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How to update the IBM Connections Favicons
Tue, Sep 30th 2014 4:55a   Wannes Rams
Every Connections application has its own favicon. Our current customer wants to replace them by 1 corporate favicon. After looking trough the documentation, we found that this is not very well documented. Therefore this article. After some help from IBM support and some help from Salim to rectify an error in the feedback from support this is what you need to do Locate the customization directory location by referencing the WebSphere variable CONNECTIONS_CUSTOMIZATION_PATH. Once located, place y [read] Keywords: connections ibm application facebook javascript twitter websphere
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I will not be speaking @ ICONUK
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 6:12a   Wannes Rams
A big disappointment for myself. I will not be speaking at the IconUK conference. I had a session set up with Klaus Bild. So I am letting down a lot of people. Klaus, the organization and myself. Thanks to Klaus I won’t have to let down the people that had this session on their agenda, as Klaus will takover the session on his own. Thx Klaus. My cancellation is due to not getting travel approval….. On top of that I was looking forward to meet up with some people and watch some great s [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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IBM WebSphere on Raspberry PI
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 1:29a   Wannes Rams
I happen to have a Raspberry PI at home connected to my tv to stream content from my NAS to my television. I think it does a great job, but I could not imagine using it for something work related. And then I came across this article from Simon Maple on running the IBM WebSphere Liberty profile an a Raspberry PI. Next step, IBM Connections on Raspberry PI?? I guess we won’t be running any enterprise apps on this platform, but it shows how valuable the new Liberty profile truly is from a r [read] Keywords: connections ibm blogger enterprise facebook profile twitter websphere
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How to change a password on AIX as an admin without following the password policy
Thu, Jun 5th 2014 6:11a   Wannes Rams
I used this on a project where the systems were protected by a non local policy I had no access to. Your best friend is the pwdadm command As root execute the following: pwdadm -f NOCHECK ‘youruser’ This will allow you to change the password in the next step without policy validation pwdadm ‘youruser’ Type the new password twice pwdadm -f ADMCHG ‘youruser’ This will remove the change password on next logon checkbox Filed under: AIX Tagged: aix, passwo [read] Keywords: admin aix facebook password twitter
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Function keys not working on AIX (smitty) when using Putty
Thu, May 8th 2014 7:10a   Wannes Rams
Working on a AIX deployment for the moment. A very usefull tool on AIX for configuring a lot of stuff on the system is smitty Issue is that on smitty you have to use the keyboards function keys to navigate. These don’t work. There is a simple solution for this. Go to you Putty preferences and alter your “Terminal – Keyboard” settings for the “function keys and keypad” to “Xterm R6″ Make sure to save this setting to your server connection. Filed u [read] Keywords: R6 aix facebook server twitter
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IBM Connections 4.5 CR4 brings new functionalities
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 5:18a   Wannes Rams
CR4 for IBM Connections 4.5 has been released. You can download it here Fix list can be found here As before, this CR adds some new functionalities, find them here Coolest one for integration is the ability to use @mentions through the activity stream API Go and install it Filed under: Uncategorized [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus facebook integration twitter




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@Mentions not working on Connections 4.5 CR3
Fri, Mar 21st 2014 8:49a   Wannes Rams
We are experiencing issues with @mentions in Internet Explorer 9 at a customer. The customer uses dutch and french keyboards. If we change the keyboard layout to US everything works as expected. In Firefox everything is working as expected even with a dutch or french keyboard. This issue seems to be a revert bug from Connections 4.0 that was fixed in CR4 Pmr opened, waiting for a fix :-) In the meanwhile we are using “alt + 64″ to get to the @ symbol. That works Filed under: Uncateg [read] Keywords: connections ibm bug facebook firefox twitter
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My presentation from the Engage conference
Fri, Mar 21st 2014 6:14a   Wannes Rams
Earlier this week, Klaus Bild and I did a short version of our IBM Connect presentation at the incredible Engage conference in Breda. You can find the slides below Make your ibm connections deployment your own customize it from Wannes Rams Filed under: Uncategorized [read] Keywords: connections ibm facebook twitter
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Speaking at Engage Breda
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 5:10a   Wannes Rams
Klaus Bild and I will be repeating (shorter version) our IBM Connect session at the Engage conference in Breda 17-18/3 A whopping 30 IBM Champions will be on stage at this amazing conference. You can find the schedule here, and the list of sessions here We will be joined by Katrina Troughton, Vice President, IBM Social Business & Smarter Workforce Solutions and Kramer Reeves, Director, Product Management, IBM Messaging and Collaboration Solutions Remember, this conference is free!! Filed un [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm facebook twitter
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Our IBM Connect Session is Online – “Make Your IBM Connections Deployment Your Own: Customize It!”
