Connecting with external users

Learn what an external user can do in HCL Connections, and how you can invite them to register.

External users, indicated by the External user icon icon, can use many Connections features. A person becomes an external user when:
  • Someone in an organization invites them to join Connections as a guest.
  • Someone in an organization invites them to join a Connections community and they accept the invitation.
  • Someone in an organization shares a file with them.

Inviting a guest

Once your administrator assigns you to the appropriate role, you can collaborate with people who are not members of Connections by inviting them to register as guests. Guest accounts are free; no extra fees are charged to your organization or to the guests.

To invite one or more guests using a web client:

  1. On the navigation menu, select the app Invite Guest.
  2. Enter the name and email address of the person to invite. You can also personalize the invitation message.
  3. Click Send Invitation. The person receives an email invitation that directs them to the registration web page, and then to the Connections login screen.
  4. If you want to continue inviting guests, click Invite Another until you are finished.

What external users can do

If you are an external user, you can do the following:
  • Collaborate as a member in communities. For example, you can contribute to a community forum.
  • View and download files that are shared with them.
  • Edit files in HCL Connections Docs if the organization makes licenses available for use.
  • Join HCL Sametime® meetings that you are invited to.
  • See an activity stream to which you have access.
  • Edit your profile by clicking your picture and selecting My Profile.
  • View abbreviated business cards of people that share content with you.
  • Share files with people.
  • Use the Connections mobile app.
  • Chat with people in the organization.

What external users cannot do

As an external user, you cannot see the following Connections items or perform the following tasks:
  • Be a community owner.
  • Create a community.
  • Follow people.
  • Use @mentions.
  • See public microblog.
  • See public or publicly listed (moderated) communities.
  • See public files.
  • See or search the company directory (including using type-ahead) to find people.
  • See recommended content or people.
    Note: External users cannot see public recommendations but they can see private recommendations. For example, External users can see a file recommended to them within a community to which they are a member.
  • Access the Profiles menu.
    Note: External users can, however access their own profile by using the My Profile view.
  • Access other user profiles.
  • See community metrics.
  • Use the Connections desktop plugins.

Identifying external users and what they can work with

If you are an external user, content that you create or have access to is identified by an icon External user icon. The icon is applied to restricted communities that you are a member of, and files or content that is created by you or shared with you.