This section contains information about planning for information technology departments, including installers and administrators.
Skills needed for Sametime administration
Administering a Sametime
® deployment calls for skills in several different technologies. There are many IBM
® learning resources that can help you develop the skills you need.
The Readme document for this release of IBM Sametime
provides information about getting started with this product, descriptions of any known problems with the current release, and links to IBM Tech Notes.
System requirements for installing IBM Sametime
, including supported operating systems, databases, LDAP servers, IBM Sametime
servers, browsers, and JDKs.
Resources for IBM Sametime Standard and Sametime Entry users
You can help your IBM Sametime
Standard and Sametime
Entry users get started quickly and easily using the informational and learning resources in the Sametime
Supporting IPv6 addressing in a Sametime deployment
IPv6 addresses use a different format from IPv4 addresses to support a greater range of direct addresses to computers on the internet. Enabling IPv6 addressing reduces the need for Network Address Translators while improving the efficiency of routing and providing for greater security. Beginning with release 8.0.2, IBM
Sametime servers and clients support the use of IPv6 addresses.
Ports used by Sametime servers
uses a number of ports on the servers in your deployment. This topic lists the default ports and their uses. A range of ports means that the application can select any port in that range if one or more of those ports are already in use by other applications.
Planning deployments with the Sametime Standard features you want
Read about the topology that includes the IBM Sametime
Standard features you plan to deploy to users. To extend the deployment to include persistent chat rooms and broadcast communities, purchase and deploy Sametime
Planning the size of your deployment on AIX, Linux, Solaris, or Windows
Before you install any Sametime components, know whether you are installing a small-scale deployment or an enterprise-scale deployment. In the case of an enterprise-scale deployment, you must also decide if you will be using clustered servers to distribute the load or multiple separate servers that function independently. The size of your deployment affects installation choices.
Planning for an LDAP directory
The IBM Sametime
8.5 multiple-server environment requires an LDAP directory for user authentication. The LDAP server should be set up and running before deploying Sametime
Planning a Community Server installation
You should review the following considerations before installing an IBM
Sametime Community Server.
Planning a Sametime Media Manager installation on Linux or Windows
The Sametime Media Manager is available for installing on the Linux
® or Microsoft
® platforms only. You should review the following considerations before installing components of an IBM
Sametime Media Manager. Audio and video are managed with the Sametime Media Manager server. Audio and video services provided by the Sametime Media Manager have been tested and optimized for sessions with 20 participants. The actual number of participants per session will vary up or down based on network and environmental conditions.
Planning a Sametime Meeting Server installation
Follow these guidelines when planning the deployment of IBM Sametime
Planning for migration from an earlier release
Planning an upgrade from an earlier release of IBM
Sametime takes into account which release of Sametime you are upgrading from and whether you want to upgrade all servers and clients to this release in phases or at one time.
Planning for a mixed-license environment of Sametime Entry, Sametime Standard, and Sametime Advanced servers
A mixed-license environment includes a combination of IBM Sametime
Entry servers, along with Sametime
Standard servers and possibly Sametime
Advanced. When you deploy IBM Sametime
Entry servers with other types of servers, plan for additional steps to meet the licensing requirements for Sametime
Entry, which offers only instant messaging features and does not offer meetings. Sametime
Entry users are licensed for instant messaging features only and not Web conferencing. Fully-licensed users for Sametime
Standard or Sametime
Advanced have access to instant messaging and Web conferencing.