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 10:14a   Wannes Rams
We just finished our session on IBM Connections customization. Thanks to all attendees for being there, it was a big pleasure and honor to be part of IBM Connect 14 as first time speakers: Show301 make your ibm® connections deployment your own customize it! from Wannes Rams Filed under: Uncategorized [read] Keywords: connections ibm facebook twitter
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IBM Champion
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 3:24a   Wannes Rams
I was named IBM Champion last week. I still can’t believe it. I am very proud, shocked, honored and thrilled to be part of such a great group of people. I am happy Theo Heselmans does not have to defend Belgiums colours on his own anymore. I feel I should step up my game now to be able to be worth to be on that list. On top of that I have been selected to speak @ the IBM Connect conference in January together with Klaus Bild on Customizing Connections. It has been a strange year 2013. On [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm facebook twitter
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IBM Sametime 9.0 HF1
Thu, Nov 28th 2013 1:41a   Wannes Rams
IBM is releasing Hot fix 1 for IBM Sametime 9.0 this week. They have already released a couple of components: System Console, Community Server, Meeting Server, Gataway Server. We are still waiting for the Connect client. It could arrive any day now. (and should) Cool new features to look forward to: Microsoft Office Integration IBM has rewritten this component that already existed in 8.5 but was rather unstable. Let’s hope for the best. TLS support for clients Transport Layer Security w [read] Keywords: connections ibm sametime community facebook integration microsoft office security server twitter
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Audio and Video settings not saved in Sametime 9
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 3:06a   Wannes Rams
While starting rollout of the Sametime 9 client in Windows, we saw that the Audio & Video hardware settings are not maintained after a client restart. Testing shows that the file where it should store these settings is touched on applying changes, but nothing is written to it. The file it should write to is: rcp.data.metadata.pluginscom.ibm.collaboration.realtime.telephony.uimfwdevices.properties We have an open pmr and Dev is working on getting this solved. I hope this one can still make th [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm sametime facebook properties twitter
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Save emoticon bug in Sametime 9
Mon, Oct 14th 2013 6:13a   Wannes Rams
Recently discovered a bug in the new Sametime 9 client. When you receive a custom emoticon in a chat message, you have the functionality to right click and save it to an emoticon palette of your choice. This was working fine in 8.5.2 but does not perform any action in the new 9 client. IBM support has written a fix that will be included in the first public Hotfix for Sametime 9 client. Filed under: Sametime Tagged: emoticon, sametime [read] Keywords: ibm sametime bug facebook twitter
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Swiftfile for Notes 9 available as official download from the IBM Software Access Catalog
Fri, Sep 27th 2013 3:03a   Wannes Rams
I don’t know since when, but just saw this.   Part nr CII29EN Go and grab it and deploy it for all your users, they will love it http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21626030 Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: swiftfile [read] Keywords: ibm notes facebook google twitter
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Sametime Audio and Video not working when all components on 1 Windows 2008 box
Wed, Aug 21st 2013 9:02a   Wannes Rams
Recently I had to troubleshoot a newly installed Sametime environment for a small deployment. All WebSphere components installed on 1 box with 3 ip addresses assigned to 1 Nic on Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Point to point video was working, however adding a third person or using Audio and Video from the meeting center would not work. Strange… After some investigation, it looked like the Media Server services and Proxy server services were all listening on the Meeting servers address instead of the [read] Keywords: sametime microsoft server websphere
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The (Microsoft) pot calling the (Google) kettle black?
