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Dave Hay
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Blog Description In the words of Dr Cathy Ryan, "If you don't write it down, it never happened". The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions. My blog is PERSONAL, and is a repository of the stuff that I learn, play with, enjoy and want to share. If you follow one of my tips, your mileage MAY well vary - Here be dragons :-)
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DSRA8040I and SQL 1060N between IBM BPM and IBM DB2
Wed, Aug 24th 2016 4:57a   Dave Hay
We saw this yesterday: -Caused by: org.springframework.jdbc.CannotGetJdbcConnectionException: Could not get JDBC Connection; nested exception is java.sql.SQLNonTransientException: DB2 SQL Error: SQLCODE=-1060, SQLSTATE=08004, SQLERRMC=DB2USER1, DRIVER=4.19.49 DSRA0010E: SQL State = 08004, Error Code = -1,060Caused by: java.sql.SQLNonTransientException: DB2 SQL Error: SQLCODE=-1060, SQLSTATE=08004, SQLERRMC=DB2USER1, DRIVER=4.19.49 DSRA0010E: SQL State = 08004, Error Code = -1,060[23/08/16 15:00:
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Apache - SSL/TLS Strong Encryption: FAQ
Wed, Aug 24th 2016 1:51a   Dave Hay
The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.-- Claude Levi-StraussSSL/TLS Strong Encryption: FAQA teaser from the ToCInstallation • Why do I get permission errors related to SSLMutex when I start Apache? • Why does mod_ssl stop with the error "Failed to generate temporary 512 bit RSA private key" when I start Apache?Configuration • Is it possible to provide HTTP and HTTPS from the same server? • Which port does HTTPS use? • How do I speak HTTPS manually
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IBM on Docker - My Next Thing
Fri, Aug 19th 2016 11:11a   Dave Hay
I'm looking at a new piece of discovery and self-development, so I'll be digging into Chef, Puppet, UrbanCode Deploy *AND* Docker So this will be required reading: -WebSphere under Docker: from Development to ProductionTL;DR You can now take your Docker images for WebSphere Application Server Full and Liberty Profile into production and get support. We've provided some resources to build production Liberty images and made them available on WASdev GitHub.Integrate Docker in your IBM Operationa
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Gah, updating Windows 7
Fri, Aug 19th 2016 9:01a   Dave Hay
I keep hitting this one.I've just installed a "new" Windows 7 VM, and was getting annoyed with the lack of Windows Updates.This nailed it for me: -Installing and searching for updates is slow and high CPU usage occurs in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2which led me to this: -Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3102810)Job's a good 'un
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IBM Redbooks | Deliver Modern UI for IBM BPM with the Coach Framework and Other Approaches
Fri, Aug 19th 2016 12:11a   Dave Hay
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedpieceAbstracts/sg248355.html?Open
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IBM BPM Security Hardening - use a web server
Thu, Aug 18th 2016 12:24p   Dave Hay
This from my IBM colleague, Jens Engelke, is definitely worth reading, bookmarking AND following :-)IBM BPM Security Hardening - use a web serverThis post is part of the IBM BPM Security Hardening series.The first rule of secure communications here is that no end user should ever reach a BPM application server directly. While earlier versions of IBM BPM required end users (at least developers using Process Designer) to access a BPM server via multiple protocols. There was HTTP traffic, EJB traff
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Active Directory Certificate Services - "The revocation function was unable to check revocation because the revocation server was offline" - or the world's best error message
Tue, Aug 2nd 2016 3:22p   Dave Hay
I saw this: -Active Directory Certificate Services denied request 10 because The revocation function was unable to check revocation because the revocation server was offline. 0x80092013 (-2146885613). The request was for CN=bpm856.uk.ibm.com, DC=uk, DC=ibm, DC=com. Additional information: Error Constructing or Publishing Certificate earlier, whilst trying to issue a SSL certificate using AD Certificate Services: -certreq -submit -attrib "CertificateTemplate:Webserver" bpm856.uk.ibm.com_ihs.
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IBM Design Thinking - the Who/What/Wow factor
Tue, Aug 2nd 2016 2:18p   Dave Hay
I was Slacking ( that's a verb now ! ) with a friend earlier about IBM Design Thinking, and referenced the Who/What/Wowsourced from the IBM Design Thinking site, which is definitely worth a look-see.
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Keyboard shortcuts in IBM Notes - revisited
Mon, Aug 1st 2016 8:03a   Dave Hay
Re-using one of my posts from 2008 !!Control Key, Me Control - Anyone want a mouse ???in case I ever forget …..In IBM Notes on Mac OS X, press [cmd][shift][l] to bring up this: -Note that the list is scrollable, and there's a fair few shortcuts there :-)
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Scripting the shell
Sun, Jul 31st 2016 2:46a   Dave Hay
One of my friends was looking for a mechanism to invoke a script as another user AND pass in a parameter.Challenge, accepted :-)Here's my script: -/home/db2inst1/foobar.sh #!/bin/bashecho "Hello World! from `whoami`"echo "And today's special is " $1 "!!! "exitand here's how I invoke it from another user ( root ): -su - db2inst1 -c '/home/db2inst1/foobar.sh Fish'Hello World! from db2inst1And today's special is Fish !!! su - db2inst1 -c "/home/db2inst1/foobar.sh Beef"Hello World! fr
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IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced 8.8.1 - My First Foray
Sun, Jul 31st 2016 1:38a   Dave Hay
I spent a few happy hours implementing ODM 8.8.1 on a Red Hat Linux VM yesterday, and have written up my notes below.Bottom line, this is pretty similar to my experiences with earlier versions ( 8.5, 8.6, 8.7 etc. ) with one exception: -- With 8.8.1, we've now split out the Rules Management Server onto a separate JVM, meaning that we potentially have two clusters and three serversFor this build, I've chosen to deploy Decision Center AND Decision Server; other options exist, of courseHope this
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IBM Operational Decision Management 8.8.1 - My First Foray
Sat, Jul 30th 2016 2:47a   Dave Hay
I'm writing a post on how I built an IBM ODM Rules environment using the latest ODM Advanced 8.8.1 code.However, I hit a minor blocker early on, with this: -configure: [wsadmin] WASX7209I: Connected to process "dmgr" on node Dmgr using SOAP connector; The type of process is: DeploymentManager [wsadmin] WASX7303I: The following options are passed to the scripting environment and are available as arguments that are stored in the argv variable: "[/opt/IBM/ODM881, /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer
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Messing about with IPTables
Fri, Jul 29th 2016 2:13p   Dave Hay
I'm NOT a firewall or networking expert, so this is very much YMMV.I wanted to see if/how I could use the out-of-the-box IPTables firewall to block most connectivity to a web server ( IBM HTTP Server ) whilst allowing SSH connectivity and, more importantly, allowing incoming requests from Flush the existing rulesiptables -FAdd a rule to allow SSH connectivity only from a specific interface and host - actually the host VMiptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp -s 192.168.153.1 --dport 22 -m state --sta
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IBM BPM Advanced 8.5.5 - Where's the Failed Event Manager ?
