Communications Suite Odds and Ends

As usual, lots to scrape off the Comms windshield. Here are some interesting factoids that have turned up in the past few days:

  • Installing a Comms 5 Calendar Server deployment, front end and back end (where the front end is using the DWP protocol to communicate with the back end): when you use the csconfigurator.sh program on the front end to configure Calendar Server, you are prompted to use the IP address of the back end to point to. Unfortunately, this needs to be the host name, so you'll have to correct that manually. (Bug has been filed.)
  • When deploying Connector for Outlook with Calendar Server/Communications Express, realize that Connector needs to access calendar in WCAP (a calendar protocol encapsulated in HTTP) and communicate directly to a calendar process that 'speaks' WCAP (cshttpd). In a multi-tier deployment, that means installing a Calendar Server front-end on your host running Communications Express. This calendar front-end prowides the WCAP services necessary for Connector, and then communicates to the back-end host using the DWP protocol (port 57779 by default; thus, be carefull with you firewall rules between front-end and back-end host). For more information on this kind of deployment:

    http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/4439/6n4udv3em?a=view
    http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/4439/6n4udv3cg?a=view

  • I pushed a new tech note to docs.sun.com today, should be available by tomorrow: Using Sun StorageTek 53xx NAS with Messaging Server Message Store.
  • Our deployment team says that you need an expert to install Comms, and even then, don't expect a problem-free time. Question: Is this news to anyone? I do hope, at least, that our customers have been seeing some improvement in this area from at least the docs standpoint. If not, you know you can always drop me a line and let me know.
  • Found this interesting tech note from our Access Manager brethren: Sun Java System Access Manager ACI Guide. Personally, I'd rather have to eat peanut butter and crackers stranded in the desert without water than to have to deal with AM ACIs, but here you have a new peek into what the heck's going on there.
Comments:

re: only experts welcome -- i think the bar could be lowered a bt if there was a bit more community - in my case there is only: you plus mridul and shaun (over in im).

Posted by david on April 06, 2007 at 06:47 AM MDT #

Well, we have to start somewhere. I began this blog about a year ago out of bailing wire and duct tape and now I can see it starting to get somewhere and be useful to our Comms community, though there's still a long ways to go.

I do agree that the price of entry to Comms deployment could be lowered, but that means getting others to unlock that knowledge currently kept in their heads. How do we do that?

As always, I am open to all suggestions.

Posted by Joe Sciallo on April 06, 2007 at 07:06 AM MDT #

trying to be constructive: my breadcrumb trail was: blogs.sun.com -> factorum -> big admin -> forums. however, i can't find the reverse trail. for me, and except for im, the forums are a black hole to toss inquiries into. maybe there are other blogs that are (almost/nearly) as informative as yours - and a reverse trail would help uncoover them? of course, maybe you are the whole blog show.

Posted by david on April 06, 2007 at 07:26 AM MDT #

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