Tuesday Jul 28, 2015

Update: Communications Suite Documentation Now on Oracle Help Center

If you are having trouble getting automatically redirected to the new location of the Communications Suite documentation after the CommSuite Wiki was decommissioned (see CommSuite Wiki Has Moved On), here are some direct links to help you out:

We have also noticed the following issues, when being redirected from the old wikis.oracle.com  site to the new location:

  1. HTTPS style links, such as https://wikis.oracle.com/display/CommSuite,  do not redirect, and give an error.
  2. Removing the "https://" from the link and retrying, redirects you to the Oracle Community site. If you read the top of that page, there is a link, FAQ: Wikis.oracle.com FAQ, which explains that the documentation has moved to the Oracle Communications documentation page.
  3. In general, typing an old wiki link without "https://" redirects you to the Oracle Communications documentation page.

Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

CommSuite Wiki Has Moved On

Communications Suite Documentation Now on Oracle Help Center

After July 15, 2015, the CommSuite Wiki will be decommissioned. To find Communications Suite documentation, you'll need to go to the Oracle Help Center, also known as docs.oracle.com. There you'll find documentation for current and legacy Communications Suite releases. As reported previously, we have been transitioning Communications Suite documentation to Oracle Help Center since last year.

For a complete listing of Communications Suite documentation, visit the Oracle Communications documentation page and scroll to the Unified Communications Suite section. There you will find legacy release documentation (in the form of PDF files) as well as up-to-date product documentation (in a variety of formats).

Thursday Dec 26, 2013

Phone Home with WebRTC

How annoying in this day and age, right? You are in your browser and want to make a video chat or place a VoIP call, and you are summarily informed that you are short on some required plug-in or other software. This may soon be a scenario of the past, as we see WebRTC come into being. With this in mind, two of my colleagues in SDP recently wrote some posts on WebRTC. Go check 'em out:

Thursday Jul 25, 2013

Unified Communications Suite 7 Update 4: New Training Available

Unified Communications Suite training courses have been updated for the current release, UCS 7 Update 4. More details are available at Unified Communications Suite Administration.

Monday Apr 29, 2013

Unified Communications Suite: Upcoming Training Opportunities

Learn How to Administer UCS, Troubleshoot Messaging Server, and Customize Convergence

The following info comes my way via Jim Vonick, thanks Jim!

Do you need to learn how to install, configure and administer Oracle Communications Unified Communication Suite?  Training is available through Oracle University in a Live Virtual Class format, which offers live instructor-led training with labs delivered over the Internet. 

Classes are currently scheduled for the following courses:

Upcoming Classes: Starting June 3 and August 12

Upcoming Class: Starting August 28

See a list of all Oracle Communications classes at http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/ou_product_category.getFamilyPage?p_family_id=41&p_mode=Training.

Monday Apr 01, 2013

Unified Communications Suite Summit 2013

Reconnecting with Comms

The UCS group gathered last week at our Santa Clara office for our annual Comms Summit. For me, it was a great opportunity to reconnect with Comms co-workers across all disciplines and geographies, and to participate in interactive sessions on the product.

My boss and I did a preso on knowing the audience that you are writing for, which got me thinking about how to use the wiki to provide some "role-based" views of the information. For example, say you are new to UCS and you are looking for product overview and capability type information. What you want to see is different from say what a current user of the product might want. The current user might want a view that is weighted towards administration and troubleshooting. A third user, for example, a developer, might want a view that provides easy access to API and customization information.

But, before charging ahead on seeing what it would take to get the wiki to do this, I got some other feedback: that some folks still appreciate just the PDF view of documentation. This audience (especially implementors) wants a standard spreadsheet of titles, such as Installation Guide, Administration Guide, and so forth, with the ability to see the title either in HTML (in our case, Wiki), or to download a PDF.

So, What's The Takeaway?

For the traditional PDF view, we do already cover the bases. You can use the Home2 view of the documentation to access the high-level doc titles by current release and product, and get a PDF.

What about those of you who want more of a role-based view of the documentation? My first suggestion would be to provide some education on how to better search for what you want. Right now, my number one recommendation is to use this Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE) that I put together:

Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite Documentation Search

The next step would be for me to try and do some doc rearchitecting to utilize the power of the wiki to carve out some distinct, separate role-based views. It occurs to me that a quick-and-dirty way of providing some role-based views would be to utilize the Confluence label feature and the content-by-label macro, to assemble some index-like pages.

 So, as a UCS user, let me know if this is something that you would like to see. As always, either drop me a line or leave a comment.