Wed, Jul 27th 2016 10:43a   Dave Hay
Clue, it's in the Deployment EnvironmentEasy when you know how :-)
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Aide Memoire - F5 - Configuration Guide for BIG-IP Local Traffic Management
Wed, Jul 27th 2016 6:18a   Dave Hay
It's here: -Configuration Guide for BIG-IP Local Traffic ManagementConfiguration Guide for BIG-IP Local Traffic Management [PDF]The BIG-IP® local traffic management system is specifically designed to manage your local network traffic. Local traffic management refers to the process of managing network traffic that comes into or goes out of a local area network (LAN), including an intranet.This configuration guide applies to the set of local traffic management products that are part of the BIG-I
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VMware Fusion - Stuck on "GRUB loading stage2"
Wed, Jul 27th 2016 4:22a   Dave Hay
I had this error: -GRUB loading stage2whilst attempting to boot a F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition VMNo matter how many times I rebooted, the error kept popping up :-(I'm using VMware Fusion 8.1.1 on OS X 10.11.6.This thread: -Running BIGIP-11.3.0.39 on Oracle VirtualBox under Mac OS 10.9.2helped, specifically this: -Did you enable COM port? What Hypervisor version do you have?Yes, enabling COM Port helped. ThanksOnce I added a virtual Serial Port: -it just worked :-)
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MQJCA1011 and the story of the missing IBM MQ JMS Provider permissions
Fri, Jul 22nd 2016 10:33a   Dave Hay
We saw this problem earlier this week: -Failed to load the WebSphere MQ native JNI library: 'mqjbnd'. The JVM attempted to load the platform native library 'mqjbnd', which was mapped to the filename: 'libmqjbnd.a'.When attempting to load the library, the JVM reported the error message:'mqjbnd (Not found in java.library.path)'in the context of a failing WebSphere Application Server (WAS) to IBM MQ (MQ) configuration.We found this, whilst trying to debug this: -com.ibm.mq.connector.Detaile
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Disable desktop notifications for a site
Fri, Jul 22nd 2016 2:55a   Dave Hay
I was getting slightly cross ( hey, I'm British, what can I say? ) with Firefox 47's insistence on asking me whether I REALLY wanted notifications from a site, each and every time I opened or refreshed a page on that site.This had the answer: -Disable desktop notifications for a siteYou can reset this to the default (or outright disallow it) on a per-site basis by right-clicking somewhere in a blank spot of the site (or pressing Ctrl-I on Windows or Cmd-I on Mac) and then selecting "View Page
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IBM Integration Bus - The names, they are a-changin'
Mon, Jul 18th 2016 9:42a   Dave Hay
So I still struggle to remember that, with IBM Integration Bus 9, the naming conventions inherited from WebSphere Message Broker ( and it's precedents ) have CHANGED.Here's a useful crib: -Name changes in IBM Integration Bus Version 9.0
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F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager ( LTM ) - Scripting It, Baby
Fri, Jul 8th 2016 10:11a   Dave Hay
Following on from my earlier posts: -F5 Load Balancing - My first few foraysF5 BIG-IP - More learning, more tinkering, more bloggingI've made yet more headway with this fascinating product.I'd referenced this excellent post: -Deploying F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition on VMware Fusionwhich, in part, included the necessary F5 commands, using the tmsh utility, to set up a pair of network interfaces, some IP addresses and a default route: -tmsh create net vlan external interfaces add { 1.1 { untagged }
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Ubuntu Linux and the growing file-system
Thu, Jun 30th 2016 4:14p   Dave Hay
A friend asked me how to resize a disk partition ( virtual disk ) in an Ubuntu VM on VMware.This is what I did: -Look at the existing disk layoutdf -kmhFilesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on/dev/sda1 19G 3.6G 15G 20% /none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroupudev 478M 4.0K 478M 1% /devtmpfs 98M 1.5M 97M 2% /runnone 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/locknone 489M 216K 489M 1% /run/shmnone 100M 32K 100M
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WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5.8, TLS 1.2 and DB2
Thu, Jun 30th 2016 2:44p   Dave Hay
It's been a day for old blog posts helping to fix new problems.Today, we saw this: -CWSIS1593I: The messaging engine, ME_UUID=E997A9EFA09498FC, INC_UUID=6DC2A53AD19710D7, has failed to gain an initial lock on the data store.CWSIS1538I: The messaging engine, ME_UUID=E997A9EFA09498FC, INC_UUID=6DC2A53AD19710D7, is attempting to obtain an exclusive lock on the data store.which led me here: -IBM Business Process Manager - Missing the BusHowever the resolution - to sort out the SIB tables - did NOT
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My Cognos has fallen AGAIN and can't get up
Thu, Jun 30th 2016 2:21p   Dave Hay
We saw this problem: -CAM-CRP-1280 An error occurred while trying to decrypt using the system protection key. Reason: javax.crypto.BadPaddingException: Given final block not properly padded again today, on another IBM Business Monitor 8.5.5.0 environment.Again, it was due to our moving an AIX LPAR from one p780 server to another.So there's something in Cognos that REALLY loves the underlying hardware, assumedly an AES encryption key.Still, the solution was the same - force the Cognos configurat
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F5 BIG-IP - More learning, more tinkering, more blogging
Fri, Jun 24th 2016 9:34a   Dave Hay
I'm continuing to learn more about the F5, in my quest to really understand how it all works, in the context of solving a tricksy little SSL handshake problem between an LTM and an IBM HTTP Server box.Here's a few commands that I've used: -tmsh show /ltm node----------------------------------------------Ltm::Node: bpm856.uk.ibm.com (192.168.153.200)----------------------------------------------Status Availability : unknown State : enabled Reason : Node add
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WebSphere Plugin and the Case of the GSK_ERROR_BAD_KEYFILE_PASSWORD
Wed, Jun 22nd 2016 4:01p   Dave Hay
