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IBM Connections – trouble adding additional nodes
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SNOUG 2017 Presentation – SikaConnect goes External
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Whiteboard in IBM Sametime Meeting 9.0.1 removed
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Wikis content not accessible…
Thu, Jan 26th 2017 7
Automatic WebSphere plugin modification II – PowerShell for Windows
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IBM Connections Docs – file preview not possible for some CCM pdf files
Thu, Nov 17th 2016 16
IBM Connections 5.5 CR2 released
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SAML – Enterprise SSO in the WebSphere world
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IBM Connections Docs – file preview not possible for some CCM pdf files
Thu, Nov 17th 2016 16
IBM Connections – trouble adding additional nodes
Wed, May 31st 2017 15
IBM Connections – problem displaying thumbnails for Office files
Wed, Jun 24th 2015 12
Trouble transferring Oracle –> DB2 database IC4.5 – IC5.0
Wed, Aug 26th 2015 12
HTTP Outbound authentication via SAML
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IBM Connections Editor – go and get it (a short review)!
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DB2 Instance autostart does not work on SLES 12 / RHEL 7
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IBM Connections – HowTo create a custom profile type for external users
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IBM Connections – trouble adding additional nodes
Wed, May 31st 2017 2:52p   GIS Techblog
IBM Connections – trouble adding additional nodes Hi all, we are currently involved in a project where we installed a 1 node IBM Connections 6 Cluster and later added a second node to the cell. So far so good… Everything that needs to be done after adding the second node is described here … Everything? Yes, mainly… but not in the mandatory details as I think! Missing custom properties and other settings might result in non-functional nodes. Especially not setting httpSess
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SNOUG 2017 Presentation – SikaConnect goes External
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 1:06p   GIS Techblog
SNOUG 2017 Presentation – SikaConnect goes External Hi all, yesterday I was at SNouG in Zurich. I had a great time there – good speakers and a overall perfectly organized event (would we expect sth. else from Switzerland? ) Raymond Weber from SIKA Informationssysteme AG and I did a session about the SIKA Extranet Feature:
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Whiteboard in IBM Sametime Meeting 9.0.1 removed
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 10:43a   GIS Techblog
Whiteboard in IBM Sametime Meeting 9.0.1 removed IBM implemented in Sametime Meeting 9.0.1 a whiteboard function as technical preview. Ben described in his articel how to enable this feature: https://collaborationben.com/2016/05/20/whiteboard-in-sametime-9-0-1/ With the current cumulative Fix 901-ST-General-FP-SMOL-AK4G43  for the Meeting Server IBM has removed this function. The response on my PMR was: “I can confirm The Meetings Whiteboard feature release is being put on hold indefinitely.
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Wikis content not accessible…
Thu, Jan 26th 2017 10:54a   GIS Techblog
Wikis content not accessible… Hi, it`s been quite a long time; many projects at the moment so that blogging needs to wait Last week we had a very interesting problem at one customer’s environment. When accessing a Wiki, the page was displayed blank – no content was available. Browsing to older versions of this wikis worked. The error in the log: Parsing error… Wikis content (the body) gets store in the filesystem as xml files. If you access a Wiki there is a XML parser
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Automatic WebSphere plugin modification II – PowerShell for Windows
Thu, Dec 1st 2016 6:54p   GIS Techblog
Automatic WebSphere plugin modification II – PowerShell for Windows Hi, some months ago I published a shell script to automatically modify the Primary / BackupServer definition in a WebSphere plugin-cfg.xml file. As we have several Windows customers we decided to transfer this script to PowerShell so that it is also useable for a Windows Cluster installation. My colleague Jan Bruns did a great job implementing this script. It basically works the same way as the Linux script: modifywasplug
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IBM Connections Docs – file preview not possible for some CCM pdf files
Thu, Nov 17th 2016 2:15p   GIS Techblog
IBM Connections Docs – file preview not possible for some CCM pdf files Hi all, last week we had trouble in a customer environment using the file preview functionality for some pdf files (only those that were uploaded using CCM). Instead of a preview the message was displayed: At the same time we saw the following warning in the log: The mime-type was set to “image/pcl” instead of “application/pdf”… this mime-type is not supported by IBM Docs File viewer. We had to dig deep into th
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IBM Connections 5.5 CR2 released
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 8:13a   GIS Techblog
IBM Connections 5.5 CR2 released Hi all, IBM released CR2 for IBM Connections 5.5: The Fix list Download the CR Database updates are mandatory (Activities, Files, Homepage, Mobile, Wikis) Filenet updates are mandatory Updates for Community Surveys (Fixes the TLS 1.2 issues) A prerequisite for CR2 is at least WAS 8.5.5 FP9 (let`s see when FP10 will be officially supported) A general step-by-step guide installing CR2 is provided by IBM. A new CR2 version of the Cognos wizard can be downloaded (y
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IBM Connections – How to switch to a custom global unique ID for users
Mon, Nov 7th 2016 8:59a   GIS Techblog
