One Dumb And Two Smart Things – Calling That A Win
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 4:03a Gabriella Last night / yesterday afternoon I was building a Connections server (for an internal project) when I wiped out hours of work doing something dumb. I had spent some time downloading all the software and fixes to the server which was Windows 2008 R2 (because I have plenty of licensing for that) and then I installed DB2 and WAS and created the WAS profile. Next step was to run dbwizard.bat to create the databases but that’s where weird stuff started happening. The dumb bit had alread [read] Keywords: connections
Adding External Users To Connections 5
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 9:13a Gabriella Last week I did a presentation at Icon UK on the new Connections 5 feature that allows you to add external users into your Connections environment. To write the presentation I built my own environment multiple times using different techniques for adding external users and discovered some interesting stuff along the way. Since the presentation doesn’t have my commentary on it i’ll try and summarise that here
1. On page 6 are a list of things an external user can do according to IB [read] Keywords: connections
Sametime Availability for iOS 8
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 4:56p Gabriella According to a new announcement from IBM, when Apple release iOS 8 this Wednesday (the 17th) the Sametime chat and meetings apps will not be supported.
IBM are working to update them in the App Store but if those apps are important to you, you should not upgrade to iOS 8 until they are updated. Tagged: Sametime, Techincal [read] Keywords: ibm
WebSphere Things That Drive Me Insane – Pt..um.. 3
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 6:56a Gabriella I actually like WebSphere. Honestly I do. But it really really does not like Domino and Domino is my first love (well 2nd love.. ccMail you’ll always be first in my heart). I have always run into problems configuring Domino within WebSphere mostly due to the fact that Domino LDAP isn’t always hierarchical the way every other LDAP is. Back in the original Sametime 8.5 days we couldn’t have users of ST who didn’t have hierarchical names and we used to have to fake a h [read] Keywords: connections
Icon UK Presentation – External Users in Connections 5
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 6:56a Gabriella Today I am finishing my presentation for ICON UK on external users in Connections 5. There’s a lot to cover and I’m trying to run neither over or under time and pull off the goldilocks of presentations covering…
How external access works
What can external users do (and not do)
How your internal users interact with external users
Configuring external user access
Securing the perimeter
Implications and things to think about…
I’ll post the presentation here once I& [read] Keywords: connections
IHS Errors or WHY Won’t Connections SSL Work
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 10:26a Gabriella It happens. Usually when I’m building a test server on a single box and i’m building in a hurry. I get everything configured and installed and take a brief stopover at IHS configuration on my way to completing security setup. I create my keyfile using ikeyman, I import my trusted root certificates from whichever CA I plan to use and I generate a personal certificate. I think it’s all working fine then I restart IHS and one of two things happen
1. IHS starts but only fo [read] Keywords: connections
The IBM Champion – Dilemma
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 8:33a Gabriella It’s IBM Champion nomination time once more. I’ve been extremely appreciative of being made a Champion in both 2013 and 2014 (since the program for Collaboration Services started) but each year it becomes a very stressful experience (not quite on a par with wondering if I’ll get to present in January but close).
The process works by someone nominating you using this URL on Greenhouse. Existing Champions reset each year so having been one before is no guarantee you will b [read] Keywords: collaboration
Anyone Fancy An Indispensbile Tool For Connections Migrations?
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 4:00a Gabriella When working with Connections so much of the configuration is done in XML or properties files on the file system of the servers. That means, no matter how organised I try and be, I often find multiple copies of files each with different date/time stamps or even with different names (LotusConnections-Config.PreNewNode for example) for me to identify. This is especially true with the TDI syncing where I often end up creating multiple TDISol directories over the course of a deployment as custom [read] Keywords: admin
Champion Gift Finding A Good Home
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 5:20a Gabriella Thanks to IBM my gifts for being an IBM Champion have arrived. This year we were given an amount to spend in the online store on various items like jackets and shirts and I chose to buy many of these hot and cold drinks containers which I can donate to charity. As well as keeping a set myself :-) They are very nicely made.
