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||CCM files editing in IBM Docs 1.0.7 – a tough job
CCM files editing in IBM Docs 1.0.7 – a tough job
As you may know editing / viewing of CCM files is supported in IBM Connections 5 CR2 in combination with IBM DOCS 1.0.7.
Some weeks ago I wanted to try this new feature. But I had no luck! I ended up with the cognition that IBM often does not prepare a proper documentation when they release a new feature.
Some words about the installation of IBM Docs 1.0.7
I was looking forward how IBM would handle the remote installation topic – you can now install IBM Docs from a central point (IM) on x numbers of virtual machines. So… this is done by using IBMs Job Manager that is part of WebSphere Application server – a pretty powerful tool… but for me it generated so many problems that I decided to use the old fashioned installation method.
Well old fashioned… Not really… Because the installation routine has not really changed from 1.0.x to 1.0.7… It still uses the cfg.property files and installation is done using python. The only advantage IM offers you is:
- Gathering and validation of values you`ve input
- Installation in one step (You do not need to install Conversion, then Docs and then Viewer…)
But as I wrote, this can only be done using the Job Manager… This is a middleware component that is able to execute code on any WebSphere Application Server node. You have to manually configure / allow the access to these nodes. The configuration can then be found in the ISC console:
I see many a lot of problems in this approach. The access is done using ssh and you have to allow root / sudo access. This is not possible in many customer environments. There may be issues with firewall ports if IBM Docs components are installed in different LAN segments. If one step of the installation fails, the whole IBM Docs Installation is not useable… I could write down more
I really do not like the IM approach. I will use the manual installation.
Installation IC5 CR2
No rocket science… “easier” filenet update (still the old bugs in the shell scripts).
My first try to edit a CCM file
I was really excited to edit my first CCM file in IBM Docs… So I started the whole environment and … buff! NOTHING! No “edit in IBM Docs” Button. No possibility to do this.
I looked into the Knowledgecenter and saw that I`ve missed one step:
You have to install a component of ICN that is called “IBM CMIS (Content Management Interoperability Services)“. IBM provided such poor information about this topic that I opened an entry in the IBM Connections Forum and additionally a PMR. This happened on 3rd of Mars… 1,5 months ago. There were also other admins that did not understand how to install this CMIS component. Last week IBM published a new Knowledge center page how to perform the installation.
But the first comment already shows that this information is again very unclear and not understandable:
I think this is much better than nothing but still hard to understand for an IBM Connections administrator that is not Filenet pro… But I found another guide that has a lot of screenshots how to do the installation (link). This guide is written by Charlie Price who knows the stuff he does
I`m disappointed that it takes nearly 1 1/2 months (after IC5 CR2 and Docs 1.0.7 release) for IBM to listen to their IBM Connections admins. So much confusion and no one knows whom to ask. I had a lot of trouble with the IBM support where no one really understood my problem.
Please IBM enhance this in the future. But now I`m happy that editing / viewing of CCM files finally works
Apr 21, 2015
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This can be handled
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ADFS Server 3.0 (I know… it is only tested with ADFS 2.0 – but works with 3.0 too)
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IBM Docs – Migration from DB2 –> ORACLE|
Fri, Jul 7th 2017 9:52a GIS Techblog
IBM Docs – Migration from DB2 –> ORACLE
within our last big project, we had the challenge to transfer the IBM Docs database from DB2 to ORACLE. Within this database comments and other document related data is stored.
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IBM Connections – trouble adding additional nodes|
Wed, May 31st 2017 2:52p GIS Techblog
IBM Connections – trouble adding additional nodes
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
SNOUG 2017 Presentation – SikaConnect goes External|
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 1:06p GIS Techblog
SNOUG 2017 Presentation – SikaConnect goes External
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:
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
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