Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How To Load Existing Photos into Lotus Connections

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Recently, a friend asked a very interesting question in the Lotus Connections forum. In his question, he wondered if there was any way to load photos into Lotus Connections Profiles. More specifically, he wanted to know how to load existing photos stored in the LDAP (in the jpegPhoto attribute). Out of the box, you are given scripts to load photos from the file system, but not from the LDAP.

In my experience, about half of our customers already have photos for their employees in some kind of system. Perhaps in their LDAP... Or in their HR Badge System... Or in some other in-house application. Therefore, I often find myself helping our customers create a custom "script" that fits their needs.

In an effort to spread the "wealth", I thought this was a great opportunity to show you how powerful Tivoli Directory Integrator (TDI) really is and teach you how to use it to the max. TDI is an ETL tool, which lets you extract information from pretty much any data source, transform it (if needed), and load it into Lotus Connections. And best of all, you don't have to do any coding! Since TDI is included for free as part of your Lotus Connections, I believe this is one of the key added value features of Lotus Connections.

Anyway, now, perhaps you are thinking "I don't have any skills in TDI, how am I ever going to figure this out?" Don't worry, I'm including a video here. It shows you how to load photos from your LDAP and, best of all, this takes less than 5 minutes!

If you would like detailed instructions on how to do this, follow the steps in my answer in the forum.

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