Tagged: Misc [read] Keywords: ibm
The IBM Support Overnight Mystery
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 4:00a Gabriella Several days this week I have worked on a different PMR (two ST bugs one CCM more on later) with people from IBM support who have been helpful, informed and as curious about the problem as I was (or faking it really really well) . We’ve had screen shares, investigated the problem and left it at the end of day the as “escalate to L3 development”.
Then each morning I wake up to an overnight email from someone new saying they are in charge of the PMR but who has seemingly never s [read] Keywords: connections
Connections 5 Worksheet – In Case It’s Useful
Mon, Aug 11th 2014 7:50a Gabriella The IBM wiki and now Knowledge Centre publish a worksheet you can use when installing Connections to help document your work. I have used this, or a version of this, when I’m doing installs but unfortunately although the wiki (4.5) version can be copied / pasted straight into Excel and retain its table format, the Knowledge Centre Connections 5 one here doesn’t format properly when I take it into a spreadsheet. Rather than spend time trying to work out how to fix it I c [read] Keywords: admin
Hello IBM Support – How Can I Confuse You?
Fri, Aug 8th 2014 7:50a Gabriella It’s been a busy week of opening PMRs across various products and customers. The IBM PMR system has nuggets of hilarity in it if you just decide to go with the flow….This morning I needed to open a PMR for a customer in the US. My problem is that under my IBM registration I am listed as the admin or authority for several different customer numbers* but can only open a PMR for two of them. No idea why just those two. I also have , several times, opened a call and only had R [read] Keywords: admin
Sametime Trusted IPs – A Problem That Won’t Go Away
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 3:50p Gabriella Every since Sametime 8.5.2 was released I have seen a continual problem with Sametime trusted ips that is still there in Sametime 9.0.1. The issue is that the trusted ips list (which tells the Community Server which server ips to accept connections from) is now entered into the Sametime System Console in WebSphere and not directly into the CommunityConnectivity document in stconfig.nsf. This means that since 8.5.2 the trusted ips in the Community Server configuration in WebSphere are t [read] Keywords: connections
Choose Your Installation Manager Carefully….
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 9:10a Gabriella In both Sametime and Connections builds I have come across customers installing different versions of Installation Manager than that recommended or supplied with the product. The ST and Connections apps are both 32bit so although they will install under a 64bit version of Installation Manager, you will get a warning about it being 64bit. Don’t ignore that.
There’s no advantage to you choosing 64bit Installation Manager over 32bit on a 64bit platform and worse, since it manages all [read] Keywords: connections
Hidden Pre-Reqs for Sametime VMCU – Surprise!
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 9:00a Gabriella Building out another Sametime environment this week and I hit a roadblock. Fortunately because I’m a control freak I always read along with the documentation when I do an install, no matter how many times I’ve done it before. I do this because it’s always possible IBM have updated their documentation since I last saw it…..and so I found, buried in the documentation here, on the install page of the VMCU.. under
Deploying Common Component -
Deploying Audio a [read] Keywords: ibm
Wrestling for Space
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 10:50a Gabriella I like to build VMs for any customer projects I’m working on so the OS and environment will match theirs. That means I have between 8 – 10 VMs on my machine at any one time and with 500GB of disk I have to be careful of space. My usual size for a Windows 7 or Windows 8 VM is 30 – 40GB since they usually contain only the OS and some administrative tools like Putty, Winscp, Domino Administrator, Jexplorer, Softerra’s LDAP browser etc. Windows itself eats up more and m [read] Keywords: domino
Bye Bye Wikis – Hello Knowledge Center and Welcome Back PDFs
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 5:30a Gabriella Just in time for the release of Connections 5 (on June 26th people – mark your diaries), the IBM documentation team are slow launching the new Knowledge Center that is replacing many of the existing Wikis and all of them going forwards with IBM generated content. (clap)(clap)(dance)(clap)(finger click)(more dance)
The Knowledge Center currently links back to the Wikis for some products (such as Connections 4.5) and has generated content for others (such as Sametime yay!). Eventual [read] Keywords: collaboration
The Curse Of The Maltese Falcon
Tue, May 27th 2014 4:01a Gabriella All Tim wants for his birthday is a copy of the Maltese Falcon on ebook. Without DRM. For a book published in 1929 and famous worldwide you’d think that was possible. Every summer he re-reads all the Raymond Chandler books and most of Dashiell Hammett (who wrote Falcon) and since we’re travelling most of this summer he wanted an ebook copy.
