My New Secondary Workstation – Take a look


I just added this one to my collection of machines running in my home:

InFocus Kangaroo

I always try to keep my home footprint small: energy usage, space, noise (fans can add up) and just usability. I have a few mini servers that I use for utilities machines that I run, I have my main laptop that at home turns into my communication machine and I have my main workstation/desktop that hosts several virtual machines.

Now I can have a small machine that I can run all the time to make it available as a remote machine and then also be small enough to just unplug and throw into a bag and take it to a client when a laptop is not what I need or want … and now I have it – it can use a tablet as a touchscreen display. I can also use it to just make it a media server and put behind my TV if I want and hook it up to the network directly.  Of, if we need something to hook up to the main TV (55 inches, we ain’t talking dinkie screens here) and I want to be able to do something that requires a PC now I can … Bluetooth mouse and keyboard make it easy …. The opportunities are limitless. go and see if this is something for you!

 

Woha – I’m a Champion


Holy crap – I’ve been chosen as an IBM Champion. . . .

On behalf of IBM, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to join the IBM Champion program for 2016. After reviewing your nomination(s), the selection committee agreed that your efforts over the last 12 months distinguish you as a true IBM Champion.

Well,  this is certainly an unexpected honor,  and something I will need to wrap my head around until I can really grasp it in totality.  It’s also a really great way to start into 2016,  I am looking forward to the upcoming year and my added role as an IBM Champion.

Thank you to those who nominated me and to IBM for choosing me.

Wheew,  now I need a bourbon to celebrate. . . .

SocialConnections 9 in Stuttgard Nov 5-6, I am speaking again!


I just noticed that I forgot to announce to the world that I will be at SocialConnections 9 in Stuttgart next. The dates to save are November 5 – 6 and the location for the Shindig is STUTTGART in good old Germany.

The agenda is already finalized , take a look right here: http://socialconnections.info/agenda/

You will actually find me in there twice because this time I am not just presenting my own, riveting content but also co-presenting with a good friend of mine, Christoph Stoettner. Him being Bavarian and I being half Austrian we are able to totally confuse the crowd with insider talk and strange dialects that most Germans north of the Weißwürschtl Grenze (see below) have allot of trouble understanding – but don’t worry, the actual presentation will be in English.

For all of those among you who want to know more about the everlasting love-hate-indifference relationship between the north and south of German speaking people, look this up: Weißwurstäquator. And additionally, just for the insiders – we count our Swiss friends and brethren as human and normal, even though nobody else really understands Schwyzerdütsch. But the Swiss are just cool and know it, so we accept them as is.

As you can see, next to the unbelievably captivating content and massive amount of slides that Christoph and I will be presenting, we are fully prepared for any linguistic duel that might be waiting.

I do hope to see allot of you at the conference, judging fro the agenda it promises to be quite the exciting – sign up and let me know if you are planning to come!

IBM Sametime 9.0 – To Install Fixes turn off Autostart


I just ran into a problem installing Sametime fixes I had not seen happening for a while – and therefore forgot all about it.

Allot of Sametime fixes require an update via the IBM Installation manager. This means that allot of what is actually going on in the background is virtually invisible to you – unless you also tail the Dmgr, NodeAgent and server components’ WebSphere logs.

I had a case where I was installing The Poodle Update for Sametime 9 and it was consistently failing with errors (from the InstallationManager log) such as

CRIMA1217E: A problem occurred during the execution of the E:\IBM\WebSphere\STSCServerCell\build_console.xml file.

Explanation: A package has an issue that cannot be resolved by Installation Manager.

exec returned: -1 [E:\IBM\WebSphere\STSCServerCell\build_console.xml:1629]

I had to put my thinking cap on and after a while of me pulling out some of my hair (no worries, it grows back quickly) I remembered:

The update process has allot of phases where it starts and stops the Dmgr/NodeAgent/Component server several times during the installation process. The Dmgr and NodeAgent are never a problem, however if you tend to set the auto-start of the component servers (Media server, STPRoxy, SSC Server, etc.) via the WAS Server settings – Java and Process Management – Monitoring Settings … then the Component servers always restart when the NodeAgent is started. The installer expects them to no be running and some of the commands in the scripts try to start them and get errors back they have no error handlers for – so the whole install fails.

So – just turn it off, save the setting and sync the Nodes -no need to restart the servers prior to installing the fix. Then you just have to remember to set the auto-start again after you are done so the servers start automatically . . . .

AND: Check after the POODLE fixes are installed, always check the servers virtual hosts settings, I almost always have one that was reset, this time it was the STAdvanced server that was reset to default_host and nothing was working correctly.

ICONUK – Here I Come!


Just booked my flights for ICONUK – it is my first time flying Virgin Atlantic so I am curious how that will be! Everybody tells me they are fantastic …

Will you be attending ICONUK? I am looking forward to talk all things Connections and Sametime ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you there!

ICONUK Sep. 21&22, London – I’ll be speaking again


Just got this in the email:

Good News! Your session IBM Connections – Installing the Free “Extras” and  Integrating with other Products has been approved for ICON UK 2015
Tim and I are finalizing the schedule and it should be online tomorrow.

Thanks again for your submission and we are looking forward to seeing you  in September

Will I see you guys there?

Dates:
Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Time:
Mon 08:00 – 19:00 (Gala dinner 20:00 – 23:00)
Tue 08:00 – 18:00

Location:
IBM Client Centre, IBM Southbank, Upper Ground, London

http://iconuk.org/

Sametime 9 – Cumulative Hotfix for Sametime Proxy 9.0.0 install woes


Installing a new environment for a client and ran into an issue trying to install the Cumulative Hotfix for Sametime Proxy 9.0.0 ontop.  The documentation is wrong, the location of the registry.xml is incorrect in the document, but let’s not dwell on that one.

I set up the package and ran the Installation Manager and the install was always failing, the package tried to update things in incorrect profile locations and failed with the error it could not find the wimconfig.xml … strange.

I ran the issue past a few friends and compatriots and Declan Lynch had some suggestions: he had run into problems installing HF for Sametime if the WebSphere server running the actual ST process (in this case STProxy) was set to auto-start using the Java Monitoring settings.

So – I disabled the auto-start settings, synced the nodes and restarted the STPRoxy server …. and the update went through without a hitch. I will be disabling this for all servers during updates/upgrades from here on – I noticed the process stops and starts the nodes and the auto-start of the servers probably made the install scripts go haywire.

Good luck, everybody!