This week I installed IBM Connections 5.5CR1 on a Windows Server. I used WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5.9 and everything ran pretty smooth, but the Connections install itself ended in an error after all applications were successfully installed. The popup showed a regexp error and a long string. The installer ran through the night, so I couldn’t remember this string and started the install again. The Same message box appears after everything was successfully installed (checked through ISC, after the error everything was uninstalled by the Installation Manager) and even the install.log showed nothing special. This time, I remembered the string, it was the password of my WebSphere Administration user!

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Wikis in IBM Connections 5.5 have a little bug, because the link (/library instead of /wikis/form/api/library) for images are wrong and so they are not displayed. There is a technote, which should solve this issue, but the used way with ProxyPass is not what i want to use. When you use ProxyPass and ProxyPassReverse you should add a ProxyRequest off to be more secure. ProxyPass to localhost can be a problem too, i would suggest to change localhost to the Connections IHS Hostname. Why do I use a different approach? Most of my deployments already use a RewriteRule to redirect the hostname to there Connections Homepage, so i don’t need an additional module (which needs ressources and can have security considerations), when i can solve the image issue through mod_rewrite.

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Since the IBM Connect pages does not show all presentation, i uploaded mine to slideshare. TDI Solutions Best Practices with IBM Connections Deployments Best and Worst Practices Deploying IBM Connections 2016

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Today i thought about creating and deleting some Communities with the REST API. Works really good and i need to post my findings sometimes. First cool thing is that you can create restricted Communities with external feature through REST. After deleting these Communities i checked the Community overview through my browser and found following view: So you mustn’t use wsadmin to restore Communities from trash, you can use this view. Never heared of it and the documentation still mentions wsadmin as the only way to restore them.

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The next big IBM Connections Community event – Social Connections 9 – takes place November 05/06 in Ehningen / Germany. The theme of the event is “Working out loud” and it offers tons of sessions all around IBM Connections and Adoption in the social software world. This will be my fifth Social Connections Event after Zurich, Prague, Stockholm and Boston, for me all of them were great experiences and personally very successful. I have been working with ESS / ICS / Lotus products since 2000 and I followed many other community members through blogs, forums, web events and tweets, but I rarely had the chance to meet any of them in person.

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