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Collecting data: IBM Connections 4.5 Cognos and Metrics

Technote (troubleshooting)


Gathering this MustGather information before calling IBM support will help you understand the problem and save time analyzing the data.

Diagnosing the 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 -> Diagnostic Trace Server -> Change Log Detail Levels -> please add the following *string and click Apply -> OK

Trace for custom authentication provider in Cognos:**=all

Component Trace for metrics runtime issues:*=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 zipped copy of the Connections server logs directory %WAS_HOME%/profiles/appSrv01/logs (trace.log, systemout.log, systemerr.log and FFDC logs) from the node,
along with LotusConnections-config.xml and metrics-config.xml located in directory %WAS_HOME%\profiles\(your profile)\config\cells\(your cell)\LotusConnections-config
and in /metrics/metrics-report.xml.

Cognos specific log and files, please zip the entire log folder
<Cognos BI path>/logs
<Cognos Transformer path>/logs/

<Cognos WAS server>/
For windows:


<Cognos BI path>/configurations/

<Cognos Transformer path>/configurations/

<Cognos Transformer path>/metricsmodel/
*.sh or *.bat

Log file:<cognos installation>/logs/VMMprovider.log

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

Related information

IBM Community Metrics Update indicator stuck at 0% and
Cognos Metrics for Connections Reports Fail to Complete

Document information

More support for: IBM Connections

Software version: 4.5

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Software edition: Advanced

Reference #: 1642893

Modified date: 01 June 2015

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