3 Simple steps to Reindex Social Communities

Hello everyone!

This is my first post in 2012 but it will sadly.. to be my last post of the OpenText Web Solutions Product. I will soon become the newbie in the Content Server space, yes still in the OpenText space so watch out I am coming!

Here I want to quickly document how to configure Search Engine Settings using Vignette Collaboration , especially for those ones like me came from the old RedDot and LiveServer world, the admin console seems pretty …. complex!

Just a few steps, I am sure you will find them easy to follow.

Step 1

Log into Social Communities / Vignette Collaboration and browse to the Main Page. The URL is by default http://<ServerName&gt;:8007

Collaboration Group Memory Screenshot

Click on the “System Administration” link

System Administration Screenshot

Click on the “Administration Console” link

Vignette Collaboration Administration Screenshot

Click on any of the “Services” links

Services Screenshot

Her you see a list of Services and one of them is the “Search Service”. Click on that and you will see the screen below

Search Services Screenshot

Step2

Now we are in the right place to kick off some actions. Before you go ahead of kick of the Reindexing action, let’s click on the “Search Engine Information” link down the bottom of this page. You will see something like this

Search Engine Info Screenshot

Step 3

Once we are all happy with the config and ready to reindex, you have two options here. If you know the  Remote Object ID of the content you’d like to reindex, you can just  do the “Manual Object Indexing”; if you are unsure and would like to reindex all the objects, there is also an option for that which is “Data Based Indexing”.

Social Communities uses  Common Search so you can start monitoring the log files and hopefully that just worked for you!

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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

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