Sametime: prevent contact list notification after directory change to LDAP

If you have followed IBM’s instructions on replacing the Domino Directory with an LDAP directory you might notice the user notification below after running the stnamechange command against the vpuserinfo.nsf:

I can not think of any valid reason why a user should be bothered that his ‘contact list has been updated to reflect recent administration changes to contact names’. In my experience it would just puzzle people, especially since there is no true information relayed or any action required.

Fortunately we have given the possibility to to suppress the prompt for the user either using a managed setting in the plugin_customization.ini or a desktop policy.

Plug-in: com.ibm.collaboration.realtime.imhub
Preference: showExternalModificationDialog
Value: false

Well done IBM – pushing Eclipse preference settings via policy

Only just realised that IBM has gone through the full trouble in order to not only provide us with an easy way to push location, but also Eclipse preference settings to the client via policy.

While I wouldn’t necessary pronounce that it was worth the wait, while applying the workaround in Lotus Notes and Domino 6 to 8, it’s definitely a feature that has been waited for a long time.

Enable File > Application > Install in Notes 8

Guess this is widely published on the web but since I was searching for this like mad today I have to write it down for the next time I need it.

In order to enable the Eclipse update manager UI in Lotus Notes:

  1. Close you Lotus Notes client
  2. Browse to the plugin_customization.ini in the notes application folder\framework\rcp
  3. Add com.ibm.notes.branding/enable.update.ui=true
  4. Save and close file and restart Lotus Notes

You can now find the Eclipse update manager under File > Application > Application Management.

lotus-application-management

Preparing the IDE for Sametime 7.5.1

I did finally get some time to set-up and try the new Sametime 7.5.1 version with the recently released Sametime 7.5.1 Software Development Kit (SDK).
Since there is no updated IBM Redbook of “Extending Sametime 7.5” available yet I’d like to outline some of the changes when setting up the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with Eclipse 3.2.2. Continue reading

Sametime 7.5.1 SDK available

About 2 weeks after the release of Sametime 7.5.1, IBM finally published the Software Development Toolkit for Sametime version 7.5.1 on the developerWorks toolkit page.
The file is dated 27th April but it has not shown up on the download page for the past few days.
While the 7.5 SDK can be used with Sametime 7.5.1 in general, the 7.5.1 software development kit should contain some documentation about the new interfaces and extensions as well as the deprecated classes. Can’t tell what’s in there since I am currently waiting for the download to complete, the trans-pacific connection between the US and New Zealand seems a bit busy currently. Interestingly the size of the 7.5.1 SDK is about 90 MB smaller than the 7.5 one.