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Follow Up to What’s New in Sametime V10 and Beyond?


Good news with persistent chat and with eliminating WAS and DB2.  Persistent chat is coming in V10.  WAS and DB2 will be eliminated in V11 or V12.  System Console is also eliminated in V10.  V10 also supports login on multiple devices concurrently.  It is worth listening to the replay (at 1.5x speed).  Be sure to listen through the Q&A and the conclusion.  There were many useful questions answered.  The slide deck should be available in the replay too.  But I think the two slides of most importance are these tables showing what features are coming in which release. (these folks are going to be busy!)

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You should be able to watch the replay using the same
link to register: https://lnkd.in/dR4cHik

And here is the complete slide deck: letschataboutsametimemay2019rev71558616324635

What’s New in Sametime V10 and Beyond?


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Did you know that if you have Notes licenses, then you also have Sametime Chat and online awareness…

FREE

If you don’t have Sametime Chat deployed in your environment, you may want to re-evaluate that.  Start by watching the webcast tomorrow (May 23, 2019) to see what’s new and what is coming that YOU ARE ALREADY LICENSED TO USE.

Sametime Limited Use V10 and Beyond webcast:

Overview
Title: Let’s Chat about Sametime (again)!
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Summary
Join Kathleen Brady Jackson and Pat Galvin to learn what new value Sametime Limited Use V10 offers to Domino customers.
You’ll also hear HCL’s vision for the future product roadmap of Sametime, which includes integration with third-party conferencing vendors, Docker support, and improved co-existence with Domino.
This is a webcast you do not want to miss! Sign up today here -> https://lnkd.in/dR4cHik

If you want some assistance deploying it, I can connect you with experts.

IBM-Panagenda Partnership yields powerful FREE IBM Notes upgrade tool


IBM has made an agreement with Panagenda to provide their Notes client management product, MarvelClient, for free to customers currently paying for software maintenance.  his will allow customers to perform upgrades from any version of Notes to version 10.0.1.  This tool is exceptionally effective at upgrading and cleaning up Notes client installations.  IBM made this arrangement to encourage customers to get upgraded to the latest version by simplifying the process.

Panagenda also has a free version of The software can be downloaded here:

And the Quickstart Guide can be downloaded here.
A few readers have asked me if I can assist in configuring and running the client upgrades.  Yes.  (sales plug) My team at Divergent Solutions can assist with upgrading both Notes clients and Domino servers to V10.0.1.1.  Doing so will provide a wealth of new features and security enhancements.  And if you are no longer paying for software upgrades, Divergent Solutions can help you with discounted software licensing renewals too.  Post a comment below or find our contact info here.
Whatever you do to get upgraded, the point is just do it.  Don’t miss out on the productivity improvements of running the latest version of Notes & Domino. #DominoForever

 

Domino Mobile Apps for the iPad is Here!


A Notes client (sort of) for the iPad has just been released!  This is the announcement.  I’m looking forward to the next steps when they port this to the iPhone and Android phone.  All the security, replication, workflow and offline functionality of Notes with the portability of a mobile device and no redundant develop to web-enable any apps.  Nice job IBM and HCL.

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IBM Domino Mobile Apps Now Available in the iOS App Store

We took all of your candid and valuable beta-testing feedback, and turned it into reality: IBM Domino Mobile Apps is now available for free in the iOS App Store! This means that your entire organization can access every single one of its Domino applications from an iPad. You have the ability to drive app consumption within your organization — bringing the power of Domino to your end users wherever they are working — online or off.

Extend the reach of your existing applications and download IBM Domino Mobile Apps today.

Please note: due to import of encryption regulations IBM Domino Mobile Apps is not yet available in France or Israel. We anticipate regulatory approval shortly.

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Forrester TEI of Domino

Tell Your Boss, Tell Your Friends! The Forrester Total Economic Impact™ of IBM Domino Webinar is Coming.

You’ve asked for help in convincing your organization why Domino is still critical to your business. Join us on Thursday, April 25th, to learn from the Forrester Group’s Total Economic Impact (TEI) team what their findings on Domino could mean to every organization. Plus, what you should share with your business and technical leaders. Lastly, hear a firsthand account from an IT leader why having Domino at the core of their business, matters. We look forward to seeing you there.

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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. 

You asked. IBM responds: Interim Fix for Domino to support SHA-2 and TLS fix for POODLE attack.


All the information you need is in these two technotes:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21418982
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21687167
Watch for the fix to be posted on Fix Central soon.  Then this can be marked Completed in Greenhouse and IdeaJam.net
Note that one of these will only be supported on Domino 9.0.1.  The 8.5 code can’t support SHA-2 encryption.

What does this mean? This addresses the issue that web browsers will soon no longer support connecting to websites that use the older encryption due to its weaker algorithms that can be broken with today’s faster computers.  So Domino servers using https will need this update to allow web browsers to be able to connect after they drop support for the old security.

SmartCloud Tip #01 Using the Notes admin client to compliment the SmartCloud web admin screens


This is my first in a series of tips regarding SmartCloud Hybrid Notes migrations and administering SmartCloud Hybrid Notes environments that aren’t always obvious.

