Practical smartUI: Reading complex categories on the Content Server Side

Normally, when building REST Services for smartUI, you’ll have to read complex attributes from categories to send them for display to a widget.

Lets use this example

A complex Category with 4 Sets and Table Key Lookups
A complex category with multible sets and table lookups (click to enlarge)

In your REST handler, you r task would be to get the values of the category attached to a node, read them and send them to the client using REST.

In this writing, we’ll focus on the “Read them” part. Our trick is

object  LLNODE = $LLIAPI.LLNodeSubsystem.GetItem(node.pSubtype)
result = LLNODE.NodeCategoriesGet(node)

Thos gives us all Categories connected to a node.

When we receive the REST call in ther server handler, we should do

  1. find the node id of the the object to examine.
  2. find the categories attached to this node (Red Arrow in the Screenshot)
  3. iterate over all categories and get the attributes we want. This is based on
    1. the attribute definitions (Green Arrow on the Screenshot)
    2. the attribute values (Yellow Arrow on the Screenshot)
  4. if you encounter a set (-18 as attribute type), you also will have to iterate over the set (Red Rectangle)
Get the Values of a complex category
The REST Handler to get the Values of a complex category

Lets take a look on the Values of a single Category. They are inside an assoc with one entry per attribute id.

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The Value list in CSIDE
The value list in CSIDE

Now you are almost done. Put a switch construct to get all values of the attributes on which you are intersted and get them out of the fdata assoc. The Value is found in the fdata assoc of the n-th Category unter the content of the first Value entry. Then we have to pick the attribute id where we find the content of the attribute in the first Value entry.

The Str,ValueTostring typecasts the output to be a string. So when we finished the job, we’ll see in the entry event.eventcycle the value of the attribute with the name “EventCycle”.

Get the attributes of interest
The switch construct to get the attributes of interest

The only thing to do is put the values in assocs and send them to the smartUI widget under the main clause “events” in the JSON array

Sent the values back
Send the values back. Support 200 (ok) and 500 (error) as status code.

So you see, Categories are no Monsters. They are quite user friendly. Using the same mechanism, you can even update complex Categories with one REST call.

Happy smartUI programming.

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Practical Series II: Building an EVENT Management System in the Content Server using a graphical smartUI Dashboard and Connected Workspaces.

3-5 days, depending on the skills of the attendees.

Here, an EVENT Management system in the Content Server is built from the scratch. Events can be anything, from a Music Concert to Keysessions or anything else. To manage Events, all necessary Notes, Documents, Feedbacks can be stored in the Content Server.

Each event is mapped to a Business Workspace and has several folders to hold all documentation and feedback. Events can be related to other events. Each Event is containing Documents according to the template and has a Team of Coworkers. We also implement a Dashboard to see all Events in smartUI. If an Event is clicked in the Dashboard then the corresponding Connected WorkSpace Business Object is opened. Both parts, the Dashboard and the Business Workspace correspond via REST Service, which is also to be implemented during this workshop.

Uses the Content Server 16.2.10, the smartUI SDK and the D3 library, which is part of the smartUi SDK.

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Practical Series I: Strategies to “widgedize” an existing Content Server module and to add functionality in an existing widget.

1 day. Here, some practical parts of the SDK usage are discussed. First, we discuss, what’s to do, if somebody wants to use the Barcode Command (Enterprise Scan) as a widget in smartUI. We discuss what’s to investigate using CSIDE and implement the widget. Then the appropriate REST Services are implemented on the Content Server side. Then we add an email functionality to the TEAM widget by implementing this as a view and interconnecting this with the original widget using a command.

Practical Experience in the SDK or the Base Workshop is required.

