The WebSphere Network Deployment environment for IBM Connections consists of a single cell with multiple deployed servers and clusters within it. The cell therefore has a process called the deployment manager
whose job is to manage the configuration for every server within the cell that it is responsible for. This is done through a single administrative environment called the Integrated Solutions Console (ISC).
Regardless what WebSphere based product that you are working with, there is always an ISC for you to log into and manage your environment. To work with IBM Connections environment, you must log into the ISC from any browser by typing
The default port the ISC is installed on is 9060 (unsecure) and 9043 (secure). In most cases, it redirects URLs to 9043. Any install of WebSphere Application Server contains an ISC for you to login to and the default ports are always 9060 and 9043.
Here is the login screen for the ISC. The name and password asked for here are the ones that you use when you originally installed WebSphere, usually "wasadmin" as the login name and whatever you chose as the password.
If you can not login here, consider if the login you set up also exists in LDAP, in which case, WebSphere sees it as a duplicate login and it will not work. You must remove the login from LDAP so it is unique as a WebSphere account.
The ISC menu, after you log in, looks identical for any WebSphere 7.x hosted application. Therefore, when you learn where to find things, the same rules apply regardless of what application that you are working with. Here are some key menus within the ISC and what they do.
The server menu is where you find the Application servers that are installed into this cell and details of any WebSphere proxy servers, web servers, and cluster configurations. Under each menu you can see and manage the running status of the servers.
The applications menu is where you find any installed J2EE applications, such as each of the IBM Connections applications that are installed. These menus allow you to review, restart,and update individual applications.
The Global Security menu is where you define the LDAP servers and application security and configure the single sign-on options.
Users and Groups
The users and groups menus are where you can search the directories for accounts to confirm LDAP is set up correctly. You can use the "Administrative user roles" and "Administrative group roles" menus to configure access to the ISC itself. Note these roles do not refer to access to the actual applications such as Blogs, Wikis, and Activities, that access is configured under the Enterprise Application menus.
The Logs and trace menus under Troubleshooting are where you can view the log activity for each server and cluster as well as altering the diagnostic logging level. If you are asked by support to increase the logging level for a server in order to gather more data, you do so through the Logs and trace menu.
The system administration menus give you complete control over all the deployed servers and the status of their configurations. Managed by the deployment manager of the cell the menus contain a list of all the network deployed servers, nodes, and node agents. It is through these menus that changes are manually distributed out from the deployment manager to the nodes (by synchronizing the nodes). You can also use this section to instruct the Node agents to restart all their managed servers.