We've seen a few instances , where the WebSphere Plugin fails to communicate, via SSL, with WAS.This manifests itself as Error 500 / HTTP500 when accessing WAS via IHS, using hostname OR service name.Long story short, it looks like the Plugin SSL configuration files are getting "borked" by something.The plugin log shows this: -[22/Jun/2016:13:14:40.16292] 00d3008c 00000001 - ERROR: lib_security: logSSLError: str_security (gsk error 408): GSK_ERROR_BAD_KEYFILE_PASSWORD[22/Jun/2016:13:14:40.16
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F5 Load Balancing - My first few forays
Wed, Jun 22nd 2016 1:29a   Dave Hay
I'm currently working on a situation whereby HTTPS load-balancing is inconsistently not working against IBM HTTP Server 8.5.5.To help me help the client's network team debug this, I've been tinkering with a F5 Local Traffic Manager (LTM) using VMware Fusion on my Mac.I found a slew of excellent articles on the F5 site including: -Load Balancing 101: Nuts and BoltsLoad balancing got its start in the form of network-based load balancing hardware. It is the essential foundation on which Applicat
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IBM BPM - Process Center and Unit Test Environment Together
Mon, Jun 20th 2016 8:17a   Dave Hay
This article from 2014: -Creating a stand-alone Process Center profile in IBM BPM, Part 1: Configure a profile for IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 on Windows platformsA stand-alone Process Center profile for IBM® Business Process Manager (BPM) is useful for situations where memory and disk space are limited. Rather than install the Process Center as a network deployment environment with at least three profiles running, plus an additional profile to support the unit test environment server, th
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Achieve your API strategy with IBM API Connect
Wed, Jun 15th 2016 1:54a   Dave Hay
This from a former colleague of mine, Carlo Marcoli: -To thrive in the API economy, you need to strategize your API approach and create, run, manage, and secure your APIs. With this dedicated focus on APIs, your company can share data and services in an easy-to-consume format. It can also create an ecosystem of partners and third parties that is much greater than the ecosystem you reach by using traditional channels. An effective API strategy treats an API as a business product with a well ident
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Announced - IBM WebSphere Application Server V9.0
Wed, Jun 8th 2016 8:54a   Dave Hay
Saw this today: -IBM WebSphere Application Server V9.0 delivers the next-generation application infrastructure for modern applications to support seamless portability across hybrid cloud landscapesWebSphere® Application Server V9.0, with its traditional and Liberty run times, continues to offer industry-leading, production-ready, standards-based Java™ EE 7 compliant architecture.Highlights of Version 9.0 include: • Certification to the Java EE 7 Web Profile and Java EE 7 Full Platform for W
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Webcast - Using IBM UrbanCode with IBM WebSphere to Accelerate Business Transformations
Wed, Jun 8th 2016 8:36a   Dave Hay
As found on Twitter today: -Great news for WebSphere Application Server Administrators, IT Managers, Directors and anyone with challenges associated with deploying applications and configurations to WebSphere Application Server in its traditional version, Liberty or as a Service. IBM UrbanCode Deploy has WAS covered! IBM UrbanCode Deploy can reduce overall cycle times and accelerate time-to-test and time-to-market for clients. In this call, attendees will learn how to accelerate WAS deployments
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Problems installing IBM Integration Designer - I *MUST* read my own blog
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 4:07p   Dave Hay
I was trying to install IBM Integration Designer 8.5.5 via a response file, and kept finding that the installation failed to complete, and that DB2 Express ( part of the IID WebSphere Test Environment - WTEt ) failed to install.I broke the installation down into its component parts, and tried to simply install DB2: -"c:IBMInstallation Managereclipsetoolsimcl.exe" -input z:tmpiid856installDB2_WIN64.rsp -acceptLicenseThis explicitly failed: -ERROR: Error preparing IBM® DB2 Express 64 bit CRIMC
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Bulletproof SSL and TLS
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 3:39p   Dave Hay
This time, it's not a book review, it's a book purchase …I signed up for a free one-week introduction to SSL/TLS, partly to help me cement my understandingSubscribe to my free crash course about everything SSL/TLS and PKIAt the end of it, I decided to purchase the author, Ivan's, book: -Bulletproof SSL and TLSwhich I've just downloaded as an ebook :-)Something for the weekend ….In the meantime, Ivan is available here on Twitter
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IBM Global Security Toolkit - CTGSK2041W An unsupported modulus size was found.
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 12:20p   Dave Hay
I'm still tinkering with different ciphers and signature algorithms in IBM HTTP Server, as per this: -IBM HTTP Server, Global Security Toolkit and CTGSK3039Wand hit this today when attempting to create a self-signed certificate using the SHA256WithECDSA Signature Algorithm: -/opt/IBM/HTTPServer/bin/gskcapicmd -cert -create -db /opt/IBM/HTTPServer/ssl/keystore.kdb -stashed -size 2048 -dn "cn=bpm856.uk.ibm.com,dc=uk,dc=ibm,dc=com" -label bpm856.uk.ibm.com_ss -default_cert yes -sigalg SHA256With
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Fun, Not With Flags, but with Passwords in IBM Installation Manager
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 8:37a   Dave Hay
I'm installing IBM Integration Designer (IID) 8.5.6 into a Windows VM, as I prepare to write some BPM Advanced SCA/BPEL code ….However, I hit a pesky password problem with DB2, upon which the IID test environment ( BPM Advanced ) depends.This is what I did: -"c:IBMInstallation Managereclipsetoolsimcl.exe" -input z:tmpiid856installIID856.rsp -acceptLicenseand this is what I saw: -ERROR: Error during "install" phase: ERROR: Password is required.Installed com.ibm.integration.designer.v85_8.