This isn’t the first book this has happened with – getting non DRM copies of ebooks or even copies of books in digital form isn [read] Keywords: apple
Norway & ISBG
Mon, May 26th 2014 2:20p Gabriella Last week I was in Norway at the ISBG conference in Larvik. You would know this if I hadn’t messed up publishing my blog entry talking about how much I was looking forward to going and what I was presenting on but I tried to set it to publish “in the future” and got the year wrong – so yeah.. I”m back!
At the bottom of this blog you’ll find links to my three presentations. Two of them are updates from ones I gave at Connect and the third is entirely new on h [read] Keywords:
Off to Norway for ISBG 2014
Thu, May 15th 2014 7:13a Gabriella Next week I visit Norway for the ISBG Conference in Larvik. Last year was my first visit to both ISBG and Norway and I am very pleased to be invited back to enjoy both once more. Hopefully this time it won’t pour with rain and we’ve managed to create time to explore Oslo after the conference finishes. This year I am doing three sessions and of course joining in for the latest CSI - the CSI is a team / social /networking event where we have quizzes, puzzles and challenges to so [read] Keywords: connections
My Shameful Secret (well one of them)
Wed, May 14th 2014 5:00a Gabriella It’s sad but true, I have reached well into my 5th decade (no! surely not.. you’re right, I don’t look it) and have never owned a bike or even learnt to ride one. For the past 4 years I’ve owned a recumbent exercise bike and cycle on that 6 – 10 miles a day but I’ve always wanted to ride a bike. Partly because we live less than 1/4 mile from one of the most beautiful parks in London – Bushy Park and partly because when I met Tim he was an avid cycler [read] Keywords: facebook
Connections .. um Next?
Thu, May 8th 2014 4:20p Gabriella Next week on May 21st sees the launch of IBM Connections Next, coming 14 months after Connections 4.5. Initially it will be in IBM’s cloud only but by the end of June we will have software to install on site. That timeline matches IBM’s promise of end of Q2. This is a major release so everyone is under NDA until May 21st.
If you’re a Connections customer and you don’t have a test environment in place then you are going to want one to validate your customisation [read] Keywords: connections
One Of Those Faces….
Mon, May 5th 2014 2:30p Gabriella Walking on Brighton seafront this weekend we came across the “Tight Modern” a tiny replica of the Tate Modern containing artworks by 60 disabled artists. Well worth a look but that’s not important right now…What is important is that as I came out , one of the guides stopped me and said:
“I know you don’t I?”
Well no, no she didn’t but I come across this all the time. It’s weird that people think they know me.. Not just “I might kno [read] Keywords:
Solving My Macbook Battery Problem
Thu, May 1st 2014 12:10a Gabriella In the past few months I’ve been frustrated by my Macbook Air, which is less than a year old, constantly draining the battery when I leave it unplugged and on sleep. I often have work to do in the middle of the night or early morning so I’ll bring the fully charged laptop to bed, put it on sleep and set the alarm for 4am – then when I wake up and go to do work I discover the battery is almost completely drained.
I found a thread on the apple support forums from late last year [read] Keywords: apple
Connections DB Schemas
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 9:30a Gabriella A fantastic visual representation of the key relationships in Connection database schemas by Mark Myers. None of this is documented by IBM publicly so this is entirely Mark’s effort to take apart and document. Some of us have tried it in pieces but this is by far the most comprehensive and useful attempt to document the underlying architecture I’ve seen.
Another one for the bookmarks…
http://www.stickfight.co.uk/blog/Connections-Db-Schema-Tip2-Finding-the-UserID Tagged: de [read] Keywords: connections
Adventures With CCM and Libraries
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 7:30a Gabriella Recently I’ve run into all sorts of problems deploying CCM for a customer who is running multiple servers. In this case two of the biggest problems were down to the Filenet application server being different from the Connections application server so I’ll write them up here in case anyone else runs into the same thing.
