I had a customer get in touch with me about a problem they were having when trying to start Sametime Classic meetings from IBM WebSphere Portal. They have a link in Portal to a load balancer which then directed HTTP traffic to one of two Sametime Classic Meeting servers.
When logging into Portal and selecting the link a browser would launch and the user would be logged into STCenter.nsf via SSO. When scheduling a meeting the Meeting Room Client (MRC) would load but as soon as the MRC tries to connect to Sametime Community services (chat) an error appears on the user’s screen.
I took this into a development environment and replicated the behaviour. After enabling debugging on the Sametime server I saw the following output in the stusers*.txt
101117_095933.869,INF,Users ,VpUsrAuthenticate::handleCheckUser: authenticating user with loginName=CN=Ben Williams/O=ACME by a single token
101117_095933.869,FTL,LDAP Aut,authenticating user by tokens
101117_095933.869,INF,LDAP Aut,Starting auth by tokens for [CN=Ben Williams/O=ACME] in org
101117_095933.869,FTL,LDAP Aut,checking LDAP format….
101117_095933.884,FTL,LDAP Aut,token verification failed. 
101117_095933.884,INF,LDAP Aut,AuthTokenContext::authenticateBeforeDirSearch verifyTokenAndExtractUserId failed with reason 4098
101117_095933.884,FTL,LDAP Aut,AuthContext::start: authenticateBeforeDirSearch failed with reason 4098
101117_095933.884,INF,Users ,VpUsrAuthenticate::checkedUser: VpUsrAuthenticate: bad login
I added debug_sso_trace_level=7 and Websess_verbose_Trace=1 to the Notes.ini but again nothing showed apart from when the browser opened STCenter.nsf, so on the Domino side of things SSO is working as expected.
Looking at the Java console output in the web browser when the MRC loaded I noticed “reverse proxy support disabled and detected” appear a few times. I observed this in the customer’s production environment and not in development so I ignored it which turned out to be a red herring.
It got me thinking about a problem I had with Sametime 8.0.2 and an LTPA parsing issue which produced similar errors although not exactly the same. That problem was fixed with a Sametime hot fix and was included in later versions of Sametime so it couldn’t be the same but must be along the same lines.
I exported the LTPAToken from the Portal deployment manager (DM) and imported it back into the Domino web SSO configuration document and restarted but this didn’t resolve the problem.
I then took more time looking at the Portal DM and noticed that Interoperability Mode was enabled which means that LTPAToken and LTPAToken2 are created.
Looking at the web SSO configuration document it was set to LTPAToken only.
After changing it to LTPAToken and LTPAToken2 and restarting things started working and users could now schedule and start meetings.
Sametime 9 and CentOS
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 5:09a Ben Williams I like to use CentOS in the lab to install all IBM software to avoid licensing costs and Windows when possible. CentOS has always had it’s challenges and I have blogged a few times about additional libraries required to get software working. I use the basic server install which is pretty minimal but that’s what you should be using, right?
With Sametime 9 I have noticed the following gotchas you should be aware of.
Do not use 64 bit CentOS for the Community server
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Leavers showing as off line through the Sametime Gateway
Thu, Aug 8th 2013 6:18a Ben Williams An internal user described a problem where as a leaver was showing as on line to IBM colleagues via their Sametime client, further more chats sent to the leaver was being received by the leaver’s manager. Our Gateway is federated with IBM’s so I can chat with them. I was a bit sceptical at first but after reproducing it I took a peek.
The manager had added the leaver’s email address to their person document so that email sent to the leaver was routed to them. Running a query fo [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM Connections SSO not working with Metrics
Thu, Aug 1st 2013 6:17a Ben Williams The one problem I had out the back of the Metrics install which was post-Connections 4.0 was the when users clicked on the Metrics tab they were not signed into Metrics automatically. Users were faced with the following screen.
The User ID field was pre-populated with the users userPrincipalName (email@example.com) which was not accepted. To log in to metrics the @acme.com needed to be removed leaving the users sAMAccountName which did work.
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Populating Profiles – long search filter error
Wed, Jul 17th 2013 9:15a Ben Williams A customer wanted to use a series of nested groups to populate Profiles. The theory is that the parent group has a number of child groups which are controlled by various location specific administrators.
Initially I hoped to be able to achieve this by using a special query (LDAP_MATCHING_RULE_IN_CHAIN) which would walk to the root and thus include all members of the nested groups.
“(&(objectClass=user)(member:1.2.840.1135220.127.116.111:(=CN=IBM Connections Users,DC=acme,DC=com)))”
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