First, as a user, I will say that the more I use SmartCloud Notes, the more I like it.  Yes, when doing administration tasks I keep bumping into walls that, as an experienced administrator, I wish weren’t there.  But I have seen the problems that a bad or malicious administrator can reek on a system given the opportunity and I am thankful for the excessively tight security.  After all, one of the biggest reasons to go to SmartCloud is so you don’t have to administer mail servers, right?

Tip #01 – How to use the Notes Administrator client to compliment the SmartCloud Web administration screens:
As usual, the system administrators are the last ones to get a UI that makes sense.  No surprise since there is only 1 administrator for every few thousand end users.  The SmartCloud Web Administration screens aren’t very efficient and can be downright frustrating to use at times, especially when you are accustomed to using the Notes Administrator client.

For example, let’s say you have a mixture of mail templates in use and you need to move everyone using one template to a different one.  There is no way to see what template is applied to each mail file via the web admin interface.  At this time it simply can’t be done.  But you can use your Notes Admin client to find them.  While the SmartCloud servers won’t show up in the list of servers in your domain and you can’t view the directory in SmartCloud to add those servers in bulk, from the pulldown menu select File – Open Server and enter the server name to gain limited access to the server.  The SmartCloud servers will even appear in the Open Server dialog list if you have opened mail files on them already.  Be sure to bookmark your SmartCloud servers in your favorites too, so you don’t have to go through this process every time.

Now that you have the server open, you can go to the Files tab and see more details on your users’ mail files including the templates applied.  The directory structure they use in SmartCloud is designed to accommodate a multi-tenant environment.  So you will want to know where to find your mail files.  It’s not too hard because you can’t see any databases you shouldn’t have access to.  The directory structure works like this:  In the root there will be the directories Data0, Data1, Data2, Data3.  You can ignore the Data0 directory as no mail files are in there.  Each of these directories contain the following subdirectories:

12345678 (your customer ID) – location of the mail files for users that have this server designated as their mail server
lost+found – used for maintenance
s\12345678 – location of mail files where this server is the user’s secondary server in the cluster

While there aren’t many actions you can take here, it does make it easier to do tasks like open mail files for troubleshooting, view the database properties, see who is approaching their quota, etc.

MTBF 8.5.x – Mean Time Between Failures Sandbox app updated for Domino 8.x – Credit to John Paganetti


What is MTBF?  It stands for Mean Time Between Failures.  That’s a statistical term for describing how often your servers go down and for how long.  In this case, it is also the name of a tool that captures vital information about every time a server is shut down or crashes anywhere in your environment.  It tracks when it went down and for how long.  It does this automatically whether you remember to post a change in change control or not.  It even has a place to post comments about the event.  It also provides % up-time measurements and other statistics.  When you say your servers had an availability of 99.999%, over the past 5 years, now you can prove it.  This is all stored in a database where you can let management see just how robust and solid your Domino environment really is.  No longer do you have to take a beating for network outages that made it look like Domino was down.  You’ve got the proof!  And the nice thing is how easy it is to implement.  A small .EXE is run every time the server is started and it is run once a day to collect stats.

This is total plagiarism, but I give full credit where it is due.  John Paganetti of Iris Associates Inc. (IBM) is the developer responsible for this application.  The original version (which worked on R5 to ND7)  was posted in the Sandbox at LDD.  But as you all know, The Sandbox was taken down, so there was nowhere for this updated version to be posted.  A while back, I made a post on IdeaJam requesting that MTBF be updated to work on 8.x and John graciously fixed it and sent me the code.  Now I am sharing it with you.  It’s in the sidebar on the right, in the flash widget box.

Recently I posted on IdeaJam requesting this tool be added to the standard software.  Please go there and vote for it.  The complete instructions on implementing it on your servers can be found in the Help Using document of the database.  Below is an excerpt of the first steps involved.  Also check the Help About document and if you get the chance, drop John a note of thanks for a cool tool.

Mean Time Between Failure Installation Instructions

First Server Installation:

Place the MTBF executable in the Notes Program Directory on your Domino Server.
Place the MTBF.NTF template in the Notes Data Directory on your Domino Server.

From an Administrative Client: Create a New Database MTBF.NSF using the MTBF.NTF Template

At the Notes Server Console: > load mtbf -a

The -a is only necessary if this server has not yet been “added” to the list of servers to be monitored.

Wait until the task runs to completion. From the Notes Server Console check it’s status by doing performing > show task until MTBF task no longer appears.

Verify your first server has been added appropriately by opening MTBF.NSF and view  1) Server Information.

Now is a good time to update the MTBF.NSF ACL.  It is recommended that the Server Group LocalDomainServers has Manager Access.  The rest is up to your discretion.

Add MTBF to the ServerTasks = line in your NOTES.INI on your Domino Server.
(Crash and Shutdown information will be updated each time the server is restarted when MTBF runs the first time)
Add MTBF -F to the ServerTasksAt5 = line in your NOTES.INI on your Domino Server or create a Program Record for this server to run MTBF -F once a day or every other day or once a week … based on your desires.
(This will perfom the once a day exhaustive log searching and compute intensive mean time calculations and statistic generation)

Create a Program record for this server in the Name & Address book to periodically run MTBF
(Very fast and Inexpensive operation to update Server Elapsed Time in 1) Server Information view.)
(Recommend hourly update but you may choose less often, but do not recommend more often.)

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