Sametime 8.5 Enterprise Scale Deployment Redbook

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.

PDF version will appear soon.


Rename of Connection Community doesn’t rename return label in Quickr

A customer has come across a problem when using the Quickr Connector for Connections.

The Connector allows a Quickr Place (called a Teamspace) to be created from within a Lotus Connections Community on the Quickr server which allows the Community members to take advantage of all the good stuff Quickr has to offer. It also synchronises the Community membership with the Quickr database ACLs.

This problem appears when the Community name within Connections changes, the Quickr Place (Teamspace) doesn’t change with it and can cause confusion for users.

I created a Community in Connections called “ben test first name”

When you enter the Teamspace in Quickr you see a return link back to the Community “ben test first name” in the table of contents.

In the Community I edited it and changed the name to “ben test second name.”

On returning to the Teamspace the return link still states the old name but the name of the Teamspace has successfully updated placecatalog.nsf and in turn the GUI.

I figured a work around which could involve editing the h_ReturnLabel field with the correct name. This agent could key off the correct field value in placecatalog.nsf or you could manually change the field value.

I logged a PMR to see whether this could be resolved with an ifix or fixpack and it doesn’t look likely. The change would mean some substantial work on Quickr so that the table of contents return link changes when the Community name changes.

It was also suggested that a possible work around could be to use a generic return link (like in the Community “Quickr Teamspace” in the first screen shot) but that again would mean some substantial work.

I have raised an enhancement request to address this in a future release of Quickr possibly 8.5.2.

Sametime Proxy in iNotes – death of STLinks?

I was chatting with an IBM’er at the Exceptional Web Experience – IBM Portal Excellence Conference 2010 in Düsseldorf and asked him when Lotus products would start using the Sametime Proxy for awareness thus replacing the need to use STLinks. He told me it was coming soon. Not long afterwards a Developerworks article was  released detailing exactly how to do this.

The results are impressive and broadens the consistent UI between the Notes client, Proxy web client and now iNotes and most importantly it loads quickly.

This is not supported yet but is planned to be available in Sametime 8.5.2.

In this technology preview you also need to be running Domino 8.5.2 (iNotes) and Sametime 8.5 (not 8.5.1 or You will need to make some changes to you Notes.ini and replace your STProxyServer application via the SSC with the version provided in the article.

One thing I did notice, I got errors in IE8 when accessing iNotes but it works perfectly in Firefox.

The death of STLinks? I hope so.

How to change the Placetype of a Place in Quickr

Once you have created a Place in Quickr it’s not easy to change the Placetype to another for example switching “Standard” to a custom Placetype.

In the Placecatalog you can see

Open \LotusQuickr\bentestplace\main.nsf.

Create an agent to change  h_PlaceTypeName to the name of the custom Placetype.

Run the agent against h_PlaceTypeStamp and check that the value has now changed.

Run load qptool upgrade -p bentestplace -f which will change the PlaceType in the Place Catalog to Custom Placetype, designer will run and the Place will change to the custom Placetype*

*Replaces the elements of a place with the elements in its parent PlaceType. Use this argument with caution because with the exception of elements created in a place that do not originate from the PlaceType, use of the argument removes all changes to elements made directly in the place.
If you do not use this argument, the command refreshes a place with elements from its parent PlaceType, but retains changes to elements made in the place.

Sametime Meeting server document conversion – Linux

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:

export PATH

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