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Microsoft Active Directory - SSL Certificate Request - And what I forgot
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 8:36a   Dave Hay
I was trying to generate an SSL certificate, signed by Active Directory ( on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 ), using the certreq command: - certreq -submit -attrib "CertificateTemplate:Webserver" bpm856.uk.ibm.com_ihs.req bpm856.uk.ibm.com_ihs.cerwhich kept popping up with: -and: -Active Directory Enrollment Policy {2738EA28-25D5-4E51-841F-73F6AEFBB682} ldap:Certificate Request Processor: The system cannot find the file specified. 0x80070002 (WIN32: 2)I couldn't work out what I'd missed … un
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More on IBM Integration Designer 8.5.5 - "Unable to get property isExists of undefined or null reference"
Wed, Jun 1st 2016 1:52a   Dave Hay
Following this post from last year: -IBM Integration Designer 8.5.5 - "Unable to get property isExists of undefined or null reference"in which I write about the issue of installing IBM Integration Designer (IID) from a shared drive on a Windows server.Most recently, I saw this whilst trying to install IID from a VMware Shared Folder, using VMware Fusion on my Mac, to a Windows 2008 Server R2 VM. I had previously unpacked the installation media into a directory on my Mac, and was hoping to inst
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IBM HTTP Server, Global Security Toolkit and CTGSK3039W
Tue, May 31st 2016 4:26p   Dave Hay
I have written about this before: -CTGSK3039W Certificate request "ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com" could not be created.More on CTGSK3039W Certificate request "ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com" could not be created.but I continue to learn.This time around, I'm trying to create a Certificate Request using a different Signature Algorithm, SHA256WithECDSA, as follows: -/opt/IBM/HTTPServer/bin/gskcapicmd -certreq -create -db /opt/IBM/HTTPServer/ssl/keystore.kdb -pw passw0rd -label bpm856.uk.ibm.com -dn cn=bpm856.uk.ibm.co
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DB2 on Windows - SQL1042C An unexpected system error occurred
Mon, May 30th 2016 12:45p   Dave Hay
I see this on Windows: -When I tried to start DB2: -db2startI saw this: -ADM12026W The DB2 server has detected that a valid license for the product "DB2 Express Edition" has not been registered.DB2 : The service has returned a service-specific error code.SQL1022C There is not enough memory available to process the command. SQLSTATE=57011I checked, and, yep, I have no license :-(db2licm -lProduct name: "DB2 Express Edition"License type: "License not
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Book Review - Swift Essentials Second Edition by Dr Alex Blewitt
Wed, May 25th 2016 1:30a   Dave Hay
This is the latest in my series of relatively infrequent book reviews for the British Computer Society: -Swift Essentials Second Edition by Dr Alex Blewitthttps://www.packtpub.com/application-development/swift-essentials-second-editionAs a non-developer, I was broadly aware of Apple's announcement of Swift at their World-Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2014, and had picked up enough to know that Swift was being actively promoted as an alternative to Objective C for iOS and OS X application
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IBM WebSphere Application Server for Distributed Platforms, Version 8.5 - Scripting various types of applications
Fri, May 13th 2016 10:50a   Dave Hay
Found this whilst looking for Something Completely Different (TM) IBM WebSphere Application Server for Distributed Platforms, Version 8.5 - Scripting various types of applications [PDF]Example of the ToCChapter 1. Scripting for data access resourcesConfiguring data access with wsadmin scriptingConfiguring a JDBC provider using wsadminConfiguring new data sources using wsadminConfiguring new connection pools using wsadminChanging connection pool settings with the wsadmin toolConfiguring new data
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IBM BPM Advanced 8.5.7 - CWLLG1356E: At attempt failed to get the current user context
Thu, May 12th 2016 3:22p   Dave Hay
We saw this exception today: -CWLLG1356E: At attempt failed to get the current user context. com.lombardisoftware.client.delegate.BusinessDelegateException: ObjectId password for authorization validation is nullafter an automated ( via UrbanCode Deploy ) build of IBM BPM Advanced 8.5.7 ( specifically a Process Center ).This happened when we hit the Process Center login page ( https://bpmpc.uk.ibm.com/ProcessCenter ), whilst already logged in ( to the Deployment Manager ) as wasadmin.I jumped to
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Good practice – Use the rolling upgrade option when you update IBM BPM
Thu, May 12th 2016 6:56a   Dave Hay
This came up in a Sametime chat earlier today …In the context of an IBM BPM 8.5.6 Cumulative Fix update, which do we upgrade / patch first - Process Center or connected Process Server(s) ?I thought - and was correct - that we should always start with the Process Servers before patching the Process Center.My Polish colleague, M, confirmed this: -Good practice – Use the rolling upgrade option when you update IBM BPM…If you install IBM® Business Process Manager (BPM) fix packs V7.5.1.2, V8.0
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Obtaining the WebSphere MQ classes for JMS
Sat, May 7th 2016 10:45a   Dave Hay
This pertains to my current project - debugging a SSL/TLS connection issue between WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5.8 and WebSphere MQ 8.0.0.4 …How do I obtain just the WebSphere MQ classes for JMS JAR files? I want these JAR files to be used with the MQ Light Service in Bluemix, or to be deployed into a software management tool, or to be used with standalone client applications in my company.Obtaining the WebSphere MQ classes for JMSOnce I've debugged the problem - com.ibm.mq.MQException:
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IBM Integration Bus v10 Self-Enablement
Sat, May 7th 2016 9:37a   Dave Hay
I found this whilst searching for something completely different ….IBM Integration Bus v10 self study labs update (April 2016)Some IBM® Integration Bus V10 betaworks labs have been updated or are new for IIB 10.0.0.4. The latest list of labs can be found on the Resources > Integration Bus > Self-study labs page. Each lab comprises instruction guides as PDF files, and is usually accompanied by an archive file (.zip file) that you can use to complete the lab activities. These self study l
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IBM BPM 8.5.7 - What's Not To Learn ?
Fri, May 6th 2016 1:17p   Dave Hay
So we have Videosand specifically this ( on YouTube ): -Getting Started with Process Federation in IBM BPM 8.5.7
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IBM Training Site - Looking Delicious
Mon, May 2nd 2016 1:50p   Dave Hay
IBM Training and SkillsWhat IBM Skills Do You Want To Learn Today?
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WebSphere Application Server - Converting Internal CA Certificates from one Signature Algorithm to Another
Sat, Apr 23rd 2016 6:33p   Dave Hay
I have a need to switch my internal WAS cell-default certificates ( root, default etc. ) from one Signature Algorithm ( SHA1 ) to another ( SHA256 )We have an app ^H^H^H tool for that.Here's my journey: -Start WSAdmin/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/PCDmgr01/bin/wsadmin.sh -lang jython -user wasadmin -password passw0rdConvert Certificates to SHA256withRSAAdminTask.convertCertForSecurityStandard('[-fipsLevel SP800-131 -signatureAlgorithm SHA256withRSA -keySize 2048 ]')Save and SyncAdminCo
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WebSphere User Group, IBM South Bank, Monday 25 April 2016
Fri, Apr 15th 2016 8:27a   Dave Hay
