Wednesday, July 1, 2009

SnTT - Enabling ALL the bells and whistles!

As we're getting ready to start the big push of rolling out some form of the R8.* client, one of the features that management requested was to enable video chat via the integrated Sametime client. After speaking with some technical people from IBM about this, they told me that it was no problem to turn on all of the functions that the stand-alone Sametime client has in the integrated Sametime Connect in Notes. I just needed to have at least standard installation of Sametime installed on the server and it should work.
So of course I didn't read any documentation about it, I just set off to install Sametime Standard on a test server I have in our environment and reconfigured mine and anothers Notes client to use that server as our Sametime server. Thinking that was all that I needed to do, I was pretty disappointed when when we came to find that features like "Call" and "Instant Meetings" were unavailable to us.
Knowing that there are no desktop policies that control functions in the integrated Sametime Connect client for Lotus Notes..harrumph.., I set off to look in the Sametime server administration to see if there were any settings there they would turn those functions one. There are! But, there are not easy to find and can be easily overlooked. Here are the steps I followed:
1. Log into the Sametime server with a web browser.
2. Click on "Administer the server"
3. From the left hand menu, select "Policies"
4. Now click on "Sametime Default Policy"
5. When the page refreshes, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to the "Integrated Sametime Connect" section.
6. In the section "Allow all Sametime Connect features to be used with integrated clients", select the check box next to "Yes" to activate the setting.
7. Click Ok to save the settings

At this point, I restarted the server and when Sametime initialized, we were able to call each other and have a video and voice chat. Neat stuff!

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