Problem No.1 CreateObjectStore batch file fails with
“CC0050E CONTENT_FCA_ROOT_DOES_NOT_EXIST the root folder does not exist d:ibmconnectionsdatasharedccmR [read] Keywords: connections
Keeping On Top Of Sametime Fixes
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 6:10a Gabriella Thanks to Jeffrey Miller @ IBM for posting a blog page with links to all the latest fixes for the Sametime components. He has offered to keep this up to date and I strongly suggest you bookmark the page (I did) to save trying to navigate through the hundreds of individual items on fix list and work out what supersedes what.
http://www.mymiller.name/wordpress/sametime/sametime-9-0-latest-published-versions/ Tagged: Sametime [read] Keywords: ibm
Get a load of these speakers…
Mon, Mar 10th 2014 4:30a Gabriella I’m really excited by the breadth of world class speakers and moderators joining us at CSCEvent. Take a look below and visit our agenda. It’s only 2 weeks away and not only do you have us, LDC and these speakers but it’s being held at one of the most fun locations in London, The Soho Hotel (look at those seats!). There are still a few places left so please join us and register here
Tom Ball (Neardesk)
Steven Chapman (Trailfinders)
Alan Bell (Libertus Solutions)
Samu [read] Keywords: collaboration
Video From Spark Ideas @ Connect 2014?
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 9:23a Gabriella If you missed Spark Ideas and our great speakers or just want to see them again, the videos of each talk are now uploaded to our Vimeo channel. Thanks to Chris Miller and Spiked Studios for recording producing and uploading!
Spark Ideas Videos
Get your motor running – Head out on the highway – Looking for adventure – And whatever comes our way (Debora Cole)
Fighting For Rural Internet (Bill Buchan)
Living without walls: How some goats, an orphan and a very long cup of tea changed my life [read] Keywords: community
Something Different This Way Comes..
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 4:10p Gabriella If you’re in the UK (or visiting) and have any kind of interest or background in Collaborative technologies, we, together with our friends at LDC, are putting together a new networking event in London on March 21st. The agenda can be found on our website http://cscevent.com/agenda and you’ll see we are trying something different (and no-one, least of all us, will be selling to you.)
“This is a technologically agnostic networking event for those who work in or are interested [read] Keywords: networking
BP104: Simplifying The S’s: Single Sign-On, SPNEGO and SAML
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 9:20a Gabriella This is my presentation with Chris Miller on Single Sign On technologies. We struggled with how to convey such complex ideas and varying technical implementations in such a short time and opted to step away from much of the low level technical detail and talk about the concepts and use cases instead.
Tagged: IBM Connect, SSO [read] Keywords: ibm
One Of Our Sparks Is Missing…
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 8:40a Gabriella Stupidly amongst all my cutting / pasting last week to get the Sparks in place on the Nerd Girls blog I completely lost one of them. Apologies to Stuart McIntyre who spotted he’d been lost in the shuffle, I think you’ll agree his is one not to be missed. I’ve updated the Nerd Girl Blog as well
Is love enough? The passion to help children find a home for good (Stuart McIntyre)
Parents to two boys and two girls (currently 9-16 years old), home educators and business owners, s [read] Keywords: ibm
Sparks Ideas Is Back – Don’t Miss It
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 10:30a Gabriella Over on the Nerd Girls Blog we have posted the speakers and topics for our Spark Ideas session at IBM Connect 2014 on Tuesday at 11.15 am in Swan Mockingbird 1&2. Susan Bulloch and I will be watching the clock and keeping things moving..
There are more great speakers and topics this year , see them all here and we will all see you in Orlando Nerd Girl Blog Spark Ideas Full Details [read] Keywords: ibm
My Search For The Perfect Doorbell Is Over (Yes Seriously)
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 5:40a Gabriella Last March the build of our home office was completed. It sits at the end of our , not very long garden and is s our primary place to work now. We love it.