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Agenda of the new 16.2.10 smart UI advanced Workshop

“Extended SDK Parts” 1.5 days

Content:

  • Additional Widgets
    • Webreports
      • NodesListReportView
      • TilereportView
      • FilteredCountChartView
      • Carousel Widget View
      • parameter.prompt.form
      • table.report
      • status.screen
      • open.webreport.js (action to show the Parameters form)
  • binf-Datepicker
    • Using the build in datepicker
  • binf-switch
    • Using the binf-switch to turn checkboxes and radio buttons into switches
  • Workflow
    • Workflow Components
    • Workflow in smartUI including Workflow Status (new in 16.2.4)
    • Starting Workflows
    • URL Routes
    • Workitem Model
    • Workitem Actions
    • Workitem Extension
    • Writing Workflow Extensions
    • REST API Support for Workflows
  • Connected Workspaces
    • Configurationvolume
    • Header
    • xECM: Office365 Groups
  • Extended ECM
    • xECM: Header Widget with Business Object Infos
    • xECM: Snapshot of current document Attachments
    • xECM: Dossier View Widget
    • Event Action Center
  • Widgets not part of the SDK
    • Mobile Scanning
    • Discussion Widget
    • Engineering Doc Management: Search
    • MyShares

“Extended SDK Features” 0.75 days

Content:

  • Build Language Packs for Internationalization
    • How to build an English language template
    • How to build the language pack
  • Commands
    • Implementation and Inheritance from “CommandModel”
    • Best Practices
    • Attributes, Methods
    • Using Commands
  • Custom URL Router.
    • Routing, adding custom Routers.
    • Using Routers as Navigation.
    • Perspective Routers
  • Authenticators and Regions
    • Authenticators
    • Non-Attaching Region
    • Non-Emptying Region
    • Script Executing Region
  • Behaviors. What are Behaviors?
    • DefaultActionBehavior
    • ExpandingBehavior
    • InfiniteScrollingBehavior
    • PerfectScrollingBehavior
    • Search Behavior
    • CollectionErrorBehavior
    • CollectionStateBehavior
    • ItemErrorBehavior
    • ItemStateBehavior
  • Mixins.
    • What are Mixins?
    • Discussion of the main mixins
      • LayoutViewEventsPropagationMixin
      • ViewEventsPropagationMixin
      • AutoFetchableMixin
      • NodeAutoFetchableMixin
      • ConnectableMixin
      • NodeConnectableMixin
      • FetchableMixin
      • ResourceMixin
      • NodeResourceMixin
      • UploadableMixin
      • CommandableMixin
      • ExpandableMixin
      • AdditionalResourcesV2Mixin
      • V2CommandableMixin
      • ExpandableV2Mixin
      • FieldsV2Mixin
      • RulesMatchingMixin
      • SyncableFromMultipleSourcesMixin
  • Browsable Support for Collections.
    • Using the “Browsable” support for Model-Collections.
  • Widget Options for the Perspective Manager
    • Wire up your widget options that they can be configured at the Perspective Manager Level

“Additional things to consider” 0.75 days

  • Tips and Tricks
    • Add a OTDS Ticket already in the browser to the connection object
    • Re-using a OTDS Ticket as LLCookie
    • Checking the paths in the test/index.html
    • Adding non CSUI supported jQuery functions in a view
    • Add additional jQuery Libraries
    • Adding Controls to a widget
    • CKEDITOR 4 new
      • Intro
      • JQuery Non-SDK example
      • Usage in the SDK
    • Handlebars advanced
      • Handlebars QuickStart
      • Expressions
      • Helpers
      • Helpers with html output
      • Helpers with Hash Object
      • The Helper fn property
      • The helper inverse property
      • Partials
      • Helpers in the SDK
      • 188 Handlebar Helpers
    • LESS advanced
      • LESS installation
      • Using LESS variables
      • Using Mixins in LESS
      • Parametric Mixins
      • Guarded Mixins
    • D3 new
      • What is D3
      • Basic Elements
      • Zooming and Panning
      • D3 in the smartUI SDK
    • Moment new
      • What is Moment?
      • Performing Time Calculations
    • Alpaca new
      • What is Alpaca?
      • Content Server Support for Alpaca
      • Alpaca Tutorial

