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Customizing Sametime Connect Entry 8.5


The IBM Lotus products are sometimes a bit messy to customize. Many customers want a silent installations that does-the-whole-job, which includes:

  • Hard coded server address
  • Swedish dictionary
  • Some features on or off by default

I have created several packages of Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony and recently Lotus Sametime.

The problem with Lotus Sametime (as with Lotus Symphony) is that there are many undocumented features. And doing even the simplest thing can be troublesome. Also the manual sometimes contains outdated information. Whats good about customizing Lotus Sametime is that it is only text files that needs to be editied. It’s not like when customizing Lotus Notes where the buggy (but useful) InstallShield Tuner for Lotus Notes has to be used.

Anyway, this is how I did it:

  1. using “” i extracted the 2 dictionary files and included them in the Sametime Connect installfiles

  2. Updated site.xml (copying information from site.xml in the above zip-file)

  3. Updated install.xml (the tricky part, and I copyed the line from the american dictionary and modifyed it)
  4. Updated install.xml to include Outlook integration

  5. Updated silentinstall.ini

  6. Updated plugin_customization.ini

I ran into two major issues doing this package:

  1. Dictionary refuse to install and leaving the whole installation broken
  2. Interface language still enlish even though “silentinstall.ini” explicitly says swedish

To solve part 1 I had to dig into the logfiles, and finally I found out that it had something to do with signing. However I found a solution:

Installing the spell checker (dictionary) on Sametime Connect or integrated Sametime in Notes 8 which contains this information:

Note: After updating the install.xml file to point to those jar files, you might receive the following error message: SEVERE CWPST1015W: Plugin failed to install. The reason provided is CWPST1001W: No signature found

And the solution is to add this to [installdir]/deploy/plugin_customization.ini

# settings for enabling PKI based provisioning security

Part 2 was a little bit trickier.

The installation command was not correct. After a lot of testing, this is what I used:

msiexec /i setup.msi /Lv install.log /qn SETUPEXEDIR=”MY_SETUP_DIR” INSTALLDIR=”C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Sametime Connect” STSILENTINIFILE=”silentinstall.ini” STSILENTINSTALL=TRUE


Favourite Ubuntu applications/tools


Tools like Firefox, OpenOffice, Nautilus, Gimp etc are excellent and builtin. These tools are installed separately.

1) Ubuntu Tweak

The most imporant tool is Ubuntu Tweak,  with this useful utility its possible to:

a) Change the look

b) Change the behaviour

c) Install more applications

d) Install newer applications

When I have installed Ubuntu (or Linux Mint or Easy Peasy) this is the first tool I install. It is also the key to install some of the applications mentioned below.

2) Shutter

Screenshot tool with editing abilities. Its way better than Snagit (a popular windows only product)
– remember to install “libgoo-canvas-perl” to be able to edit images

3) Virtualbox homepage:

Virtaulization made easy. Its way faster than VMWare Workstation and its also well integrated into Ubuntu Desktop.

– Tip: If you want to create blazingly fast Windows XP machines, then remember to install Intel AHCI drivers into guest operating system and switch from IDE to SATA in Virtualbox.

3) Pidgin

Even though Empathy is maturing to a better product everyday, I still use Pidgin, because everything just works.
– Tip: install “facebookchat-pidgin” to chat with your facebook friends.

4) VLC
– Excellent Mediaplayer. I use it watching movies and listening to radio.

5) Chrome browser
Faster than firefox, but does not have the same pleothora of plugins. Good as a compliment to firefox

6) FileZilla

Supports all protocols (ssh, ftp, ftps, etc)

7) Docky

MacOSx-alike taskbar that goes way beyond. Requires “Window Composing” to be enabled though.

8 ) Krusader

Im used to Total Commander for Windows, and this is an excellent replacement.

9) Wine

Useful to run som basic and important Windows applications: for example Lotus Domino Administrator, Notespad++, Wordfinder