Define IBM HTTP Server 

Define IBM HTTP Server to manage web connections.

Before you begin

Install web server plug-ins for IBM HTTP Server, if they are not already installed. For more information, go to the Install web server plug-ins web site.

About this task

IBM Connections uses a web server as the entry point for all the applications.

This procedure describes how to create a web server using the Integrated Solutions Console. There are other ways to create the web server. See the IBM WAS information center for more information.

To define IBM HTTP Server...


  1. Start the IBM HTTP Administration Server:

    • AIX or Linux™:

      1. Open a command prompt and navigate to the following directory:

        • AIX: /usr/IBM/HTTPServer/bin

        • Linux: /opt/IBM/HTTPServer/bin

      2. Enter the following command: ./adminctl start

    • Windows™:

      1. Open the Services window in the Windows Control Panel.

      2. Verify that the IBM HTTP Administration Server service is started. If this service is not running, start it

  2. Log in to the WAS admin console on the dmgr and select System administration -> Nodes -> Add Node.

  3. Select Unmanaged node and click Next.

  4. Specify the properties of the node by providing values in the following fields:


        Enter the name of the node.

      Host Name

        Enter the fully qualified DNS host name for IBM HTTP Server. For example:


        Select the operating system type that hosts your IBM HTTP Server.

      Click OK and then click Save.

  5. Select Servers -> Server Types -> Web servers and click New.

  6. Provide values for the following fields:

      Select node

        Select the node that you specified in Step 4.

      Server name

        Enter the name of the your web server. The default value is webserver1.


        Select IBM HTTP Server.

  7. Click Next.

  8. Select the default web server template and click Next.

  9. On the Enter the properties for the new web server page, check the paths and make adjustments if necessary, and then enter the user name and password that you specified when you installed IBM HTTP Server. Confirm the password and click Next.

  10. Confirm that you want to create the new web server.

  11. Click Finish and then click Save.

  12. Synchronize all the nodes.

  13. Select Servers -> Server Types -> Web servers and click the link to your webserver.

  14. Click Generate Plug-in.

  15. Select the check box for your webserver.

  16. Click Propagate Plug-in.

  17. Select Servers -> Server Types -> Web servers and click the link to your webserver.

  18. Click Plugin properties and then click Copy to Web Server key store directory.

      Note: If the plugin-key.kdb file is on a different system from the IBM HTTP Server system, copy it manually from the WAS system to the IBM HTTP Server system.

  19. Restart IBM HTTP Server.

What to do next

Complete the steps in the Configure IBM HTTP Server for SSL topic.

Configure IBM HTTP Server to handle file downloads from the Files and Wikis applications. For information on this configuration, see the Configure Files and Wikis downloads topic.

Parent topic

Configure IBM HTTP Server
Next topic: Configure IBM HTTP Server for SSL

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August 18, 2011 11:28:54 AM


Aug 18, 2011 11:28:54 AM Amended the What to do next section. 2 Aug 18, 2011 10:46:51 AM Removed Step 19 about failover. 1 Submitted by Dimitri Prosper on Aug 17, 2011 5:14:32 PM

Re: Defining IBM HTTP Server

The following statement should be revised:

"If you selected Use SSL on the Enter the properties for the new web server page, complete the steps in the Configuring IBM HTTP Server for SSL topic."

The option to "Use SSL" does not exist in the "Enter the properties for the new web server" page, however the step to configure SSL needs to be followed either way.

Submitted by mi zhou on Aug 17, 2011 2:06:23 AM

Re: Defining IBM HTTP Server

These properties no long exist from Connections 3.0, we don't need to take this step:

19. If you have installed a clustered deployment, ensure that failover is enabled by specifying the appropriate Directory Service URLs. Check out the LotusConnections-config.xml file and add the host name of your webserver to the communities_directory_service_extension_href and profiles_directory_service_extension_href properties.