OpenText Social Communities Installation + Integration with MS SSO

I have to say, I struggled with this for a good few weeks. Since the Delivery Server 10.1 is out with the Social Communities included, we have been asked many times to demonstrate it to our clients. Potentially, huge money there. However, the support to get this up and working is very limited.

I will try and make this really short, so that I don’t bore you to death.

Step 1

As always, make sure you have the required licenses, assuming you already have a working instance of Delivery Server 10.1. There are three modules that you will need, which are

  • HTRE – HTTP REST Connector
  • PCON – Portlet Connector
  • PRDW – Interface to JSR 168 and IBM WebSphere portlets

The OpenText licensing department seems pretty efficient in issuing/renewing licenses these days, which is good to see.

If you can’t get those required licenses, you will not be able to continue.

Step 2

You will need to install Common Search which now comes free with the Delivery Server.  (Make sure you have the license key too) You will need to do this before installing the Collaboration Server.

Step 3

We now need a Collaboration Server. Collaboration Server can be downloaded from the OpenText Knowledge Center along with the installation manual. You will need to follow the instructions carefully, as well as setting up the correct permissions for the indexing folder/s.

A successful install should get you the screens like below.

Collaboration Login Screen
Collaboration Login Screen
Collaboration Interface Screen
Collaboration Interface Screen

Step 4

After getting those pre-requisites ready, we can now import the transport package which comes with the DS installation file, named “social-community-integration-tp-xx.x.x.xxx.zip”. Make sure there is no error messages during the import, the process should be painless. You should now have 2 demo projects imported, portlets set up, as well as HTTP REST connectors.

Step 5

Phew~ All we have to do is just configuration on the Delivery Server now. You will need to set up the Collaboration Server Details, verify Portlets Details, as well as the user details.

The working copy should look something similar to these images below.

Blog Listing – here you can add and manage blog posts

Blog Listing
Blog Listing

Blog Management – here you can manage settings and permissions through the interface

Blog Management
Blog Management

Forum and Wikis are similar.

Forum Listing – here you can see all the content

Forum Listing
Forum Listing

Forum Create New Post – here it allows users to create new posts

Forum New Topic
Forum New Topic

If you want to go even further….

Step 6

You know what? We can bring those blogs into the Management Server using the Single-Sign On Functionality! Look at the screen shot below, pretty neat hey!

CMS Integration
CMS Integration

Bear in mind that those sample projects are just to demonstrate us what can be achieved with Delivery Server, but not a final product. I am sure going to hassle our Web Designer to beautify its look 🙂



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One Response to OpenText Social Communities Installation + Integration with MS SSO

  1. DiwanEgypt says:

    thanks alot for such information…looking forward to know more

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