Fri, Jul 19th 2013 12:56a   Wannes Rams
Is discrediting your major competitor the new way of marketing. Microsoft seems to think so. They have the nerve to accuse their competitor of something they are accused of themselves (they deny everything, just as Google does) I question this way of trying to beat the competition. I believe that companies must make a profit, but not at all cost. They have a duty towards our society and should be an example on how things should be done. Profit can still be made when doing business ethically. Jus [read] Keywords: collaboration google microsoft
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Sametime chat history in shared mailbox when using Outlook add-ins for Sametime
Tue, Jul 16th 2013 3:42p   Wannes Rams
We currently are facing an issue in an environment where we have Outlook for mail and Sametime for instant messaging and meetings. We us the Sametime add-ins for Outlook and have the save location for chat history set to local disk by default. When a user changes this to “Save to mail file” – “Outlook” we are seeing different results in the actual save location. For a number of users a Sametime Transcripts folder is created in their mailbox, but for others a folder [read] Keywords: ibm sametime instant messaging outlook sharepoint
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Unable to install Connections 4.5 Ear file not found during News install
Thu, May 2nd 2013 1:38a   Wannes Rams
I was upgrading a Connections 4 deployment in place and ran into the following issue: Install of the 4.5 code failed on news install on following error: [exec] [wsadmin] WASX7017E: Exception received while running file "E:profiles8Dmgr01ConfigEngineconfigworkwascurJaclScript.jacl"; exception information: com.ibm.websphere.management.exception.AdminException [exec] [wsadmin] javax.management.MBeanException [exec] [wsadmin] com.ibm.websphere.management.exception.AdminException [exec] [wsadmin [read] Keywords: connections ibm security websphere
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Error when configuring Configuring the IBMConnectionsMetricsAdmin role on Cognos
Wed, Apr 10th 2013 4:08a   Wannes Rams
I was trying to configure the IBMConnectionsMetricsAdmin role on a Connections 4 deployment when I got this error when I tried to open http://connections.org:9082/cognos/servlet/dispatch/ AAA-SYS-0001java.lang.RuntimeException: Expected a single account objectjava.lang.RuntimeException: Expected a single account object at com.ibm.cognos.camaaa.internal.admin.handler.QueryUserInfo.handleInbound Request(QueryUserInfo.java:268) at com.ibm.cognos.camaaa.internal.common.handler.DefaultHandler.handl [read] Keywords: admin connections domino ibm java server xml
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Don’t miss the upcoming Social Biz Facebook chat
Wed, Apr 10th 2013 3:52a   Wannes Rams
LIVE FACEBOOK CHAT WEDNESDAY on the People for a Smarter Planet page: “How social builds a smarter workforce.” – Live Facebook chat w/Graham Kittle, Wed, 4/10. Please RSVP at http://on.fb.me/Z4f4zs [read] Keywords: facebook
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Microsoft mobile vs Google mobile
Thu, Feb 7th 2013 6:11a   Wannes Rams
No words, just 2 pictures taken at Florida Mall Orlando last week [read] Keywords: apple google microsoft mobile
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IBM’s strategy for the future of Lotus Quickr
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 3:20a   Wannes Rams
At Lotusphere 2012 a lot of questions were raised about Lotus Quickr. Nobody got a clear response, almost no sessions on Lotus Quickr at the conference. This year, at Connect 2013 the new conference name for Lotusphere not one single session could be found in the session preview tool. The future of Quickr?? Throughout the year we got a lot of questions from our customers about the future of the product, we could not give them a clear answer. even as an IBM premier business partner we were left o [read] Keywords: acl connections domino ibm lotus lotusphere quickr applications bug desktop development integration office portlet websphere websphere portal
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Why we sometimes loose to Sharepoint
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 1:45a   Wannes Rams
Sometimes we loose a battle to our friends from Microsoft. Mostly we are competing against SharePoint. Why do we loose? I truly believe that the IBM suite of products is better than Microsoft’s suite. It truly is, individual features and products are just better, no question about it. So how can we loose? Because SharePoint offers a bit of everything into one integrated platform, you can do a bit of document sharing, some forms to make life easier and you can setup some websites reall [read] Keywords: connections ibm notes sametime microsoft sharepoint
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IBM Connect 2013
