Verse on Premises 1.0.2 IF1 fixes the problem of broken Notes links

Thanks to my fellow IBM Champion Jan Krejcarek who alerted me of the availability of IF1 for VoP 1.0.2

This fix resolves the problem of the broken Notes links I mentioned in a previous post.

You can get the fix here

Thank you IBM for listening and reacting in a short time.

Another badge received

Seems that IBM is converting all the certifications into badges. I received another one for a certification I have. If this is so, I expect more 🙂

Verse on Premises 1.0.2 breaks Notes links

Since I upgraded VOP to 1.0.2 all Notes links ( db links , view links and doc links) in a mail are shown as web links.

My friend and fellow IBM Champion Tim Clark made some tests after I told him of this, and he has found the same issues.

Hope IBM can look into this and fix it soon.

IBM, please fix the Feature Packs installations !

Every time there is a HotFix applied on top of a FixPack or Feature Pack, the installation of the new version of the FP fails. It says it found the wrong version. You have to uninstall the HotFix reverting back to the Base FP, then you can upgrade to the newest FP.
Recently I had installed on my server, and my customer’s server the HF238 for FP8 and I could not upgrade that to FP9; had to revert back to base FP8 before upgrading.

This is a nuisance, to say the least. Can someone from IBM Dev have a look into this and allow the installation of a FP on top of whatever version of the previous FP is there ?

IBM has released Orient Me

Just received this:

Dear IBM Connections Orient Me Customer,

The IBM Support team is contacting you to inform you that a new update to Orient Me 6.0 is available. The recent release of Docker 17.06 has an incompatibility with IBM Spectrum Conductor for Containers Community Edition 1.1.0 which results in an install failure for Orient Me  The Orient Me development team has made available a new release of Orient Me ( to address the install failure.  The installation change is the only update in Orient Me  If you have already installed Orient Me with Docker 17.03 then no action is required.  Otherwise please download the latest version of Orient Me from Fix Central before deploying.

We apologize to any inconvenience that this might have caused you.

The IBM Support Team

Update on I am a bit worried about Pink system requirements

The very excellent Ben Williams and Nico Meisenzahl have dug deeper in Orient Me and found ways to reduce the footprint.
See their blog posts here and here.

I now have Orient Me running with 4 cores. I understand this is not a supported configuration, not until IBM comes up with a way to downsize Orient Me to less than 8 cores, but is definitely a big step forward.

Thanks Ben and Nico !

I am a bit worried about Pink system requirements

I finally succeeded in installing Orient Me on a single server. The point is that it needed 8 CPUs and 16 Gb RAM (thanks to Nico Meisenzahl for telling me that would not work with “only” 4 CPUs)

Now I am a bit worried. If these are the requirements only for Orient Me, I wonder where we will end up for the whole Pink when it will replace the actual Connections. A single server installation will be out of question. My problem is that all my customers are in the SMB space so they do not have tons of hardware to dedicate to Connections Pink.
I do really hope that dev and the performance labs can come up with some suggestions on how to make it work on a smaller hardware; they said they are aware of this problem and are working on it. Let’s hope they do the right thing.

Something to look for when reinstalling Orient Me

I have some issues when installing Orient Me, so I ended up uninstalling and reinstalling several times. All of a sudden I found my / directory without free space. This is because every time you reinstall CfC it keeps tons of Docker files in the /var/lib directory. I checked and I had 8 docker.timestamp directories in my system. Once I deleted those I gained 39GB of space free.

So have a look at your /var/lib and delete all the docker.timestamp directories.