Welcometo this edition of the WebSphere Portal Tuesday NewsDay letter summarizing the latest content for several products supported in the Digital Experience Support Center, including: WebSphere Portal and Portal Express, IBM Web Content Manager and IBM Web Experience Factory.
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.
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: "Warming up your Portal Site" Posted 26-May-2015 Author: Travis Cornwell - Portal L2 Support Link:https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/PortalL2Thoughts/entry/warming_up_your_portal_site?lang=en Summary:WebSphere Portal leverages a large number of caches throughout the product. Caches offer may advantages to the WebSphere Portal product - most notably they allow for significant performance improvements when the Portal server is under load. When a Portal server is restarted the caches are emptied out. In the event of a planned (or unplanned) outage of the Portal server - it can take a bit of time for the caches on a Portal server to become repopulated following a Portal server restart. When accessing the Portal server in a "cold" state without the caches filled in yet, this can leave the end user experience degraded. In this article, we will discuss warming up the Portal server using a series of scripted operating system commands.
Article Title: "How to programatically refresh data from LDAP during login" Posted 26-May-2015 Author: Travis Cornwell - Portal L2 Support Link:https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/PortalL2Thoughts/entry/how_to_programatically_refresh_data_from_ldap_during_login?lang=en Summary:WebSphere Portal leverages a large number of caches throughout the product. Caches offer may advantages to the WebSphere Portal product - most notably they allow for significant performance improvements when the Portal server is under load. When users login to the Portal server, logout, and then relogin, they may not see the most recent data available from the LDAP server. This is discussed in detail in a prior blog entry - How to programatically refresh data from LDAP. This blog article will discuss implementing custom authentication filters that will leverage reload() code and pull updated user data from LDAP during login. Sample code is available at the end of each respective section for download and implementation.
Article Title: "Enabling Google Mobile-Friendly Search Results within IBM WebSphere Portal" Posted 12-May-2015 Author: Chris Bosko - Portal Development Link:https://developer.ibm.com/digexp/blog/2015/05/08/enabling-google-mobile-friendly-search-results-within-ibm-websphere-portal/ Summary:On Tuesday, April 21st, Google began rolling out their mobile-friendly update for search results. Fortunately, IBM Digital Experience is already equipped to handle everything you need to optimize your solution for optimal mobile search placement. This article will discuss how the IBM Digital Experience handles the various ways that Google expects to see web sites that are mobile-friendly. The solutions below are for themes. Individual content should also be optimized for mobile devices.
Article Title: "WebSphere Commerce Sample for IBM Digital Data Connector in WebSphere Portal" Posted 05-May-2015 Author: Jonathan Booth - Portal Development Link:http://openntf.org/main.nsf/project.xsp?r=project/WebSphere%20Commerce%20Sample%20for%20IBM%20Digital%20Data%20Connector%20in%20WebSphere%20Portal/summary Summary: IBM Digital Data Connector (DDC) is used to integrate data from external data sources on your portal pages by using IBM Web Content Manager presentation components. In this sample we are integrating WebSphere Portal and WebSphere Commerce. This integration allows WebSphere Portal to become a front-end for WebSphere Commerce pulling data into portal using the WebSphere Commerce REST APIs. WebSphere Commerce can then behave in a “headless” manner, acting as a data source for WebSphere Portal.
Functionality available in the default WebSphere Commerce storefront, Aurora, has been segregated into portlets which use a combination of DDC and AJAX. The library provided in this sample contains 16 content items which you can drag and drop onto your portal pages. Each content item corresponds to a function available in the Aurora Store front, for example a shopping cart or wishlist. These content items are provided as examples of how you can easily integrate WebSphere Portal and WebSphere Commerce using DDC.
Article Title: "Integrating WebSphere Portal and Commerce via REST Services" Posted 05-May-2015 Author: Dmitri Nevedrov - IBM IT Architect Link:http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/commerce/library/co-websphereintegration/index.html Summary: You can integrate WebSphere Portal and the WebSphere Commerce with the REST (Representational State Transfer) mechanism that is provided by WebSphere Commerce. You can also enable a single authentication mechanism for the system and integrate Web Content Manager. [The author proceeds to describe step-by-step the configuration changes needed for both Portal and Commerce to integrate. Further notes are given on use case scenarios - including sample code, for integrating the two products].