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Collecting Data: IBM Connections 4.0 or 4.5 Search

Technote (FAQ)


What data should be collected in order to troubleshoot IBM Connections 4.0 or 4.5 Search related issues?


This technote covers collecting data for problems with IBM Connections 4.0 or 4.5 Search component. Gathering this information before calling IBM support will reduce the time that it takes to understand and resolve your problem.


Collecting Log information can be automated (using IBM Support Assistant Lite (ISA Lite)) or collected manually.

Automated data collection:

Collecting the following log information is automated in the IBM Support Assistant Lite (ISA Lite) tool for IBM Connections. This tool is included with the product and can be found:

<IBM Connections program dir>\data\shared\tools\isa

To run the ISA tool, please follow these steps:
1. Since the tool is a Java application, it is necessary to set the JAVA_HOME environment variable before the tool can start.

Execute the following script:

AIX® or Linux®:


2. Run ISALiteConsole.bat script in the <IBM Connections program dir>\data\shared\tools\isa directory
3. Follow the prompts to gather the data set for the problem component. Make sure you specify the cluster name of the WebSphere Application Server where the component is deployed.

Detailed instructions on running and using the tool can be found here:

When running the ISALite Collector, you can edit or modify the trace setting. Support may ask that additional trace settings be applied during ISA Collection.

Manual data collection:

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, screen shots, 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 and is the issue reproducible on the supported browsers?
Is there a 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 Search is installed on) -> Diagnostic Trace Server -> Change Log Detail Levels -> please add the following *string and click Apply -> OK

Component Trace:

Search Only:


Seedlist Crawling and Indexing:*=all:*=all:*=all

Runtime Search Queries:*=all

Post Filtering:*=all

Community Libraries Document Type/Properties Label Service:*=all

SR_Index Trace:

ECM Search Index Trace (4.5 Only):

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

Search Validation Tool ( Command Only available in 4.0)
Start the wsadmin command environment
Run the command SearchService.validateDeployment()
This will generate an html file in the appserver logs directory:
The name of the html file will contain the date and time it was created.

NOTE: Starting in Connections 4.5 the Search deployment can be validated by accessing the serverstatus url directly in a browser:


Collect a Fiddler Trace while performing search or from accessing the seedlist in a browser.

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

Operating system(s): AIX, IBM i, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 1636559

Modified date: 29 October 2014

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