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Month: February 2019

IBM Connections 6.0 – which functionality is provided by the Component Pack?

I had been asked, what exactly I will be missing, if I don’t have the Component Pack / Customizer Lite / Elasticsearch standalone installed, as these add additional functionalities, which in some parts integrate seamlessly and it is hard to tell which component it is based on. The reason behind this question is, that the Component Pack requires a different technology stack (Docker, Kubernetes, Helm) than the base Connections one, which is built on WebSphere, so some customers have not deployed that, yet. The Component Pack right now basically has 3 major components it provides: Orient Me, Customizer as well…

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How to add a banner notification to Orient Me?

With CR4 and specifically Component Pack 6.0.0.7 for Connections 6.0 we have added the ability to notify Connections users of important news in Orient Me. This is a functionality which lack thereof in the past has kept some customers to move from the original Homepage to Orient Me. To enable and create banner news in Orient Me you need two things: the Connections Customizer as well as, obviously, Orient Me. 😉 If you have those two go to your Application Registry for the Customizer (https://your.server.com/appreg) and create a new app. You then copy the following text in the Code Editor:…

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How to activate the new newsletter design in Connections 6.0 CR4

I had been asked, why the newsletter are still looking the old way after upgrading Connections 6.0 to CR4. You’ll first need to update the notification config to activate the newsletter V2 design: In the properties section of the notification-config.xml you have to add the following line: It then should look like this: Then you’ll need to save it, sync the changes in WebSphere and restart the server containing the news application.

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IBM Connections 6.0 CR4 release information & download link collection

Today CR4 for IBM Connections 6.0 has been released and as always here the collection of all relevant links for the ease of use.  CR4 contains all fixes of CR1, CR2 and CR3 as well as the ones from the list below and brings many new features which you can read up here.  You can download it here. (1,58GB). You will also need to update the databases using the scripts here. As always you can use the update guide published here for guidance with the upgrade. You can find the Component Pack 6.0.0.7 here at Fixcentral (4GB). If you want to install the IBM Connections Customizer Lite…

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IBM Connections 6.0 CR4 – what’s new?

Last October the IBM has released CR3 for IBM Connections 6.0. This update centered our efforts on streamlining the user experience and providing a more contemporary UI with features focused on usability, engagement, and maintenance. It started delivering what we had promised since IBM Think last year and focussed on customer feedback and requirements. We brought new and quick access to recently used Communities as well as Files, making it much easier to get to the content a user mostly likely is looking for. A major change was to include ICEC for communities as the Highlights app for free to Connections. This allows community manager to create very…

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When your community overview page is constantly reloading

I just happened to have an issue on a Connections 6.0 environment, where after installing an CR the community overview page kept reloading indefinitely.  Stopping the RichTextEditor app prevented that behaviour but of course this is not permanent solution. Matthias Schneider from my team pointed me in the right direction:  For the RTE Widget to function properly the role for person in the Files app must be set to All Authenticated in Application’s Realm. So I checked the role setting in my environment and indeed it was set to Everyone instead: I then changed it to All Authenticated in Application’s Realm… … restarted the…

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