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.
Article Title: "Administering IBM WebSphere Portal 8.5: A comprehensive workshop" Authors: Thomas Hurek and Chet Tuttle - Portal + WCM Development Link: https://developer.ibm.com/digexp/docs/docs/customization-administration/administering-ibm-websphere-portal-8-5/ 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 Link: http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/portalwiki.nsf/dx/IBM_WebSphere_Portal_V_8.5_Performance_Tuning_Guide 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 Link: http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/portalwiki.nsf/dx/Security_Hardening_Guide_for_IBM_WebSphere_Portal 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: "WebSphere Portal Migration from V6.1 to V8.5" Posted 10-Mar-2015 Author: Joseph John - Portal Development Link:https://developer.ibm.com/digexp/docs/docs/customization-administration/websphere-portal-migration-from-6-1-to-8-5/ Summary: You can migrate from version 6.1 to version 8.5 through a two-step automated migration path or a manual migration path. The automated vs manual migration section below provides various considerations to help you choose between automated and manual migration. For details on the automated migration process see the IBM Knowledge Center under WebSphere Portal 8.0.0 (previously referred to as the Information Center). Additional details on the manual migration process is provided [in this article]. *Editor's Note: The manual migration process requires a significant skillset with the WebSphere Portal to execute successfully. There are also some significant limitations with the process - including the extent to which L2 support can assist with manual migrations. However, for customers with the available skillset and willing to accept the limitations it can be advantageous vs. the two-step automated process - and yes, it has been proven in the field to work.
Article Title: "Step by step guide to implement SAML 2.0 for Portal 8.5" Posted 10-Mar-2015 Author: Paolo Della Rocca - IBM Services Link:https://developer.ibm.com/digexp/docs/docs/customization-administration/step-step-guide-implement-saml-2-0-portal-8-5/ Summary: WebSphere Portal is often included in architectures where multiple components are involved and integrated, and SAML SSO is often considered as an option to provide a good user experience for authenticated requests. Because WebSphere Portal is based on WebSphere Application Server (WAS) middleware technology and leverages WAS security layer, SAML SSO is available on Portal as provided by WAS. In this document we will describe the SAML 2.0 standards, what WAS provides for SAML SSO, and the steps to implement it for WebSphere Portal with a generic Identity Provider.
Article Title: "Flexible JSPs in WCM using parameters" Posted 10-Mar-2015 Author: Maarten Pol - Non-IBM Services Link:http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/portalwiki.nsf/dx/Flexible_JSPs_in_WCM_using_parameters Summary: JSPs offer loads of flexibility. But sometimes you end up creating several copies with minor changes just to accommodate slightly different purposes. Avoid this by making the JSPs respond to parameters. The parameters are set from the invoking JSP component, or passed in through the query string. Use this ability to limit maintenance and the need for deployments.
Article Title: "How to implement Regionalization for multilingual sites" Posted 24-Feb-2015 Author: John Rickett - WCM L2 Support Link:https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/WCML2Thoughts/entry/february_19_2015_6_01_pm?lang=en Summary: Regionalization should be used when you have different variants of one language, for instance: Australian English and United States English . The locale for these two variants would be en_AU and en_US. To set up regionalization, you follow the general steps to set up a multilingual with a few additional steps not in current documentation. [The author explains additional steps in the article].