Installing CR2 for IBM Connections 5

IBM have just released IBM Connections 5 CR2.  And by “just” I of course mean I haven’t had time to install it myself yet but let’s look at what’s going to be needed. Amongst the fixes there are a few new features that improve the use of CCM Libraries with Connections 5 utilising IBM Docs 1.0.7 (also released today).  For example you will now be able to edit Library files in IBM Docs without leaving Connections.  More details of those features here

The landing page for installing CR2 is here and includes a link to the update strategy document and a PDF with example instructions for updating a single server Windows environment.

You don’t have to upgrade to CR1 before going to CR2 but there are required database updates in CR1 you will still need to deploy on your way to CR2.  I’ve linked to them here so you don’t forget them.

I’ll be installing this week in my test environment but I won’t be looking to install for any customer in production for a few weeks.

CR1 Database Updates

CR2 Database Updates

CR2 Cognos Wizard

Filenet Updates (CR2 uses different Filenet versions from CR1 so don’t deploy the CR1 versions if you are moving directly from 5.0 to CR2)



IBM Docs 1.0.7 For Connections - Linux Not Required

The good news for many of my customers wanting to deploy IBM Docs is that version 1.0.7 has just been released and not only does it now support Windows 2012  (no Windows 2012 R2 but v1.0.6 only supported Windows 2008 R2) but previously the key IBM Docs Application and  IBM Docs Proxy required Linux as an operating system meaning we had to not only add at least one additional server but that server had to be Linux.  This was especially frustrating since the Conversion Server required Windows and wasn’t itself supported on Linux so to fully deploy IBM Docs 1.0.6 you needed at least one Linux AND one Windows server

As of 1.0.7 Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012 support all IBM Docs components.  Unfortunately the Linux operating system does still not support the Conversion Server but at least we have one OS to use if we want.  Full specifications here

Well done IBM.