Managing IBM Connections: tools & tips
Het technisch en administratief beheer van IBM Connections is eenvoudiger te maken met het Connections Administration Tool. Hiermee zijn bijvoorbeeld verschillende configuratietaken binnen Connections gemakkelijk uit te voeren. In het Engelstalig blog hieronder wordt uitgelegd hoe je het Connections Administration Tool (CAT) praktisch kunt inzetten.Administration of Connections: commandline vs tooling; Experience fancy tooling for administration purposes when using IBM Connections.
Why use wsadmin jython scripts on local server, when there is a nice webservice and -interface for handling your changes in Connections?
It’s no shame to tell you that Connections is hard to manage if you don’t know wsadmin with the Connections admin scripts. Using wsadmin on a daily basis will get you up to speed. But that’s not realistic for the most of us. If you need to manage Connections, lets say, once a month, then it’s hard to remember what you did last time.
Example for changing storage quota for a user by first creating a new policy for Executives ( 5 GB ).
Logon to the DMGR server and if it’s a Windows server, open a DOS commandbox.
(This means, you have to have admin rights and wasadmin rights for remote access.)
Change your pointer to the bin folder ( cd /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin )
Enter the following commands for creating a new policy:
wsadmin.(sh/bat) –lang jython
Policy is created and the Policy ID is shown in the response.
Get the user’s ID by the following command:
Assign the policy to the user’s library:
FilesLibraryService.assignPolicy(libraryId=”<user id>”, policyId=”<policy id>”)
Above procedure is not very friendly in use. It’s also hard to delegate this procedure to a service- or helpdesk. It would be better to use an administration toolkit for management. And of course, there are several on the market, but only one can take care of all the administration tasks you do for Connections.
The tool in question is CAT (Connections Administration Toolkit) from TimeToAct.
Keywords in benefits using CAT:
- simplicity: Complex multilevel commands are shortened down to simple GUI windows
- all in one: No need for the administrator to work directly with XML files or the wsadmin tool, everything can be done from within CAT
- no technology skills required: Both XML editing and the Jython script commands are done by CAT, the administrator doesn’t necessarily need to know either
- safety: Several validity checks for performed changes to minimize the risk of demolishing your IBM Connections
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Create a new policy in CAT is very simple. Press “New Policy” button and fill in the values needed:
In “Content And Access – Files – Libraries”, you can change the policy for an user:
Like you can see it’s easy in use and you don’t need any knowledge for Websphere, wsadmin and jython. You can delegate access for CAT to your service- or helpdesk with the according rights.