File Downloads From Connections Using SPNEGO

With IBM Connections, there are options to utilize different SSO options. One of the easier is using Windows Integrated Authentication, better known as SPNEGO. This uses the AD domain and the user’s Windows credentials to issue a ticket that can be used to authenticate users against other resources, such as an IBM Connections site. In some cases, this doesn’t work like it should. One example is if the user gets an email with a link to download a file stored in Connections, but hasn’t yet authenticated with the site. [Read More]

Startup Beans and Adding Additional Nodes in Connections

Last week, working with a customer that had setup a two-node install of Connections 5.5. Getting ready to go live and we noticed an issue in the SystemOut log of the InfraCluster when the server would start or when the search index task would run. CLFRW0454E: Unable to get indexing information about the current server, the index will not be built for this server. We had followed the instructions for adding the new node, and couldn’t determine why we were seeing this issue. [Read More]

IBM Connections 5.5 CR1 and Connections Mail - issue with calendar picker

After updating a test server with Connections 5.5 CR1, a customer noticed that the calendar picker in Activities would stay open after selecting a Due Date for an activity. This didn’t happen in 5.5 or earlier versions. We opened a PMR with IBM and after some back and forth, according to IBM the issue is related to Connections Mail being enabled on the server. If you don’t have Connections Mail enabled, there’s no issue. [Read More]

IBM Cnx 5.5 CR1 and WAS 8.5.5.8 update - something to remember

I was updating a Connections 5.5 environment to CR1 today and part of the process is updating WebSphere to 8.5.5.8. The installs all went very smoothly untill we went to verify the updates by launching the site. We saw the always generic “We are unable to process your request” message hitting the homepage. Off to the SystemOut.log! Looking at the logs, I saw a series of SSL Handshake errors and then it hit me - the Java policy files to handle the large SSL key size must have been overwritten. [Read More]

IBM Docs Mapping CIFS Drives

Working on a Docs 2.0 install and came across some strange issues when setting up the servers to map drives to the Windows file share. On some servers, the drives mapped as expected, while others didn’t. No errors were logged in the Windows Event Viewer. For reference, the documentation from IBM we followed is here. (Note: This is now a link to HCL documentation) To determine what was going on, I edited the cifsmount. [Read More]

DB2 HADR Configuration Reminder

This one is a reminder for me more than anything: When setting up DB2 HADR, for IBM Connections, IBM Sametime, or anything, don’t forget to make sure you’ve set the logging for the database before trying to configure the standby database. It’s easy to do when you’re working with the number of databases that Connections involves and that’s what happened here. We somehow skipped over one of them, even though we were using the DB2 directory as a guide. [Read More]

Location Document Mailserver Field - What Not to Use

Working with a client recently on some policy setting updates and we ran into an issue where the new policy wasn’t taking effect on his client. We made the change to the policy (in this case an Archive policy) and could see that it had been processed and applied to the mail file. Checking the user’s Notes client, the link to the Archive was not showing up. I opened up the ($Policies) view in the user’s local names. [Read More]

Installing Domino on Linux - Resolving Missing Requirements

Recently, I was installing the Domino 9.0 Social Edition on a new CentOS 6 Linux install. It started very smoothly, the CentOS install went very well and the system updates worked flawlessly. I prepped the notes user and group and was ready to install the Domino code. Then it came to a screeching stop. The installer stopped with the message below: To run this installer you need 32bit (i686) packages installed on your 64 bit Linux Redhat. [Read More]
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A New Day

After 4 1/2 great years, I have left GBS to start a new chapter in my professional life. My time at GBS (Lotus911 included) was a great time for me professionally and personally, getting to work with an incredible group of talented professionals and making some great friends. However, as someone said, change is good. Now is that time for me. I have joined the team at Best Methods as of today and will be helping to expand and extend the Collaboration Solutions reach with the team there. [Read More]

Missing Rules Tab in Server Document?

Admittedly, this is an issue that is a fringe, but thought I’d post it just in case. Yesterday, I was working to configure a client’s server to use mail journaling. Everything was going smooth until I went to edit a server configuration document to add the mail rule for a couple of servers. The Rules tab was missing. I was on the Admin client, so I tried it from the Notes client and the tab showed up. [Read More]
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