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My Favorite Lotus Connections Technote Updated for Lotus Connections 3.0

Everyone has a favorite Technote right?  Well here is mine “IBM Lotus Connections 3.0 Support Statement”. 

As IBM has done for previous versions of Connections, they detail which components are required to be at a very specific revision and which ones will be supported to an extent at higher revision levels.

For Connections 3.0 there is only one product listed in the “Restrictions” section and that is Websphere Application Server which must be 7.0.0.11 with the required fixes.

Higher revisions of IBM Java, DB2, and LDAP will all be supported, unless the specific version is determined to be the cause of any issues.

Read the technote for detailed definitions of “Support Product”, “Newer Versions and Releases of Supported Products”, and “Unsupported Products”.

The technote makes no mention of Tivoli Directory Integrator, the documented version is TDI 7.0 Fix Pack 5, so I wonder if there is an opportunity to work with TDI 7.1 with Connections.

I am glad to see IBM continue to update this for each version, and be willing to support the product across a wider set of component product versions.  I know many would like to see Websphere Application Server off of the restriction list, maybe in a future release.

Technote 1454382: IBM Lotus Connections 3.0 Support Statement

Technote 7019882: Lotus Connections 3.0 System Requirements

Security Vulnerability in WAS 7.0.11 Lotus Connections 3.0

Lotus Connections 3.0 runs on Websphere Application Server (WAS) 7.0.11, Technote 1462435 details a security vulnerability found in WAS 7.0.11.

“After installing fixpack 7.0.0.11 for WebSphere Application Server, an application may be able to invoke an internal login module in an incorrect fashion.
This only applies to an application internal login, and does not apply to a client login.”

The recommendation is to contact support and request Hotfix hotfix 7.0.0.11-WS-WAS-IFPK54565.

This is not listed as a critical vulnerability, but if you are starting a new install, or planning an upgrade might be worthwhile to get this fix on the system up front.

Security vulnerability in Lotus Connections login module

Lotus Connections Files and Status Updates Plugins for Lotus Notes

I recently installed the Lotus Connections plugins for Files, and Status Updates in my Lotus Notes 8.5.2 client.  If you use Lotus Connections and Lotus Notes you need to look at these plugins. I put together a couple of slides that show the installation process, which is really easy, and highlights some of the functionality.  Go ahead and try them yourself.

Take a look at the IBM Business Solutions Catalog for additional plugins and widgets that might be useful in your environment.

Lotus Connections 2.5 Fix Pack 3 (2.5.0.3) is now available

Lotus Connections 2.5.0.3 (2.5 Fix Pack 3) is now available on Fix Central.  There is a new Update Installer for 2.5.0.3, the Fix Pack, and a fix for Blogs.

Fix Central links to the 2.5.0.2 Installation instructions, updated se below

Lotus Connections 2.5.0.3 Update Installer

Lotus Connections Fix Pack 3

IF-L057056 – Fix for Blogs

UPDATED: 2.5.0.3 Fix List and Installation Instructions

Lotus Connections 3.0 Fixes available on Fix Central

The first Lotus Connections 3.0 fixes are available on Fix Central, the first one L057305 “INSTALL: Resolve forum migration issue when using dbWizards GUI mode.” is important (see below for instructions) you should address before running your Database Wizards.  The second ne L057308 “INSTALL: Change server names post install for Lotus Connections 3.0.” is optional (see below for details) but is only needed if you want to change your server names after installation.

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fixes all

There are links for more information on each fix with instructions

L057305

“Install Instructions:
Before you executing db wizards, only need to unzip LO57305.zip and replace the Wizards.jar file with the new file in Wizards/lib directory, i.e E:\LC3.0\Wizards\lib”

L057308 – This one is optional, you only need it if you want to rename your WAS Server names after installing Lotus Connections 3.0 – good to know it’s there should you need it, better plan ahead and get your names right before installing.

Important Links for Lotus Connections 3.0

Looking to get started downloading and Installing Lotus Connections 3.0, here are some useful links:

Lotus Connections 3.0 Download and Part Number information – AIX WindowsLinuxLinux zSeries

Lotus Connections 3.0 Detailed System Requirements

Lotus Connections 3.0 Support Statement – for more information see my original post IBM Lotus Connections 2.5 Support Statement – Some Good News

Lotus Connections 3.0 Documentation

What’s New in Lotus Connections 3.0 also check out Stuart McIntyres presentation Lotus Connections 3.0 A Technical View on What’s New

Looks like some other technotes are starting to make their way out now for Lotus Connection 3.0 you can subscribe to the support feed RSS, to keep track of all the latest.