“One or two more things” 0.5 days optional

  • Accessibility in Bootstrap. Screen reader support and what’s to change in the SDK to support screen readers for visual impaired users.
    • What is Accessibility
    • Kinds of Disabilities
    • Accessibility and the law
    • WAI-ARIA
    • ASSETS.CMS.GOV
    • PayPal Bootstrap Accessibility Plugin
    • Web Experience Toolkit WET
    • Other resources
    • Best Practices in smartUI development
      • Pre-Development Steps
      • Preparation Steps
      • Development Steps
      • Integration Steps
      • Documentation Steps
  • Development Infrastructure for security aware Organizations new
    • Recommendations what’s to do if the reloading of npm modules during the creation of a widget is not wanted

1 Day optional Discussion of actual problems

Discussion of actual problems

Here actual problems from the widget development are discussed. This part has to be discussed and defined in advance.

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Agenda of the new 16.2.10 Smart UI Base Workshop

Day 1 (10:00-17:00)

Chapter 1

Agenda. A short introduction to this agenda

Chapter 2 The different GUIs.

The new smart GUI. How smartUI works. Setting up landing pages with the new GUI. Using Perspectives and build them with the Perspective Manager. Use Webreports to build custom widgets.

Using widgets on another portal w/o content server.

Exercises:

  • Build a custom perspective
  • Build a custom widget based on a web report

Content:

  • Chapter 2.1: The different UI Possibilities
    • Examples: Connected Workspaces
    • Examples: xECM
    • Examples: Documentum D2 Smart View
    • The Big Picture. See the GUI components in the Content Server Environment
    • Functional Components of the smartUI SDK
  • Chapter 2.2: smartUI Overview
  • Chapter 2.3: Diving deeper in the smartUI
    • Role-Based Content Server Pages
    • User Interface
  • Chapter 2.4: Perspectives Overview
    • Scenario: Creating a new Perspective
  • Chapter 2.6: The Perspective Manager
    • General Information
    • Rules for Role-Based Perspectives
    • Layout Behavior
    • Configure Widgets
    • Perspective Manager Privileges
    • Active View object privilege
    • Perspective Manager – Rules/Scope
  • Chapter 2.6: The Toolbox. An overview of the visual components in the SDK. The usage will be discussed later in the SDK

REST Using and Extending Based on Webservices and REST OpenText Training with additions for smartUI

 

Day 2 (9:00-17:00)

Chapter 3 REST

REST. What is REST? Overview of REST Services

Chapter 3.1 REST. Consuming REST Services with Postman.

  • Using REST Services.
    • Authenticate a User
    • Test a REST Operation in Postman
    • Filtering and Expanding Data in the request
    • REST API Clients
    • Tips and Tricks.

Exercises:

  • Use POSTMAN to get used to REST, Authenticate in REST
  • Try several REST commands and get an overview over the various options
  • Build a REST based html page, which queries a node

Chapter 3.2 Extending REST Services.

How to build a new REST Service in OSCRIPT.

Exercises:

  • Build a custom REST Service in a new Content Server Module. Later in Chapter 10, this REST Service will be modified and be the server-side base of our first widget

Content:

  • Handling Requests with REST API
  • RESTful object
  • Create a module for REST extension
  • REST API module in Content Server 16
  • Resources, actions and prototypes
  • Adding parameters to the prototype
  • Test a new REST resource
  • Tips and Tricks for REST Services with smartUI
    • Table Query inside a REST Service
    • Getting nodes with complex categories
    • Handling complex Categories

JavaScript Patterns

Chapter 4 A very short intro to JavaScript Patterns.

