IBM Connections - Time to Update Your APNS Certs

IBM has announced that iFixes are available to update IBM Connections with the latest versions of APNS certificates used by the mobile app for Push notifications. Fixes are available for the latest CRs for 5.0 and 5.5 and both 6.0 CR3 and CR4. Please follow the link below to the IBM Technote which has links to the different downloads. The current (or most recent) APNS certificates expire on July 21, 2019, so you’ve got about 90 days to get these downloaded and installed. [Read More]

IBM Technote: Customizing Default Navigation Order of Apps in Connections 6.0 Mobile App

A technote published today outlines the ability to customize the default order of the apps displayed in the IBM Connections Mobile app. This does require IBM Connections 6.0 and the June 2017 update to be installed for the new setting to work. See this technote for the details on configuring the new setting. 📰 9 Aug 2019: As IBM has sold Connections and their support site may not show this permanently, I’ve added the text from the technote below [Read More]

IBM Connections 5.5 - Errors in SystemOut.log cleaning up HOMEPAGE database

Working with a client on IBM Connections 5.5 CR1, they were noticing errors in the SystemOut.log of the InfraCluster around 11pm regularly. Lately, the errors were filling up 1GB of logs for a minute when it occurred. The “critical” piece of information was the line below: Error for batch element #1: A parent row cannot be deleted Page 10 of 67 because the relationship "HOMEPAGE.NR_READ_STATUS.FK_READ_STATUS_STR" restricts the deletion.. SQLCODE=-532, SQLSTATE=23504, DRIVER=4. [Read More]

File Downloads From Connections Using SPNEGO

With IBM Connections, there are options to utilize different SSO options. One of the eaiser 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]

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]