We are pleased to confirm that the next meeting of the WebSphere User Group (UK) will take place on Monday 25th April 2016, to be held in the IBM Client Centre at IBM South Bank, London. There will be no charge for this meeting and as usual we aim to have an excellent agenda lined up, covering a range of current and emerging WebSphere technologies.Provisional AgendaFor the most recent agenda, logistics and registration, please visit the WUG website here.Hope to see you there - I'll be speaking
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MacBook Pro and USB - Interesting Quirkiness
Wed, Apr 13th 2016 3:35p   Dave Hay
I'm using a MacBook Pro: -I've seen this a few times: -034378.680514 SSP4@14700000: AppleUSB30XHCIPort::resetAndCreateDevice: failed to create device after (1) tries, disabling port034414.624087 SSP4@14700000: AppleUSB30XHCIPort::resetAndCreateDevice: failed to create device after (1) tries, disabling port034416.245827 SSP4@14700000: AppleUSB30XHCIPort::resetAndCreateDevice: failed to create device after (1) tries, disabling port037923.490801 SSP1@14500000: AppleUSB30XHCIPort::resetAndCreateDe
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WebSphere Application Server - Managing the Service Integration Bus using Python
Wed, Apr 13th 2016 2:55p   Dave Hay
A friend asked me: -Hi Dave -- do you know the AdminConfig.getid(type:scope) to get a SIBus engine? not sure what type and scope need to be passed in It took me a wee while, but I shared this: -for bus in AdminTask.listSIBuses().splitlines(): name=AdminConfig.showAttribute(bus, "name") print AdminConfig.getid("/SIBus:"+ name) which results in: -BPM.PCCellDe1.Bus(cells/PCCell1/buses/BPM.PCCellDe1.Bus|sib-bus.xml#SIBus_146
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IBM WebSphere Plugin - GSK_ERROR_BAD_CERT and GSK_INVALID_HANDLE after an upgrade
Tue, Apr 12th 2016 1:25a   Dave Hay
During a recent transition from SHA1 to SHA2 signature algorithms *AND* an upgrade from WebSphere Application Server (WAS) 8.5.5.4 to 8.5.5.8, we hit an interesting challenge yesterday.We're using IBM HTTP Server (IHS) and the WebSphere Plugin on one AIX LPAR, fronting IBM Integration Bus (IIB) on another LPAR.We've got a set of IIB flows, all of which are being offered up via IHS through the WebSphere Plugin configuration.Once the 8.5.5.8 upgrade ( including IHS and Plugin ) was completed, we
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IBM Business Monitor - CWMAX4203E: RESTSecurityAdminMBean instance was not found
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 8:14a   Dave Hay
I saw this error earlier: -CWMAX4203E: RESTSecurityAdminMBean instance was not found.whilst checking my Monitor models, in IBM Business Monitor 8.5.5, after making some SSL/TLS related changes between WebSphere Application Server (WAS) and DB2.I saw this when I navigated to Applications > Monitor Models.This caused me to briefly panic.Thankfully, I found that someone had seen a similar issue, documented in a Problem Management Report (PMR).For context, in order to make my configuration change
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Book Review - The Purpose of Change is Problem Solving
Wed, Apr 6th 2016 4:13p   Dave Hay
This is the latest in my series of relatively infrequent book reviews for the British Computer Society: -The Purpose of Change is Problem SolvingI chose this book mainly based upon the title, to which I related as aninveterate solver of problems.Whilst the book is absolutely about problem solving, it wasn't quitewhat I expected. In this book, the author, Janos Korn, digs deeply intothe use of language, including semantics, natural language andstructure.Thus I found the book to be of somewhat li
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My Cognos has fallen and can't get up
Tue, Apr 5th 2016 8:21a   Dave Hay
Purely FYI, in case you hit this problem, someone (!) managed to break my IBM Business Monitor 8.5.5 installation over the weekend, most likely when the underlying AIX LPARs were shut down and moved from one physical box to another.I saw a bunch of nasty exceptions in the Cognos instance pogo logs: - 2016-04-05 09:21:54.467 FATAL [.authorization.AuthorizationAdapterFactory] Thread-95: Unable to initialize the Access Control Modulecom.ibm.cognos.internal.camaaa.accesscontrol.AccessControlExceptio
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Oops, my WAS upgrade broke my TLS
Wed, Mar 30th 2016 2:11p   Dave Hay
I saw this earlier today: -[30/03/16 11:35:53:371 BST] 00000001 ORBRas E com.ibm.ws.orbimpl.transport.WSTransport createServerSocket P=152627:O=0:CT ORBX0390E: Cannot create listener thread. Exception=[ org.omg.CORBA.INTERNAL: CAUGHT_EXCEPTION_WHILE_CONFIGURING_SSL_SERVER_SOCKET, Exception=java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Cannot support SSL_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 with currently installed providers vmcid: 0x49421000 minor code: 77 completed: No - received while attempting t
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Thycotic - Good insight into SSL/TLS
Mon, Mar 28th 2016 1:48p   Dave Hay
I found this: -SSL: Beyond the BasicsSSL: Beyond the Basics Part 2: CiphersSSL: Beyond the Basics Part 3: CertificatesSSL: Beyond the Basics Part 4: Strict Transport Securitywhilst doing some research into the SSL/TLS ciphers supported by various versions of Windows.Whilst I was specifically reading Part 2, the complete set of articles is definitely something to which I'm going to return and return.Nice job, Thycotic.
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Error handshake_failure seen when connecting to WebSphere Application Server using SOAP over HTTPS
Sat, Mar 26th 2016 12:50p   Dave Hay
I saw a bunch of SSL-related errors when attempting to use / access the WebSphere Application Server SOAP-based administration service: -/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin/wsadmin.sh -lang jython -user wasadmin -password passw0rd -host `hostname` -port 8879 including: -...WASX7023E: Error creating "SOAP" connection to host "bpm856.uk.ibm.com"; exception information: com.ibm.websphere.management.exception.ConnectorNotAvailableException: [SOAPException: faultCode=SOAP-ENV:Client;
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Using OpenSSL to generate personal certificates on Mac OS X and Windows
Sat, Mar 26th 2016 12:49p   Dave Hay
Following on from a previous post: -IBM HTTP Server - Tinkering with SSL Client Authenticationand, from my ongoing voyage of discovery this weekend: -MacGenerate Private Keyopenssl genrsa -out ~/macintosh.uk.ibm.com.key 2048Create Certificate Service Requestopenssl req -new -sha256 -key ~/macintosh.uk.ibm.com.key -out ~/macintosh.uk.ibm.com.csrGenerate Personal Certificate using Certificate Service Request ( on Windows Server 2008 R2 )certreq.exe -submit -attrib "CertificateTemplate:User" maci
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"javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: no cipher suites in common" seen in WebSphere Application Server Node Agent logs
Sat, Mar 26th 2016 12:16p   Dave Hay
Following hot on the heels from my last post: -Error handshake_failure seen when connecting to WebSphere Application Server using SOAP over HTTPSI started seeing: -…[26/03/16 15:38:45:206 GMT] 00000048 SSLHandshakeE E SSLC0008E: Unable to initialize SSL connection. Unauthorized access was denied or security settings have expired. Exception is javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: no cipher suites in common…Caused by: javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: no cipher suites in common…[26/03
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IBM HTTP Server - Tinkering with SSL Client Authentication
Fri, Mar 25th 2016 4:11p   Dave Hay
I'm tinkering with so-called Mutual Authentication (MA) between various middleware components, from browser through to back-end WebSphere Application Server (WAS).Here's what I'm reading: -Client authenticationIBM HTTP SSL Server Questions and AnswersSSL DirectivesI'm also referencing this: -The Most Common OpenSSL Commandsas I'm using openSSL to create personal device certificates etc. to allow a client browser to MA to IHS: -Generate a Private Key on my Macopenssl genrsa -out ~/macintosh.
