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Engage was amazing

Wow .. Engage is the biggest IBM user group outside of IBM’s own Connect (the conference formally known as Lotusphere).
Over 400 people gathered in Eindhoven for 2 days of fantastic content, great sessions and speakers, awesome networking and social events.

The venue was stunning .. basically we were in a flying saucer for 2 days. A great space, plenty of room for the sessions, massive area for sponsors and networking – the food was amazing, and there was chocolate and beer 🙂

I was lucky enough to speak with Christoph Stoettner on day one and our session was well received. Covering install, migrating, documenting and best practises for IBM Connections and its associated software in an hour and trying to cover all operating systems was fun .. but we managed and had 5 mins for Q&A. Speaking with Christoph is always a pleasure and never a chore 🙂

One of the highlights of the two days was the IBM Champion round table with the new General manager of ICS – Inhi Cho Suh. Announced into her new position at IBM Connect in January, she took time out of her busy schedule to spend a day at Engage. The Champions round table was great, the enthusiasm in the room from both Inhi and us was something I hadn’t seen for a while. Its so nice to have someone at the top that is as passionate about this stuff as we are. I am genuinely excited and looking forward to waht the future is going to offer. For customers and business partners alike – as we are all users of this software.

If you have never attended a user group, you should, there are many .. and they really do span world wide and covere a range of software that the ICS/Lotus brand covers. Thanks to the wonderful Amanda Bauman the user groups are now part of the  World Wide Independent User Group Alliance – IBM are standardising the way they support user groups which is fantastic.

Thank you again Theo and team for all the hard work you do .. and how are you going to top this next year?

I am looking forward to finding out

Sharon

Not long until IBM Connect 2016

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The first conference of 2016 is almost upon us and to be honest we are pretty excited about it.

What with the announcement and release of Connections 5.5 and Docs 2.0 before Christmas – we are really looking forward to seeing the what’s next? sessions.

Talking of sessions – wow the agenda is packed with LOADS of good stuff. IBM have listened to the feedback taken over the past couple of years and they have split off the panels, ( which to be fair non of us techie types are interested in), into their own sessions, there are a tonne of admin and dev sessions, lots of whats new and how do i? sessions – totally impressed at the schedule. A very busy few days will be had.

A new venue too at the Hilton Orlando off destination park way (very close to sea world – almost walking distance) – the venue looks great, massive rooms, lots of meeting space – the only thing that concerns is the bars and social areas look a lot smaller that the *swolphin* – is the hilton ready for the *crowd* – time will tell.

All in all though – really looking forward to it .. see you in 22 sleeps 🙂 Check out more info on the IBM Connect 2016 site

Announcing the 2016 IBM Champions

We are over the moon to announce that Sharon has been selected to be an IBM Champion again for the year 2015/2016.

After several weeks of reviewing applications and evaluating contributions a team of IBMers have selected  the 2016 IBM Champions! We have a total of 103 Champions, with 39 new Champions, and 64 returning Champions.

The full list can be found here

Thanks once again to everyone who nominated and to IBM for picking an amazing bunch of people.

Latest PTFs appear to cause issues with TDI on iSeries

Bit of a weird gotcha we have discovered this week. TDI for Connections on iSeries was not happy with the latest PTF fixes applied to the machine.

TDI was working without issue prior to the PTF’s being applied. An IPL was performed to allow everything to apply correctly – that is when we noticed issues with TDI.

When attempting to populate the profiles DB or even run a collect_dns we were seeing an error. Nothing had changed in any of the config files but we were seeing an error relating to the LDAP URL.

PTF_error
On the off chance that something specific had been overwritten we decided to reinstall TDI. The only thing that had changed was the PTFs, so it was likely something in one of the many applied to the system had overwritten something that TDI was looking for.
The steps ran were as follows:

  • Uninstalled TDI
  • Removed the directories that had been created under the /QIBM/ProdData and /QIBM/UserData folders
  • Run – export QIBM_CCSID=819 as required
  • Install TDI and patch
  • Reconfigure the TDISOL directory – take the one from the /QIBM/ProdData/IBM/Connections/TDISOL as it is more up to date than the wizard version
  • Test

Theoretically nothing should have affected TDI – but something appears to have .. It was a fairly quick fix (about 2 hours in total)

So if you are running Connections on i and have applied the latest PTFs .. check the TDI sync still works

External users in connections, multiple LDAPs when using domino root

As mentioned in our presentation at EngageUG – We came across a problem when adding multiple LDAP repositories in WebSphere.

The scenario was a Domino customer – who use the root domino domain – had a requirement for a second LDAP repository in connections to manage external users. They are a global company and via directory assistance grab the users that need access to connections but have no control over the records themselves. The plan was to have a 2nd domino domain for external users that the admins could manage independently of the main directory / domain.

We hit a problem as when using the domino root – it does all sorts of *fun* things inside WebSphere to overwrite any 2nd LDAP or additional base realm entries. After much testing with domino and ad as a 2nd LDAP, all the known work arounds didn’t resolve the issue, we opened a PMR.