Wednesday Mar 16, 2011

Communications Suite: New Convergence Patch Available

Hopefully you haven't missed the news that the Convergence 2 Patch 1 is out, along with an updated Customization Guide. As there are significant changes with Patch 1 with respect to how you customize Convergence, also be sure to read about them in the Overview of Convergence Theme and Banner Customization.

Monday Jan 24, 2011

Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite Legacy Documentation Gets a New Home

Still looking to docs.sun.com  for Communications Suite legacy documentation and information? As of last week, this documentation has been migrated to the Oracle Documentation site. But of course, information on the Comms Wiki is still in place and continues to be the site for new documentation.

Unfortunately, you currently need to know the direct link to find this legacy documentation. We are in the process of correcting this situation. In the meantime, use the following table to get the direct link to the legacy documentation that you are looking for. Update, 2/1/11: Added links to Japanese translations at the end of this table.

Library Name

New Url

Calendar Server


iPlanet Calendar Server 2.0


iPlanet Calendar Server 2.1


iPlanet Calendar Server 5.0


iPlanet Calendar Server 5.1


Messaging Server


Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite Version 7 Update 1


SJS Instant Messaging 7 2006Q1


Sun Calendar Server 1.0


Sun Java Communications Suite


Sun Java Communications Suite 5


Sun Java Communications Suite 6


Sun Java Communications Suite 7


Sun Java Enterprise System 2003Q4


Sun Java Enterprise System 2004Q2


Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q1


Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q4


Sun Java Enterprise System 5


Sun Java Enterprise System 6


Sun Java Enterprise System 7


Sun Java System Calendar Server 6 2004Q2


Sun Java System Calendar Server 6 2005Q1


Sun Java System Calendar Server 6 2005Q4


Sun Java System Calendar Server 6.0


Sun Java System Calendar Server 6.3


Sun Java System Communications Express 6.3


Sun Java System Instant Messaging 6 2004Q2


Sun Java System Instant Messaging 6.1


Sun Java System Instant Messaging 7 2005Q1


Sun Java System Instant Messaging 7.0.1 2005Q4


Sun Java System Instant Messaging 7.2


Sun Java System Messaging Server 6 2004Q2


Sun Java System Messaging Server 6 2005Q1


Sun Java System Messaging Server 6 2005Q4


Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.0


Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.3


Sun ONE Calendar Server 5.1.1


Sun ONE Instant Messaging 6.0.1


Sun ONE Messaging Server 5.2


iPlanet Delegated Administrator 4.5

iPlanet Messaging Server 5.0

iPlanet Messaging Server 5.1

Netscape Collabra Server

Netscape Messaging Server 3.0

Netscape Messaging Server 3.5

Sun Internet Mail Server 3.5

Sun Internet Mail Server 4.0

Sun Java System Connector for Microsoft Outlook 6.0

Sun ONE Synchronization 1.1


Japanese Translations

iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 Admin Guide JA

iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 Admin Reference JA

Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.3 Admin Guide JA




Monday Oct 18, 2010

New Communications Suite Software Forums Location

Communications Suite software forums have moved:

Oracle Communications Messaging Exchange Server
Oracle Communications Calendar Server
Oracle Communications Instant Messaging Server

Or, if you prefer the top-level link to see all of the above:

E-mail, Calendar, & Collaboration

Wednesday Jul 07, 2010

Communications Suite: Long Time No Blog

Not much to say of  late, except that we're hard at work on the next Communications Suite release. At last here is something worth blogging: Our support engineers have pulled together a great page of tuning tips and tricks to help you prevent a lot of problems with your Communications Suite deployment. Have a look:

Communications Suite Tuning and Best Practices

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009

Radicatti Web Conference: Wireless “Business Class Messaging” Solutions

Looks like this webinar could be of interest to the Comms Community.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 29, 2009 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PDT

Register here:


Tuesday Sep 29, 2009

Communications Suite 7 Has Landed

Get the Communications Suite 7 software. Find out What's New in Communications Suite 7. Start a Communications Suite 7 installation.

And read JimP's tribute to Comms.


Product info here.

Don't want to read, okay, watch the following video:

Monday Sep 28, 2009

Communications Suite 7 On the Horizon

The next update to Sun Java Communications Suite is getting close to shipping. Communications Suite 7 includes both new products and feature enhancements to existing products. Here's a quick look at what's new:

What's New in Sun Convergence 1 Update 3

Convergence 1 Update 3 includes the following changes and new features:

  • POP Access to External Email
  • Sender Identities
  • Single Click Creation of Events
  • Attachment Search
  • Autocomplete Addresses from Corporate Directory
  • Multiple Select in Address Book
  • Support for Internet Explorer 8
  • Single Click Selection of all Messages
  • Exporting Selected Entries from Address Book
  • Toolbar Changes
  • Address Book Notifications
  • Group-wise Listing of Configuration Parameters
  • Support for Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1
  • Anti-Spam Functionality