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Java EE, the next inception: A primer to WebSphere Liberty for Java EE developers
Thu, Mar 24th 2016 2:20p   Dave Hay
I saw this on Twitter and wanted to reshare: -Java EE, the next inception: A primer to WebSphere Liberty for Java EE developersLearn the basics of how IBM® WebSphere® Application Server Liberty profile works, and how its architecture differs significantly from that of older Java™ EE application servers. This background will be helpful for understanding how to install a local Java EE application development environment using Eclipse and Liberty, as well as how to deploy Liberty applications.S
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Virtual Proof of Technology: Highlighting new Features of WebSphere Liberty for 1Q 2016 - 30 March 2016
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 8:53a   Dave Hay
A new edition of our Virtual Proof Of Technology (VPOT) Series for IBM® WebSphere® Liberty will again be offered in 1st Quarter. We will briefly cover the primary benefits of WebSphere Liberty, and show how it provides your path to Hybrid Cloud for Java applications. We will show why Liberty is an ideal runtime for new microservices applications, and then drill down into the new enhancements in Liberty V 8.5.5.8 available since December, 2015, and Liberty V8.5.5.9 planned to be available on Ma
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IBM Connections Metrics - Updated
Sun, Mar 13th 2016 3:58a   Dave Hay
This came up in discussion on Friday.I revisited a personal blog post from early 2012: -IBM Connections - Reporting and Metricsand validated the metrics URLs for Connections 5 on w3: -Activitieshttps://w3-connections.ibm.com/activities/service/html/servermetricsBlogshttps://w3-connections.ibm.com/blogs/roller-ui/servermetrics.do?lang=en_usBookmarkshttps://w3-connections.ibm.com/dogear/toolbox/servermetrics?lang=en_usCommunitieshttps://w3-connections.ibm.com/communities/service/html/servermetrics
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IBM BPM Advanced - Process Inspector, no go-go
Thu, Mar 10th 2016 2:08p   Dave Hay
I saw this: -The attempt to establish a secure connection to the server has failed. See SSL fails when host name configuration fails for details.when attempting to access Process Inspector, via Process Admin, in IBM BPM Advanced 8.5.5.I also saw this: -[09/03/16 09:17:07:483 GMT] 00000137 BPMInspectorR W Exception during request processing:javax.servlet.ServletException: com.ibm.processinspector.rest.ProcessAdminRestException: The attempt to establish a secure connection to the server has fail
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openSSL on Windows - random lack of state
Thu, Mar 10th 2016 1:27p   Dave Hay
I saw this exception: -unable to write 'random state'whilst trying to use openSSL on Windows.I was trying to convert a CA-signed personal certificate ( and the corresponding private key ) into a PKCS12 file, in order to import the same into Firefox.Thankfully Google drew me to this: -Using openssl what does "unable to write 'random state'" mean? [closed]which led me to a solution.I was running the openSSL tool via a Windows command-prompt ( terminal ) session but was NOT running it as an a
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Advanced database support for IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) Standard, IBM Business Process Manager Advanced, and IBM Business Monitor on distributed platforms
Thu, Mar 10th 2016 1:20a   Dave Hay
I had occasion to reference this earlier: -QuestionWhich advanced configurations of IBM DB2, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server databases are supported for the IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Business Monitor products?AnswerThis document outlines which configurations of IBM DB2, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server databases are supported for IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Business Monitor. In this document, the following information is available: • Database independent limitations • IB
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Playing with Veertu on the Mac
Tue, Mar 8th 2016 8:07a   Dave Hay
I heard about Veertu on a recent British Tech Network Mac podcast and have been tinkering with it on and off since.From their website: - • Run Windows and Linux on your Mac. • Fast, light and secure. • The only virtualization solution approved by Apple App Store.The free-to-use version only allows one to create VMs by downloading the "raw" ISOs from the internet: -Therefore, I chose to download/install CentOS Linux.One thing that caught me out was that, having chosen a minimal installati
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IBM BPM 8.5.6 - Scrabbling with Snapshots
Tue, Mar 8th 2016 4:14a   Dave Hay
As part of a BPM Advanced 8.5.6 build, I wanted to be able to test the creation/deployment of a Process Application snapshot from a Process Center to a Process Server.I used this: -Creating a processas an aide memoire to remind me how to create a Process Application in Process Designer ( it's been a while ).Having finished testing, I archived and deleted the snapshot from Process Center.However, I also wanted to do the same for Process Server, rather than leaving my stuff lying about :-)This is
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Trumpet Blowing - The Andy and Dave Show at InterConnect 2016
Wed, Mar 2nd 2016 2:59p   Dave Hay
My frolleague, Andy Garratt, and I co-presented at InterConnect in Vegas last week, and our materials have just been posted: -BBP-1291: Avoiding Dysfunctional Processes: Why Non-Functional Requirements are Vital to BPM Success [PDF]Smarter Process Discovery and Design focuses on the people, the systems, and how to make the process Smarter; that is, the functional requirements. But this is only half the story. Neglecting non-functional Requirements (NFRs) upfront can lead to big problems later on
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More about BPM and Scalability from InterConnect 2016 - Or, someone has a deck for that :-)
Wed, Mar 2nd 2016 1:47p   Dave Hay
BBP-2974: Best Practices for IBM BPM Platform OperationsBBP-3194: How to Build Scalable and Resilient Enterprise-Class BPM Solutions PEJ-1152: Planning for Catastrophe: WebSphere Application Server and IBM BPM Disaster RecoveryBTB-2581: Smarter Process TopologiesPS These links are all PDFs, and were sourced here: -https://www-950.ibm.com/events/global/interconnect/sessions/ipresentations.html
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InterConnect 2016 - Planning for Catastrophe with IBM WebSphere Application Server & IBM Business Process Manager - Tom Alcott and Chris Richardson
Tue, Mar 1st 2016 6:55a   Dave Hay
From the InterConnect site: -https://www-950.ibm.com/events/global/interconnect/sessions/ipresentations.htmlwe have this: -Planning for Catastrophe with IBM WebSphere Application Server & IBM Business Process Manager [PDF]Definitely worth a read …...
