Sunday, August 20, 2017

IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.1 : It's a great time to be a Domino Customer or Consultant !

Some days ago IBM has released the  Feature pack 9 for Notes and Domino with some nice new feature and bug fixes.
Now I'd like to spend some lines to anticipate some features/update that will be released starting next month in one of the most exciting time for IBM Domino customers and partners !

Docker Support

Starting from  FP10 ( read the  Bill Malchisky blogpost ) , we will have the IBM support to run Domino inside a Docker container. 
This feature will provide more flexibility for Domino environment and will allow us to use Domino in some different ways like:

  • Microservices: we could start a Domino for ldap, another as application server or smtp relay and have any container safe and isolated from the previous one.
  • Developer could distribute their applications as blackbox, developing and sending to the customer a complete docker container with domino and the application. 
  • We could run many servers with different roles on a single host, all isolated (if necessary) in a new optimized way.
  • We could build and run new Domino server in seconds !

Docker started as a Linux project but since last year we can also run a Windows core container on Windows 2016 server (and on a Win10 host). 
In the last months I've tested both and I've found the Linux container completely reliable and usable , we will have to wait IBM to know if they will support Docker only for Linux container or if Windows will be included too.

IBM at the moment has no plan to distribute IBM Domino images via Docker hub so we have to build our images . 

If you need some info to start with  Domino and Docker containers, please read this post about IBM Connect 2016 session by Daniele Vistalli and me   :-) .

IBM Domino community server

Next month the new Domino Community server should be released,  it's the Domino server free of charge for developers announced during the last EngageUG conference !
This license will be limited for developing purposes and should encourage using Domino as an application platform.

Eclipse e Java upgrade

Inside the Feature pack 8 there's the JVM 8 for Domino and Notes.
Design client JVM upgrade is planned for Fp10  where we will also find the upgrade of Eclipse to 4.6x for both the Notes and the Designer client.
This upgrade should increase the reliability and functionality for users and developers.


In my opinion this is a great time to be Domino Customer or Domino Consultant.
Starting from the Feature pack Era IBM has changed the speed of support giving a second youth to Domino and Notes.

IBM is also listening so please fill this form  if you are using Domino application .

In my opinion this is a great time to be a Domino Customer too :-)

Below are the slides about our  Domino&Docker session presented during the IBM Connect 2016 (our idea was too far in the future :-) ) 

Friday, August 18, 2017

IBM Domino and Notes 9.0.1 feature pack 9 available for download now on Fixcentral

IBM has released over fixcentral the new feature pack 9  for Notes and Domino 9.0.1 codname Zircon. This sw will be also available on Passport Advantage starting from 24th August.

The list of new features and fixes introduced is available  here at this page. .

The FP9 size has reached the size of 425 MB .
Below you could find some of the Passport advantage partnumber  (found on  this page).

Notes Win
Standard   CNL9FEN
Basic         CNL9EEN

W32         CNL9NEN
W64         CNL9PEN
Linux 64  CNL9QEN
AIX 64     CNL9REN

This is the about page from my client  (upgrade from fp8 work as expected)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

JUMP Session: Best practices on preventing spam & spoofed messages IBM Domino - 9 August 2017

If you are a Domino on-prem customers or consultant I will suggest you to follow this nice webinar organized by IBM Support team for August 9th 2017 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes.


This session will provide recommended best practices on how to control spam and spoofed messages with IBM Domino. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the WebEx Meetings chat. 

Following this link you will be find all details, telephone numbers and links to join this free webinar. and the slides will be added at same link after the webinar

This will be the link to access the Jump session using the browser:
Web conference password: webcast  

Monday, July 31, 2017

IBM Mail support for Microsoft Outlook available for download

Today IBM has released over fixcentral and live update server the new version of IMSMO client
This new version fix several issues client side.