That’s what any developer of the SDK sees inside the SDK. A short tour through the JavaScript patterns required to understand the SDK and the underlying frameworks. This is based on Stefanov “JavaScript Patterns” O’Reilly, ISBN 978-0-596-80675-0, which is very recommended. Some new Aspects of ECMA6, Promises, Deferrals are also discussed

Content:

  • Introduction and References
  • ECMAScript Versions
  • Chapter 4.1 The Patterns
    • Promises
    • JQuery Deferred
    • XMLHttpRequest
    • Immediate Functions
    • Immediate Object Initialization
    • Function Properties—A Memorization Pattern
    • Configuration Objects
    • Function Application (also with smartUI examples)
    • Schönfinkelizing or currying a function
    • Mix-In Inheritance copy all properties to a child
    • Borrowing Methods
  • Chapter 4.2: Object Creation Patterns
  • Chapter 4.3: Sugar methods
  • Chapter 4.4: Object Design Patterns
    • Singleton
    • Object Decorators (used quite often in the smartUI SDK)
  • Chapter 4.5: DOM and Browser Patterns
    • Web Workers (only in recent browsers) long running scripts

Day 3 (9.00-17:00)

SDK Infrastructure Intro

Chapter 5 SDK Infrastructure Intro

Introduction to Infrastructure needed for the SDK. All components and frameworks will be introduced. Introduction to Backbone with a Tutorial, Marionette as the extension of Backbone is also covered by a tutorial.

Exercises:

  • Backbone Tutorial. Building a browser-based TODO List
  • Marionette Tutorial. Extending the TODO List with Marionette

Content:

  • Chapter 5.1: Bootstrap
    • A CSS and JS framework as the base of smartUI
  • Chapter 5.2: Node.JS
  • Chapter 5.3: Require.js
    • Overview
    • How to use require.js.
  • Chapter 5.4: Backbone.js
    • Views
    • Events
    • Models
    • Collections
    • Routers
    • Models and Views
    • Collections
    • View Rendering
    • Routing with URLs
    • A simple Backbone Tutorial
  • Chapter 5.5: Marionette.js
    • Marionette Views – Layouts
    • Marionette Views – Regions
    • Tutorial: A simple Backbone-Marionette App
    • Recommended Tools
      • Backbone Debugger
      • Marionette Inspector
    • Python based client for mozilla-marionette
  • Chapter 5.6: Handlebars.js (Overview, more in depth in the advanced training)
    • A html template framework
    • Handlebars SDK usage
  • Chapter 5.7: Yeoman
  • Chapter 5.8 Grunt.js
    • Tasks Configuration
    • Starting grunt
    • Some examples of GRUNT tasks
    • CSUI sdk custom grunt tasks
  • Chapter 5.9 Additional Libraries. Here the libraries are quickly discussed. For a more in-depth discussion, please refer to the Advanced Workshop.
    • Short Overview of D3, the interactive SVG Graphics package inside the SDK
      • D3 GANTT Chart example
    • Short Overview of Alpaca, the forms package inside der SDK
      • Alpaca Example
      • Alpaca Support in the Content Server
  • Chapter 5.10 Additional Infrastructure
    • Python
    • CORS – Cross Origin Resource Sharing Chrome Plugin
    • Inkscape/wingrep/fiddler
    • SVG viewer
    • Markdown

Day 4 (9:00-17:00)

Chapter 6 smartUI Intro BASIC

What is the SDK, Prerequisites, documentation? Download and install the SDK.  Examine the structure. Style Overrides, an overview. We look at all framework homepages to find examples and documentation. Using fiddler to examine underlying functionality. What’s possible with the SDK. Discussion of how to add new node types, new commands. Discussion of the controls and the widgets in the SDK (basic level).