What's New in Messaging Server 7 Update 3

Messaging Server 7 Update 3 includes the following changes and new features:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Support
  • Elimination of setuid binaries from Messaging Server pipe_master and l_master
  • Running the Directory Server Setup Script ( comm_dssetup.pl) Required

What's New in Calendar Server 7

Calendar Server 7 includes the following new features:

CalDAV Support

Calendar Server 7 provides support for the calendaring extension to WebDAV as defined in RFC 4791. The CalDAV draft extends the basic HTTP and WebDAV commands to enable all the functionality required for calendaring and scheduling activities. Included in Calendar Server 7 is support for the following:

  • MKCALENDAR method, for creating multiple calendars per user
  • Enhanced query reports, to both return recurring events and tasks in expanded form (in UTC), and to return only requested properties or parameters

iCal Support

Calendar Server 7 supports the iCalendar data format as defined in RFC2445bis. The following components are supported:


Recurring rules and exceptions are also supported.


Calendar Server 7 supports basic HTTP authentication and authentication over SSL. With HTTP authentication you can do the following:

  • Restrict access to authenticated users only
  • Provide userid and password and execute commands on a calendar

Scheduling Support

Calendar Server 7 supports scheduling as defined in Version 04 of the CalDAV Scheduling draft. This specification defines explicit scheduling, where invitations and replies are placed in the recipient's inbox. It is then the client's responsibility to view and move them to the appropriate calendars. The latest version of the draft, which defines implicit scheduling, will be implemented in a future release.

The following list provides more information about scheduling support in Calendar Server 7:

  • Free-busy queries on attendees.
  • Calendar-outbox and calendar-inbox for every user, as well as the ability to use the POST command for invitations and replies.
  • iTIP and iMIP protocols, as defined in RFC 2446 and RFC2447. Invitation emails are sent out for recipients without accounts on the calendar server, with all event details.
  • iSchedule protocol, which enables Calendar Server to act as a client and perform scheduling with servers from other products that support iSchedule.

WebDAV Sync

Calendar Server 7 supports WebDAV Sync, an extension of the WebDAV protocol as described in the WebDAV Sync draft. WebDAV Sync defines a protocol for an HTTP client to query an overview of the data changes on the HTTP server. The result is that clients can efficiently synchronize their local data cache with the server.

Free-Busy Servlet

Calendar Server 7 provides a free-busy servlet to enable non-CalDAV clients to at least check users' freebusy information by using the upcoming free-busy-read URL standard. This standard is compatible with the free-busy URLs used by Calendar Server 6.0 through Calendar Server 6.3.

Installation and Configuration

You install Calendar Server software by using the Communications Suite installer. You then configure a Calendar Server instance by using the init-config configurator, which makes configuration settings for your Directory Server, GlassFish Enterprise Server, and Calendar Server (DAV server) hosts. In addition, Sun Service Tags are used solely to identify Sun products to Sun. Sun uses service tag information to better support you. Registration data is only collected when your system administrator requests gear discovery. Calendar Server 7 enables you to use the Service Tag Facility on Solaris OS 10.

Logging Service

The Calendar Server 7 logging service is a multilevel, configurable, logging module to help capture activity or debugging issues.


Calendar Server 7 provides Java Message Service (JMS) notifications and email notifications for database changes and event or task email alarms. You can configure the server to produce JMS notifications for every database change and every alarm. If you choose, you can write your own subscribers to these notifications. In addition, Calendar Server 7 provides a subscriber program, which you can configure, that consumes the JMS notifications and sends email for database changes and email alarms.

Admin Servlet

Calendar Server 7 contains an admin servlet, providing a web interface with which you view and even delete contents in your collections. You can also use the admin servlet to import iCal data to specific calendar collections.

Administrative Utilities

By using the davadmin command, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Obtain server version information
  • Read and modify the server configuration
  • Obtain, modify, or delete information about user collections and resources

You can use Jconsole to perform these tasks.

Calendar Server 7 also provides database utilities to back up and restore calendar collections.

Administrators Group

A predefined Admin group in LDAP is created during initial configuration, to which you can can add users for proxy login and management of any user account. The default administrator user added during initial configuration is calmaster.

LDAP Integration

Calendar Server 7 uses Directory Server with the latest Communications Suite schema to store and manage user information in its LDAP database. Support includes:

  • Capability of obtaining principal information from LDAP
  • Capability of matching principals to their calendar collections
  • Use of LDAP information for auto-creation of basic calendars on login or invitation
  • Use of LDAP caching for faster lookup results
  • Use of LDAP rollover support to use a backup LDAP server if primary LDAP server is not available

Collection tag or ctag

Calendar Server 7 supports "Calendar Collection Entity Tag (CTag)," an extension to CalDAV that provides a fast way for a client to determine if the contents of a calendar collection have changed.

