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IBM Sametime 8.5.2:Administration Guide
   


I received an E-Book and a PDF copy of the IBM Sametime 8.5.2 Administration Guide and was asked by Packt to do a review of it. Now, I am a Developer not an Administrator and I don't have access to a Sametime Server to play around with but after reading through this book, I feel confident I could probably get one up and running in about a week. That is if I had an Administrator on hand to answer all my questions regarding the network, security and everything else an Administrator does that Developers do not know about or pay attention to in their daily lives.

This book seems to have covered everything in amazing detail so if you do need to build a Sametime Server, or you just want to learn how to do it for fun (I know there are a few of you out there), this is the book for you.

The first chapter discusses what is new in Sametime 8.5.2 and each different type of server in detail. The chapter also explains what OS is required for what server and client. Lots of charts, enough to make my head hurt, but exactly what an Administrator needs to know.

In the second chapter you learn what each piece of the Sametime family of servers does and how to install them. I thought that there was only a Sametime server but now I know there are eight different servers that make up a complete Sametime operation.

Sametime Community Server - Instant messaging and awareness services
Sametime Systems Console Server - Administration and Management
Sametime Classic Meeting Server - The original Sametime Server for backwards compatibility during migrations
Sametime Meeting Server - The new Sametime server
Sametime Proxy Server - A new Sametime component that provides messaging using a standard web browser
Sametime Media Manager Server - Web conferencing, video and audio
Sametime TURN Server - A JAVA-based program that works in conjunction with the Sametime Media Manager Server
Sametime Bandwidth Manager Server - New server designed to help Administrators control network traffic

I guess Administrators really do have more to do than just look at log files and set quotas on mail files.

Chapter three talks about Telephony Integration. Now when I read that title, I thought cool, I could use my telephone and use it to talk to people through Sametime. Not exactly. Like I said, I am a Developer, put it in smaller words for me please. Telephony in this case refers to using your computer, not your telephone, to make audio and video conference calls to other people in your Sametime community.

Chapter four was way outside my comfort level. Discussions of WebSphere and Server Architecture make my head hurt but after reading the chapter, I felt a little more comfortable in my understanding of WAS. Not enough to be able to discuss it, but I must be a little more comfortable, I used an acronym to describe it.

Chapter five and six deal with the actual installation of the various pieces. Chapter five deals with planning for your environment and Chapter six deals with the actual installation process. Real Administrator stuff here.

Chapter seven is definitely required reading for an Administrator. Security and Authentication. These are two things Developer are very happy not to have to deal with.

I liked Chapter eight: Using the Sametime Business Card. This is where I learned how to put my picture and job information out there for everyone to see. I might have to do this at my next client if they use Sametime.

Chapter nine talks about how to extend Sametime outside of the company to AOL and GoogleTalk. I didn't even know AOL was still around but I use GoogleTalk all the time so this sounds like a really good idea. Of course the Administrators might not like me talking to other people through their system but this chapter not only explains how to do it but how to do it securely.

Chapter ten finally gets to something I understand as a Developer, the Sametime client and how to get your users to set up their desktop audio and video properly.

Chapter eleven is all about using Sametime on mobile devices. This chapter made me want to go out and buy a new Andrioid and an iPhone, I already have a Blackberry, just to see how well it works.

And that brings us to chapter twelve: Managing and Monitoring the Sametime Server Environment. Now this really is where the Administrators seem to have the most fun. Monitoring and reviewing servers and log files.  This chapter tells you where to look to learn what is happening and how to understand it. Now I am glad I am a Developer.

There are also three appendixes. The first one has a set of installation worksheets, which I assume are very helpful in keeping you from forgetting anything. The second and third ones are full of Sametime-related resources and Network-related resources.

The authors really know their stuff and it shows in the level of detail and organization of this book. Four hundred and fifty pages, very well written, step by step detailed instructions to help you get a set of Sametime servers up and running. If you are about to begin a Sametime installation, are in the middle of one or already have one up and running, I would run out and get this book immediately. You know that there is going to be something in here that will help you, show you, teach you, remind you or just make you look smarter by having it on your desk.

Full Disclosure: Packt Publishing sent me the book for free and the authors are friends of mine.



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Jan 27, 2012
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