Lotus Connections 3.0 Documentation is now Available….. in a Wiki

I hope you weren’t looking for an Infocenter  because as far as I know there is not going to be one.  Lotus Connections 3.0 Documentation is being published exclusively in the Lotus Connections Wiki.  Personally I think the product wikis are a nice complement to the Infocenter, but prefer the Infocenter format for product documentation. This is the second product to go this way, Quickr 8.5 has also been moved to Wiki only documentation format. Lotus Connections 3.0 Documentation

Lotus Connections 3.0 Announced Available November 24

Connections Lotus Connections 3.0 has been officially announced shipping on November 24th.  For those of us in the Unites States we celebrate Thanksgiving on November 25th this year it will just be one more thing to be thankful for. Lotus Connections 3.0 Announcement Letter Whats New in Lotus Connections 3.0

Lotus Connections 2.5 Integration with Webtrends

You might recall a while ago I wrote about integrating Google Analytics with Lotus Connections 2.5, today we are going to cover Webtrends integration.  Much like Google Analytics, integrating Webtrends Analytics should be as simple as dropping a bit of Javascript code in to the Lotus Connections footer, that looks something like this “<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://webtrendsserver.domain/html.nsf/WebTrendsLive.js”></script>” This actually works just fine in Activities, Blogs, Bookmarks, Communities, Homepage, and Profiles, it is Files and Wikis that break when you do this.  When I say break, I mean with this code in the footer, all you will see when loading Files or Wikis is the header and a blank screen. We tried varying forms of asynchronous Webtrends code without much luck, finally after a little help from Luis Benitez, and our friends at Lotus Support we came up with this Webtrends code that worked in the footer for all of the services. “<script type=”text/javascript”>                      var tmpOCWTLProtocol = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://” : “http://”);                      var webTrends = document.createElement(“script”);                      webTrends.src =  tmpOCWTLProtocol + “webtrendsserver.domain/WebTrendsLive.js”;                      webTrends.type = ‘text/javascript’;                      document.body.appendChild(webTrends);              </script> ” As usual your mileage may vary, but hopefully this helps if you are implementing Lotus Connections 2.5 with Webtrends

What is in your plugin_customization.ini?

If you are not familiar with the plugin_customization.ini file you can find in your <Notes Install>frameworkRPC directory (if you have a stand alone Sametime client you will also have a plugin_customization.ini).

The plugin_customization.ini is an Eclipse feature and is used to control behavior of various Eclipse based setting for the Notes client as well as widget and plugins options. Probably the most well known hack to the plugin_customizaton.ini file is adding the line

com.ibm.notes.branding/enable.update.ui=true

This allows plugins to be installed in the client via the File/Application/Install dialog, which is hidden until this is added to the file and the client restarted.

Lately I have been doing some work with Sametime and Connections integration in the Notes client, there are any variety of entries that can be added to plugin_customization.ini to control behavior of various components, for example these entries control Business Card prioritization in 8.5.2.

Another example is if you upgrade your embedded Sametime client to Sametime 8.5.1 it installs both the Sametime 8.5.1 chat client, and the the Sametime 8.5.1 Meeting plugin.  If you wanted to install, but hide the meeting plugin you could do so by adding

com.ibm.rtc.meetings.shelf/hideUI=true

to your plugin_customization.ini

The problem is that I can find there is no comprehensive list of supported entries for the plugin_customization.ini, you can find them by product, though where do you look?  Some paramters are documented in the Notes & Domino Infocenter, the Sametime parameters are in the Sametime Info Center, the Connections Parameters, other are in the Lotus Connections Info Center, and some are simply undocumented and are discovered through Design Partner forums or by opening PMR.

All I am asking for is a comprehensive list of settings available for the plugin_customization.ini for all the Lotus Products so we can easily see what options are available with hunting them down from various sources.   If you want to know about pushing settings down to your clients Chris Whisonant has a good blog post on it.