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 5:10a   Wannes Rams
IBM Connect 2013! What’s in a name? Honestly, I couldn’t care less about the name change. I was a bit afraid about the amount of technical session, but I think it was about the same as last year. Writing this on the plane heading home, and glad to be heading home I must admit it was the best conference I went to ever. I have not  much to compare to as it was only the 3th one I attended, but from those 3, just the best. The opening session was a blast, great opening, a relaxed and co [read] Keywords: ibm
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IBM Connect 2013, going after all
Mon, Jan 21st 2013 6:41a   Wannes Rams
After seeing my 2 session abstracts being turned down I had peace with not going to IBM Connect this year. My company was not sending anyone until last week when some customers showed interest in going. I was appointed to join them. Whilst the timing might be bad, I have construction workers starting on the house on Friday before Connect, I am happy that I can go. I am looking forward seeing some friends again, and to be included in the team social this year. I am really looking forward to the s [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm apple google
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Profile types and locking profile features presentation available
Wed, Dec 5th 2012 5:06a   Wannes Rams
My presentation on Profile types given @soccnx on november 30th is available on slideshare on the Social Connections slideshare account or mine. [read] Keywords: connections profile
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IBM Product Sites, 5 past 12 to get them redesigned
Mon, Nov 26th 2012 1:49p   Wannes Rams
Today I was trying to find some basic info on IBM Connections 4 to include in a customer proposal. I went to the IBM Connections product website and not for the first time I realized my mistake. Nothing to find there, and surely not a website you want to point your customers to. I have to agree that over the last couple of years a lot of improvements have been made to the product sites and I understand that all product sites across the portfolio must look similar, but the look and feel for t [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus notes google microsoft office
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IBM Sametime Turn Server playing tricks on me
Thu, Oct 11th 2012 8:13a   Wannes Rams
I recently installed a full Sametime Standard environment for a customer for a small number of users. I decided to go for a 2 server install and put all WebSphere based components on 1 machine. I ended up with 5 ip adresses on 1 network card on that machine. In the end I got everything working and I started to test the Audio and Video components. They all seemed to work fine except from outside the network. Looked like I never reached the server. Telnet internally worked, external did not. I sta [read] Keywords: ibm sametime network server websphere
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Typo in run as user field: unable to start Deployment Manager
Tue, Sep 18th 2012 4:17a   Wannes Rams
Today I was changing the run as user for my IBM Connections WebSphere Deployment manager back to the dedicated user after installing CR3 and I made a typo but did not catch it until I started my server up. Or at least tried to start it up. Failed to look up group xxxxx Past SetupChildContext and execvp block. An error occurred. Return valuue is: [2] and sysErr is: [0] Creation failure, spawn was unsuccessfull. Therefore deallocating process structure at: …… ADMU0111E: Program exiting [read] Keywords: connections ibm profile server websphere xml
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IBM Connections links and press releases
Wed, Sep 12th 2012 3:11p   Wannes Rams
Today IBM Has issued two press releases IBM Redefines Social Business with the Power of Analytics Primerica Turns to IBM for Social Business Transformation and Improved Customer Experience Some New Videos: New! Connections 4 Overview New! What it means to become a Social Business Customer videos: Conversation with Industry Innovators: LeasePlan http://bit.ly/QysE98 Conversation with Industry Innovators: SugarCRM/ RealConnections September 7 Community Webcast: Community Webcast Replay Som [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus community
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Search on IBM Connections mobile app not working with changed context root: update
Tue, Sep 11th 2012 12:34a   Wannes Rams
I spoke about this issue in this previous post. And about the fact that is is resolved in Connections 4. Good news, this can be fixed in Connections 3 as well. Last night an update to the IBM Connections mobile app was released. We are now at 3.5.1 and this is a fix release. 1 of the things fixed is the changed context root issue. 1 small caveat, you will also need a server fix to have this working, so I haven’t tested it yet because we have to wait for CR3. It should be coming up very sh [read] Keywords: connections ibm apple mobile server