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WAS - Looking at Ciphers
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 10:49a   Dave Hay
I was interested in the list of SSL/TLS ciphers available, once I switched to TLS 1.2 and the unrestricted JRE ciphers.This is how I can find out what WAS is offering: -cellID = AdminControl.getCell()print AdminTask.listSSLCiphers('[-sslConfigAliasName CellDefaultSSLSettings -scopeName (cell):'+cellID+' -securityLevel HIGH ]')SSL_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHASSL_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHASSL_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHASSL_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHASSL_DHE_DSS_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHASSL_DHE_DSS_WITH
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IBM BPM and Java6
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 8:51a   Dave Hay
IBM BPM 8.5.5, on which we're currently deployed, only supports Java6, via the underlying WebSphere Application Server.I wanted to see what specific version of Java we had ( with WAS ND 8.5.5.5 )/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/java/bin/java -versionjava version "1.6.0"Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build pxa6460_26sr8fp3-20141218_02(SR8 FP3))IBM J9 VM (build 2.6, JRE 1.6.0 Linux amd64-64 Compressed References 20141211_226933 (JIT enabled, AOT enabled)J9VM - R26_Java626_SR8_20141211_2359_B2269
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InterConnect 2016 - The Presentations
Sun, Feb 28th 2016 12:57p   Dave Hay
Are available here: -https://www-950.ibm.com/events/global/interconnect/sessions/ipresentations.htmlCheck them out whilst they're hot :-)
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nmon on Linux - and Raspberry Pi
Fri, Feb 26th 2016 9:06a   Dave Hay
I saw this via Nigel Griffiths on Twitter: -nmon for Linux - nmon is short for Nigel's performance Monitor for Linux on POWER, x86, x86_64, Mainframe & now ARM (Raspberry Pi)nmon for Linux
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Configure the IBM Process Federation Server to give your IBM BPM process users a single point of access
Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 5:49p   Dave Hay
I found this whilst preparing a deck for #IBM #InterConnect : -Configure the IBM Process Federation Server to give your IBM BPM process users a single point of accessLearn how to install and configure the IBM® Process Federation Server to work with two back-end IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) systems. Give your IBM BPM process users a single point of access to all their tasks.With the different development paths for Business Process Choreographer and Business Process Designer in IBM BPM, var
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IBM BPM 8.5.7 Announced
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 8:07a   Dave Hay
IBM Business Process Manager (IBM BPM) V8.5.7 is an update to the comprehensive and consumable IBM BPM platform that provides visibility and management of your business processes. This release includes: • New responsive and federated Process Portal that includes: • New customization and configuration options • Ability to launch external activities and Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) tasks • Saved Search capability for individual business users and teams • New responsive s
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Develop Advanced Integration services for IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.6
Wed, Feb 17th 2016 3:33p   Dave Hay
As found by my IBM colleague, Tony HickmanThis tutorial explores the new option in IBM® Business Process Manager (BPM) Advanced V8.5.6 to create and deploy Advanced Integration services in a separate module managed outside of IBM Process Center. Learn how to implement Advanced Integration services and how to use them in a process or service created with IBM Process Designer.Develop Advanced Integration services for IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.6
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More on CTGSK3039W Certificate request “ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com" could not be created.
Tue, Feb 9th 2016 2:41p   Dave Hay
Following on from an earlier post: -CTGSK3039W Certificate request "ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com" could not be created.I saw the same problem earlier today.This time around, the problem was simpler to resolve.I'd previously created a Certificate Request: -/opt/ibm/HTTPServer/bin/gskcapicmd -certreq -create - db /opt/ibm/HTTPServer/ssl/keystore.kdb -pw passw0rd -label ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com -dn "CN=ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com,O=middleware,OU=IBM,L=Hursley,S=Hampshire,C=UK" -file /home/wasadmin/ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com.req -
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IBM BPM - Process Federation Server Tutorial
Sat, Feb 6th 2016 1:09p   Dave Hay
This on developerWorks: -Configure the IBM Process Federation Server to give your IBM BPM process users a single point of accessLearn how to install and configure the IBM® Process Federation Server to work with two back-end IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) systems. Give your IBM BPM process users a single point of access to all their tasks.With the different development paths for Business Process Choreographer and Business Process Designer in IBM BPM, varied deployment environments, and coexi
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IBM BPM - General SSLEngine problem
Thu, Feb 4th 2016 11:12a   Dave Hay
I saw this earlier today: -...com.ibm.websphere.sca.ServiceRuntimeException: soapenv:Serverjavax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: General SSLEngine problem…whilst trying to test a newly created IBM BPM component.I'm using IBM Integration Designer (IID), which has a built-in Integration Test Environment (ITE), which is really just a standalone, single server BPM Process Server.My BPM component, an SCA module, makes a call to a Web Service hosted on a separate, external, IBM ODM Rules Decision Se
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DB2 ate my database, well, actually it was the disk monster
Fri, Jan 29th 2016 2:39p   Dave Hay
I saw this today: -[29/01/16 18:51:34:031 GMT] 00000001 WSRdbDataSour I DSRA8208I: JDBC driver type : 4[29/01/16 18:51:34:047 GMT] 00000001 FfdcProvider W com.ibm.ws.ffdc.impl.FfdcProvider logIncident FFDC1003I: FFDC Incident emitted on C:IBMWebSphereAppServerprofilesAppSrv01logsffdcserver1_b282bac_16.01.29_18.51.34.0471036725969790999288.txt com.ibm.bpm.migration.database.ValidateDatabaseVersion.verifyStandardDB 102[29/01/16 18:51:34:047 GMT] 00000001 WsServerImpl E WSVR0009E: Error occu
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WebSphere Liberty Profile - Tinkering with SSL TLS
Thu, Jan 14th 2016 12:24a   Dave Hay
I went through this process last evening, and thought that sharing it MIGHT be of interest :-)Check What's Installed/opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl listInstalledPackagescom.ibm.cic.agent_1.8.2000.20150303_1526com.ibm.websphere.liberty.v85_8.5.5000.20130514_1313Create a WLP Server/opt/IBM/WebSphere/Liberty/bin/server create davehayServer davehay created.Create a SSL Keystore and Self-Signed Certificate/opt/IBM/WebSphere/Liberty/bin/securityUtility createSSLCertificate --server=da
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IBM ODM Rules - "Scope reference is invalid"
Fri, Jan 8th 2016 4:27p   Dave Hay
I saw this today: -whilst trying to deploy my HelloWorld Rules application ( RulesApp ) from Decision Center to Decision Server ( both on 8.5.1.2 ).I also noticed that my project, as imported from a .ZIP file into Decision Center, was missing the Business Rules ( of which I only have one, Hello World !! ): -I spoke to one of my colleagues, an ODM Rules Jedi Master, who suggested that the problem might be with locale.As soon as he said that, I remembered how this goes - 'cos I have seen this bef
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CRIMA1174E ERROR There is already a package installed
Fri, Jan 8th 2016 4:04p   Dave Hay
I saw this one today: -CRIMA1154E ERROR: Error installing. CRIMA1174E ERROR: There is already a package installed at "/opt/IBM/ODM851" in the "Operational Decision Manager" package group. The installation directory for the new "Operational Decision Manager V8.5.1" package group must not be the same as a previously used installation directory. CRIMA1174E ERROR: There is already a package installed at "/opt/IBM/ODM851" in the "Operational Decision Manager" package group. The inst
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CTGSK3039W Certificate request “ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com" could not be created.
