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 Traveler 15 November 2017

IBM Traveler available on Fix Central - Necessary update prior to Domino 9.0.1 FP10

IBM Traveler is available for download on IBM Fix Central.  

There is a technote published that recommends upgrading to this release of Traveler if you plan on updating your Traveler servers to Domino 9.0.1 FP10 when it is released.  This is due to changes in some header files in FP10.  

The list of fixes included in the release is not yet published, however, there is a new feature:  Support for invitee availability search from Calendar on Exchange ActiveSync clients.

Link to technote

 IBM Notes  Lotus Notes 13 October 2017

IBM Notes 9.0.1 Java patch and IF1 installation tip

Earlier in October, IBM released JVM patches for Notes and Domino for both the 1.6 and 1.8 versions of the JVM. Here's a link to the Interim Fix page with the download links.

This week, Interim Fix 1 for the 9.0.1 Notes client was released as well.   If you have previously installed the JVM patches for the Notes client, you will want to re-install the JVM patch as the IF puts the previous version back in place.  

So, the order I'd recommend following is:

  • Install Interim Fix 1
  • Install the JVM patches - both 1.6 and 1.8 for the client.

I would recommend this order for the Domino fix with the exception there is only the 1.8 JVM for the server.

 connections  ibm connections 14 September 2017

IBM Connections - APNS certificates expire Sept 20 - updates available

It's time to update the APNS certificates for the IBM Connections Mobile apps on your Connections installs.  The current certificates expire on September 20, 2017 so there are a few days to apply the patch for your release.

Follow the links in this technote to download the fix for your particular release.

There's nothing like waiting until the clock almost runs out. :-)

 Domino  IBM Domino  IBM Notes 18 August 2017

IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.1 Feature Pack 9 available

Looks like IBM Domino and IBM Notes 9.0.1 Feature Pack 9 are available for download from Fix Central

Link to all Domino downloads

Link to all Notes downloads

Here's a quick hit of new features available in each:

The documentation in Knowledgebase will be updated with these new features to coincide with the ship date of 9.0.1 FP9

1) Enhancement Request To Be Able To Increase The Amgr Queue Beyond 100 (SPR #RSTNA4SL7C APARID: LO87242)
The Agent Manager's Eligible queue is now able to change from the lowest value possible at 100, to 255 which is the highest value possible via an INI AMGRMaxQueue.

2) Databases and views can be opened more quickly in databases that are enabled for transaction logging
It takes less time to open databases and views that are at ODS 52 or higher and enabled for transaction logging. Previously, performance for opening databases or views could be slow in frequently updated databases. This improvement is due to the implementation of less contention with update operations.

3) Restricting the use of mail rules to forward messages to external domains (SPR #JPAR9NEACX APARID: LO81771
You can control the extent to which users can use the Send copy to mail rule to automatically forward received messages to external domains that are not recognized by the mail server. This feature does not affect any forwarding rules that are specified in a user's Person document or any other type of mail server
forwarding or re-direction.

4) Enabling and managing inline view indexing
A view index is an internal filing system that Notes® uses to build the list of documents to display in a database view or folder. By default, view indexes are updated on a server at scheduled intervals. To update a view index immediately after documents change instead, administrators can enable inline view indexing. When you enable inline view indexing, a critical view is always kept up-to-date for your users.

5) Updating the default Java from 1.6 to 1.8 on IBM i (SPR #BYAGALM8J8)

1) Delegated mail files are refreshed automatically (SPR #RGAU829D4G APARID: LO48407)
If you have delegate access to another user's mail file, that mail file is refreshed automatically in your Notes® client. To enable this feature, upgrade to the Mail9.ntf template provided with the FP9 Client. No notes.ini setting is required for this feature.

2) Support for recall of messages created with Memo stationary (SPR #JLEN9C9E3G APARID: LO77349)
When message recall is configured on the server, messages created using Memo stationery can now be recalled. To enable this feature, upgrade to the Mail9.ntf template provided with FP9.

3) High resolution support for the Notes® Client
The Notes® client on Windows correctly scales text and icons when high resolution monitors or custom DPI settings are used.

4) Improved name lookup in Notes®
Searching by through typeahead or in the ambiguous name dialog, returns the same results as searching by . For example, searching for don smith or smith don returns the same results, including variants such as Donald, Donovan, Smithfield. To enable this feature, upgrade to the pernames.ntf template provided with 9.0.1 FP9 and add the notes.ini setting AllowWildcardLookup=1 to the Notes® 9.0.1 FP9 client.

5) Improved support for Notes® addressing with mobile directory catalogs (SPR #SAPLAK8ANL)
The list of names that is shown when using typeahead to search a mobile directory catalog is now sorted according to the directory catalog configuration. Names in local contacts follow this list. In addition, the Search Directory for option is available at the end of the list to facilitate server lookup. To enable this feature, add the notes.ini setting $TypeAheadShowDircatFirst = 1 to the Notes® 9.0.1 FP9 client.

There are also updated templates for mail and pernames.ntf that are separate downloads.