Support for Multiple Back-end and Front-end Servers to Achieve Horizontal Scalability

The Calendar Server 7 architecture enables you to deploy multiple front-end calendar servers and multiple back-end mySQL database servers to achieve horizontal scalability. See Calendar Server Logical Architecture for more information.

Hosted Domains

Like the rest the the Communications Suite products, Calendar Server 7 supports virtual domains, also called hosted domains, which is the ability to support users in more than one domain, on a single deployment. A default domain is configured during the initial configuration.

What's New in Calendar Server 6.3

This version of Calendar Server 6.3 includes bug fixes only.

What's New in Indexing and Search Service 1

Indexing and Search Service 1 includes the following new features:


  • Rapid Indexing of Existing Email: Email messages in a user's mailbox can be indexed. During this operation content is tagged in various ways to enable sophisticated searches.
  • Real-time Indexing: As email messages are received, sent, and moved to various folders, the index is updated in real-time. This reduces to near zero the chances of a false search result based on stale index information.


  • Attachment Search: Users can search the body of attachments for keywords or phrases. Attachments can be in a variety of formats such as PDF; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio; StarOffice/Open Office; HTML; and more.
  • Body Search: Users can search the body of a message for any relevant content. With Indexing and Search Service, body search includes search of supported attachment types as well as the plain text body of a message.
  • Search Integration with Sun Convergence: Indexing and Search Service integrates with Convergence through its existing search interface. Body searches are much faster and more powerful because they now not only search message text but also attachment contents.
  • Search Integration with Messaging Server: Other email clients can leverage improved body search and expanded attachment body search by using Messaging Server's IMAP search integration with Indexing and Search Service. The underlying search mechanism is transparent to a Messaging Server client.
  • RESTful Search Web Service API: Based on the OpenSearch 1.1 specification, the RESTful Search Web Service API provides RSS 2.0, Atom 1.0 or JSON format output. This interface is used by Messaging Server when it redirects IMAP SEARCH requests to Indexing and Search Service and by the sample search user interface. It can also be used by developers to mash up their email search results with other applications if desired.

Indexing and Search Service and Convergence

ISS integrates with Convergence through its existing search interface, that is, Convergence continues to execute searches by using the compact WMAP protocol with the mshttpd daemon. The mshttpd daemon continues to service these requests by using the IMAP protocol. Messaging Server integrates with ISS through an enhanced IMAP SEARCH functionality, and a subset of these search requests (particularly, body searches) go to ISS for fulfillment. Messaging Server consumes the ISS output and reformats it for the email client.

The result is that no changes are needed to Convergence or Thunderbird clients because ISS integrates with Messaging Server rather than the end-client.

The long-term plan for integrating Convergence and Thunderbird (through a plug-in) with ISS will be to have the clients communicate directly with ISS directly by using ISS's RESTful web service for search.

What's New in Instant Messaging 8 Update 2

Instant Messaging 8 Update 2 includes the following changes and new features:

  • Using Shoal for Automatic Discovery of Peer Servers in a Pool
  • Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

What's New in Delegated Administrator 7

Delegated Administrator 7 includes the following changes and new features:

Provisioning for Calendar Server Users

Delegated Administrator 7 now supports Calendar Server 6.x and Calendar Server 7 provisioning.

What's New in Connector for Outlook 7.3 Update 1

This version of Connector for Outlook 7.3 Update 1 includes the following new features:

  • Viewing Quota and Size Information
  • Saving File Attachments in Optimized Mode

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

Patches?!? - We Don't Need No Stinkin' Patches Redux

In the never-ending chore of tracking Communications Suite component patches, you'll want to bookmark the Communications Suite Component Patches page, which lists patches for both Communications Suite 5 and Communications Suite 6 releases.

Many thanks to Shane Hjorth for pulling this page together.

Thursday Jul 09, 2009

Communications Suite: EMRA Users, New Toolkit Available

Anthony Waldron has released a new version of the EMRA toolkit. See his blog for details, or go directly to Go and download the toolkit.

For those unfamiliar with EMRA, here's the blurb: The EMRA Toolkit provides a powerful yet flexible framework to automate the deployment of the Communications Suite components in a reliable and repeatable manner. By leveraging Solaris silent install, and using a few shell scripts, you need to only obtain copies of the Communications Suite software (for the Communications components), the Java Enterprise System software (for the other non-Communications components, such as Directory Server), and Solaris OS to get started with a hands- and worry-free Communications Suite deployment.

More EMRA info here.


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