.

If you haven’t already registered, follow this link.

Here some points of my planned agenda for this session:

Depending on deployment size, operating system and security considerations you have different options to configure IBM Connections.

This session will show worst practices examples from multiple customer deployments of IBM Connections. I will describe things I found and how you can optimize your systems.

Main topics include:

  • Do’s and Don’ts during IBM Connections deployments
  • simple (documented) tasks that should be applied
  • missing documentation
  • automated user synchronization, TDI solutions and user synchronization
  • performance tuning
  • security optimizing and planning
  • Single Sign On for mail, IBM Sametime and SPNEGO.

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Command history wsadmin on Linux

Missing command history on Linux is a little problem when using command line utilities like wsadmin, db2, sqlplus and so on.

I found a solution for this today.

You can use rlwrap to get command history for all applications on the console and it is possible to recall and edit the commands. Rlwrap uses readline.

Installation on CentOS:

yum install readline-static gcc make
tar -xvzf rlwrap-0.41.tar.gz
cd rlwrap-0.41
./configure
make
make install

Call rlwrap with wsadmin:

rlwrap -r /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin/wsadmin.sh -lang jython -username wasadmin -password password

rlwrap and db2

rlwrap -r db2

Use rlwrap everytime with alias

vim ~/.bash_profile
export WAS_HOME=/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer
export DMGR=Dmgr01
alias db2='rlwrap -r db2'
alias wsadmin='cd $WAS_HOME/profiles/$DMGR/bin;rlwrap -r ./wsadmin.sh -lang jython'

Social Connections VI in Prague

This week starts in the beautiful town Prague with Social Connections VI. I met great people and first of all i want to thank the organisation team for this great event.

At the end we made the traditional image with all attendees.

Foto © 2014 by Oli Heinz

Foto ©2014 by Oli Heinz

I enjoyed two very delicious dinners and had great discussions around IBM ICS, met old and new friends. After years of tweets, forum entries and virtual talks i finally met Martin in person and had an entertaining evening with him and Sjaak.

Foto © 2014 by Oli Heinz

Foto ©2014 by Oli Heinz

Big thanks to Oliver Heinz who made fantastic photos of prague, us and around the event. All pictures in this blog posts are made by him.

My session “Script it!

This time i made a session without support of Klaus or Sharon, but i was happy with the result and i hope that some attendees will help to get the IBMCNX Community scripts more complete.

"Foto by Oli Heinz (http://twitter.com/oliheinz)"

Foto ©2014 by Oli Heinz

And for everyone the offer again, you see the different kinds of persistent Skype group chats, if you want to join, send me a short message.

During this week we heared several announcements:

I see forward to Social Connections VII and hope to meet lots of you there!