IBM mail support for MS Outlook is the client server components formerly  know as  Project Hawthorn that allows users to synchronize  IBM Domino or IBM Smartlcloud mail with MS Outlook

Below you could read all fixes introduced by this release:

Component Reference # Description
New Feature
( 1137)
Expose a new "Manage delegates" experience to give access to your mail file. Note that this does not allow you to access someone else's mail from Outlook.
(on-prem only)
New Feature
On-premises only: Users can choose if they want to save their password
Detect an additional case of store corruption on error MAPI_E_CORRUPT_STORE
Display error message if an encrypted message cannot be opened
Prevent case where read changes can sync to the server over and over
Improved shutdown logic to prevent problems such as frequent re-sync, batches of missing messages, and some cases of profile corruption
Cleanup memory leaks in the add-in
After an IMSMO repair, force immediate shutdown to get back to a good state
Properly handle all-day meetings in regards to the room picker
Fix a timing issue where some users cannot download full content for encrypted or truncated messages
Properly handle replies to messages that have both commas and international characters in the display name of the sender
(SCN only)
SCN only: Prevent "Unhandled exception" warning and stack trace from showing on error conditions during the IBM Mail Login 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

IBM Domino and Notes 9.0.1 Feature Pack 9 Preliminary Release Notice available

IBM Domino/Notes will be released  during Q3 2017 and today has reached gold canditate level.

Today IBM has published the preliminary release notice with some details about new features and fix included.

Below you can see the title of the new functionality :

New Features in IBM Domino® 9.0.1 Social Edition Feature Pack 9
1) Enhancement Request To Be Able To Increase The Amgr Queue Beyond 100 (SPR #RSTNA4SL7C APARID: LO87242)
2) Databases and views can be opened more quickly in databases that are enabled for transaction logging
3) Restricting the use of mail rules to forward messages to external domains (SPR #JPAR9NEACX APARID: LO81771
4) Enabling and managing inline view indexing

New Features in IBM® Notes® 9.0.1 Social Edition Feature Pack 9
1) Delegated mail files are refreshed automatically (SPR #RGAU829D4G APARID: LO48407)
2) Support for recall of messages created with Memo stationary (SPR #JLEN9C9E3G APARID: LO77349)
3) High resolution support for the Notes® Client
4) Improved name lookup in Notes®
5) Improved support for Notes® addressing with mobile directory catalogs (SPR #SAPLAK8ANL)

Notes/Domino - Java 1.8 SR4 FP5 (with tzdata2017b)
Designer compile - Java 1.6 SR16 FP45

If you like to read all deatails about new features and the fix list included please follow this link.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Breaking news: Ibm Connections 6 available on Apple App Store : WOW !

IBM has released on Apple App Store the new Connections 6.0.0 app and looks great !!!
Connections 6.0 is totally redesigned and offer a new user interface with application links on the bottom with customizable UI and options.

To have an idea of the new UI check the following screenshot taken from the App Store page.

To be able to run this app on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch  iOS 9.2 or later is required.
Right now in Italy I Cannot find Connections 6.0 on Google Play Store but I can suppose the Android release will come soon too.

This morning I tried the app with  a Connections cloud account and with an IBM Connecitons 5.5 CR3 on prem and worked fine for both environments so, please don't hesitate and go to check your App Store because IBM has made a great work !

Update: Android distribution has started too, according to this blog post made by Andreas Ponte

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July ICS Community Meeting , Cancelled ----> Register for the August !

Every month there is an  ICS user community meeting with a lot of interesting news about IBM Conference, User group conference or ICS sofware.
The July meeting has just deleted due holiday but for August will be a special guest start Inhi Cho Suh .

This is the abstract of the meeting.

Please join Inhi Cho Suh, General Manager of IBM Collaboration Solutions, for an introduction to the latest evolution of our strategic vision. As companies transform into digital businesses, IBM is poised to help engage employees and accelerate outcomes. Come learn how IBM Collaboration Solutions is bringing people, information, and automation of process together in new and unexpected ways.

In my opinion customer and BP could not miss this meeting and must save the date:

Thursday, August 17, 2017 10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) 

Here the link: