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Enabling the Connections 8.0 user experience

If you are upgrading from previous versions of Connections to 8.0, the new user experience is initially disabled. This allows you to adopt the infrastructural benefits of Connections 8.0 – such as updated platform versions and security fixes – without any user disruption.

Note: The option to change the user interface to either the Connections 7.0 or 8.0 experience is available only during the transition period. For more details, see What's new in HCL Connections.

About this task

The ics.ui.isCNX8UXEnabled property in the LotusConnections-config.xml file controls the activation of the new Connections 8.0 user experience.


  1. Start the wsadmin client by following the steps in Starting the wsadmin client.
  2. Check out the LotusConnections-config.xml file:

    LCConfigService.checkOutConfig("working_directory", "cell_name")

    Note that execfile("") is needed for the above command to work. For more information, see Editing configuration files.

  3. Edit the checked out LotusConnections-config.xml file. Locate the generic property ics.ui.isCNX8UXEnabled, and set its value to true:

    <genericProperty name="ics.ui.isCNX8UXEnabled">true</genericProperty>

    If the property does not already exist, add it.

  4. Check in the updated configuration file:

    LCConfigService.checkInConfig("working_directory", "cell_name")
  5. Deploy the changes by synchronizing the nodes:

  6. To exit the wsadmin client, type exit at the prompt.

  7. Stop and restart the servers that host the HCL Connections applications.
  8. Make sure to remove temp files, as they will likely have stale references when you change from the 7.0 UI to the 8.0 UI.

Parent topic: Upgrading and updating

Related information

Starting the wsadmin client

Editing configuration files

Changing common configuration property values