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 Sametime 1 February 2019

Note to self: Host name is case-sensitive when deploying Sametime servers

Working on a Sametime install for a client and it's been a little while.  I created the Community server deployment plan and started the install on the Community Server. The hostname is kindly populated for me from the OS.  It's got some letters in upper case, but no worries.  I click the Next button to get the list of available deployment plans and nothing, zip, nada shows in the window. Hmmm.

I check the Sametime System Console (SSC) and confirm that the deployment plan hasn't gone the way of the dodo, and no, it's still there and in the "ready for install" state.

Going back to the Community server, I click the Back button and pay attention to the case of the name. Checking the deployment plan I had entered the hostname in all lower case - as one should.  Returning to the Community server I change the hostname in the installer to be all lower case, click Next 'et voila' - we have the deployment plan I expect to see.

The install continues on it's happy way and finishes successfully.  That's enough for a Friday afternoon - time for a beverage!

 Domino  HCL Domino 24 January 2019

Domino V11 - Virtual Jam for the Americas - January 30

If you weren't able to participate in the on-site Jams for Domino V11 held in Chicago or Toronto, there will be a virtual Jam on January 30th at 11am ET/8am PT.  Click the link to register and take part. Be part of the next release!

 IBM Domino  IBM Verse  Traveler 21 December 2018

Observations on Upgrading to v10.0.1 - Domino, Traveler, Verse on Prem

I spent a little time this morning upgrading a Domino server from 10.0 to 10.0.1.  Upgrading Domino, Traveler and Verse on Prem took about 15 minutes.  Got to love those simple upgrades.  Only wish some other products were that simple.

That isn't to say there wasn't any issue. This was a Windows box and when the Domino service started, it failed with an error. Event viewer said the error number was 7024, but didn't offer any help at all.  I re-ran the Domino install and after that the server started without any issue.  I'm guessing it's something to do with the Traveler install.

One note on Verse on Prem - the "install" is down from about 20 files to about 5 now. So don't be surprised when you unzip the install file and only see that small number. That's how it's supposed to be! The documentation does say that, but who reads documentation! :)

 IBM Domino  IBM Notes  #domino2025 20 September 2018

IBM Domino V10 World Premiere in Costa Mesa #domino2025

IBM has announced a series of World Premiere events for Notes/Domino V10. Here's a link to the complete list of cities.

Notes/Domino V10 is an exciting release for current customers with improvements in TCO and an expanded and improved story on Rapid Application Development.  

For those in the Southern California area and really the entire western US, there will be a World Premiere event in Costa Mesa at the Center Club on October 10.  This is in the "neighborhood" of the IBM office in Costa Mesa. To register for the event, follow this link.

If you can't make the in-person events, there is a worldwide event that will be streamed from Frankfurt on October 9.

I've registered and will be there, I hope to see you there as well!

 IBM Domino  IBM Notes  #domino2025 20 September 2018

IBM Notes/Domino V10 Sales Advisor Badge

I've earned the IBM Notes & Domino V10 Sales Advisor badge, so if you've got an old, stale Notes/Domino environment and are looking with interest in the coming Notes and Domino V10 release, feel free to reach out and we're happy to help look at your environment and help you move to the latest and greatest.  We're very excited about what's coming, especially from the TCO point of view with Domino and the new application development features.  

 connections  ibm connections 14 September 2018

IBM Connections Security Refresh available - but wait, there’s more

IBM has published another Security Refresh for IBM Connections.  This is for the Apache Struts framework that is used in the Connections apps.  This applies to IBM Connections versions 5, 5.5 and 6.0.  All require the latest CR to be installed as well.

You'll want to install this fix after installing the fix I posted about a couple of days fix at a time.

Here's the link to the IBM Technote that has the Fix Central links.  

 connections  ibm connections 13 September 2018

IBM Connections Security Refresh available

IBM has made available a security refresh update for IBM Connections 5.5 CR3 and 5.0 CR4.  The fixes included in this refresh are part of IBM Connections 6.0 CR2, so install that if you haven't already. Note that you do need to be at the latest CR for each release in order to install this fix.  

The fixes resolve a "possible external service interaction vulnerability" and is scored as a "medium" level vulnerability.

More information and links to Fix Central downloads can be found on this IBM Technote.

 ibm connections  WebSphere 24 April 2018

IBM Java 8 Support for IBM Connections 5.5 - the clock is ticking

IBM released a statement on April 23 regarding the plan for support of Java 8 in IBM Connections 5.5 (and earlier).  The tl;dr synopsis is:  there won't be any.  

IBM Connections 5.5 uses Java 1.6 for it's JVM in WebSphere 8.5.5 and there is no plan to provide support for Java 8 for these earlier versions of Connections.  Also, Java 1.6 will not be supported past April 2018 aside from security updates that will be provided until December 2018.

So, if you want to stay "current" on Java releases, it's time to start looking at migrating to IBM Connections 6.0. I know for some customers this is a news flash as they may have either just been kicking the tires on 6.0 in a test environment or haven't even started to look at it - or the new features in the Component Pack (Orient Me, etc).  This is now the time to start looking at this in earnest.  

Beyond the changes in the underlying JVM, if you are running on Linux there is also a need to upgrade/migrate to a newer OS as RHEL 7.0 is now the minimum.

Let us know if we can be of assistance.

Java 8 support statement for IBM Connections v5.5

 IBM Notes 13 February 2018

IBM Notes 9.0.1 for Mac IF13 available for Java 8 update

Last month I posted about an issue with IBM Notes and the latest Java 8 update for Mac.  Today, IBM posted IF13 to resolve this issue.

The download is available on Fix Central.  You'll want to install the fix before updating Java to the latest version.


 IBM Notes 21 January 2018

IBM Notes 9.0.1 on MacOS and Java 8 Update Higher Than 152 Not Working

An IBM Technote was published last week regarding IBM Notes 9.0.1 for MacOS and the Java 8 update 152 or higher.  After this update, the Notes client on Mac doesn't respond to mouse or keyboard input which is less than helpful and almost not useful.

The workaround for the moment is to downgrade to Java 8 update 151, which appears to be the highest level that doesn't fail with Notes. To get the Java update, you need to go to the Oracle Java download archive site - and choose the update 151 for Java 8 Runtime.  An Oracle account is required to download.

After that, you need to uninstall the current Java version. To do this, go to /Library/Internet Plug-Ins and delete the JavaAppletPlugin.plugin.  You'll be prompted for your admin password.  One that's done, start the install of the download from the archive site and you're all set.  Just don't update the Java plugin when it says there's a newer version available.

Here's a link to the IBM Technote.