Friday, October 25, 2019

From 0 to DX 9.5 developer hero in 20 minutes with HCL official docker images

HCL with the release of DX 9.5 has build also an official docker image for OpenShift 4.x  .
As I read HCL has in plan to support Kubernetes vanilla and other cloud implementations very soon.

One of the possible way to use this image is use it with docker on your laptop so you could start to develop your DX 9.5 experience from 0 to portal up&running in 20 minutes :-) .

I made my test on my corporate laptop with Windows10 , Hyper-V and docker desktop
If you haven't docker installed yet I suggest you to start from this page..

System Preparation

If you have just installed docker or if you haven't tuned the docker machine I suggest to augment the docker machine resources:

click with right button on docker icon in the sys-tray and than settings

go to advanced section and check the CPU/Memory/Swap /Disk Image Max size

Now if you haven't one already create a working directory to be used as wp_profile mount point and exclude it from your AV setting for performance reasons (at the first run wp_profile will be delated with almost 40k files) and for data integrity.


Unzip the package downloaded from Flexnet (right now it's

First step needed is importing the DX image to your docker image repo

docker load -i .\hcl-dx-core-image-v95_20190928-2258.tar.gz 

after some minutes while docker was importing all layer involved you will get the confirmation message:

Loaded image: hcl/dx/core:v95_20190928-2258 

Now it's time to create the container from the image exposing the port needed and mounting the wp_profile to the local filesystem to guarantee the persistance of the data:

docker run -p 10038:10038 -p 10039:10039 -p 10041:10041 -p 10042:10042 -p 10200:10200 -p 10202:10202 -v C:\docker\dx-store\wp_profile:/opt/HCL/wp_profile hcl/dx/core:v95_20190928-2258

where C:\docker\dx-store\wp_profile  it's my docker data directory.

At the first start some extra time will be required because DX profile will be generated on the path used in the command.

The image does not include HTTP and Plugin so this will be the URL

Url Portal   :       http://localhost:10039/wps/portal   
Url Console :    
Utenza default:  wpsadmin / wpsadmin

if you need to enter into the container
                                               docker exec -it  container_name bash

The image is build using RHEL 8.0  , Portal security it's set to local was and  database it's local Derby.

When an upgraded image will be shipped you will need to repeat the first command to import and create the new container using the existing mounted wp_profile that will be upgraded (if needed) to match the new version.
After the upgrade the old container could be removed.

To close this post some others usefull docker commands

to check active container
docker ps

to check all container
docker ps -a

to rename a container
docker rename container_name new_name

to stop the container 
docker stop container_name

to start the container
docker start container_name

to remove the container
docker rm container_name

to remove a container image
docker rmi nome_immagine 

The official documentation about the DX docker images it's available at this page.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

HCL Digital Experience 9.5 released

Yesterday HCL has released the new Digital Experience 9.5 (formerly know as WebSphere Portal

Il what's new include :

  • HCL Digital Experience 9.5 Docker Image (official images available for k8s o OpenShift)
  • HCL Digital Experience 9.5 Practitioner Studio (new user interface for content managements)
  • Woodburn Studio (a complete new site shipped as example )
  • New HCL Experience API 
This is a good step ahead because it's a start of a journey to a new modern word based on k8s.
9.5 it's the start, soon will be released 9.6 and 10 will be out in the 2020.

I suggest you to read  the what's new at this page and also for technical docs.



Update: I've just created a channel on the OpenNTF slack workspace dedicated to Digital Experience. If you are interested you could create your account  clicking here and here you could find the direct link to the channel.

HCL Master 2020 class, nominations are opened

HCL has opened the nomination time for HCL Master class 2020 , the first class named directly from the HCL process.

Nomination will stay opened until the end of October , will be elaborated during November and the class will be announced in December.

This is the HCL Master definition from the Master site:

HCL Master is a distinction that HCL awards select members of the community that are both experts in their field and are passionate about sharing their HCL knowledge with others.

Masters are HCL ambassadors (not employees) and their commitment to sharing their expertise has a huge impact on the HCL community – whether they are blogging, writing books, speaking, running workshops, creating tutorials and classes, offering support in forums, or organizing and contributing to local events – they help make HCL’s mission of making technology play nice, possible

I had the pleasure to be IBM Champions and HCL Master 2019 , having access to beta , downloads, forums , group chat and webinars !

