Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Lotus Connections and WebSphere Portal ( ) - Doing Business (Cards) Together - Version 2

Following my earlier blog posts: -

Lotus Connections - Doing Business (Cards) with WebSphere Portal 6.1.5

and: -

Lotus Connections Profiles' Business Card appearing in WebSphere Portal - Or not ?

I've spent the last couple of days, recreating the environment, using Lotus Connections and WebSphere Portal ( aka ), using the latest set of LC25 portlets: -

*UPDATED* IBM Lotus Connections 2.5 Portlets for IBM WebSphere Portal

that were released in late June 2010.

It's been a fun ride, but I was finally able to crack the "problem" and now have Business Cards appearing in the Profiles portlet in WebSphere Portal.

These were the key lessons learnt: -

(1) Unlike earlier versions of WebSphere Portal and Lotus Connections, it is not necessary to install the following iFixes: -        ( for Connections )                        ( for Portal )

(2) It's necessary to restart Portal after: -

(a) updating WIM
(b) configuring the URL for Profiles
(b) updating the styles JSP

(3) If in doubt, restart both Portal and Connections.

(4) If you want to be really really sure, delete the contents of: -


before starting Portal again.

(5) For me, this didn't work until I brought Connections up to and Portal up to; previously, I'd been using LC and WP In addition, getting the specification URL in the ISC right took time; it's not totally clear which of the
following it should have been: -


This is what worked for me: -


I've written the solution up in a document, which I'm intending to get published via the Lotus Connections Wiki but I can share privately if required. Just let me know ...


Dave Hay said...

OK, now I'm confused. Having rebuilt the Connections server in order to add Activities and Communities, the Business Card integration stopped working.

It's now starting working again - after much faffing around.

One change from before - I have the URL for the resource set to: -


e.g. using HTTPS but without anything past the port number, as per the Portal Information Centre

Dave Hay said...

The only thing that I can think of is that this suddenly starting working after I'd suspended and resumed my laptop, on which my WP and LC VMware images are running. I wonder whether something has spurred the internal networking between the two VMs ( running within a team ) to start working.

Will look at this next time the problem recurs ....

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