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Creating SHA-2 4096 SSL Certificates for Domino
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The Recurring WebSphere Bug And Connections External Users
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New Sessions At Social Connections
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Nice Strategy Map From IBM
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 10
Upgrading Filenet – Something To Watch Out For
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Searching For The Elusive 5.2.0-P8CE-WIN.EXE
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Adding DB2 Datasources Using db2cli
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Creating SHA-2 4096 SSL Certificates for Domino
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 61
Connections CCM Problems – Libraries not “quite” working
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 21
My Connections Migration Checklist
Wed, Oct 1st 2014 13
When bad wasadmins go missing
Sun, Jun 22nd 2014 10
Nice Strategy Map From IBM
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 10
Adding External Users To Connections 5
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 9
Solving My Macbook Battery Problem
Thu, May 1st 2014 8
Bye Bye Wikis – Hello Knowledge Center and Welcome Back PDFs
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 8
Hidden Pre-Reqs for Sametime VMCU – Surprise!
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IBM Connected Pt 2 of 3 – The Message
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Creating SHA-2 4096 SSL Certificates for Domino
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 10:55a   Gabriella
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The Recurring WebSphere Bug And Connections External Users
Sun, May 24th 2015 8:30p   Gabriella
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New Sessions At Social Connections
Wed, Apr 15th 2015 5:56a   Gabriella
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Nice Strategy Map From IBM
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 8:55a   Gabriella
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Upgrading Filenet – Something To Watch Out For
Wed, Mar 25th 2015 9:10a   Gabriella
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Searching For The Elusive 5.2.0-P8CE-WIN.EXE
Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 8:29a   Gabriella
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Adding DB2 Datasources Using db2cli
Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 7:37a   Gabriella
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Installation Manager Install Fails on Redhat 6.6
Mon, Mar 9th 2015 9:56a   Gabriella
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Don’t Miss These Sametime Webcasts From IBM
Wed, Mar 4th 2015 11:48a   Gabriella
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My Caffeinated Sessions At Social Connections
Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 7:39p   Gabriella
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Installing CR2 for IBM Connections 5
Tue, Feb 24th 2015 12:11p   Gabriella
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IBM Docs 1.0.7 For Connections – Linux Not Required
Tue, Feb 24th 2015 11:23a   Gabriella
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Engage UG In Ghent A Session And Rowdy Lunch
Thu, Feb 19th 2015 10:44a   Gabriella
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Have Your Say – What Would You Like To See As A 2016 Event?
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 12:32p   Gabriella
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IBM Connected Part 3 of 3 – What Do I Do Next?
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 5:24a   Gabriella
So ConnectED is over and the world has shifted a little bit more.  Going into this year the work I had been doing since 1996 on Mail systems had dropped from about 70%+ of my tasks to about 20% and had been replaced with projects around security, SSO, Connections, Sametime and other related WebSphere / […]
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IBM Connected Pt 2 of 3 – The Message
Sun, Feb 1st 2015 2:33p   Gabriella
WARNING: This blog post uses the terms “Connect” “ConnectED” and “Lotusphere” interchangeably.  I suggest you do your own internal translation as you read. So Connected is over and the sessions are done.  I would say I found it one of the best in years.  Certainly the content of the OGS and many of the other […]
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IBM Connected Pt 1 of 3 – My Presentation Content
Sat, Jan 31st 2015 5:28p   Gabriella
As I head home from Orlando I have a lot of things I want to share so it seemed best to split these into different blogs about different things.  This one is just the content from my three presentations.  I hope you found them useful if you came along and I hope you find these useful […]
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A Conference Kind Of Year (Ch-ch-ch-changes)
Tue, Jan 20th 2015 4:20a   Gabriella
As I come up for air having completed my presentations for ConnectED 2015, starting this weekend in Orlando, I am in a reflective mood.  I have 3 presentations this year (plus two halves) and I’m really excited about the content.  In fact I’m really excited about what I’ve been working on recently and I already […]
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Connections File Sync For Mac (and Windows)
Mon, Jan 19th 2015 7:20a   Gabriella
Last week IBM shipped the new Mac Desktop client for IBM Connections which is downloadable from Greenhouse.  It fully supports the syncing of files for on premises Connections servers as well as Cloud servers.   I have tested the File Sync features against one of my own servers as I’m very impressed. You must first […]
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Finding A Workable DB2 Client
Tue, Jan 6th 2015 3:00a   Gabriella
Let me be clear.  DB2 10.x is the bane of my life.  Unfortunately it’s also the default version for products like IBM Connections and Sametime.  Prior to 10.x there was a GUI admin interface installed as part of the DB2 server which meant I could remote to a customer’s server and easily review data ,tables, schemas […]
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Sparks Ideas – ConnectED 2015. What Inspires You?
