Category Archives: sametime

Sametime 8.5.1 Fix Pack 1 ( is Available

Sametime 8.5.1 Fix Pack 1 ( is now available for download from Fix Central.   Technote 1450776 About IBM Lotus Sametime has all the details. The technote references the Fix List though I don’t see anything listed under there yet. A picture named M2 is cumulative of any previously released fixes for 8.5.1 Direct Link to download on Fix Central (Login Required)

New Sametime Book Sametime 8 Essentials User Guide & Discount for Tri State LUG Attendees

A picture named M2 Congratulations to Marie Scott and Tom Duff on the publishing of their new book “IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User’s Guide“.   For those coming to the October 11th meeting of the Tri State Lotus User Group Packt Publishing will be offering a 20% discount on the book for all attendees, and has provided two copies which will be raffling off to 2 lucky winners.  There are still a few slots left so register today.

Sametime 8.5.1 is Available for Download

I guess the delay was less then two weeks A picture named M2

Downloading Sametime 8.5 Standard (anyone have a Snickers bar?)

Sametime 8.5 is available for download this morning, if you plan on downloading you might want to grab yourself a Snickers bar, it will take you a little while.  This is my download of Sametime 8.5 for 32 bit Windows (my download does not include Websphere Edge Components or the Domino Server) A picture named M2 and what happened to the nice file names? we seem to be back to the part numbers as file names A picture named M3 There is a nice break out of the part numbers and the files they represent here (thanks Dennis)

Hello Google.. are you out there?

If you are running the Sametime Gateway you might notice that you lost your connection to Google Talk in the last week, and can’t get it back.  The answer can be found in Technote 1408488 Customers using Lotus Sametime Gateway lost connection with Google on October 21, 2009 and cannot re-establish it.

This issue was first reported to Sametime Support on October 21, 2009. Sametime support established the root cause to be a recent change to Hostnames Google used for their incoming connection server IP’s ( The following is one example of the change: Remote Host IP =″ HostName =”. was changed to Remote Host IP =″ HostName =”. This change broke the handshake sequence that Sametime Gateway follows to establish the XMPP connection and impacts all sametime gateway versions. A fix has been developed for Sametime Gateway Gateway version 8.0.2 and can be downloaded from Fix Central. Sametime Support strongly recommends upgrading to Sametime Gateway 8.0.2 HF3 before applying this fix.

You can download Hot Fix 3 for version 8.0.2 from Fix Central and there is a fix in test for 8.0.1.  If you are on an earlier version of the gateway it looks like there is an upgrade in your future.

Sametime Gateway 8.0.2 HF1 available for Download adds OCS Support

HF1 for Sametime Gateway 8.0.2 is now available for download.  HF1 requires WAS be upgraded to (8.0.2 ran on on WAS you can download the WAS Fix Pack here.   The download from Fix Central contains a PDF with the full upgrade instructions The upgrade basically consists of 1. Upgrading the Database A picture named M2 2. Upgrading WAS 3. Manually copying over new .Jar files 4. Installing SIP Container fixes 5. Deploying new Gateway EAR and WAR Files The PDF also contains a list of knows OCS issues Sametime Gateway 8.0.2 Hot-Fix One (HF1) is now available Happy Upgrading

Webcast on Sametime Resolver, Notes IM, and LDAP Performance

My good friend Andy Yiu,  will be presenting a Webcast on June 10th at 10 AM Eastern time.

Sametime quickfind, Notes Inbox awareness, and many other features can generate a substantial number of name resolutions requests. These requests can severely impact performance and capacity in a production environment. Join us on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. EDT (14:00 GMT) in this IBM Webcast as we talk about several recommendations and solutions you can implement today to reduce impact of name lookups on your Sametime infrastructure.

Webcast: Sametime resolve, Notes IM, and LDAP performance considerations – 10 June 2009

Installing Sametime Advanced plug-ins in Notes 8.0.1 and a few other complaints.

One of the items on my radar right now is Sametime Advanced, not having the resources to install it right now, I am playing with it at  In order to really use it, I wanted to install the plugins, into my Sametime client integrated in Notes 8.0.1, sounds easy right, point to the update site and the plugins should come down, well not so easy, on the first attempt I got this A picture named M2 After a Brief chat with Chris Miller and Chris Whisonant it was determined that if I simply un-check the features which lacked the correct pre-requisite the plugins would install fine in Notes 8.0.1 as pictured here A picture named M3 Well this worked, but Sametime Advanced automatically attaches itself to the Primary Community in Sametime, and I have yet to find a way to have it use one of the other defined communities, so for now I am back to using Sametime Advanced with Sametime Connect 8.0.. This highlights once again a long running problem in Notes 8, simply that the version of Sametime even though it is 8.0, is not identical to the Sametime 8.0 Connect client, why is that? Shouldn’t the same version of Sametime simply run as a plugin with in Lotus Notes.  In order for Sametime to be properly embedded in Notes 8.0 and forward, Sametime needs to be decoupled from Notes, and truly be a plug in so that organizations can run the version of Sametime they have standardized on not what it embedded in the product, and that upgrades can be done to Sametime without a Notes upgrade and vice versa. If you want the Sametime Advanced Plug-ins for BleedYellow you can find all the details here

Sametime 8.0.1 is out, and has some nice improvements

Adam Garetenberg blogged about many of the new features in Sametime 8.0.1 yesterday.  Carl points out some of his favorites, including AdminP support to update contact lists (finally!!) note this is currently on Windows only. For me one of the things I have been looking for is the ability to control screen sharing across two monitors, see Adam’s post for a screenshot, I have been waiting for this for a long time. On the Sametime Gateway side, there is now support for SIP Connections that are using NAT Addresses.   I have spoken to many people who want to deploy the gateway, but this was a big obstacle for them because of internal policies regarding placement of servers in the DMZ, so this should help more people deploy the gateway. I also had a pleasant surprise this morning when I went to download Sametime 8.0.1, the IBM Passport site where customers download software has been improved, I was actually easily able to find Sametime 8.0.1 to download, and for those of you who use the Passport site you know that is really saying something. Of course don’t forget to follow Sametime on Twitter (although it is running a bit behind as it forgot to Tweat the release of 8.0.1 🙂 ) Detailed system requirements for Sametime 8.0.1

Yahoo changes that will effect connectivity with the Sametime Gateway on April 24th

If you are using the Sametime Gateway and connected to Yahoo make sure you read Technote 1303292.  On April 24th Yahoo will be moving to new gateways, so you will need to adjust your firewall rules for the new Hostnames/IP Addresses which are documented in the technote. Thanks for the heads up Vinny.