IBM Connections 5.5, a nice new feature of the installer

Today I installed Connections 5.5, and I discovered a nice new feature of the installer.

The installer performs the same steps as for Connections 5.0 up to the database connections; then there is a new thing. It asks if you want to Configure the IBM HTTP Server and you can choose “Do Now” or “Do Later”. If you choose “Do Now” it will configure automatically the applications to use the HTTP server, avoiding you to have to check out the LotusConnectionsConfig.xml file, edit it removing all the port numbers, and check it in again. Obviously if you select “Do Later” you’ll have to do that procedure manually, as it was in the previous versions of Connections.

Really nice, kudos to the developers for doing this.

I'll be speaking at Connect 2016

After 9 years I’ll be speaking again at Lotusphere IBM Connect 2016.

I will have a session with the excellent Martti Garden on Connections Docs.

TI-1055 : IBM Connections Docs From Zero to Hero

Session Type : Technical Breakout
Date/Time : Tue, 02-Feb, 04:00 PM-05:00 PM
Venue : Hilton Orlando
Room : Lake Eola A

I have been nominated IBM Champion

I am really humbled; to be in the same list with such a group of oustanding people is really an honour for me.

The full list of IBM Champions for Social Business 2016 is here

IBM Verse on iOS works with self-signed certificates

In the official documentation for Traveler, is said this “IBM Traveler servers must support SSL/TLS and have a valid certificate. For security reasons, the app will not connect to a server with a self-signed, expired or otherwise untrusted certificate, nor will it connect to a server configured for HTTP rather than HTTPS.”

See here

Well…. is not really true. I am using Verse on my iPad and connect to my Domino server, which has a self-signed certificate. Here are the steps needed to make this work.

  1. Use a browser and access your mail, in this example I am using Firefox. When you see the page, click on the lock icon next to the address Screenshot - 23_10_2015 , 15_31_20
  2. Click on “More information” then on “View certificates” and then on the “Details” tab. There you see a button “Export”, click on it and export the certificate in crt format.
  3. Import this certificate into the device, for example sending it via mail. Whe you read the mail and click in the attached certificate, the procedure for adding a profile will start. Follow the instructions and you will find a new profile with the name of the exported certificate in the device.

Now  Verse will let you connect to your mail server.