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Empty groups in Sametime client on 8.5.2 IFR1
Fri, Aug 31st 2012 2:46a   Wannes Rams
For weeks now we are having calls from users complaining about empty or half empty public Sametime groups. After a server reboot the issue will be gone for a while, but it comes back. We have the same behaviour in our proxy server We have Sametime 8.5.2IFR1 deployed and we are using Domino LDAP with nested groups. I started of my search in the group structure, as we changed the group naming and nesting level a couple of weeks back (with some other unwanted consequences) But I did not manage to f [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus quickr sametime bug community server
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Lotus Quickr, people losing access to places
Wed, Aug 29th 2012 7:28a   Wannes Rams
Recently I came across this issue. All of the sudden people would start losing access to places. Not everybody and not to all places. You must love these problems where you can’t pinpoint any logic. After some asking around, it turned out the Domino admin had been mass changing groups in the Domino ldap directory. this resulted in a changed level of nesting for some users in some groups. The nesting level got 1 to 3 levels deeper. I was not notified of this change. By default Lotus Quickr [read] Keywords: admin domino lotus notes quickr server
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Search on IBM Connections mobile app not working with changed context root
Fri, Aug 24th 2012 8:14a   Wannes Rams
I am currently facing an issue with a IBM Connections deployment were we have a changed context root for the applications. This causes the search in the mobile app not to work instead of http://connections.company.com/mobile We have http://connections.company.com/custom/mobile for a whole set of reasons and for all applications. This is a supported change on WebSphere and thus supported on IBM Connections. Everything works except for search. We have opened a pmr and it looks like the mobile app [read] Keywords: connections ibm applications mobile server websphere
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Belgian beer
Fri, Aug 24th 2012 6:11a   Wannes Rams
This is a little off-topic, but as I was talking to Martin Keen last week it turned out he is a great fan of Belgian beers and he asked me for my favorite ones. And I was listing them in a mail when I thought, maybe there are some more Belgian beer lovers in the audience, let’s put it in a blog post. This is my list of favorites: Duvel from brewery Moortgat This beer is one of the most famous ones in Belgium and also my all time favorite. I always have it at the house and it is best [read] Keywords: wiki
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IBM Redbooks Social Media Residency review
Wed, Aug 22nd 2012 10:51a   Wannes Rams
I wanted to write a review about being on the IBM Redbooks Social Media Residency last week, but my residency colleague Keith Brooks wrote a review on his blog that summarizes it so well that I don’t see the point in doing the same. There are a couple of things I want to add. As I am not an experienced blogger, going to this residency was different for me than for people like Keith and some of the others. They have a lot of experience in blogging unlike me. I walked in there scared a [read] Keywords: ibm blogger blogging facebook
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Duplicate users in IBM Connections 3 Homepage table
Tue, Aug 21st 2012 6:05a   Wannes Rams
In IBM Connections 3.0.1 your network contacts are kept in the profiles database, but also in the homepage database. The reason for this is probably because you need them to show feeds for your network in the Homepage application and the applications are developed by different teams so the homepage team probably found it more convenient to keep them as well to be able to manipulate the table as they wanted to. This has some side effects, looks like the restrictions on inserts into this table w [read] Keywords: connections ibm application applications database network
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Why this blog?
Tue, Aug 21st 2012 5:17a   Wannes Rams
As my first post I think I should explain why I want to start blogging, just to make sure the eventual readers can understand the motivation for this. The idea of starting a private blog was in the back of my head for a couple of months now, but I was not able to put my finger on the reason for it. After being part of the IBM Redbooks Social Business Residence in Raleigh NC it became a bit more clear to me. I am definitely into social, I was before this residency, but it convinced me even more [read] Keywords: ibm blogging




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