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IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5

This intermediate level certification is intended for system administrators who perform the installation, configuration and day-to-day administration tasks associated with ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of an IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5 environment. This includes tasks associated with:

  • Understanding the Architecture/Planning and Preparing the Environment
  • Installing and Configuring
  • Managing and Maintaining the Environment
  • Managing Security
  • Working with Policies

This administrator is generally self-sufficient and is able to perform most of the tasks involved in the role with limited assistance from peers, product documentation and vendor support services.


  • Basic IBM Lotus Sametime administration skills
  • Hands on experience with Lotus Sametime 8.5
  • Troubleshooting and problem determination skills

Recommended Training and Required Exam(s)

 Required Exam Recommended Training 
LOT-988: Administering IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5

Deploying and Administering Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 (STL85G)

Skills acquired during recommended training


  • Planning/preparing the environment
    • Clustering Sametime servers for high availability
    • Network planning considerations
    • Planning a Lotus Sametime community server install
    • Planning a Lotus Sametime Media Manager Install
    • Planning deployment topologies
    • Planning for an LDAP Directory
    • Ports used by Lotus Sametime components
    • Supporting IPv6 addressing in a Lotus Sametime deployment
  • Understanding database concepts-preparing the database environment
  • WebSphere Application Server considerations

Install and Configure

  • Configuring and managing the Sametime Connect Client
    • Configuring Sametime Connect Client SPNEGO- Authentication
    • Configuring Sametime Connect Client\Provisioning
    • Configuring Sametime Connect Client\Secure Site Provisioning
    • Configuring Sametime Connect Client\Silent Installer
  • Configuring Directory Services
    • Configuring Directory Services\Domino Directory
    • Configuring Directory Services\LDAP Directory
  • Configuring file transfers
  • Configuring Sametime 8.5 proxy server
  • Configuring Sametime clusters
  • Configuring Sametime connectivity
  • Configuring Sametime logging
  • Configuring Sametime Media Server
  • Configuring Sametime Mobile
  • Configuring the Lotus Notes embedded Client
  • Configuring the Sametime 8.5 meeting server
    • Configuring Sametime meeting server conversion services
  • Configuring the Sametime Community server
  • Configuring the Sametime Community services multiplexer (MUX)
  • Configuring the Sametime system console
  • Configuring Tunneling
  • Configuring usage limits
  • Deploying MS Office integration features
  • Deploying Sametime across multiple domains
  • Deploying Sametime Connect via network deployment
  • Deploying Sametime Plug-ins
  • Implementing Business Cards
  • Implementing Community Services Clustering
  • Implementing SSL
  • Installing/configuring DB2
  • Understanding the capabilities of the Sametime Gateway

Manage and Maintain

  • Administering a Lotus Sametime Community Server
  • Administering a Llotus Sametime Media Manager
  • Administering a Lotus Sametime Meeting Server
  • Administering a Lotus Sametime Proxy server
  • Administering a Lotus Sametime System Console
  • Managing Anonymous Users Naming
  • Managing Recorded Meetings
  • Modifying Audio/Video Services
  • Modifying Community Services Clustering
  • Monitoring the Sametime Servers
  • Troubleshooting a Lotus Sametime Community Server
  • Troubleshooting a Lotus Sametime Connect Client
  • Troubleshooting a Lotus Sametime Media Server
  • Troubleshooting a Lotus Sametime Meeting Server
  • Troubleshooting a Lotus Sametime System Console
  • Troubleshooting Online Meetings
  • Tuning a WebSphere proxy server
  • Tuning Lotus Sametime Media Manager
  • Tuning Lotus Sametime Community Server
  • Understanding Breakout Sessions
  • Understanding Location Awareness
  • Understanding Polling in Meetings
  • Understanding Telephony in Sametime - click to call
  • Upgrading Sametime Clients
  • Utilizing the Name Conversion Utility
  • Utilizing the Sametime Administration Tool

Managing Security

  • Configuring Single Sign-on
  • Controlling user Sametime server access
  • Managing administrator access and roles
  • Managing security associated with the community server
  • Managing security associated with the Media Manager
  • Managing security associated with the meeting server
  • Modifying Sametime security
  • Understanding user policies

Working with Policies

  • Configuring the Sametime Policy Service
  • Instant messaging policies
  • Managing users with policies
  • Assigning policies to users and groups
    • Changing a user's policy's weight
    • Creating new user policies
  • Finding policies associated with a user
  • Media manager policies
  • Meeting policies
  • Upgrading to 8.5 and policies