Connections Search index not updated anymore

When the search index of Connections isn’t updated anymore and you see no activity
in the logs of the index being ran it could be that the Search scheduled tasks are stuck in the past. You can use these steps without restarting any of the IBM Connections components.

In this example the Search tasks next start dates weren’t update anymore since November the 9th.


With the following wsadmin command from the library you can delete all scheduled tasks that are bound to the search application. Note, I didn’t have any customized search schedules, all were the default.


Refresh the list.


Show the list again and you will notice all the scheduled Search tasks are gone.



Now reset everything to default.
Refresh the list again

Now showing the list again and you will see that the Search tasks have a next start
date that is in the future.





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Run the IBM Connections Desktop Plug-in on Windows server



When you have to work on a MS Terminal Server you will not be able to use
the IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins for Microsoft Windows.

This as the administrator will not be able to install this plug-in on a server OS.
When you try to install it you will get a message saying that the operating system isn’t supported and that it will only run on systems like Windows 7 or Vista.

As the IBMConnectionsMSDesktop was created by making use of the MSI
packing system there are options to remove this OS check.

Please see this Blog post about how to do it.

The SuperOrca tool is a pretty good, and free, tool to get the job done.

Here you download a prepackaged version of the IC Desktop Plug-in from 2014-10-07
which will install on Windows 2008 server.

IBMConnectionsMSDesktop MSI

Until now there were no issues running the IC Desktop plug-in on a MS Terminal Farm consisting of two nodes where this modified version was deployed.

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Delete DB2 TaskCenter history entries in the journal

Only required from time to time but can really improve the stability of the DB2 Task Center especially if you have scheduled numerous tasks which run every day.

A lot of entries in the journal of the DB2 Task Center utility can be make it very unstable and let it crash on a regular basis with a JVM Out Of Memory error message.

You have the option to remove them manually but you can also purge them in one batch
with the following db2javit command.

db202:/opt/ibm/db2/V9.7/bin # ./db2javit -a:”DB202.INTRA.ACME.COM db2admin password Y 90″

For an explanation of the parameters please see the following IBM Technote.


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Hard reset for Community themes in IBM Connections

When there is the need to reset the themes for all IBM Connections Communities
to the default one you can use the following SQL commands.

Only setting the theme in the SNCOMM Communities database isn’t sufficient as
theme choices are also saved in some of the sub components of Connections.
This goes for Activities, Blogs, IdeationBlogs, Forums and Wikis.













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Restrict the creation of Communities

Certain customers don’t want everybody to go loose on their IBM Connections platform and let everybody freely create their own Communities.

Since IC 3.0.1 there is role which you can use to control who can create a Community.

You can find this role in the Communities application. By default the community-creator role is mapped to the  “Special subject” everyone. This mean every one who is logged can
create a Community.

To restrict it, map the community-creator role to the “Special subject” none and pick the users you want to give the rights to create a Community

community-creator role

community-creator role







In the UI users who don’t have the right to create a Community will miss the “Start a Community” button.







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Disable UAC on Windows 2008

Why? Because I’m an system administrator and I know what I’m doing on a server operating system.

To disable UAC on Windows 2008.

Start + R -> msconfig -> Tools

Launch the “Change UAC Settings” option.

Move the silder to “Never notify” click OK and reboot the server.



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Disable IPv6 on Windows 2008

If you want to completely disable IPv6 on Windows 2008 you can use the following command.

reg add hklm\system\currentcontrolset\services\tcpip6\parameters /v DisabledComponents /t REG_DWORD /d 32 /f

Reboot the server and the instead of this

you should see this.

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Error removing intermediate unpacked files while installing IIM

While installing IBM WebSphere Portal Express 8 on a Windows 2008 R2 server I encountered an error when I wanted to deploy the IBM Installation Manager.

Everything seemed to run smoothly but at the end the installer failed and gave me the following error.

“Error removing intermediate unpacked files at D:\IBM\Installation Manager………”

IIM installation log

IIM installation log

First I tried a newer version of the IIM. The one packaged with WP 8 Express is 1.5.2 but
I encountered the same issue with the 1.7.0 version. I also noticed that the installation folder remained completely empty after the installation failed. Only the directory IBM and the directory InstallationManager were created.

Later on I found out that on the server ARCserve backup services were running. These services conflicted with the the installation of IIM. After stopping these services I was able to successfully complete the installation of the IBM Installation Manager.

arcserve services

arcserve services


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Note for deploying IC4 CR2 with Connections Mail

When deploying CR2 for IBM Connections 4 and you also make use
of IBM Connections Mail plug-in take notice of the first two points in the
Update strategy document from IBM for this CR release.

When you want to use Connections Mail in combination with IC4 CR2
you need to use Connections Mail fp1.

IBM Connections Mail 1.0 FP1

What’s New in IBM Connections Mail 1.0 Fix Pack 1

And in case you made any customizations to the header.jsp for example
when adding the “Give thanks” link to navigation menu for the Kudos
add-in from ISW you need to redo these customization on a header.jsp
from the CR2 deployment.

After deploying CR2 you can find a plain header.jsp here.


Make the required edits to this file and place it in the correct path in the customization
directory of IBM Connections.

When you forget to take this last step you will notice that the mails icons itself are loaded
and that the test URL gives you a valid response response but nothing happens when
you hover over the mail or the calendar icons.


1. IBM Connections 4.0 CR2 deployment using Connections Mail need to have Connections Mail 1.0 FP1 installed. Pre-FP1 Connections Mail will not load with IBM Connections CR2.

2. IBM Connections 4.0 CR2 deployment using Connections Mail installations that have a customized header.jsp MUST migrate the changes made in the JSP file to the new version of the header.jsp file included with CR2.


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Configure Windows NFS client with write permissions

Under Windows you can choose to install a NFS client to access NFS files
shares as available on Linux systems.


Install Windows NFS client

Install the NFS client on Windows 8.

With the default options you will only have read options to these NFS shares.

By changing the default anonymous Uid and Gid on your Windows desktop and
match these to the ones set on the Linux NFS shares you also get write
permissions for these shares.

These two values can be created and set in the registry under.


– Select “New DWORD (32-bit) Value”
– Change the Base setting to Decimal.
– Enter the UID found on the Linux directory as shared by the NFS system.

Reg Keys

Then restart you Windows client.

You can use the “Map network drive” function in the Explorer interface to map your
NFS share or use the mount command line tool.

You can use the same syntax as when mapping a Windows Samba file share.

With the mount command check if the values set for Uid and Gid options are
now being used.

mount command

Mount screenshot

permissions nfs shares

Permissions NFS share






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