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||CCM – Problems accessing libraries using Domino LDAP
CCM – Problems accessing libraries using Domino LDAP
There is a known issue with CCM and explicitly added “dominoUNIDs” in environments, where domino is used as LDAP backend ( http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21664341 ).
A customer reported a problem with some users that do not have access to libraries within communities just after they have been created. We first thought of this “dominoUNID” problem. But our analysis showed that this seems to be another problem:
- Identify the ID of the “problematic” community ( copied from URL ), for ex.: 8266f2b1-a4d8-44d0-9a7d-3faed3b36698
- Enabling Waltz & Sonata Trace on the fileNet Server –> http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/lcwiki.nsf/xpDocViewer.xsp?lookupName=IBM+Connections+4.5+Documentation#action=openDocument&res_title=Enabling_Waltz_and_Sonata_traces_ic45&content=pdcontent
- Accessing the Community with the “problemematic” user
- Search for the community-ID in the waltz.sonata.trace.log
Some lines below when we hit the community search we saw some queries against DSX memberservice. At the first glance, there were no obvious problems with the query, but when we compared the exported LDIF with that query we noticed that the e-mail address that was used by filenet to identify the user was not correct.
So the quesion was, where does this invalid eMail address come from? When looking into the Domino directory we understood, that the customer placed an eMail address beside their “normal” UID username into the Shortname field. So far so good – well not so good for Filenet.
CCM interprets this value as the eMail address, which is not the case. To be honest I do not understand why the customer did not set the eMail addresses to the same value in both fields (UID / internet eMail address)… but these are the mysteria of directories
2014-11-12 13:52:39,304 [WebContainer : 0] DEBUG com.ibm.connections.directory.services.engine.DSXSearchEngine – WALTZ: DSX URL= https://some.connections.url/profiles/dsx/instance.do?email=shortcut%40connections.url
Double-check this with the DSX URLs and/or the right values: ( for example I use: ShortName: email@example.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org )
- https://email@example.com –> no result
- https://firstname.lastname@example.org –> display user information
- https://email@example.com –> display user information
The problem in more details
Many Lotus Notes customers have additional e-mail addresses in their person document, placed in the shortName field. So each row/entry is a UID value in LDAP. In this scenario the problem was the following:
The additional e-mail address was placed on the top of the ShortName field. This value ( e-mail address ) was synched to PEOPLDB via TDI as PROF_UID and it seems to be interpreted as e-mail address, although it is a UID…
The solution was very simple… Do not place additional e-mail addresses on the top of this field in the domino directory/person document. If this has been done, you just have move these entries top down and run “sync_all_dns” in TDI, to push the change to PEOPLEDB.
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IBM Connections – trouble adding additional nodes
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SNOUG 2017 Presentation – SikaConnect goes External|
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 1:06p GIS Techblog
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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:
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:
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.
Wikis content not accessible…|
Thu, Jan 26th 2017 10:54a GIS Techblog
Wikis content not accessible…
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
Automatic WebSphere plugin modification II – PowerShell for Windows|
Thu, Dec 1st 2016 6:54p GIS Techblog
Automatic WebSphere plugin modification II – PowerShell for Windows
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:
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
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:
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IBM Connections 5.5 CR2 released|
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 8:13a GIS Techblog
IBM Connections 5.5 CR2 released
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