Thu, Jan 7th 2016 3:06p   Dave Hay
I saw this earlier: -CTGSK3039W Certificate request "ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com" could not be created.when attempting to create a Certificate Request using the IBM Global Security Toolkit (GSK): -/opt/ibm/HTTPServer/bin/gskcapicmd -certreq -create - db /opt/ibm/HTTPServer/ssl/keystore.kdb -pw passw0rd -label ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com -dn "CN=ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com,O=middleware,OU=IBM,L=Hursley,S=Hampshire,C=UK" -file / home/wasadmin/ibmbpm.uk.ibm.com.req -size 2048 -sigalg SHA256WithRSA -san_dnsname "ibmbpm.uk.i
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Using unzip on Mac OS X with L-A-R-G-E files
Thu, Dec 31st 2015 12:22p   Dave Hay
Whilst trying to unpack a large >4 GB .ZIP file: -unzip /Volumes/DaveHay/Software/ODM87/Fixes/Windows/8.7.1-WS-ODM_DC-WIN-FP001.zip I saw this: -Archive: /Volumes/DaveHay/Software/ODM87/Fixes/Windows/8.7.1-WS-ODM_DC-WIN-FP001.zipwarning [/Volumes/DaveHay/Software/ODM87/Fixes/Windows/8.7.1-WS-ODM_DC-WIN-FP001.zip]: 4294967296 extra bytes at beginning or within zipfile (attempting to process anyway)file #1: bad zipfile offset (local header sig): 4294967296 (attempting to re-compensate)
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IBM Installation Manager - 32 vs 64 bits
Thu, Dec 31st 2015 7:23a   Dave Hay
I see this from time to time, this time whilst scripting up an IBM ODM Rules installation on Windows.During the installation process: -"c:IBMInstallation Managereclipsetoolsimcl.exe" -input z:DaveHaySoftwareRepoWinResponseFilesinstallWAS8555_WIN.rsp -acceptLicenseI see this: -ERROR: The 32-bit IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment package cannot be installed in a 64-bit package group.even though I know that I've got the 64-bit version of WAS ready to install on a 64-bit OS.As ev
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Integrate Docker in your IBM Operational Decision Manager environment
Thu, Dec 31st 2015 2:01a   Dave Hay
This is DEFINITELY something on my short-term reading list, as it's something with which I want / need to get to grips in the New Year: -IBM® Operational Decision Manager (ODM) application developers who are new to Docker might consider adding Docker to their development process. This tutorial shows how to build a Docker image for an IBM ODM Rule Execution Server and Decision Center that run on a WebSphere Liberty server. You also learn how to run the Rule Execution Server and Decision Center
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Book Review - 57 Challenges to Develop Your Coding Skills by Brian P. Hogan
Wed, Dec 30th 2015 3:25p   Dave Hay
It's been a while since last I reviewed a book, so I wanted to end the year with … a review.Our friends at The British Computer Society (BCS) kindly sent me a copy of Exercises for Programmers : 57 Challenges to Develop Your Coding Skills by Brian P. Hogan a few weeks back.This is available on Amazon here but my ebook came via a different route, thanks to BCS.The purpose of the book is to, via a series of exercises, teach the reader the fundamentals of computer programming. The book is langua
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Things that make you go "Hmmmm" - Part 321
Wed, Dec 30th 2015 4:24a   Dave Hay
A few days ago, having watched an excellent programme about Aardman Animation, Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park etc. I decided to rent one of Aardman's most recent films, The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists from iTunes.So the film is sitting in my iTunes library, waiting to be watched …..Last evening, I decide to watch it …..On my Apple TV ……At that point, the wheels come off my wagon …Alas I can't find the movie, or even the Rental tab, on Apple TV, although I could choose to
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Fix list for the IBM Business Process Manager Version 8.5 products
Tue, Dec 29th 2015 9:34a   Dave Hay
Thanks Twitter :-)IBM_BPMIBM Fix list for the IBM #BPM Version 8.5 products (Dec update) https://t.co/BtyuN4h6f829/12/2015, 14:25Fix list for the IBM Business Process Manager Version 8.5 productsVersion 8.5 Refresh Pack 6 Cumulative Fix 2Version 8.5 Refresh Pack 6 Cumulative Fix 1
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IBM Fix Level Recommendation Tool (FLRT)
Tue, Dec 29th 2015 8:39a   Dave Hay
I love the acronym, I love (even more) the functionality: -Fix Level Recommendation Tool
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Windows Update - Refuses to Update
Tue, Dec 29th 2015 7:14a   Dave Hay
I've had this problem a few times in the past.I find that freshly-squeezed VMs running Windows Server 2008 R2 ( built on VMware Fusion using an ISO downloaded from Microsoft Developer Network - MSDN ) simply refuse to update.I run the Windows Update tool, click the "Check for Updates" button and am immediately told that no updates are available i.e. that I'm up to date, even though I know that I'm using a piece of software that was released in 2009.The solution ?Google :-)The solution ! Ins
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WebSphere - Support Technical Exchanges
Tue, Dec 29th 2015 4:16a   Dave Hay
Twitter reminded me to x-post this: -Support technical exchanges for WebSphere brand support (general)……
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Learn Linux, 101: Customize and use the shell environment
Mon, Dec 21st 2015 4:15a   Dave Hay
Learn Linux, 101: Customize and use the shell environmentLearn how to customize your Linux shell environment and write simple bash functions. You can use the material in this tutorial to study for the LPI 102 exam for Linux system administrator certification, or to learn for fun.OverviewIn this tutorial, learn to customize your Linux bash shell environment to meet user needs. Learn to: • Modify global and user profiles • Set environment variables when you log in or spawn a new shell • Crea
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Using watch to loop in Bash
Thu, Dec 17th 2015 8:29a   Dave Hay
I wanted to monitor a particular set of TCP/IP listeners, on an ongoing basis, and thought "I wonder how I do this?".A quick Google led me here: -https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-networking-3/netstat-grep-tail-f-output-log-749396/specifically to the /usr/bin/watch command: -… watch - execute a program periodically, showing output fullscreen…Here's my command: -watch -n5 'netstat -a | grep db2'which watches the output from the netstat command, and updates the display
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Reminder - DB2 HADR and SQL1768N rc7
Tue, Dec 15th 2015 4:29p   Dave Hay
Reminder to self: -If I see SQL1768N rc7 when attempting to use DB2 HADR, there's a good chance that I've forgotten to update /etc/hosts meaning that one/both hosts is returning the loopback / localhost address of 127.0.0.1 when attempting to connect to itself via hostname.For the record, /etc/hosts should look similar to this: -127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.localdomain localhost4 localhost4.localdomain4::1 localhost localhost.localdomain localhost6 localhost6.localdomain6192.168.153
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How to tune a guitar and a Business Process Manager (BPM) topology at the same time
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 7:54a   Dave Hay
I found this whilst searching for something pertaining to Java2 Security: -How to tune a guitar and a Business Process Manager (BPM) topology at the same timeAs such, here's a quick checklist of tuning tips that cover all areas of your IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) environment: Use a 64-bit JVM for all servers. Disable tracing, logging, and monitoring when possible. Ensure all of your databases are well-tuned. If security is required, use Application security, not Java2 security. Use an
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More textile manipulation with sed and bash
Sun, Dec 6th 2015 3:22a   Dave Hay
One of my colleagues was looking for a way to manipulate an XML file, using sed on Linux.In essence, he wanted to remove an XML tag at the current end of the file, and insert a new line BELOW the current end of the file, making the new line the new end of the file :-)Here's a mockup of my solution.I used a file called foobar.bak as my input file, mainly so that I could quickly see/compare the changes between input and output.Input file - foobar.bak The quick brown fox Jumped over the lazy dog




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