The full list is available here.

Happy downloading and testing before putting this update into production!

 connections  ibm connections 14 August 2017

One More Setting to Force TLSv1.2 in Connections 6.0

It appears that there is one additional setting that is needed to force IBM Connections 6.0 to use TLSv1.2.  In each Application Server go to Process Definiition > Java Virtual Machine and add the following setting in the Generic JVM arguments: . Save the changes and after applying to all application servers, restart the servers.

Image:One More Setting to Force TLSv1.2 in Connections 6.0

Link to complete Technote

 connections  ibm connections 18 July 2017

IBM Technote: Customizing Default Navigation Order of Apps in Connections 6.0 Mobile App

A technote published today outlines the ability to customize the default order of the apps displayed in the IBM Connections Mobile app.  This does require IBM Connections 6.0 and the June 2017 update to be installed for the new setting to work.

See this technote for the details on configuring the new setting.

27 April 2017

IBM Docs 2.0 CR2 IF1 Available

No sooner after I publish my post about the Security Updates in CR2, do I see that there's CR2 IF1 available now as well.

IBM Connections Docs 2.0 CR2 iFix 001 Release Notes

This includes support for TLS v1.2, so if that' important to you - I'm looking at you externally facing servers - then you'll want to check this out.


 IBM Connections Docs  IBM Docs 27 April 2017

IBM Docs 2.0 - CR2 Includes Fixes For Security Vulnerabilities

If you're looking for another reason to install CR2 for IBM Docs 2.0 beyond "just getting the latest", here's one: this CR includes fixes for three different security vulnerabilities.  If you've got an externally facing Connections environment, I would recommend getting the update scheduled sooner rather than later.

Security Bulletin: IBM Connections Docs is Vulnerable to a Denial of Service (CVE-2015-8806)

Security Bulletin: IBM Connections Docs is Vulnerable to a Heap-based Buffer Overflow (CVE-2016-2073)

Security Bulletin: IBM Connections Docs is Vulnerable to a Stack-based Buffer Overflow (CVE-2016-3705)

Happy upgrading!

 IBM Verse  Traveler  Verse 17 February 2017

IBM Traveler - A Note On Upgrading

So IBM Traveler is now available.  We've been waiting on it to upgrade our internal server that was on an older version, mostly due to the issue that Detlev posted about in December.  That is "fixed" in this release, however my experience upgrading revealed that it wasn't so much fixed as the command that you need to issue to resolve the error was enabled for use.

So, after upgrading Traveler from the .12 release, the server started up and watched as the Traveler db had its design updated and also saw updates to the Derby database used by Traveler getting logged:

02/16/2017 05:19:42 PM Traveler: Server starting...
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: GUIDMAP has no records violating the constraint.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: Primary key PK_GUIDMAP successfully created.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: GUIDMAP table is repaired.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: TS_FILTERS has no violating records.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: Primary key PK_TSFILTERS successfully created.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: TS_FILTERS table is repaired.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: PUSH has no violating records.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: Primary key PK_PUSH successfully created.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: PUSH table is repaired.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: REPLICAS has no violating records.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: Primary key PK_REPLICAS successfully created.
02/16/2017 05:19:56 PM Traveler: REPLICAS table is repaired.

However, after that was done, I saw the message Detlev wrote about:

02/16/2017 05:20:00 PM Traveler: WARNING *system Exception caught trying to create constraint PK_INVMAP on Table INV_MAP. Exception Thrown: com.lotus.sync.db.PersistenceException: java.sql.SQLSyntaxErrorException: 'DEVUID' cannot be a column of a primary key because it can contain null values.

I wasn't expecting this, but figured I could try the command IBM gave out with the Hotfix:

tell traveler sql ALTER TABLE inv_map ALTER COLUMN devuid NOT NULL

After restarting HTTP, the error did not appear again, so it looks like running this command may be necessary if you are upgrading your standalone Traveler install from an older release.

Of course, as always, YMMV.

I'll be at the IBM Connect conference next week - hope to see some of you there!

 Verse  IBM Verse 17 January 2017

IBM Verse On-Premises - some thoughts after using for two weeks

We installed IBM Verse On-Premises (VOP) the day it was released.  See my previous post about the installation (simple).  This post will cover my impressions after having used it for two weeks as my main access point to my company email.

Basic Usage:

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the VOP 1.0 release.  Reading and composing emails are easy and straightforward. When new mail arrives, the browser tab adds a red dot to the Verse icon to let me know there's something new. Messages render as expected and give me the option to show images if desired - just like Notes or iNotes do. The options to work with a message are available in the icon bar and are a mix of text button (Reply, Reply All, Forward) or images (Mark Needs Action, Mark read/unread, delete, move to folder, print or schedule a meeting).  There's also an indicator of which folder(s) the message is found in. This is very nice.   The Mark Read/Unread button was a topic of conversation in that it wasn't immediately apparent from the icon what it's for - and was missed entirely by someone else.  The hover text does point it out, but I'm chalking up missing it due to me not paying attention.

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