Tag Archives: scripting

New version of “Administration Scripts for WebSphere”

As preparation for Social Connections VI in Prague next week i redesigned the “Administration Scripts for IBM Websphere“.

Some highlights:

  • all scripts are moved to a subfolder with DMGR/bin (folder name: ibmcnx)
  • tested in multinode environments
  • added some classes everybody can use for his own scripts
  • adding policies to libraries (personal and communities) are using search now

New scripts:

  • documentation of all jvm settings of each application server
  • create a file with all documentation in one step
  • create cluster members for additional nodes

Sharon created a document with the content of all of our presentations and collected several tipps all around connections and community scripts. She will share this next time. We started to share parts of this document and more documentations (installation, usage) for scripts and IBM Connections on:


The new version can be downloaded from:

Some Words After Engage And Bcconde

This week i attended Engage in Breda. I had a session with famous Sharon Bellamy, we covered an update of our Connect 2014 session about “BP307 – Practical Solutions for Connections Administrators – Tips and Scripts for Your Daily Busines“.

I enjoyed it very much to be with lovely community guys, old and new friends. I want to thank Theo Heselman, he and his crew did and does a really great job to get us all together (350 attendees, 30 IBM Champions, 65 speakers).

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Kitty and Warren Elsmore were with us again and made lovely copies of ourself in lego. Thanks to you too.

After closing session We4It has organized a shuttle to Hamburg. The travel was really good organized and we enjoyed soft drinks, beer and even a great meal at a rainy stop in the middle of the way.

Oli Heinz made great pictures at Engage and Bccon. He also saves this unforgetable experience:

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Well prepared we arrived in Hamburg to be at the bcconde a new usergroup event in Germany. About 100 people were there, to see sessions, talk with speakers and sponsors. 7 of 30 IBM Champions which where in Breda made it to come to Hamburg and 6 of us had a short night there.

Session with Klaus Bild was the first time presentating the Connect slides in german and doing a session with Klaus. I see forward to make some new sessions with him.

On thursday i made a review of a IBM Connections environment in Hamburg. Nothing special, but some interesting effects. Main problem in my eyes is the internet proxy used here.

Flight back wasn’t special, but again i had to wait half an hour for suitcase at the airport. Finally i arrived at home at March 21st, 00:30.

There is only one word to describe this week:


Last weeks, new scripts and next weeks

It was little bit quiet here after Connect 2014. I had lots of projects and no time to add new scripts or even do bug fixing.

I promised at Connect, that i will fix the JDBC drivers, that they will load on Windows too. See cnxMemberCheckExIDByEmail.py as an example.

Loading JDBC Drivers within jython scripts

Jan Riedel sent me a solution for SLES and i tested his proposal today within Windows. He points me in the right direction, i mustn’t load the path or jar within the script, it is better to load on starting wsadmin. You have to add the JDBC Driver path to WAS_EXT_DIRS.

I see two ways here:

Change setupCmdLine.sh|bat (Update)

I don’t like to change setupCmdLine directly, because i don’t want to load the driver everytime i start wsadmin or WebSphere, but you can add your JDBC path to the line

set WAS_EXT_DIRS=….;c:\ibm\jdbc (Windows)
export WAS_EXT_DIRS=….:/opt/IBM/JDBC (Linux)

Please do not change your setupCmdLine in this way. I had errors on using Connections updateInstaller, when i use it! Use WAS_USER_SCRIPT!


I create a batch|shell script with following content.


Create the script in $WAS_HOME/profiles/Dmgr01/bin and make it executable.



Create batch in %WAS_HOME%\profiles\Dmgr01\bin


Now it is enough to set the environment variable WAS_USER_SCRIPT, then the jdbc driver will be loaded on wsadmin start. So when you want to load cnxmenu.py or one of the scripts using JDBC ( cnxMemberCheckExIDByEmail.py, cnxMemberDeactAndActByEmail.py) simply set the WAS_USER_SCRIPT variable in your operating system, terminal or console.

export WAS_USER_SCRIPT=/opt/IBM/.../wasuserscript.sh


set WAS_USER_SCRIPT=C:\....\wasuserscript.bat

Thanks to Victor Toal for your script testing and bug reporting!

New scripts

I added some scripts for special j2ee roles to the github repository:

  • cfgJ2EERoleGlobalModerator.py
  • cfgJ2EERoleMetricsReader.py
  • cfgJ2EERoleMetricsReportRun.py
  • cfgJ2EERoleSocialMail.py

These scripts set consistent the roles mentioned in the file name. So you can enable or disable Socialmail integration, Metrics or Moderation.

Next weeks, next events

Next events i will attend are: Engage in Breda, BCCON in Hamburg and Social Connections VI in Prag.

At Engage i will speak with my friend Sharon Bellamy about Scripting.

At BCCON i will be with my swiss friend and scripting colleague Klaus Bild, we will do the Script show in german.

I plan a session for SocCon VI too, hope i will get a slot there.

Eclipse As A Jython IDE

I added several plugins to my Eclipse, so i can access the scripts on GitHub and edit through an IDE:

Jython and Python Development

PyDev: http://pydev.org/updates

Markdown (Documentation within Github)

Markdown: http://winterwell.com/software/updatesite/

Access GitHub:

EGIT: http://download.eclipse.org/egit/updates

Shellscript Editor

EasyShell: http://pluginbox.sourceforge.net

ShellEd: http://sourceforge.net/projects/shelled/files/shelled/update/

SQL Scripts

SQL Explorer: http://eclipsesql.sourceforge.net/

SocCnx: more scripts added

Because of a delay of some hours on my flight back from Social Connections V on saturday, i had time to rewrite the jython script for backing up and restore security roles in WebSphere Application Server.

I updated the master branch on GitHub, which now contains a db2 initscript and the two new scripts securityrolebackup.py and securityrolerestore.py!

You can call the scripts through wsadmin.sh|bat and they do following.


cd $WAS_HOME/profiles/Dmgr01/bin
./wsadmin.sh -lang jython -username admin -password password -f "path/securityrolebackup.sh" "../temp"

This will save the security roles for each installed application to $WAS_HOME/profiles/Dmgr01/temp to single files named: Application.txt.


cd $WAS_HOME/profiles/Dmgr01/bin
./wsadmin.sh -lang jython -username admin -password password -f "path/securityrolerestore.sh" "../temp"

This will take the backups from $WAS_HOME/profiles/Dmgr01/temp and restore all access rights in the single applications. All applications will be restored, but you can change the script for one or some of the applications, when you change from line 49:

49 apps = AdminApp.list()
50 appsList = apps.split(lineSeparator)
51 # Test with some Apps:
52 # appsList = ['Blogs','Activities','Wikis']
53 # or Single App:
54 # appsList = ['Blogs']

Comment out line 49 and 50, and remove # from line 52 to restore only some Application security roles, or remove # from 54 to restore only one!


I had several updates and cr installations with IBM Connections the last years and on some of these the updateinstaller removes my configured security roles. Now you can backup before and restore after installing a fix.


These scripts are provided as is, with no warranties, and confers no rights! Please test them before using in production environments.