It's been a bone of contention for me that my favourite browser, Mozilla Firefox, fails to correctly render the Files application in IBM Connections, mainly since we upgraded Connections to 3.0.1 and/or since Mozilla have moved to more frequent releases of the browser, I've gone from v5 to v9 in less than a year.
Let's start with the good news! There have been some issues with Connections Files and versions of Mozilla Firefox since version 4. Files would simply not load. This has been a known issue for a while, and has been causing some consternation as whilst Firefox 3.6 is the latest supported release, so many users have upgraded beyond that version. So, I am really really pleased that IBM has released an iFix for this issue which means that Files works in all current releases of Firefox once more. 18.104.22.168-IC-Multi-Files-HF1-IFLO58492 is what you need. This is not yet on FixCentral, so contact our good friends in IBM support to obtain the fix package (and thanks to David McCarthy in IBM Dublin for making me aware of this news!).
So, to summarise, IBM has released an iFix for Connections 3.0.1 Files - yet to be listed in Fix Central - 22.214.171.124-IC-Multi-Files-HF1-IFLO58492.
Oracle DB - Broken, now Fixed
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 1:25p Dave Hay So I managed to break my Oracle 11g database, and have now fixed it. The symptom was that, although Oracle was started, it wasn't really started. I kept getting "Connected to an idle instance" and "ORA-01034: ORACLE not available" as per the following: - sqlplus / as sysdba SQL*Plus: Release 126.96.36.199.0 Production on Fri Apr 18 19:53:56 2014 Copyright (c) 1982, 2009, Oracle. All rights reserved. Connected to an idle instance. SQL> SELECT owner, table_name FROM dba_tables where owner [read] Keywords: acl
Interesting exception seen whilst starting IBM Business Process Manager 188.8.131.52
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 1:45p Dave Hay So I saw this exception: - [15/04/14 19:25:40:071 BST] 00000001 WsServerImpl E WSVR0009E: Error occurred during startup com.ibm.ws.exception.RuntimeError: Exception while verifying the datasource version: failed to get stardard DB version by jndi jdbc/PerformanceDB ( Yes, that's correct - it did say stardard DB version !! ) This occurred whilst I was starting the Support cluster of an IBM BPM 184.108.40.206 Advanced environment. From a bit of digging about, it looks like I failed to completely crea [read] Keywords: ibm
Issues with BPMDeleteSnapshot and BPMSnapshotCleanup commands in IBM Business Process Manager (BPM)
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 10:06a Dave Hay This Flash from IBM Support was released today: - Issues with BPMDeleteSnapshot and BPMSnapshotCleanup commands in IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) Because issues have been discovered with the BPMDeleteSnapshot and BPMSnapshotCleanup commands, these commands require the interim fixes that are listed in the Content section. Do not use these commands without applying all of the interim fixes for your release. The snapshot deletion commands do not delete all of the related artifacts, which pote [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM Business Monitor - Unable to delete BusinessSpaces
Tue, Apr 8th 2014 8:25a Dave Hay One of my clients hit an interesting issue with IBM Business Monitor 220.127.116.11, that'd likely affect any product using BusinessSpace, including Business Process Manager. This was a newly minted environment, and we were quite able to create Business Spaces, but we were unable to delete them. There were no obvious exceptions in the WAS logs or in the underlying Oracle database. It was a bit of a puzzler. At my suggestion, the client raised a PMR with IBM Support, which came up trumps. The client me [read] Keywords: access control list
IBM Installation Manager - What's actually installed ?
Mon, Apr 7th 2014 7:05a Dave Hay So I've blogged about this particular command before: - $ /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl listInstalledPackages which returns: - com.ibm.cic.agent_18.104.22.16820831_1216 com.ibm.websphere.MON.V80_8.0.1002.20131028_1518 com.ibm.websphere.ND.v80_22.214.171.12431205_0207 com.ibm.ws.cognos.v1011.linuxia64_10.1.1.20121103_1244 but we also have this: - /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl listInstalledPackages -features -long /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse : com.ibm.cic.agen [read] Keywords: ibm