Latest available updates for IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Manager
IBM recommends to update Portal with the latest cumulative fixes (CF) on a regular basis to benefit from product fixes as soon as they become available. Staying on the latest CF level will also help you in making sure that interim fixes for potential security vulnerabilities will become available to you as quickly as possible. For more information follow the link to PSIRT Blog to see the latest IBM Security Bulletins by product.
Digital Experience on Cloud - Announcement Letter Posted 06-Jan-2015
New Features available in Portal 8.5 Cumulative Fix 04 Posted 06-Jan-2015
Update procedure for Portal and WCM v8001 will be changing effective with CF15 Posted 06-Jan-2015
Invalid URL context during XMLAccess import to virtual portal may corrupt base portal Posted 06-Jan-2015
Cannot add an item to a project when the user has "user" access to the project Posted 06-Jan-2015
Security Vulnerability Bulletins for Portal / WCM
Security Vulnerability Bulletins for WebSphere Application Server
New Downloads from the Portlet Catalog
IBM Log Viewer Portlet for WebSphere Portal Posted 13-Jan-2015
Key Technical Documents
Article Title: "Step by Step guide to setup an IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Manager V8.5 Cluster"
Author: Andrea Fontana - Non-IBM Senior Consultant
Summary: This guide want to explain how install, configure, and building an IBM WebSphere Portal v8.5 cluster from zero to hero.
Article Title: "Administering IBM WebSphere Portal 8.5: A comprehensive workshop"
Authors: Thomas Hurek and Chet Tuttle - Portal + WCM Development
Summary: The goal of this white paper is to explain the various administration and configuration tools offered by IBM WebSphere Portal 8.5. Learn about which tool to use for which task and about the new capabilities of WebSphere Portal 8.5, and understand differences from previous versions of WebSphere Portal. [The whitepaper] will take you through exercises for each tool so you can learn hands-on how to use them.
Article Title: "IBM WebSphere Portal V 8.5 Performance Tuning Guide"
Authors: Multiple Portal Testers and Developers
Summary: This white paper provides a basis for parameter and application tuning for IBM WebSphere Portal for Multiplatform and for Linux on System Z V8.5.0. Remember that both tuning and capacity are affected by many factors, including the workload scenario and the performance measurement environment. For tuning, the objective of this paper is not to recommend that you use the values we used when measuring our scenarios, but to make you aware of those parameters used in our configuration. When tuning your individual systems, it is important to begin with a baseline, monitor the performance metrics to determine if any parameters should be changed and, when a change is made, monitor the performance metrics to determine the effectiveness of the change.
Article Title: "Security Hardening Guide for IBM WebSphere Portal"
Author: Jason Wicker - Portal Support
Summary: Security is a fundamental requirement for most web applications. Organizations commonly demand detailed accounting of web application security, especially after mainstream media coverage of high-profile vulnerabilities or exploits. This guide instructs architects and administrators on evaluating and improving the security of applications based on IBM WebSphere Portal.
Article Title: "Developing Themes for WebSphere Portal 8.5"
Author: Cindy Wang - Portal Theme Development
Summary: This is a series of articles highlighting how to create a modular theme in Portal 8.5.
Articles and White Papers
Article Title: "Contenthandler Cachability " Posted 27-Jan-2015
Author: Alex Lang - Portal Development
Summary: The digest calculation in the Portal "contenthandler" service can render content URL caching ineffective in Apache if various services such as WebSEAL (LTPA junctions) or Google Analytics insert cookies in the request stream. This blog entry will present a method to deal Apache caching in the presence of these cookies.
Article Title: "Full Control Over Markup In WCM While Using JSPs" Posted 06-Jan-2015
Author: Maarten Pol - Non-IBM Consultant
Summary: Prevent frequent JSP updates and deployments by delegating control over the rendered content to WCM components
Article Title: "PUMA API Scenarios - Portal User Management Architecture" Posted 06-Jan-2015
Author: Vinayak s Patil - Non-IBM Consultant
Summary: This article talks more about not so frequently discussed PUMA related scenarios with code samples
Article Title: "Web Content Manager (WCM) Archive Content" Posted 06-Jan-2015
Author: Vinayak s Patil - IBM Services
Summary: Most of the content published on website using Web Content Manager (here after referred as WCM) get replaced with latest content, for example news & articles which changes frequently. Most of customers has requirement to archive content & display if someone want to refer old content published on the website. There is no out of box provision/facility available to archive content but this can be easily done using Custom WorkFlow action same is demonstrated in details.
Article Title: "Hands on Step-by-Step Guide for implementing View count on content details" Posted 06-Jan-2015
Author: Esraa R Helal - IBM Services
Summary: The document is a concise piece that focuses on a realistic example offering step-by-step hands-on experience for designers and developers, to show how they can implement view count in a realistic business use case from the ground up. The document will show the use of different WCM Components to provide view count functionality on client's intranet and extranet sites. The View Count implementation will provide the ability to track the number of hits on a certain content, as well as the ability to use the hit count to sort and display the most visited contents on the site as a list.
Automated Data Collection Tools to aid in resolution of Portal/WCM related issues
wpcollector Portal 7.0+ - http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21445430
dwAnswers - quick Q&A, howto, etc.
Forums - detailed stacktraces, custom code samples, etc.:
Collecting Data / Mustgather Documents
Portal / WCM - http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21591590
WAS - http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21145599