IBM Connections – How to switch to a custom global unique ID for users Hi, many of our todays support cases is related to non-working profiles in IBM Connections. If users change their name, switch from one to another location or simply get a new account their profile in IBM Connections might get inactivated because the hash key between LDAP and database has changed. There are three possible hash keys: UID: Often a bad choice, as this might change eMail: Also a bad choice GUID: Unique I
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IBM Connections – add additional login attribute
Wed, Oct 12th 2016 4:17a   GIS Techblog
IBM Connections – add additional login attribute Hi, last week I got the question if it is possible to use another login attribute for IBM Connections than uid, cn or email. Yes, this is possible and can be done very easy. It just needs some small adjustments (I assume that you already extended your LDAP schema and that the custom attribute is available in LDAP!!): 1. Open a wsadmin session ./wsadmin -lang jacl 2. Make a custom login attribute from LDAP known to the PersonAccount entity:
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IBM Connections – Set read-only access to CCM libraries
Thu, Oct 6th 2016 5:28a   GIS Techblog
IBM Connections – Set read-only access to CCM libraries Hi, we are in the middle of several migrations to IBM Connections 5.5 and most of our customers come up with the question: What do I need CCM for if I can use nested folders in Files now? Many customers decide to manually migration CCM libraries to Files… This time a customer asked us if it is possible to set access to libraries to read-only so that no new files or folders are added to CCM. This is possible using the following
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Security Bulletin: HTTP Response Splitting in WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2016-0359)
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 4:30a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 6.1 is moderat! Affects IBM WebSphere Application Server (IBM Portal and Connections)! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure. Link to IBM site Content: Summary Vulnerability Details Affected Products and Versions Remediation/Fixes Summary There is a potential HTTP response splitting vulnerability in IBM WebSphere Application Server. Vulnerability Details CVEID: CVE-2016-0359 DESCRIPTION: IBM WebSphere Application
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Security Bulletin: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM® Java SDK affect WebSphere Application Server April 2016 CPU (CVE-2016-3426, CVE-2016-3427)
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 4:26a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 10 is urgent! Affects all IBM® SDK Java™ Technology Edition that is shipped with IBM WebSphere Application Server (indirectly all GIS Portal and Connection users are affected)! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure. Link to IBM site: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21982223 Content: Summary Vulnerability Details Affected Products and Versions Remediation/Fixes Summary There are multiple vulnerabi
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Security Bulletin: Apache Commons FileUpload Vulnerability affects WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2016-3092)
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 4:22a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 5.3 is moderate. Affects WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure. Link to IBM site: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21987864&myns=swgws&mynp=OCSSCKBL&mynp=OCSSEQTP&mync=E&cm_sp=swgws-_-OCSSCKBL-OCSSEQTP-_-E Content: Summary Vulnerability Details Affected Products and Versions Remediation/Fixes Summary
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Security Bulletin: Redirect HTTP traffic vulnerability may affect IBM HTTP Server (CVE-2016-5387)
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 4:21a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 8.1 is high. Affects versions ( 9.0, 8.5.5, 8.5, 8.0, 7.0) and releases of IBM HTTP Server (powered by Apache) component in all editions of WebSphere Application Server and bundling products! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure. Link to IBM site: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21988019&myns=swgws&mynp=OCSSEQTP&mynp=OCSSEQTJ&mync=E&cm_sp=swgws-_-OCSSEQTP-OCSSEQTJ-_-E Content: Su
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Security Bulletin: IBM Connections Security Update
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 4:19a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 5.4 is moderate. All GIS Connections customers with Versions 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 and 5.5 are affected! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure. Link to IBM site: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21988991&myns=swglotus&mynp=OCSSYGQH&mync=E&cm_sp=swglotus-_-OCSSYGQH-_-E Content: Summary Vulnerability Details Affected Products and Versions Remediation/Fixes Summary IBM Connections Security
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Security Bulletin: IBM Connections Security Refresh for CVE-2016-2954, CVE-2016-2956,CVE-2016-3008
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 4:18a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 5.4 is moderate. All GIS Connections customers with Version 5.0 and Version 5.5 are affected! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure. Link to IBM site: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21988990&myns=swglotus&mynp=OCSSYGQH&mync=E&cm_sp=swglotus-_-OCSSYGQH-_-E Content: Summary Vulnerability Details Affected Products and Versions Remediation/Fixes Summary IBM Connections Security Updat
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Security Bulletin: Multiple Denial of Service vulnerabilities with Expat may affect IBM HTTP Server
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 4:18a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 5/5.3 is moderate. All GIS Connections and Portal customers are affected! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure. Link to IBM site: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21988026&myns=swgws&mynp=OCSSEQTP&mynp=OCSSEQTJ&mync=E&cm_sp=swgws-_-OCSSEQTP-OCSSEQTJ-_-E Content: Summary Vulnerability Details Affected Products and Versions Remediation/Fixes Summary There are several vulnerabi