Exercises:

  • Find the SDK and download the SDK
  • Install the SDK
  • Build a Project Directory
  • Prepare the Demo Widget “Hello”
  • Install this in the CSIDE Module from Chapter 4
  • Test this widget in the Perspective Manager

Content:

  • 6.1 Introduction
    • Content of the SDK
    • How to develop
      • JS IDE Webstorm
      • JS IDE Eclipse
      • Notepad++
  • 6.2 Installing the SDK.
  • 6.3 Building the Demo Widget
  • 6.4 CSS Style Overrides Binf (OpenText Bootstrap Version)
  • 6.5 General Overview
    • General Architecture
    • Coding Guidelines
    • csui.onReadyx  
    • Logging, Internationalization and Localization
  • 6.6 Content of the SDK
    • The Connection Object
  • 6.7 Routing Preview (see adv. Training for a more detailed discussion)
  • 6.8 New Command
  • 6.9 Custom Column
  • 6.10 Metadata
  • 6.11 Define a new Nodetype
  • 6.12 Create a Widget
  • 6.13 Base Widgets. Detailed info’s on base widgets. Including changes in 16.2.10
    • Favorites
    • Recently Accessed
    • MyAssignments
    • Shortcut (depreciated in 16.2.10)
    • Shortcuts
    • Metadata
    • NodesTable
    • Thumbnail
    • DocumentOverview
    • Search Results
    • node.state
    • Permissions and Permission Explorer
    • Html.editor
    • Navigation Header
  • 6.14 Controls and Contexts
    • Controls
      • Node Picker
      • Modal Alert
      • File Open
      • Perspectives: Grid, Single, Left-Center-Right, Tabbed, Tabbed-Flow
      • Tile
      • ListView
      • ListItem
      • Signin
      • UserPicker
      • Breadcrumps
      • Checkbox
      • Dialog
      • Disclosure
      • Error
      • Form – with alpaca.js
      • Globalmessage
      • Grid
      • Zip&Download
      • Visual Count Control
      • Integration Folder Browser
      • Integration Target Picker
    • Contexts
      • Detached objects
      • Permanent objects
      • Temporary objects
      • Page Context
      • Browsing Context
      • Perspective Context
      • Portal Context
  • 6.15 Models and Factories
    • NodeModel
    • Other Models
    • Factories
      • Fetchable Factory
      • Configurable Factory

Day 5 (9:00-16:00)

Rest of Chapter 6: SDK

Chapter 7 Mockup Data and Testing

MockJax is used to mock up data (no need for a Content Server during development of a widget) and the Jasmine Framework is used to for the testing of the widgets or other JavaScript modules

Content:

  • Mocking Up Data
  • MockJax
  • Setup and Usage
  • Jasmine Usage

Chapter 8 The anatomy of the example widget Hello.

A detailed voyage in the source of the widget. (Explanation of all js files, the test folder, css and language settings)

The Chapters 9-11 are exercises. Chapter 12 is a Real-Life Demo/Exercise. Depending on the time left, these parts can be cut down.

Chapter 9 The anatomy of the myAssignment Widget.

A detailed voyage in the source of the widget. (Explanation of all js files, the test folder, css and language settings)

Chapter 10 Add another Widget to the one already loaded.

Recap the complete workflow how to implement a widget from Unit7. Add the Greeting Widget (another simple Widget from the samples) to the Greetings Widget.

Exercises:

  • Add the Greeting Widget to the Content Server
  • Test using the Perspective Manager
  • Modify the widget (by doing several things as implementing a control from the library)

Chapter 11: Build a custom Widget (optional)

Our First Widget.

Use the Hello Widget, modify it to call the REST Service we build in Unit 3.2. Modify this REST Service to provide a better JSON Structure.

Exercises:

  • Modify the Hello-Widget. Add a model for our REST Service. Add a handlebar template to output our greetings from the server. Add some css effects

Content:

  • Subdirectory Structure
  • Some Changes to our REST Service
  • Files to create
  • Add mockup support, once the answer is clear defined
  • Test with index.html
  • Start „npm start “the local server in the dev folder
  • Compile the new bundles file with grunt
  • Install on Content-Server
  • Open the perspective manager
  • Problem with Chrome. Official Chrome BUG: (Issue 611328 https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=611328)

Chapter 12: Strategies to “widgedize” an existing legacy gui module and to add things to an existing module (optional)

The strange word “to widgedize” stands for “Build a widget for a legacy module not already supporting widgets”. The Strategies on amending a Module by adding a widget and on adding additional functionality inside an existing widget are discussed. In the complete practical workshop, these widgets are implemented also on the Server side, whereas here no server implementations are made.

