Monthly Archives: March 2019

ALERT: End of Google Cloud Messaging Support impact for IBM Verse Android clients


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(Updated 3/21/2019) If you ever wondered why you should keep up to date with your server installations, this IBM Technote published today describes one really good reason.  Less than a year ago Google announced they are deprecating Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and have replaced it with Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM).   Google will remove GCM support at any time on or after April 11, 2019 (3 weeks from today).

Why do you care? This service is used by IBM Traveler (server) to communicate with Android devices (Verse for Android).  When Google made this announcement, IBM quickly incorporated the new service into the latest Android Verse app (V10.0.4) and the latest release of the Traveler server code stream (V10.0.1).  NOTE: This is the Traveler version, NOT the version of Domino that Traveler is running on.  Traveler V10.0.1 works on Domino 9.0.1. Yes, if you are running Traveler on Websphere, you still need to upgrade Traveler.

If you get automatic updates from the app store, you will already have this version of the app on your device.  If you have automatic updates disabled, be sure to update this app before April 11, 2019.  But Traveler on your server still needs to be upgraded.

If you are using IBM SmartCloud Notes (IBM Connections Cloud) for your email service, you have nothing to worry about.  IBM already took care of it for you.

Read this IBM Technote for details. 

#dominoforever Product Ideas Forum Posts – Part 1


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Here are a few ideas I have posted on the Idea Jam forum for Notes & Domino. If you see one you want added to the product, please vote for it. While you’re there, take a look at the many other ideas that are being contributed by the community.  Post your own ideas too!

  1. Email retrieved via POP should display the date the message was received by the server, not the date it was POP’d

    When mail is retrieved using POP in Notes, the date/time stamp of the message is set to the date/time it was retrieved by Notes. It does NOT use the date the message was sent or the date it was delivered to the receiving mail system. As a result…
  2. Add feature to show recent downloads like web browsers do

    Add the feature to show the list of downloaded files (saved attachments) and make it possible to open the file from there. Every web browser does this. Many applications also include a Recent files list too. I was told this feature exists, but …
  3. Number the options in Preferences – Basic Notes Client Configuration – Additional Options list

    File – Preferences – Basic Notes Client Configuration – Additional Options.In V10 there are 44 options in the list. Number the list so it is easier to find a given option. Also include the number in the corresponding entry on the User Policy Set…
  4. Add “Notes Administrator client” to the list of products for ideas

    You have a choice for Notes. You have a choice for Domino Designer (and xPages) You do not have a choice for Notes Administrator. (See screenshot attached) Please add a category for Notes Administrator ideas. Just because there are more devel…
  5. After saving an attachment, provide a button to open the folder where the file was saved or open the file

    All web browsers provide a feature to open any file right after downloading it. Notes should do the same thing. -David Hablewitz

 

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Easter Egg in the Server Config Doc and How to configure Domino to restrict which groups can receive Internet mail


Sometimes you want email groups to receive email from the Internet, but you don’t want every group reachable that way.  IBM did a great job hiding it.

Watch the video or follow these steps to accomplish that:

  1.  Open the server configuration document for the Domino server that receives inbound Internet mail.
  2. Click on the Router/SMTP – Basics tab.
    Change the Address Lookup field from “Fullname then Local Part” to “Fullname only”.  (This forces the email address to be an exact match.  Otherwise spammers can make random guesses that will more likely resolve.
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  3. Click on the Router/SMTP – Restrictions and Controls – SMTP Inbound Controls tab.
    In the Inbound Intended Recipients section, change the “Verify that local domain recipients exist in the Domino Directory” field from “Disabled” to “Enabled”.  

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  4. When that field is enabled, two additional fields will be displayed.
    Change the “Reject ambiguous names” field from “Disabled” to “Enabled”.
    Leave the “Deny mail to groups” field set to “Disabled”.configDoc3

While I appreciate that it doesn’t allow changing these two additional fields until you enable the overall setting, I find it frustrating that these fields are hidden from view until the feature is enabled.  There are hundreds of settings for controlling mail routing scattered across server docs, server configuration docs, domain docs, etc.  They don’t need to make it harder to find the relevant setting by hiding them.  But that’s what makes the job challenging.  If you liked this tip, you may find this slideshare deck by IBM ICS Support Enginneer Jayesh Parmar helpful.

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