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  • IBM Connections 4.5: Decoding the Downloaded Filenames

    Bill Malchisky  April 1 2013 03:00:00 AM
    As IBM announced IBM Connections 4.5 on 12 March 2013 with a 29 March download availability, there became a lot of interest from partners and customers to dive-in and take advantage of the great new enhancements this product provides. To that point and as this collaborative tool does a lot, there are a significant quantity of files from which you can choose. Now, not every customer site will need all of the files available in Passport Advantage for this offering, but the more you need, the more complex it can be to understand what you actually have. "Why is that?" you might ask. The non-ICS files suffer from an advanced case of terse encoding. Thus, unless you are a seasoned pro with DB2, WAS, TDI, Cognos, and FileNet, you might not have any clue what these files represent. But, the dlmgr.pro provided with Download Director output makes it easier. For 30 files though, constantly referring to it can be quite inefficient, hence my motivation to create the file list below; perhaps the listing will save you some time. Additionally, at the bottom, I attached the text file version for easy reference.

    To his credit, four years ago today Ed Brill did a great job with fixing the Lotus package names starting in Notes Domino version 8.5. This enhancement expanded within Lotus to our benefit. As you'll also see below, ICS provided excellent filenames for the three Connections 4.5 files. Other product managers seemed to listen with Cognos and DB2 for example, as they avoided the product numbers as the sole characters in the filename, but the introduced conventions are so compressed and non-standardized that you still need to take time to rename each file so you and your team members have an idea of what you really downloaded. Curious when the Tivoli and WebSphere teams will be able to assist and follow Ed's lead. If possible, I would also like to see more standardized (meaning leading with the product name, and version like ICS does) and more detailed names for the Cognos, FileNet, and DB2 packages too.

    For lucidity, I am neither complaining nor implying as such, just politely illustrating an opportunity for improvement across another quality product set within the IBM software family.

    Enjoy learning IBM Connections 4.5!

    What The File Prefix Abbreviations Mean In IBM Connections 4.5
    bi_qsg - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Quick Start Guide
    bimodel - IBM Cognos Framework Manager
    bippes - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence PowerPlay Server
    bippclient - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence PowerPlay Client
    bisamples - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Samples
    bisrvr - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Server
    bitrsfrmr - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Transformer
    cmmsrvr - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Metric Server
    coc_win32 - IBM Cognos for Microsoft Office
    crn_qsg - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Reporting Quick Start Guide
    crnsrvr - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Reporting
    DB2_DSclient - IBM Data Server Client
    DB2_ESE - IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition
    DB2_RTC - IBM Data Server Runtime Client
    DB2_SF_SSL - IBM DB2 Support Files for SSL Functionality
    dm - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Data Manager
    docmmqsg - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Metric Manager Quick Start Guide
    dqa - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Dynamic Query Analyzer
    edge.repo.8000.all - IBM Edge Components: Load Balancer for IPV4 and IPV6 (for WAS Network Deployment v8.0 Multiplatform)
    FN_COL - IBM FileNet Collaboration Services
    FN_CPE - IBM FileNet Content Platform Engine
    FN_CPEC - IBM FileNet Content Platform Engine Client
    lp_mp_win32 - IBM Cognos Supplementary Languages Documentation
    pp_qsg - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence PowerPlay Quick Start Guide
    realmon - IBM Cognos Real-time Monitoring
    stats - IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Statistics
    upgrademanager - IBM Cognos Lifecycle Manager
    vvm - IBM Cognos Virtual View Manager

    Unnamed Files
    CZ9MMML - tivoli.directory.integrator.identity.edition.v7.1.for.linux.i386.CZ9MMML.tar
    CZ9MNML - tivoli.directory.integrator.identity.edition.v7.1.for.linux.x64.CZ9MNML.tar
    CZ9MJML - Tivoli Directory Integrator Identity Edition v7.1 for Windows x86
    CZ9MKML - Tivoli Directory Integrator Identity Edition v7.1 for Windows x86-64
    CZ9MLML - Tivoli Directory Integrator Identity Edition v7.1 for AIX
    CZ9MPML - Tivoli Directory Integrator Identity Edition v7.1 for Linux zSeries & s/390
    CZM9KML - was.v8.network.deployment.1of4.multiplatform.CZM9KML.zip
    CZM9LML - was.v8.network.deployment.2of4.multiplatform.CZM9LML.zip
    CZM9MML - was.v8.network.deployment.3of4.multiplatform.CZM9MML.zip
    CZVG4ML - was.v8.network.deployment.4of4.multiplatform.CZVG4ML.zip
    CZM91ML - was.v8.supplements.file.1of4.multiplatform.CZM91ML.zip
    CZM94ML - was.v8.supplements.file.2of4.multiplatform.CZM94ML.zip
    CZM95ML - was.v8.supplements.file.3of4.multiplatform.CZM95ML.zip
    CZXR9ML - was.v8.supplements.file.4of4.multiplatform.CZXR9ML.zip

    Decoded Files
    IBM_Connection_4.5_wizards - Consistent across each flavor
    IBM_Connections_4.5 - Consistent across each flavor

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    Three Useful Links

    IBM Connections 4.5 Support Portal
    IBM Connections 4.5 System Requirements
    IBM Connections Product Page
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