Content:

  • Moving from a legacy gui module to a smartUI module
    • Examine a legacy module and rebuild a smartUI widget (here only on the client side)
    • As an example, the barcode module
  • Add a functionality in an existing widget
    • Add an email functionality in the Connected Workspaces Team Widget.
    • Usable from inside the Widget

Handouts and Class Material

A share accessible for all attendees as source of this handouts is required.

Handouts

  • Reiner’s Cheat Sheet for CSUI Widgets
  • Reiner’s CSUI Workflow Cheat Sheet (advanced Session only)
  • Backbone.js Offline Manual (Offline Webpage)
  • Bootstrap 4 Cheat Sheet (Offline Webpage)
  • REST Demo guides Memberinfo and Nodeinfo
  • REST Demo Guide Create a REST Service

Class Material

  • Backbone Tutorial TODO Application
  • Marionette Tutorial TODO Application
  • Our first homemade widget
  • REST Exercises
  • myfirstNode.js
  • Material for Chapter 12 including the client side js apps

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New Trainings for smartUI and Content Server 16.2.10

Content Server 16.2.10 gave us a lot of new Features, which require a new Traininigs.

Therefore there is a Workshop Line of smartUI Trainings and a new Practical Series.

Workshop Line: The two Workshops Content Server SmartUI Workshop Basic and Contnent Server smartUI Workshop advanced have been extended to 16.2.10. As always this Workshops give the explanation, what and why is going on in der SDK

  • Content Server Smart UI Workshop Basic
  • Content Server Smart UI Workshop Advanced

The Practical Series include a complete Implementation of Widgets, REST Services and Contnent Server based Applications in the form of Business Workspaces. So this part is more a Workshop for the practical usage of smartUI. As the content of the Workshop Line is required in the Practical Series, a knowledge comparable to this Workshop Line is recommended for attending the practical Series.

  • Practical Series I: Strategies to “widgedize” an existing Content Server module and to add functionality in an existing widget.
  • Practical Series II: Building an EVENT Management System in the Content Server using a graphical smartUI Dashboard and Connected Workspaces

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New in 16.2.10: New Favorites, MyAssignments and RecentAccessed Widgets

New in the actual Content Server Release 16.2.10 are redesigned Favorites, My Assignments and Recently Accessed Widgets.

All three widgets can now be expanded from an Icon located at the upper right. And the expanded view is no longer a popup Window, its a separate view, giving you much more space to display. Also, there are node Commands available at the entries

Lets start from with the Recently Accessed widget:

The new Recently Accessed Main View
with the new menu

Here we see, that the expanded view has been moved to the upper right. And direct node commands are available from the menu

The expanded view of the recently accessed widget
The new expanded view of the recently Accessed Widget

To leave the expanded view, simply click on the Arrow at the upper left.

Next, we have a new Favorites Widget

Favorites Widget
The new Favorites Widget

By hovering over the entries, there are new node commands available (here for the business workspace). Also the expand Icon moved to the top right.

Favorites Expanded View
Favorites Expanded View

This is an example of the Favorites expanded view.

The next is the MyAssignments Widget

The MyAssignments Widget
The MyAssignments Widget

and the expanded view is

MyAssignments Widget expanded
The MyAssignments Widget

Interesting, isn’t it?

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Quick List of all Categories and Attributes in a Content Server

Looking for a quick list of all Categories and Attributes configured in a Content Server? Tired of browsing the Categories Volume? Want to see all attrobutes and their IDs in a list?

Easy.

Simple use this line as your URL

<server><OT base><cgi>?func=attributes.dump

(p.ex. http://myserver/myContentServer/cs.exe?func=attributes.dump)

This will return this list:

The attribute.dump output
The attribute.dump output

Although this is a screenshot from a Contentserver 16.2.6, you can use this command at least back to Version 10.5.

