I read with interest Carl Tyler’s recent blog entry Sametime Proxy in which he talks about the Sametime Proxy. I agree with Carl that the Proxy is a great piece of technology and a great replacement for STLinks.

I demo’d in my blog entry Sametime Proxy in iNotes – death of STLinks? how the Proxy can be used to replace STLinks in iNotes which should be supported in Sametime 8.5.2 (from what I was told last)…..

Not being of a development mindset I do not fully appreciate it as a toolkit but I do appreciate it from an infrastructure and functionality standpoint and the customers who have adopted it appreciate it’s features.

I look forward to Carl’s forthcoming blog entries so keep an eye on his blog.

I noticed that a white paper from Andy Yiu was released two weeks ago focusing on the architecture of Sametime 8.5x. There is some good information in there and I’d recommend that anyone working with the technology should read it. It’s good to see that information is continuing to be released.

developerWorks article

An IBM’er dropped me an email this afternoon about a portlet which has been released for Portal 7 which integrates with the STProxy. This looks to replace the out dated Sametime Contact List portlet and remove STLinks from Portal.

Now, I haven’t had the chance to try it out but I will soon and post more information.

If someone gets the chance to deploy it please let me know how you get on.

You can get it from the Greenhouse

More information has  become available this morning and a Wiki article has been written.

I’m not sure when this became available but you can now download the PDF from the link below.

Sametime 8.5 Enterprise Scale Deployment

A new document “Deploying a scalable IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 environment for small-to-medium businesses” was released recently written by Andy Yiu.

The document is extremely useful and most importantly has the following paragraph.

“In Lotus Sametime 8.5, certain configuration limitations prevented multiple nodes of different component types from being installed on the same server. These limitations in node-based installations have been corrected for all components, allowing multiple components to coexist on the same server without the limitations for clustering and management of a cell installation.”

The fact that with version 8.5.1 you can install multiple components on the same server is a god send because it made no sense as to why with earlier releases you had to install a cell for each component. This means that multiple primary nodes can be installed on the same server and federated to the SSC removing the overhead of multiple deployment managers and various cells.

I wish this nugget of information was available some time ago or if it was I wish I had stumbled across it sooner.

An updated version of the Sametime 7.5 Redbook has been released which is great news.

The information is extremely useful and even a skim through has uncovered a few useful titbits of information I wasn’t aware of.

http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/stwiki.nsf/xpViewCategories.xsp?lookupName=Redbooks%3A%20Sametime%208.5%20Enterprise%20Scale%20Deployment

PDF version will appear soon.

OK, this really stumped me until I did a bit of searching and found some really useful posts which I have listed below.

The documentation in the infocenter tells you to copy true type fonts to the Linux server and set a number of paths:

PATH=$PATH:/opt/IBM/WebSphere/STMeetingsServer/stellent
export PATH
LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/opt/IBM/WebSphere/STMeetingsServer/stellent
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH
GDFONTPATH=/opt/IBM/WebSphere/STMeetingsServer/stellent/fonts
export GDFONTPATH

After adding the paths ensuring the paths were set permanently documents still wouldn’t convert. Reading the links below I found that I also had to add a path for Java to run, I used “/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/java/jre/bin” since it was installed with WAS. It would be nice if IBM updated their documentation.

Sametime forum post

German Notes forum


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