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HCL Connections Widget Setup

Add Huddo Boards Docker widgets into HCL Connections on-premise environments

Community Widget

  1. SSH to the WAS Deployment Manager

  2. Start wsadmin

    cd /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/bin
    ./ -lang jython -user wasadmin -password <password-here>
  3. Check out the widgets-config.xml file.

    ProfilesConfigService.checkOutWidgetConfig("/LCCheckedOut", AdminControl.getCell())
  4. Edit the widgets-config.xml file.

    Find the resource element with the type of community, e.g. <resource ... type="community" ... >, then under <widgets>, then within <definitions> add the following, replacing [BOARDS_URL] with your URL:

    <!-- Huddo Boards -->
    <widgetDef defId="HuddoBoards" modes="view fullpage" url="{webresourcesSvcRef}/web/" themes="wpthemeNarrow wpthemeWide wpthemeBanner" uniqueInstance="true">
            <item name="resourceId" value="{resourceId}"/>
            <item name="width" value="100%"/>
            <item name="height" value="500px"/>
            <item name="url" value="https://[BOARDS_URL]/boards/community/connections"/>
    <!-- END Huddo Boards -->
  5. Disable Community Activity widget


    this is optional but highly recommended for CP installations of Activities Plus

    Once Activities are migrated into Boards, it is recommended that the Community Activity widget is disabled to prevent confusion around the old data.

    Find and comment out the Activity widget with defId="Activities"

    Disabled Activity Widget in widgets-config.xml

  6. Check in the widgets-config.xml file.

  7. Restart the Communities application via the ISC


    If widgets no longer load in Communities and you see errors in the browser console like:

    The following error occurs when retrieving widgetProcess production. PKIX path building failed: unable to find valid certification path to requested target

    then please ensure the Connections domain root certificate is trusted in the WebSphere ISC. This can be added using Retrieve from port under SSL certificate and key management > Key stores and certificates > CellDefaultTrustStore > Signer certificates

  8. Optional. Install the extensions for Connections Customizer. This includes a fix for the Community Widget that enables attachments to be downloaded as well as multiple new integrations for Connections.

Activity Stream widget

  1. Open Homepage => Administration

    Click Add another app


  2. Select the following:

    • OpenSocial Gadget
    • Trusted and Use SSO
    • Show for Activity Stream events
    • All servers

    Click the Add Mapping button.


  3. Enter values:

    • OAuth Client: conn-ee
    • Service name: connections_service

    Click Ok

  4. Enter the following, replacing [BOARDS_URL] with your URL:

    Field Value
    App Title Huddo Boards Stream
    URL Address https://[BOARDS_URL]/widgets/connections/url-gadget.xml
    Icon URL https://[BOARDS_URL]/favicon.ico
    Icon Secure URL https://[BOARDS_URL]/favicon.ico

    Scroll down and click Save

  5. Select the newly defined app and click Enable


CEC (Community Highlights)

Huddo Boards integrates with Connections Engagement Center


  1. Download the Boards CP widget definition file

  2. Open the CEC (XCC) main admin page


  3. Click Customize, Engagement Center Settings, expand Customization Files & click Upload File


    Note: you must have the admin role for the Customize button to appear

  4. Select the custom.js downloaded previously

    Note: the file must have this name. If you already have a custom.js file you must manually merge the contents. Copy the HuddoBoards() function and make sure to call it in init()

  5. To validate:

    1. Open the Highlights application in a Community
    2. Click Customize, Widgets and Huddo Boards


    3. The Boards Highlights widget should now appear at the end of the page