 

xECM Overview for Architects and Developers Training

Looking for a xECM overview for Architects and Developers? Without those colorful Powerpoint foils for Managers?

One to max 2 days?

Even with a live xECM integration to see?

Here we have such a training. Lets look at the agenda:

  • Short Recap: Content Server Basics needed for xECM
    • Description of Connected Workspaces, Setup with Categories, Classifications and Document Templates
      • explains the Content Server toolset used for a successful xECM integration from an overview point. More deep dive is in Chapter 4.
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    • What is xECM?
      • Whats behind the xECM (extended ECM) Buzzword. Where are the benefits.
    • xECM unleashed: See xECM live/on Video with Salesforce, SAP and Sharepoint.
      • See a highly integrated xECM (SAP/Salesforce/Sharepoint and Content Server) system live of (if no internet connection avaliable) on a HD video. Discover the true benefits of xECM.
  • Chapter 2: Concepts and Scenarios
    • Scenarios for xECM, from basic connectivity to complete integration
      • The real implementation depends on the situation and whats to do. xECM does not need everything to implement. All possible scenarios are discussed.
  • Chapter 3: Business Application and Implementation
    • Implementation. Java API for Service Provider Interface.
    • Whats to implement on the leading application side.
  • Chapter 4: Content Server Configuration
    • How to configure the Content Server for xECM. Building Connected Workspaces etc
      • Dive deeper in the necessary Content Server configuration.

 

This gives an overview of xECM and the possibilities of the implementation. (Disclaimer: If you are interested in the xECM for SAP, there is a much deeper training on how to configure and how to use the SAP/xECM connection)

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The Cluster Manager is dead in Content Server 16.2.6 – Long live System Center Manager

In Content Server 16.2.6 the Cluster Manager is gone.

Whenever you try to open the Admin pages, you see this:

Admin Page 16.2.6

The new Entry “Cluster Management”

Install the System Center Software

First, you have to download and install the System Center Software. Clicking on the Link “Download Software” directly connects you the the Knowledge Center. After logging into this Knowledge Center, you’ll arrive at the  Landing Page for the System Center.

Knowledge Center “System Center Landing Page”

The System Center(s) are avaliable for Windows and for Linux servers. Select the proper version for your system and download it.

Install it.

You’ll find the System Center directly in the list of programs, like here in Windows Server 2012

Configure it

Double Click to start. Next, you’ll see the System Center Home Page

Like in the cluster management, you’ll need to download an agent per Content Server system and install that agent at that particular system – Click on Download and Install Agent.

(dont forget your local system!).

Next, you have to register the systems, onto which you just unstalled the agents. Go back to the “Home” of the System Center and click on “Register Systems”

Under “Managed Systems”, you see all systems already registered, under “Pendig systems” there are all systems with agents recognized by the System Center.

Click on the entry in the column “Actions” on the system pending, and you can register the agent. A Click will give you the detail view (here the system is already registered)

So you are nearly done!

Click on “Discover Products” for this particular system at the bottom of the page and the system is checked for all supported products and those installed are listed.

 

How to check for patches and install them?

Easy. Until now, you did the setup.

This has to be done only once.

Go back to the “Home” and click on “Check for Updates”

This will lead you to the “Products” tab with Updates for the registered product.

Either expand the “Avaliable Patches” entry and select the patches you want to install or select all by checking the checkbox at “Avaliable Patches”. Then click on “Download Selected” and see the system working.

First you need to login into Knowledge Center

Patch Download started

 

Press Close and you see the download window. As the download is done async, you see green marks (downloaded and installed) and also the moving circles (waiting for download or still in progress)

Download Window in System Center

 

It also provides a list of supported products by clicking “Catalog” from the “Home” page of the system Center

Catalog of supported products

The latest releases are listed directly in the calalog overview.

 

So the System center is much better then the Cluster Management doing updates.