As some of you may know, Epilio is basically
a virtual organization, we do not have a need for a physical office with
employees working from home or on-site at customer location. This
has never proven an issue, as we can communicate very well using IM and
online meetings. When we do need to have a physical meeting
we'll often combine it with a dinner in a restaurant, rent a meeting room
at a hotel or use a service like REGUS. So prior to Sametime 8.5
we would actually use Sametime meetings and p2p voice chat quite a bit,
with the built in Sametime audio features. With Sametime 8.5.x IBM
broke all that for us.
Our Sametime setup really wasn't anything
complex, and our home networks are mainly pretty basic, running simple
things like a $50 linksys router (unless you're one of our uber geeks who
have along with their servers have a rack mounted firewalls in their house).
We have our Servers running on VMWare ESXi servers out in the cloud, keeping
our home electricity bills down, and not using up precious bandwidth when
customers are uploading or downloading files. This all worked fine
with Sametime 8.0.x but things changed in Sametime 8.5, Sametime 8.5 audio/video
and media server is basically useless unless you are on the same network
as the server. IM works fine, Meetings work fine, but audio/video
just can't work in that configuration.
Personally I think IBM didn't really
see this as an issue during the betas and during their own usage because
they all access the IBM network over a VPN, guess what we, and many other
companies don't do that. Fortunately since 8.5 shipped IBM has had
feedback from many companies like my own where this just broke how they
had Sametime deployed, so they are working on a fix for a future build.
Ironically, 8.5 which was supposed to make us use Sametime more actually
made us use Skype more which is never a good thing as users say things
like "Hey this just works and it's free right?".
Anyway, this blog is titled how to use
audio/video in Sametime 8.5.x so we must have solved it right, yes we did.
I wanted a simple VPN to manage, that would still allow people access
to their regular network and wouldn't pass all their network traffic through
it. Many VPNs, you connect to it and then all your traffic goes through
that VPN server, so I was looking for a quick simple solution that could
do the job. The solution for me was LogMeIn Hamachi.
LogMeIn Hamachi has a few virtual network type options, a mesh network,
a hub and spoke network or a gateway network. It looked like Mesh would
do what I needed. A mesh network allows you to see each others machine
in the network directly with no firewall interaction, and gives each machine
a virtual IP address.
I installed the Hamachi client on the
sametime servers and on each machine that needed to access Mesh network
. The small VPN client that loads shows you each of the other machines
in the mesh network and their virtual IP Addresses. All I had to
do was modify the hosts file to add the virtual IP addresses for the sametime
community and sametime media server, and the client could then login and
get audio/video services.
IBM SmartCloud Meetings aren't really that Smart.
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 11:50a Carl Tyler Went to an IBM SmartCloud Sametime meeting
today, via a URL that goes direct to the meeting, decided check my plugins
etc. before going into the meeting. I got presented with this dialog:
The thing about this dialog is it is
totally uneeded, the meeting ID was passed as part of the URL, read the
End users shouldn't be expected to figure this out, there's nothing
"Smart" about this.
Also don [read] Keywords: ibm
Since when has the OGS been about Press?
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 3:23p Carl Tyler I've seen this comment in a few blog posts
recently, and I have to ask, since when has the OGS been about Press? People
do realise that the press get 1 on 1 briefings at Connect, and they can
be briefed throughout the year if they want to by making a simple phone
call to IBM. How about the customers that paid money to be at the
event, shouldn't the whole show be about them? Without customers,
believe me, the press won't give you 2 minutes. Personally I think
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What you should really do and see at lotusph...oops IBM Connect
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 9:29a Carl Tyler So you've all looked at the calendar, you've
picked out some sessions, but lets face it, you want to do some fun stuff.
So here's the things I suggest:
Great Geek Challenge,
this is one of the most fun events, think pub quiz, organized by the wonderful
nerd girls and emceed by myself and Paul Mooney. It
fills up quickly and there is often a line as it's so much fun, so get
there early, either with a team or without one if there's a seat you can
take it. This year I also have [read] Keywords: ibm
F*@king Bruce and his attention seeking ways...
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 8:19a Carl Tyler I'm kidding, but someone needs to bring
him back down to earth. I've known Bruce for a number of years now
as a friend, a customer, partner, advisor, and general good guy. Honestly,
what can I say that hasn't already been said in all the other blogs? I'll
just say this, without Bruce and the commitment he had to keeping NTF going,
the Domino/Notes market could be very different today, it could have been
much worse, NTF filled a hole that IBM chose not to fill, and it took IBM
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He walked on his bloody stumps...
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 11:07a Carl Tyler Back in FebruaryI blogged
about The Domino Danderers
and a planned walk across Scotland in aid of the Children's Hospice Association
Scotland. Originally I was to be performing that walk in May with
the others, but due to some health issues I was unable to take part, except
in a supporting role. I had raised quite a bit of money back them,
so I couldn't even bale, so I scheduled my attempt for weekend, as I would
already be in the UK for ICON UK and a friends wedding.
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Another one speaking at IamLUG
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 8:50a Carl Tyler Like many others I will be in St. Louis
next week, speaking at IamLUG, and Epilio
are sponsoring the Monday night drinks. I decided not to do any really
tough presentations on Sametime, but am instead doing an updated version
of a presentation I first did at UKLUG "25 Years of Lotus and Still
Going Strong" which contains lots of demos of old Lotus products.
As usual, I'll probably have some old freebies to give away.
If you've not already registered yourself,
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Fat man walking...all for a good cause.
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 1:40p Carl Tyler It's time for you to reach into your pockets
and sponsor me. Perhaps you've used our free plug-ins, perhaps you've
used our free Sametime admin tools, it's time to pay up. Now it's
not like that crazy sponsorship thing where all I had to do was shave my
head and paint my face blue, this one actually involves some serious preparation
and training. We managed to raise close to $3,000 dollars for the head
shave, so really hoping people will delve deep for this effort to smash
that amo [read] Keywords: admin