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In this article by Barry Rosen, author of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1, we will learn about Lotus Quickr Connectors and Lotus Sametime. We will discuss about Lotus Sametime Installation, Directory integration and Application integration.
Lotus QuickPlace/Quickr is IBM's team collaboration product. It provides template-based services and a set of content connectors, allowing end users to quickly create interactive team places, all without the need for administrator intervention. Visit http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product3.nsf/wdocs/ltwhome.
Lotus Sametime is IBM's unified communications and collaboration product.It provides enterprise-class instant messaging and web conferencing services, as well as a platform for many other capabilities. This includes telephony and voice integration services. Visit http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product3.nsf/wdocs/st75home.
Read Integrating Lotus QuickPlace/Quickr with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 article to get a much better understanding of the topic being discussed.
Lotus Quickr Connectors
One of the key features of Quickr is the openness provided by the connector architecture. These connectors allow for direct interaction with the Quickr servers independently of the backend architecture (WebSphere Portal/Domino).
The installation of these is via the large link on the main page of either edition.
The preceding link will initiate the download and installation of the connector's package. This is handled as a standard MSI package starting you at the welcome screen. Click Next to continue.
Next is the license text. After you have read all of the content and gotten agreement from your legal department, click Next to continue. The next screen allows for a custom setup of the Connectors. Select the desired options and click Next.
If you select Notes as a Quickr Connector type, you will be asked for the file page of the Notes client installation. Change the path, if necessary, to match your installation and click Next .
If you select Sametime as a Quickr Connector type, you will be asked for the file page of the Sametime client installation. Change the path, if necessary, to match your installation and click Next.
The connector will now be installed on your machine.
After the installation process has completed, the following screen will appear. The two options can remain selected if necessary. It is advised to at least launch the Microsoft Windows Explorer connector. This will allow you to add Quickr servers to the configuration.
From the Quickr icon on the Microsoft Windows task bar, select Add Places to install your first connection to a Quickr server. At least one connection is necessary. It does not matter if this is pointing to a J2EE or Domino edition backend, as both will function the same via the connectors.
In the Add Places section of Lotus Quickr Connectors dialog, enter the server path and user credentials for the server. This could be different for different Quickr servers, depending on the directory configuration. After entering the information, click on Next.
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If the connection to the server was successful, the following dialog should appear.
There will be a list of places that are present on the server for you to interface with. Select the desired place from the list. It is possible to select multiple places. Then click on Finish.
The monitor is a background process that communicates with the various Quickr instances and places. To access the monitor, select the Quickr icon from the task bar.
Now that the Quickr Connector is configured, it will be visible in the various applications. Below is an example of the Microsoft Windows Explorer connector. It allows Quickr to work like a file server to drag and drop files. This also has the document management features of check in, check out, and versions.
Within Notes, Quickr connectors are visible from the Actions menu. This allows interaction with the Quickr services to provide links to content and save file attachments into the content store.
The following screen is called Insert Link to Document.... It allows a user to send a link to a document in the Quickr content store instead of putting it in an e-mail message. This allows different users to access a central copy of the content. In the Add Link dialog, you can select a document from the navigator. Select Open to add the link to the mail message or other Notes document.
After the link has been added to the e-mail message, others can use it to open the content.
The connector for Sametime allows access to Quickr content stores. It is implemented as a Lotus Expeditor plugin within the Sametime 7.5.1 client.
The connector for Microsoft Office provides access to Quickr document management functions directly from within Office applications.
As you can see, the Lotus Quickr connectors provide for tight integration into the content. This will give the end users choices as to how they work and interact with their content.
Sametime is an enterprise client instant-messaging and web-conferencing product that has been available for many years. The current version of 7.5.1 extends these capabilities with a revised web conference meeting center client and Lotus Expeditor-based instant messaging client.
The product is a core component of the unified communications and collaboration strategy. This represents an integrated messaging solution that includes instant messaging, voice, and video.
The client product now supports not only Windows, but also Linux and Mac OS X.These additional client platform choices expand its enterprise reach.
The 7.5.1 product release introduces a new server platform with Linux. This has been a long-sought-after operating system for the server platform.
Installing Lotus Sametime
The installation of Sametime 7.5.1 requires Domino 7.0.1 or higher. The Domino server is used for the HTTP services, confi guration, and meeting data sto rage. A slight variation of this is the Enterprise Meeting Server (EMS ) product. It extends the capabilities of Sametime with the WebSphere application server as the frontend.The main difference is that EMS provides meeting services fail-over. While the WebSphere application server is used as the frontend, the engine driving the meetings themselves is a standard Sametime server running on Domino.
The installation process involves running the Sametime server installation wizard on an existing server. After you answer a few simple questions, the installation will complete in a matter of a few minutes. After this base installation has been completed, additional customization is possible.
One important thing to note is that Sametime Connect clients are not installed as part of the Sametime server. The installation programs for these must be installed after the base server install.
There is a Sametime SDK toolkit that can be installed as part of the base package. This provides API services and sample applications to build integrated solutions.
The base install ation itself is fairly simple with a minimal number of questions. The key difference is the directory-type selection of either Domino or LDAP. Regardless of user directory type, the base functions of Sametime are the same.
If the Domino Directory is used, then the configuration is very straightforward. The Sametime server needs a replica copy of the Domain Directory. It also needs a Web SSO document defined so as to function correctly. This is done by default as part of the Sametime setup if such a document does not already exist.
If an LDAP Directory is used, then the configuration can be a bit more complicated. During the installation process, you will be asked for the LDAP server host name and port number. Further configuration is handled via the Sametime administration web interface or by editing the stconfig.nsf database via a Notes client.
When an LDAP Directory is used in Domino, it has two interface points. The first is for instant messaging. These services directly access the LDAP server and don't use Domino. The second is for meeting services. These use the Domino Directory's assistance database to interact with the LDAP source. The reason behind this is that meeting services leverage the Domino authentication services and database ACLs to manage access.
Sametime has many integration points. This is in addition to the Lotus Expeditor-based client.
- Notes Sideshelf
- Notes view/document integration(for instance, inbox)
- The WebSphere Portal Server
This list includes a few integration points that are available. The key is that the Sametime services can be integrated into virtually any application that can leverage the API services it provides.
In this article series, we looked at several add-on products that are typically integrated into a Notes/Domino environment. These include QuickPlace/Quickr, Quickr Connectors, Sametime. Each of these represents a key component for the software environment at your company.
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About the Author :
Barry Rosen is an IBM Senior IT Certified Managing Consultant with IBM Software Services for Collaboration . During the last six years, he has worked on several global messaging and migration projects as well as performing Domino upgrades, messaging assessments, and client deployments. Currently, Barry is heavily involved in IBM SmartCloud for social business migrations and hybrid deployments. Prior to IBM Software Services for Collaboration, he was a Software Engineer in Lotus Support for over five years. While in support, Barry was on several teams specializing in mail routing, Lotus Notes Client, calendaring and scheduling, and server core. Barry is an SME on clustering, Lotus Notes for Macintosh, and rooms and resources. He is also a published author with several articles and books written on Lotus products.