As it turns out the answer was pretty simple:

Set your domino root LDAP us as you would do normal – but, when you get to the point of adding the unique base entry to the realm add a name i.e o=dominoRoot (it doesn’t matter what this is as long as its o= something)

Select the tick the box to use a different distinguished name – leave the 2nd box blank

*EDIT* – you may need to add double quotes to provide a blank – i.e “” we will remove this in the next step

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Save the config.

Next we need to edit the wimconfig to remove the offending entry that causes WebSphere to get confused.

The wimconfig can be found in <WAS_HOME>/profiles/Dmgr01/config/cells/<CELL_NAME>/wim/config

Find the entry relating to the new domino root entry .. and remove the duplicate base entry :

<wimconfig.xml>--------------------------------------------
<config:baseEntries name=""/>
<config:baseEntries name="o=dominoldap" nameInRepository=""/>
</wimconfig.xml>--------------------------------------------

remove the line
<config:baseEntries name=""/>

save and close the file and restart the deployment manager and connections nodes.

Once restarted the Domino root users and groups are still accessible inside WAS / Connections and it is now possible to add a second LDAP base entry correctly.

In the case of this particular customer we have added an External users AD, but another domino domain directory or any other supported LDAP should also work perfectly 🙂

Come see us at Engage.UG

We are thrilled that our session Adm11. Connx install in 45 minutes or less, or your money back – has been selected for Engage.

It’s going to be a great conference – 65 speakers in total, among them 30 IBMChampions!

The agenda looks fantastic – jammed with sessions into 5 tracks over 2 days. As well as all the great content, there are social events, speed sponsoring, a chance to network and catch up with old friends and make new ones.

It is one of the best user groups around and Theo and the team work tirelessly to put on an amazing 2 days. If you work with IBM Collaboration software in any way, shape or form its a fantastic opportunity to gain more knowledge.

Session Info:

Adm11. Connx install in 45 minutes or less, or your money back
Connx install in 45 minutes or less, or your money back (Entry fee €1.00 *)
New to Connections Admin / Dev? Need an environment to test your development? Need a test system or proof of concept? Don’t know where to start? Never fear – We can help you become Collaboration Super Hero!!!
In this session we will help you plan, install and most importantly CONFIGURE a connections environment to fit what YOU need it for.
Need to get data into your new system – No problem. We will guide you through migrating / importing existing Connections data into your new Connections environment.
From software required, DB selection, useful tools and trouble shooting tips – for Linux and Windows – whether you are an admin or a developer we will enable you.
* Money back for this session only. Note – the actual install takes a lot more than 45 mins 🙂
** All money goes to Dander4Dosh 2015

 

Come and see us just before lunch (11:30am) on Tuesday 31st March  – Room C: Vermeylen 2nd floor

Connections Monitoring – are you doing it?

After being to a few user groups lately and seeing all the great monitoring tools for Domino I am interested in what people use to monitor connections.

The WebSphere piece of connections can put a lot of people off and I am wondering if something was available would you use it?

  • If you do monitor, what do you use
  • If something was available with a *dashboard* would you use it?
  • What features would you like in a monitoring app
  • Would you be interested in something bundled in Nagios etc

I have created a quick survey which should only take you 2 mins to fill in, if you can spare the time to fill it in I would be most grateful

You can use the survey below or head to the link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZBDNW6

 

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

ICONUK was a blast

We had a great time yesterday at ICONUK at IBM Southbank.

After Warren and Kitty decided that they could no longer carry on the conference the mighty Tim Clark aided by Tony Holder stepped in to take up the challenge. Starting out with a one day event to see if it was still viable – I would say after yesterday – yes it is.

I presented with Christoph (details of which are on the presentation page), assisted Bill Malchisky with the ask IBM session, won a pebble smart watch from Crossware in speed sponsoring, caught up with lots of our friends, made some new ones and Nathan managed to learn lots about TDI and other technologies. All in all it was a fantastic day.

 

Thanks to Oliver for these awesome pics of the day 🙂

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Just a week until ICONUK

After a successful trip to Grand Rapids and MWLUG last week, it is now just a week until the ICONUK user group.

Tim Clark and team have bravely stepped into Warren & Kitty’s shoes to keep this fantastic User Group going.

ICONUK will be held next Friday at IBM Southbank Customer Centre

If you wish to attend places are limited and you MUST REGISTER if you want to attend.

Sharon and Christoph are giving and updated version of the Practical solutions for connections administrators session at 11:45 in room 5 and are both really looking forward to it. Its a great conference, there are some fantastic sessions and its a good opportunity to catch up with some lovely people.

If you are going to be in London next Friday – we’ll see you there

Looking forward to MWLUG

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If you are heading to MWLUG later this month Sharon is speaking – SA106: Practical Solutions for Connections Administrators. As Christoph Stoettener can not make MWLUG Sharon will be flying solo.

If you are unable to attend please check out the scripting101.org website or download the white paper.