I can reccomend the partecipation to the program, so if you know peoples involved in the community that contribute to maintain our working environment better :-) don't hesitate, go to the following link and propose him/her/yourself as HCL Master

Friday, September 27, 2019

HCL Connections 6.0 available for download toghether with Component pack

Like they have promised during Social Connections 15 about CR6 HCL has just released the new CR6 together with the new Component Pack

As usual CR6 include fixex, but also new functionalities , described in the following video:

Now some more resources,   "Administering Connections 6 CR6" where find techincal infos and download links to the new repository ( you needs to have a valid and entitled account on HCL Flexnet system).

Here a what's new page.

HCL has also reported 2 "classic" resource like the  technote that include the step by step PDF guide and also the update strategy page.
The new component pack has a reduced TCO because drops Solr  in favor of Elast search and now it's also possible to have installed the customizer lite in HA. 

Here at this page the Component pack installation guide.

I like to close this post with the new Connections marketing video : People power your business, Connections powers your people". How cool is that ? :-)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

HCL Connections : 2 interesting webcast from HCL

I'd like to point your attention to 2 important webcast from HCL , the first one scheduled for today about the upcoming Connections 6.0 CR6 and some anticipations like Activity Plus from the future Connections 6.5

This webcast will be today at 

Sep 26, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM BST

The second webcast will be about the future of Connections Cloud and Smartcloud where HCL will unveil new details like the first MSP enabled to offer the new service

Wed, Oct 2, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM BST
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM BST 

I strongly suggest to partecipate to both webcast and share it to your colleagues or customers.

UPDATE: cloud webinar was postoned to Oct 16

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

HCL Community Forums are opened !

Yesterday HCL has opened the new community forum about Digital solution products

You could find this new forum here

HCL Support login is required to log-in

Monday, September 23, 2019

HCL Connections , some news and consideration after Social Connections 15

Social Connections 15 was run last week in Munich, from 16th to 18th September.
First 2 days was full of sessions and round-tables, during last days was made 2 interesting desing workshops about mobile applications and external users collaborations.


WoW: full Venue , nice sponsor room and a lot of enthusiasm drived by HCL announcements from the OGS until the roadmaps sessions before the CGS. :-) .

This was be my first Social Connections event as team member and I love to thanks once again the other team members for given me the opportunity to be part of the group of friends that every year organize this amazing conference for our outstanding community.

I love also to thanks the speaker and the HCL peoples present at the event !
Thank you all for your work , availability, passion and friendship.

I like to close this section with an advice for who wasn't able to attend : don't miss the user group event !
HCL has changed also this thing of our world and user group has a great impact and gives you the opportunity to interact in person with HCL exec, devs, offering manager in a level you was never able to dream in the past.

Join us or another user group event in the future and you will not be disappointed.

From my point of view we have listen a lot of awesome news !
To start .the rebranding is live ! New logo ,slogan and marketing for all former ICS products including Connections.

 "People power business connections powers your people"

Connections 6.0 CR6  will be launched during September/early October and will includes:
  • bugfix
  • component pack optimization with a reduced TCO
Connections 6.5 it's scheduled for  November 2019 with a nice number of improvements:
  • activity plus! HCL made an agreement with ISW and a lite version of Kudos Boards will be included in the new component pack withut any increment of the TCO. To be able to use all features of Kudos Boards , customer could buy the license and ugrade to the full experience only upgrading the serial number !!
  • Connections sidebar:integrate Connections into any website, share status updates without the need to switch to Connections. 
  • Touchpoint: step-by-step onboarding wizard, connecti with relevant people, suggest important communities.
  • Connections Invite: invite external users , self service, email templates.

Connections 7.0 scheduled 2h 2020
  • integration: round trip edit with O365.Users will be able clicking edit button to work directly with O365.
  • Outlook: files, profiles, updates and communities available from the MS client.
  • Docs next will be delivered with improvements from aha ideas.
  • Orient me next will able to suggest files, apps necessari, and manage workflow
  • Multi tenant:will be possible to handle multiple separate setup inside an installation. This feature will be needed by service providers or umbrella corps that needs to manage and keep separate different brands.
Connections Cloud
According to previous announcement,  during July 2020 the current IBM Connections Smartcloud environment will be shut down.
HCL has identified some partners names MSP that will be enabled to provides Connections cloud as a service. This partners will be able to import customers dataset exported by support to the new instances, using the HCL tools currently under development.

MSPs are sadified several requirements in term of security , reliability and certifications and are required to satisfy some condition like mantain their Connections environment upgraded.

If you like to know more about this topic, please read this HCL blogpost and don't miss this webinar scheduled on  2th October where will be unveiled the names of the first MSPs.