About 20m from the back of the house
The only downside to the office is that it’s the full length of the house and the length of the garden away from the doorbell. We order plenty of things for home delivery and our poor neighbours were having to take things in because we never heard the bell ring. So we tried a few things
1. Bu [read] Keywords: mobile
Dukes of Hazzard Analogy
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 5:10a Tim I was talking about development and customers today, and remembered an email I once sent to a customer a long time ago.
The customer was complaining that the system that we had developed and that he had been using for a few years did not do a certain thing. We should add it for free because it should have been included from the beginning as it was an obvious requirement.
I used this analogy in my reply:
Imagine you are the Dukes of Hazzard. You have been getting in and out of your car by the win [read] Keywords: development
The Worst Product Apple Have Ever Released
Tue, Nov 5th 2013 5:20p Gabriella It hurts me to say this and goodness knows I’m not a fan of the “if Steve Jobs” were alive mantra but Apple have finally managed to release a product so bad, so beta, so limited and so shonky that I had to spend time working out how to remove it and that takes me back to my windows days.
So what is it? Well most of you won’t even notice but in Mavericks Apple kindly introduced iBooks for OSX. I read a lot on my iPad on my iPhone and - you know – actual books. [read] Keywords: apple
Rethinking the iPad Air
Sat, Nov 2nd 2013 10:30a Gabriella Yesterday I switched my iPad for an iPad Air. I had an iPad and I have an iPad mini which I thought would replace my regular iPad but it’s now barely used. The iPad has two SIM cards, one for O2 in the UK (which also works in Europe at no charge which I suspect O2 don’t know) and one for AT&T in the US. Despite its size and weight (and how difficult it is to fit in a handbag) I find it more enjoyable to read books on and it’s really reliable for data connections. The iPad m [read] Keywords: connections
Keeping It Clean
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 7:50a Gabriella Two recommendations for accessories for my Macbook Air extremely useful for both what they are meant to do and also as something completely different. The first was a simple privacy screen to keep things private when I’m sat in meetings making notes I don’t want seen travelling. The second is a keyboard cover to protect the keys from my aggressive typing (I wore the M and N keys away in 6 months on my last laptop).
The unexpected bonus of the privacy screen is that, because I b [read] Keywords: notes
MOBUG 2014 – The Mobile User Group
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 12:40p Gabriella Some of you may have already heard of MOBUG from some activity this year but for those that haven’t, MOBUG is a new idea for a user group and community around all things Mobile. Designed to be entirely independent of software, hardware and service provider it hopes to bring together anyone involved in mobile strategy at strategic or technical levels to share knowledge and discuss ideas.
For this format there needs to be a different approach so alongside regular expert presentations th [read] Keywords: community
Great Geek Challenge – Connect 2014
Sun, Sep 29th 2013 12:47p Gabriella If you’ve been to IBM Connect (formerly known as LotusSphere) in the past 3 years you may have heard of the Great Geek Challenge organised by the Nerd Girls. On Tuesday night of the conference we take over the Fountain restaurant at the Dolphin hotel (the one that sells Ice Cream) and have a fun, loud, stupid, competitive, quiz evening. Carl Tyler and Paul Mooney have been hosting the past few years and although we are limited by the capacity of the restaurant and the number of event [read] Keywords: ibm
My Webcast With Chris Miller on Sametime 9
Wed, Sep 25th 2013 10:59a Gabriella Just finished a great couple of days with the Salvation Army team here in Orlando talking about all things ICS and CCM (I do loves me some acronyms.. that’s IBM’s Collaboration products like Connections, Sametime, Notes etc plus Connections Content Manager and the Filenet engine). I don’t often get the opportunity to talk to an international group all working together on a single strategic direction so both the content and the audience (if not the location were new and fun.