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 7:30a   Gabriella
I’m delighted to confirm that Spark Ideas is back this year at ConnectED 2015.  This is organised by Nerd Girls and the idea is that people speak for up to 6 minutes on our topic.  This year’s topic is “Inspirations” so what we want to hear is about anything or anyone that has inspired you. […]
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Connections 5 Customisations – Problems With Stylesheets
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 6:20a   Gabriella
This weekend we upgraded a site with heavy customisation from Connections 4.5 to Connections 5 CR1.  Part of that migration was using the lc-migrate tool to export and import the artifacts and ensuring the customisations (customizations for any google searches!) were in place.  All seemed to be fine for a couple of weeks but then […]
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What’s Up With ConnectED 2015 And What I’m Up To…
Wed, Dec 10th 2014 7:40a   Gabriella
So it’s nearly holiday time which means it’s nearly panic finishing sessions time for the great January Florida adventure.  This year the conference is very different, more technical, smaller, modelled on the idea of a user group.  There are plenty of things you know and love like the Best Practices track curated by Susan Bulloch […]
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Lots of Good News This Morning
Thu, Oct 30th 2014 6:03a   Gabriella
I woke up this morning to two pieces of great news.. firstly according to this blog , my session in the Best Practices track at ConnectED has been accepted.  This session is focussed around all the work I’ve been doing with IBM Connections, helping customers choose from all the features and optional extras that are available […]
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My Connections Migration Checklist
Wed, Oct 1st 2014 3:36p   Gabriella
I’ve been doing a lot of Connections upgrades and migrations in the past few months and since I prefer to do a side-by-side upgrade there are lots of steps along the way to make sure the data is moved and upgraded from the existing servers to the new servers.  The documentation on how to do this in the Knowledge Center is good but there’s a lot of jumping around all over the place between tasks and I have found it helpful for me to have a checklist to make sure I don’t miss a
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Speaking at ConnectED 2015, the mysterious “track 6″
Fri, Sep 26th 2014 8:03a   Gabriella
This year the new ConnectED conference introduces a brand new track under breakout sessions – Track 6 entitled “Beyond The Everyday”.  The track is being put together by Christian Holsing and myself and it’s something very different we think has been missing from previous IBM conferences.  Although it has replaced the Show and Tell track the two aren’t connected in any way and the “Beyond” sessions are regular (60 mins) session length.  Best of all ,
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Getting Around Documentation Errors With Connections Scripts
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 9:03a   Gabriella
I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a while.  And by “a while” I mean since v4 of Connections.  IBM supply a series of scripts with the Connections install that are found in the install directory under the folder connnections.sql.  These scripts are used for a variety of things but most people will have to use them if migrating from an earlier version of Connections to a new one.  The scripts are under the database type folder for each application so the scripts for th
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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
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IBM ConnectED 2014 Call For Abstracts – What Do Those Tracks Mean?
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 10:13a   Gabriella
So the call for abstracts are out for ConnectED 2015 this coming January.  For those of you who don’t know.. ConnectED is a very different beast that Lotusphere or even Connect prreviously. It’s intention is to be much more technical as well as smaller (encompassing the Swan only). Think of it more like a technical user group, more opportunity to learn and network. Smaller also means fewer session slots available so you need to submit if you want to speak as soon as you can.  Call
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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
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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
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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
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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&
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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
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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
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Access Denied – Me vs OS and WebSphere Security
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 7:43a   Gabriella
Today I went to apply a patch to a customer’s Sametime Proxy server.  This is a server that’s been around for a few weeks.  I’ve logged into the SSC countless times in that time.  I launch Installation Manager (using “run as administrator”) and when it gets to the “sign on to SSC” part it fails saying it can’t connect.  I check the logs in /users/myname/appdata/local/temp/SSCLogs and find the error saying it can’t resolve :9443/console/de
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Connections 5 SPNEGO Confusion – Dogs & Cats Living Together!
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 9:23a   Gabriella
I have been working on a PMR for Connections 5 trying to configure SPNEGO , foolishly as it turns out using the IBM Connections 5 Knowledge Center.  I have just finished a 3hr screenshare with WebSphere security support who started the call asking why on earth I was configuring it the way I was.  When I showed them the documentation on the Knowledge Center for configuring SPNEGO I was asked “why are the Connections team saying to do that, that will never work”. Imagine my joy ha
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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
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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
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Connections CCM Problems – Libraries not “quite” working
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 12:00p   Gabriella
My 2nd PMR this week was for Connections and Content Manager.  I had already installed FileNet in the test environment for this customer and the only difference between test and production was really the number of servers with CCM having its own dedicated VM.  The install completed and I tested uploading files, editing files, clicking “like” etc and it all seemed OK so I handed it over to the customer. Turns out there was a problem.  No library , once created, could be edited.  N
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Sametime Audio and Video Problems
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 11:33a   Gabriella
This week’s Sametime PMR was a problem with Audio / Video on a newly deployed infrastructure.  This is a long blog but hopefully you’ll find it all useful. The installs all went fine and the peer to peer calling worked, which meant the clients were able to register with the proxy registrar.  However multi user or meeting video was failing. The first thing you need to know about ST Audio / Video is that there are several moving parts – in this instance all servers are instal
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 - Deploying Common Component - Deploying Audio a




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