Tuesday, May 5, 2020

HCL Connections Docs 2.0 CR3 ifix009 available for download

HCL has released on FlexNet the first ifix for Docs, ifix009 for  2.0 CR3 .

The fix list is available at this page, the upgrade steps Infos are available here.
I've just upgraded an environment without issues (please read and follow all the steps, backup included).

Ifix packages are cumulative, so you could install this ifix009 on top of every Docs release starting from 2.0 CR3.

I like to close this post with the link of the new home of Docs documentation :

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

HCL Sametime Meeting 11.5, registrations for the preview are opened

HCL is pushing hard also on HCL Sametime , now out with 11 FP1 release .

Sametime is a secure on-prem solution, for Instant messaging and awareness now composed of 2 components, a community server and a proxy server for web connections.

The webclient was totally renewed in this version and also the architecture has changed with Tomcat and MongoDB instead of WebSphere and db2.

The next Sametime component of the roadmap is now the Meeting that will be available with version  11.5 targeted for June 2020.

Yesterday HCL has opened a registration form to access a preview version hosted by HCL , so partner and customers will be able to try this solution and evaluate the feature. During the last ICON CH I had the pleasure to try the meeting in advance and I was well impressed.

The meeting should be released initially as a docker image for an easy and fast implementation and eventually later as a classic setup.

Friday, April 17, 2020

HCL Connections - how manage community library file space when it's filled up

Working with Connections sometimes could happen to fill up a community usable space getting an error with new file uploads.

Connections spaces are managed with a set of policies that define the space occupation limits for communities, wikis, etc.

To manage these spaces some wsadmin commands are required. To simplify the reading of this post I've shorted the long id generated with a label like CommunityID.

First of all start the file administration:


with the following command, with the communityID (visible in the URL) it's possible to get the space info's about a community library


{summary=, percentUsed=99.97249487787485, label=LabelID, type=community, title=Community Name, themeName=default, externalInstanceId=LabelID, externalContainerId=6bd7b2a9-99da-4786-b0ac-a1e1bf733740, size=5367232450, policyId=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001, lastUpdate=Thu Nov 12 09:21:42 CET 2015, ownerUserId=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000, maximumSize=5368709120, id=LibraryID, createDate=Wed Oct 28 16:19:36 CET 2016}

the 3 red numbers are the percent of the space used, the size used and the maximum size.

As first step to fix the issue is possible to check the existing policy, to see if any policy present in the system could fix the space needed.

 FilesPolicyService.browse("title", "true", 1, 25) 

this output of the command will be a list of policy available with size (expressed in bytes !! ) , id and description

maximumSize=524288000, id=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000005, title=!Default for Application}

To create a new policy, eg 10GB  use the following command

 FilesPolicyService.add("10 GB Policy", 10737412742L) 

As output will be printed a PolicyID  that should be used with the assign Policy command

FilesLibraryService.assignPolicy("PolicyID", "LibraryID") 

This commands (and more) are available at  this page in the HCL docs 


Friday, March 27, 2020

HCL Connections 6.5 CR1 available for download

HCL has released CR1 for HCL Connections 6.5that includes, as usual, some fixes, some new functionality and the return of a missed feature.

You could see the new functionality in this video from HCL youtube channel:

The feature comes back from the past is  HCL Connections MAIL that permit the integration of  mail and calendar inside Connections:

Last but not less important HCL has introduced a new upgrade also for the Component pack that upgrade the elastic stack and finally support Kubernetes 1.17.2 , instead of the previous out of support 1.11 version (here the upgrade procedure for CP to the last version).

The upgrade procedure is same as previous CR, follow the Update strategy article, here the technote with dbs upgrade, you could find all the packages inside flexnet looking for   "HCL Connections v6.5 CRs and APAR Fixes"

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Engage 2020 , another great event ! Some thoughts about it with my presentation deck

This week I had the pleasure to be part of  Engage 2020 , the biggest European user group related to  HCL Digital solution software (Domino,Sametime,Connections,Dx) that has been in Arnhem (NL) with more than 400 peoples..

For the first time I had also the honor the be in a booth because Factor-y was one of the event sponsors.
We have presented our cloud solution,  proposed as the future of IBM Smartcloud in quality of HCL MSP certified provider.

Quick recap :

HCL: the keyword is "Evolve". HCL has started the evolution of the whole DS portfolio to be able to collaborate and empower the customer's business. HCL is also investing in R&D and it's hiring peoples all over the world. I like to highlight the come back in the family of Luis Guirigay hired as "Senior Global Director"!

Domino e Sametime: during July 2020 will be released the Progressive web app (PWA) of  Verse 2.0 and Sametime, that will runs on Win, Mac and Linux!!
During the second part of the year the new Sametime Meeting will be available too.

Connections : the keyword it's integration with all the principal production tools.
A fantastic example could be the MS Teams  integrations that will be released with Connections 6.5 CR2. We have also seen some screenshot and anticipation of Connections  7.0 who will runs entirely into  Kubernetes.
I like to reuse the motto "The future is Bright" because it was never true like in this moment!

I strongly suggest you to check the twitter feed to see slides and comments from the conference..

Congrats to the Engage team that have made another time an exceptional job, finding a beautiful location and has provided all kind of support needed: THANKS!

Last but not least, below you could see the presentation deck of the session I run with my mate, Wannes Rams from ISW and my colleague in the LetsConnect Team.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Factor-y is an official "HCL Cloud Hosting Managed Service Provider"

As you probably already know during the next July 2020 , IBM Smartcloud service will be shut down, because not included in IBM , HCL deal.

Factor-y (the company who is loving supporting me since 2012) has been certified as HCL Cloud Hosting Managed Service Provider.

For every technical and commercial details needed I like to point you to the dedicated page on our site.

I'm really excited about the opportunity to live this adventure in the fast lane.. and to have the opportunity to work on this project close to HCL and the others HCL MSP.

See you all at Engage!

UPDATE: We have scheduled an English webinar to present our solution March 5, 2020, 3 PM CET

Friday, February 21, 2020

LetsConnect 28-29 September – Bienvenido a Madrid!

Some days ago the Let's Connect team has announced the location of the 2020 edition: Madrid !

As you probably already know Let's Connect it's the new name of Social Connections user group dedicated to HCL Connections and HCL Digital experience.

2020 will be an important year, with huge changes like the transition from IBM Smartlcloud to the new cloud managed by the HCL MSP partners and at the end of the year will be released the new V.7 build on Kubernetes (no more traditional installer !) .
DX will not be inactive as well continuing the evolution with V.10 in a similar way to a new modern infrastructure.

If you are customers, consultants or HCL Partners I strongly recommend to join the conference because the networking opportunity in this kind of events is unique!

More updates like the call for abstracts and sponsors will be announced during the first half of the next month, don't forget to check the site and.. see you in Madrid!