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Collecting Data: IBM Connections Communities

Technote (troubleshooting)


Gathering this information before calling IBM support will reduce the time that it takes to understand and resolve your problem.

Diagnosing the problem

Collecting the following data before contacting support will help expedite problem determination and resolution of the problem:
1. Provide a precise description of the issue, screenshots, error messages, and steps to reproduce.

2. Please provide Connection environment details:
-IBM Connections version and fix level.
-LDAP type, version, fix level
-Amount of RAM on each of the server nodes
-Is this a pilot or production installation?
-Is this a new installation or an upgrade from an earlier version?
-How many nodes in the cluster and are components installed to a single or multiple jvm's?
-Is the problem reproducible on all nodes?
-What browser types and versions are in use?
-Is there an SSO solution in front of IBM Connections (Siteminder, TAM, Spnego)?
-Please outline any customization that you may have.
-What changes occurred in the environment prior to the issue

3. Tracing can be very verbose. If tracing is requested by support, follow these steps.

a. Log in to the IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) administration console using an administrator ID
b. Go to Troubleshooting -> Logs and Trace -> Logging and Tracing -> Server 1 (or server Communities is installed on) -> Diagnostic Trace Server -> Change Log Detail Levels -> please add the following *string and click Apply -> OK

Component Trace:


Database related issues






Community Catalog trace --- crawler trace for Communities*=all:*=all:*=all:*=all

c. Restart the WAS server after moving existing logs to another directory (or deleting)

d. Reproduce the problem.
Note: If the issue can be reproduced on a single node, shut down all other nodes prior to reproducing the problem.

e. Provide support a compressed copy of the logs directory %WAS_HOME%/profiles/appSrv01/logs ( trace.log, systemout.log, systemerr.log and FFDC logs) from the node.
along with LotusConnections-config.xml located in directory %WAS_HOME%\profiles\(your profile)\config\cells\(your cell)\LotusConnections-config

f. Additional files to collect for Communities would be the following.
Communities-config.xml, Communities-policy.xml and Widgets-config.xml
These files are also found in located in directory %WAS_HOME%\profiles\(your profile)\config\cells\(your cell)\LotusConnections-config

Collect a Fiddler Trace

Fiddler is a tool for monitoring requests made and received by a web browser. This information is often invaluable when troubleshooting a problem with IBM Connections. Due to the AJAX nature Connections, an error message may not always display the true cause of the error. A fiddler trace helps all requests or responses that may have been made.

Fiddler can be downloaded from

Close all other browser windows before opening fiddler, log into connections. Run the fiddler application. Have the user perform the operation that is causing the error. When the action has been completed, save the results in fiddler by choosing “File”->”Save”->”All Sessions”.

Please configure fiddler to decrypt the https request:
Select "Decrypt HTTP traffic" and ""Ignore server Certificate errors

Document information

More support for: IBM Connections

Software version: 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 1610336

Modified date: 02 August 2013

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