[read] Keywords: collaboration
IBM Wiki Outage…
Fri, Sep 20th 2013 3:24a Gabriella IBM Wiki Outages Coming up
“Planned outage Friday October 4 to Monday October 7, 2013
This wiki, along with all other wikis, forums and other applications hosted on www-10.lotus.com, www-12.lotus.com, and infolib.lotus.com are expected to be unavailable from 5:00 PM EDT (9:00 PM GMT) Friday, October 4th 2013 to 9:00 AM EDT (1:00 PM GMT) Monday, October 7th, 2013 due to maintenance work at our facility” [read] Keywords: ibm
Sametime Launch – Backing Out Of The Race
Fri, Sep 20th 2013 2:47a Gabriella Today is the launch day for Sametime 9 which means the gold code should be available to download and install. Usually on gold release day I see a rush on blogs and twitter to download the software get it installed and start talking about it which always makes me feel under pressure. Added to that is that i’m currently at the airport heading to Florida to do some presentations on Connections Content Management, Quickr migration and Filenet so the chances of me getting a) time and b) dec [read] Keywords: connections
Fun With Domino LDAP
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 9:50a Gabriella Davis Sorry for the redirection, just whilst PL is updated. Here's where you get to laugh at the time I wasted troubleshooting something I'm fairly sure everyone else knows ... [read] Keywords: domino
Domino LDAP Insufficient Access
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 9:48a Gabriella Here’s where you all get to laugh and point at me for not knowing this sooner. I was setting up Domino for LDAP access on a server with multiple directories in DA. Everything was working fine until I wanted to write values from another source into the Domino LDAP. Insufficient access. OK so let’s check
Account being use to authenticate has Editor access to the ACL in all directories in Directory Assistance
Global Configuration document in Domino is set to allow LDAP write ac [read] Keywords: acl
A Refreshing Dose of Meh..
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 10:01a Gabriella At Malpensa (Milan) airport and heading home for a few days I really notice the Italian difference. You see although I travel a lot, about 70% is to the US and the rest to Europe but much of that’s driving. I haven’t been to Italy in 3 years since I visited Rome but I remember travelling with only hand baggage and being frustrated I couldn’t buy some perfume in Capri because I’d have to check a bag to get it home. However when we flew back from Rome no-one cared about liq [read] Keywords: security
SAMETIME 9 – PT 2: DON’T PANIC!
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 12:55p Gabriella THIS IS THE BLOG I MEANT TO WRITE – CALL IT A DO-OVER
Still staying within NDA here until Sametime 9 ships, so please bear in mind there are things I can’t talk about in detail until then. I’m not leaving gaps purposefully but did want to post what is public to help people prepare. So let’s get started on what you need to know if you’re an existing Sametime customer.
As I said yesterday the Community Server, which is still based on Domino, runs on Domino 9 and isn [read] Keywords: domino
Icon UK Presentations
Wed, Sep 11th 2013 12:21p Gabriella Doesn’t time fly? Icon UK is already nearly two weeks’ behind us but here, finally , are my presentation slides. I did two presentations this year both with great presenters. My first one was with Mark Myers (who, despite having a genius brain, has not grasped that I understand very little of what he says regarding development). Our presentation was on how Administrators and Developers have to work together when doing Connections customisations and developments and was based [read] Keywords: connections
Communities and How Things Have Changed
Mon, Jul 2nd 2012 7:53a Gabriella Davis I've been thinking a lot lately about my changing world and Tom's recent blog post on user groups has encouraged me to put my thoughts into words. When I started working with ccMail I had no concept ... [read] Keywords:
Presenting at BLUG on Sametime
Wed, Feb 15th 2012 6:10p Gabriella Davis I'm delighted to say that i'll be speaking at the fantastic BLUG conference in Antwerp on March 22nd (sidebar -only 5 weeks away!). My session is on Sametime and is the only one able to be squeezed i ... [read] Keywords: sametime
Why I love XPages
Tue, Feb 7th 2012 10:20a Tim Davis I have been thinking a lot recently about why I love developing XPages. I had a few conversations at Lotusphere around this subject, and certainly while most people consider it powerful and the right ... [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Social Media: Back to the 1800’s
Thu, Jan 26th 2012 9:10a Tim Davis When I read old ghost stories on my iPad, I keep tapping Define to improve my olde worlde vocab. Most of the time I think I know what a strange word means, but its fun to be able to immediately look i ... [read] Keywords: