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A client asked me for assistance today with using the Communities API to add a member to a community. In doing some digging, I found that our existing documentation in this area is not correct and needs revision. For now, here's how I was able to get this to work, using the assumption of a known community UUID and a known user email address.
REST endpoint: /communities/service/atom/community/members (not /communities/service/atom2/acl, as indicated in the doc)
URL parameter: communityUuid=<UUID> (no memberid, as indicated in the doc)
Minimal Atom entry document representing the user
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
With the above, you can easily test this using wget, as follows:
It is critical that you add the "Content-Type: application/atom+xml" header or the parser will fail to recognize the document, throwing exceptions on the JVM and resulting in an HTTP 400 on the client end.
Chad Scott, IBM Connections, Software Support Engineer
In the course of troubleshooting a SOAP issue I'm running into, I decided to enable org.apache.soap.debug=true in wsadmin.properties. While this does yield the desired tracing I wanted, it only goes to STDOUT and is not captured in wsadmin.traceout. I couldn't find a way to connect STDOUT to the trace file--please comment if you know how--so I decided to modify wsadmin.bat to redirect output to another file.
Bad call. While it does capture the tracing in the file, it interferes with clients that utilize wsadmin. In my case, it is the Connections installation via Installation Manager. Every time I tried to validate the DMgr configuration, it failed with the following error:
CLFRP0007E: Application security is not enabled on Deployment Manager profile!
This made no sense because application security had been configured long ago in this environment and never changed. What was actually happening is that the wsadmin calls to retrieve the DMgr configuration were failing, and my guess is the first check is for application security and that's what was logged. Reverting my change in wsadmin.bat fixed the issue, but it does leave me without an obvious way to capture the SOAP tracing I am looking for.
The moral of this story is don't attempt to hack wsadmin.bat, as it can lead to some very difficult to diagnose issues.
9.0.1 Fix Pack 5 is now available for download from Fix Central. This release introduces iNotes support for Internet Explorer Standards Mode as well as Windows 10 support for IBM Client Application Access and the Notes Browser Plug-in. 9.0.1 Fix Pack 5 also updates the embedded Notes/Domino JVM to 1.6 SR16 FP15 to address security vulnerabilities (technote 1971361). For more details, refer to the release notice and fix list linked below.
An official supportability technote about IBM Notes, iNotes, and Notes Browser Plug-in support for Windows 10 is in the works and coming soon. In the meantime, here are the main points that have been confirmed and provided by the Notes/Domino Development team.
For Notes, Windows 10 is supported today starting with release 9.0.1 Fix Pack 4
For iNotes and Notes Browser Plug-in, support for Windows 10 will be introduced in release 9.0.1 Fix Pack 5
Stay tuned! More details will be provided as soon as they become available.
I've been beating my head against a wall for the last week trying to create a forum post using the Forums API, but every time I'd try with the Poster Firefox extension, it failed.
I had previously tried REST Easy, which also didn't work for me. I'm not sure if I was simply not using those clients correctly (though they seem straightforward enough), but turning to wget turned out to be the ticket. For my testing, I use wget through Cygwin, but it should work the same everywhere.
Here's what I did:
Create a file named entry.xml. I simply copied and pasted the sample request from the Forums API documentation.
[Update: Please note the original version of this blog post incorrectly listed the webcast date as July 17. The correct webcast date is July 14.]
The SocialBiz User Group is hosting a webcast at 12:00 noon EDT on July 14 featuring "What's New in IBM Verse Mobile."
IBM has brought to market several key mobile updates over the past few months at a rapid pace, including iPhone and Android Verse apps. These apps provide an elegant experience and rich integration with your IBM collaboration infrastructure, including IBM Connections and IBM Chat and Meetings.
Join Saurabh Calla to step through a demo of the Verse mobile updates and look get a look at future plans for these mobile offerings.
Attend this webcast to see how this mobile app will help users:
Focus on the communication from people most important to them
Stay on top of items needing attention as well as tasks they’ve assigned to other people
Easily triage and navigate mail to focus on the critical items and not the clutter
Be sure to check out our 2 most recent videos, just published today, on ourIBM Collaboration Solutions (ICS) Support YouTube channel. Which, if you don't already subscribe to, you might want to consider. We post demo videos there, along with brief excerpts (usually under 10 min) from our very popular technical Open Mic webcast sessions.
VIDEO 1: "Ask the Experts session: IBM Client Application Access (ICAA)" (14 min)
During the Ask the Experts session held just yesterday (July 28), Billy Ray Dela Cruz described IBM Client Application Access (ICAA), supported configurations, installation and configuration as well as known issues.
VIDEO 2: "Troubleshooting Seedlists" (19 min)
In this demo, Declan Joyce from the IBM Connections team describes how to verify that the initial index is complete and validating seedlists. The video also includes demonstration of 4 search service commands.
IBM Collaboration Solutions and the SocialBiz User Group are hosting a live Q&A with IBM Notes and Domino expert Scott Vrusho on June 4, 2015. The Live Q&A topic will be "IBM Notes & Domino and NSF Files."
Scott has worked with IBM Notes & Domino in a variety of roles over 20 years and is currently responsible for software release management in the Development organization. So you'll want to join this Live Q&A with your questions to get on-the-spot answers from an expert!
You can also submit questions in advance in the Ask Your IBM Notes & Domino Questions forum by signing in with your SocialBiz User Group account. Don't have an account yet? Sign up for a SocialBiz User Group account now - it's free!
Failures during Connections installations are generally obvious. You get a failure message in Installation Manager, find more information in the install logs, and go from there. Failures after a successful installation can be much harder to diagnose. However, many failures have similar causes with quick fixes. A few I've found that pop up repeatedly:
Modules that don't map to the cluster and web server. This should happen less often now that 5.5 maps them for you when IHS is already installed, but it's one worth revisiting if you can't access anything after an install.
Applications that are not enabled in LotusConnections-config.xml. If you see weird behavior with some parts of Connections while others work fine, take a look at LotusConnections-config.xml and make sure all applications you expect to be enabled actually are. I ran into an issue in my lab environment that led to some long troubleshooting before discovering that News was not enabled. Doh!
Applications that are not mapped to the right cluster name. I ran into this one with a client today, and the entire environment was inaccessible, but the error pointed to JNDI look failures. That took me down the wrong path until I found that all applications were mapped to a nonexistent cluster. Fixing those and restarting worked like a charm.
Here are details on additional Connect 2016 sessions that will be delivered by IBM Support and Services professionals. To read about the sessions described in the first post of this series, click here.
Successful Social Content Migration Into the Cloud
Come to this session by David Byrd (CTO, Worldwide Lab Services & AVP) to gain an understanding of how to transition your on-premises IBM Connections and competitive content (ie SharePoint, Jive, etc) to the cloud.
Sunday, Jan 31 | 1:00 to 2:00 PM | Lake Mizell AB
The Cloud's Silver Lining: Next-Level Strategies For Your Cloud and Verse Deployment
At this session, David Byrd will be joined by David Dutcher (Offering Manager) and Karin Cross-Smith (Senior Offering Manager). Together they will help you understand how to on-board your organization into IBM Connections Cloud. This will include key information on licensing, user management and leveraging Verse.
Sunday, Jan 31 | 2:15 to 3:15 PM | Lake Highland AB
Introduction to IBM Social Business Applications - Extending the Value of Connections
Jason Roy Gary (IBM Distinguished Engineer) and Mike Taylor (WW Application Owner) will be discussing all the existing and new Apps for Connections including our first App for the Cloud, Spokes. Spokes integrates all sorts of 3rd party services with Connections Cloud. The session will also dive into IBM Expertise Locator which allows you to find expertise within your organization.
Monday, Feb 1 | 2:00 to 3:00 PM | Lake Mizell AB
Enterprise Social Networks - The nerve-center of future organizations
Bosch has been driving to become an Agile Company. In this session, Andre Hagemeier from IBM and also Amit Kumar and Joachim Heinz from Bosch will describe the work involved, current status, future plans, and discoveries made during the process.
Monday, Feb 1 | 4:45 to 5:45 PM |Lake Mizell AB
Carnival Sailing Safer Seas with Domino
Hear from Hunter Medney (Senior IT Specialist) and Walter Carvalho (Carnival's CIO) on how Domino and XPages help make the world's largest cruise company safer. Carnival came to IBM for help streamlining the number and distribution of policies for their Health environmental and safety security system (HESS). The result is a Domino XPages application that works across all the brands in Carnival's portfolio.
Tuesday, Feb 2 | 2:30 to 3:30 PM | Florida 5
Going Cloud, Going Mobile - Will Your Network Drag You Down?
Wes Morgan (IBM Consulting Network Engineer) will give you the "big picture" view of how the transition to cloud and mobile services affects your network, and we'll discuss the most common network roadblocks encountered (and resolved!) during cloud and mobile deployments.
These are NOT "thought experiments" or hypothetical situations; rather, they're real-world problems that just might be lurking in YOUR network. You'll leave this session armed with the knowledge you need to deploy cloud/mobile technologies more smoothly.
Tuesday, Feb 2 | 2:30 to 3:30 PM | Lake Eola A
IBM Event Connect - From Concept to Production and Beyond
Chris Cotten (Product Manager) and Brad Schauf (CTO) will review key features and functions of IBM Event Connect and show how those drove the architectural design, mixing IBM Digital Experience solutions (such as WebSphere Portal, Web Content Manager, Connections and others) along with Bluemix, mobile services and their deployment in cloud.
Tuesday, Feb 2 | 3:00 to 3:30 PM | Solution EXPO Theater
Enterprise Deployments: Lessons Learned to Avoid Road Blocks
Tony Cusato and Casey Toole will tap into 50+ years of experience on building world wide enterprise infrastructures. They will share their experiences and lessons learned so that you can avoid road blocks when deploying enterprise level ready Sametime, Connections, or Notes/Domino/Traveler architecture.
Tuesday, Feb 2 | 5:15 to 6:15 PM | Lake Eola B
Innovation Supply and Demand in the Context of Strategic Collaboration Networks
RES-EAU-WaterNET is supporting the formation of strategic networks by using IBM Connections Cloud to bring together experts and scientists from around the world to collaborate on the development of innovative drinking water systems for remote communities. In this session, Gideon Sheps (WW Onboarding Coordinator) and Keyvan Maleki (RES'EAU-WaterNET) will explore how the use of collaboration tools can help create, foster and support these networks, improving value and outcomes.
Wednesday, Feb 3 | 9:15 to 10:15 AM | Lake Mizell AB
Moving to Connections Cloud with Our Buddies!
Migrating to the Cloud is one important step for Sika from Switzerland. The highest priority for customer satisfaction was a smooth migration and therefore minimal effort for users. Come hear from Felix Mueller (IT Specialist) about Sika's approach and how they were able to carry forward 13.000 Sametime buddy lists from on premise onto the cloud without a single password. The actual migration took less than two hours, leaving plenty of time for networking!
Wednesday, Feb 3 | 10:45 to 11:45 AM | Lake Highland AB
Version 1.7 of the IBM Connections Mail Plug-in, for use with IBM Connections 5.5, has been posted to the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog. If you are upgrading to 5.5, make plans to download this plug-in to add access to email and calendar from within your IBM Connections environment.
Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 5 Interim Fix 1 is now available for download from Fix Central. One of the fixes included in this release addresses the MD5 "SLOTH" vulnerability on TLS 1.2 that affects Domino. Follow the links below for details on the vulnerability, the complete fix list, and download information.
Here's part 1 of our look at some of the Connect 2016 sessions that will be delivered by IBM Support and Services professionals. For part 2 of this series, click here.
Finding the Real Experts - IBM Enterprise Engine with SQA & EL
This Jumpstart session by Scott Rogers (IBM Collaboration Consultant) and Mike Taylor (IBM Apps Owner) will show you how the social platform can be extended to incorporate analytics to serve up experts for a variety of use cases.
IBM Connections at Lufthansa - Modernization of Cooperation and Communication
Mathias Marhoff from IBM and Heike Griess-Nega from Deutsche Lufthansa AG will present the challenges and opportunities to achieve goals for an integrated solution with a simple and enjoyable user experience, which is supporting mobility and ensuring security, and how IBM Connections was integrated into the Lufthansa IT environment.
Join Tony Payne and Ginni Saini, senior members of the IBM Sametime L3 Support team, for this technical breakout session where they will open their bag of tricks to share specifics on how to effectively troubleshoot complex Sametime Audio Video deployments.
Tuesday, February 2 | 10:45 to 11:45 AM | Lake Highland AB room
Get the most out of IBM Connections with XCC - Web Content & Custom Apps Extension
Learn how to get the most out of IBM Connections with XCC. Presenting will be Scott Rogers from IBM, Felix Binsack from TIMETOACT GROUP, and John Merlino and Arey Zargham from Tufts Health Plan.
Tuesday, February 2 | 2:30 to 3:30 PM | Florida 2-3 room
My Domino Applications are Moving to SoftLayer; Now What?
Matt Holthe (Field support Services) and Sree Haridevara (Accelerated Value Specialist) cover the common below questions and other information that you need to know so that the transition of your Domino applications to SoftLayer will be as smooth as possible.
What does that mean for your applications?
How can you make them cluster aware?
What about integration with other applications, or other backend systems?
How will you manage user authentication?
Tuesday, February 2 | 5:15 to 6:15 PM | Orange F room
Zero to Clustered: Sametime Deployment During Your Happy Hour
Brad Boston (Accelerated Value Specialist) and Jeff Miller (Productivity team) will show you hands
down the fastest and most repeatable Sametime install possible.
Wednesday, February 3 | 8:00 to 9:00 AM | Lake Highland AB room
Capitalize on Social Engagement - What's Your Score?
At this session by Scott Rogers (IBM Collaboration Consultant) and Lior Leiba (Manager Social Technologies), you will learn how to increase the impact of your workforce through growing your network, knowledge, reputation, and social capital.
Wednesday, February 3 | 9:30 to 10:00 AM | Solution EXPO Theater
Social Business Infusion Patterns with Digital Experience
At this session, Charlie Price (Advisory Software Engineer) and Greg Presayzen (Senior Technical Advisor) will share a presentation and demo that shows:
an example of how portlets can be used to make life easier for their end users,
the integration with a number of options including the portlets
Web Application Integrator, a powerful way to give the appearance of a tightly integrated solution.
Wednesday, February 3 | 10:45 to 11:45 AM | Florida 2-3 room