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Security Bulletin: Vulnerabilities in Apache Struts affects IBM WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2016-1181 and CVE-2016-1182) (2016.06.28)
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 4:14a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 8.1 is high. All GIS Connections and Portal customers are affected! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure.   Link to IBM site: Security Bulletin: Vulnerabilities in Apache Struts affects IBM WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2016-1181 and CVE-2016-1182) Content: Summary Vulnerability Details Affected Products and Versions Remediation/Fixes Summary Apache Struts vulnerabilities affect WebSphere Application Server and W
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Security Bulletin: Vulnerabilities in Oracle Outside In Technology affect IBM WebSphere Portal (July 2016 CPU)
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 4:12a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 8.6 is high. All GIS Connections and Portal customers are affected! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure. Link to IBM site: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21988009&myns=swgother&mynp=OCSSHRKX&mync=E&cm_sp=swgother-_-OCSSHRKX-_-E Content: Summary Vulnerability Details Affected Products and Versions Remediation/Fixes Summary Oracle Outside In Technology is used by and contained in IB
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WebSphere custom TAI – Doing SSO the right way
Tue, Sep 6th 2016 3:50a   GIS Techblog
WebSphere TAI – Doing SSO the right way Hi all, one thing on my “to do blog posts” list is to write something about WebSphere TAI. A great way to introduce Single-Sign On between different systems. What is TAI? WebSphere TAI means “Trust Association Interceptor” WebSphere TAI is a well-known and proven security concept in WebSphere stable for a long time. It allows to set up custom advanced (pseudo) SSO scenarios. And the clue is it is extremely easy to code and use
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Security Bulletin: Fix available for Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability in IBM WebSphere Portal (CVE-2016-2925) (2016.07.26)
Thu, Aug 18th 2016 5:12a   GIS Techblog
Classification Score of 5.4 is moderate. All GIS Portal customers are affected! If you need assistance please contact us (support@gis-ag.com) for further procedure. Link to IBM site: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21986461&myns=swgother&mynp=OCSSHRKX&mync=E&cm_sp=swgother-_-OCSSHRKX-_-E Content: Summary Vulnerability Details Affected Products and Versions Remediation/Fixes Summary Fix available for Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability in IBM WebSpher
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The clever way to create IBM Connections users – GIS UserManager
Mon, Aug 8th 2016 5:08p   GIS Techblog
The clever way to create IBM Connections users – GIS UserManager Hi, with this blog post I would like to promote a cool IBM Connections addon – “GIS Usermanager”. GIS UserManager is THE tool to create and maintain users for many IBM powered applications. There is no alternative solution available on market with such a great variety of features. Especially when planning external collaboration, you need to think about the creation of external users as IBM does not offer any
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Why you should always use DBT for transferring IC databases…
Wed, Jul 27th 2016 3:37a   GIS Techblog
Why you should always use DBT for transferring IC databases... Hi, when talking about migrating IBM Connections from an old to the current release you have to think about migrating databases from the old to the new environment (in case you do a side-by-side migration – which is recommended if you migrate a production environment). You have two options to do such a migration: db2 backup on the old server and restore on the new server use the dbt.jar tool to transfer databases I always per
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DB2 Instance autostart does not work on SLES 12 / RHEL 7
Tue, Jul 12th 2016 2:46a   GIS Techblog
Hi all, I had to fight with a customer environment on SLES 12 where the db2 instances did not start automatically when starting the operation system. db2iauto -on db2inst1 was executed but the instance did not come up! The problem is related to the DB2 fault monitor that is not started automatically on system start. The fault monitor permanently monitors the instance and automatically restarts it after a crash. Furthermore, the fault monitor can auto restart an instance on machine reboot. If yo
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Automatic modification of WebSphere Plugin (Primary / BackupServers) to maintain two-line concept
Wed, Jul 6th 2016 8:58a   GIS Techblog
Automatic modification of WebSphere Plugin (Primary / BackupServers) to maintain two-line concept Hi, in larger highly available environments you may know an architectural concept called “two-line approach”. Behind a load balancer you have two lines that can be shutdown / started independent from each other. This is very practical if you need to do maintenance to the operation system or other system related things without the necessity to always shutdown the complete environment. In
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IBM Connections 5.5 – Problem with ibm_upload_module and NFS
Mon, Jul 4th 2016 10:50a   GIS Techblog
IBM Connections 5.5 – Problem with ibm_upload_module and NFS Hi, since IBM Connections 5.5 there is an IHS module available that handles file uploads via HTTP Server and not via WebSphere Application Server – similar to the module for downloading files. This has great advantages in terms of performance and memory usage, because WAS does not need to take care about serving those files via JVM. But I ran into trouble when using this module in combination with Linux and a standard confi




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