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:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

IBM Connections 6.0 features available on IBM Connections cloud !

During last weekend IBM has released an upgrade of IBM Connections cloud releasing most of the features included in IBM Connections 6.0 except Orient me .

Right now (in Europe) are available the following features:

To be able to use "My drive"  users have to enable the sync clicking on desktop connector icon

than users will be able to select files and folder for the autosync features going to Files -> My Drive and clicking over the Add Files/folders buttons

All others details about features released this month are available following this link ..

Thursday, June 15, 2017

IBM Connections : how to fix search issue during a side by side migration

During a side by side migration from IBM Connections 4.5 to 5.5 I've noted search index wasn't updating anymore.
One of the steps I usually check during migrations is the list of the Indexing node with the following 2 commands from wsadmin prompt
  • execfile("")
  • SearchService.listIndexingNodes()

in this case the issue was clear because I saw the 3 new Indexing nodes but also the older nodes was present.

Indexing Node Id: icNode2:InfraCluster_server2, Last Crawl Version: 1,491,624,060,413, Indexer: true, Out of Date: false
Indexing Node Id: IcNode1:InfraCluster_server1, Last Crawl Version: 1,491,624,060,413, Indexer: true, Out of Date: false
Indexing Node Id: IcNode3:InfraCluster_server3, Last Crawl Version: 1,491,624,060,413, Indexer: true, Out of Date: false
Indexing Node Id: ic55Node02:InfraCluster_server2, Last Crawl Version: 1,490,272,261,004, Indexer: true, Out of Date: false
Indexing Node Id: ic55Node01:InfraCluster_server1, Last Crawl Version: 1,490,202,060,967, Indexer: true, Out of Date: false

Indexing Node Id: ic55Node03:InfraCluster_server3, Last Crawl Version: 1,490,202,060,967, Indexer: true, Out of Date: false

there is a wsadmin command for every needs  :-)   so I tried to fix my issue with the following commands
  • execfile("")
  • SearchService.removeIndexingNode("IcNode2:InfraCluster_server2")
but in this case the command was working only for 1 node of the 3 , and the other 2 was getting some generic errors.

At this steps the index wasn't still updating automatically and from wsadmin console I was able to see some search scheduled task in the past .

After this I opened a PMR and I've fixed the issue with following steps:
  • Build a new search index in background using the command
    SearchService.startBackgroundIndex("/opt/tmp/back-crawl", "/opt/tmp/back-extracted", "/opt/tmp/back-index","all_configured")
  • I've opened the HOMEPAGE database with a dbclient (I've used dbvisualizer ) and then I deleted the old server from  SR_INDEX_MANAGEMENT  table.
  • Clear scheduled task from wsadmin console    ( to be sure  I launched also the clearScheduler.sql like described in same page)
  • Restore of the new search index    made at first point.

Friday, June 9, 2017

IBM Connections Cloud IP Address Range Updates - Action Required for NA and EU datacenter

During last days IBM support has wrote and email regarding IP Address range change for Connections cloud services, because some range needs to be added for Akamai and collaboration services.
If you company have not implemented firewall restrictions for Internet access you have nothing to do.


New IP Ranges


New IP Ranges

Collaborative application

If  you have any questions or you like to be addedd to the support mailing list about ipaddress change i suggest you to contact  IBM Support using your preferred way.

IBM Client application Access 1.0.1 Feature Pack 2 available for download with new features and fixes !

During last days IBM has released the new Feature pack 2 for ICAA 1.0.1 and as usual I've received this new client from the IBM live update servers because I'm a cloud user.

IBM Client Application access  is a new (incredibly fast) version of IBM Notes Basic client dedicated to Notes application. You will not be able to open classical Notes mail database from ICAA because IBM has thanked this client to be used together with IBM Verse and MS Outlook with IMSMO and in my opinion is very well integrated setup.

This are the new features included with FP2:

  • Spell checking is now available with ICAA on Microsoft Windows.
  • ICAA now uses the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) server hint to open links where server connection documents don't exist. Users can open new ICAA links from IBM Verse™, Notes® Web, Sametime®, and Microsoft Word without creating any connection documents.
  • ICAA can be configured to open IBM Verse™ On-premises as the default mail client.
  • Installing the Auto Update Tool (AUT) in ICAA is optional for on-premises users. AUT is only supported for IBM® Connections Cloud.

The new FQDN support should simplify the manage of the Notes link received from IBM Verse.

This Feature pack also included the following fixes that increase the compatibility for MAC and close a security vulnerability.

CLJAAGEDLDOnce REUSE_INI is used during installation of ICAA, it's not needed for subsequent upgrades of ICAA
HPXGAGG9RH(Mac Only) - ICAA will prompt to enter keychain password after focus is moved out of ICAA for 5 minutes or more.
HPXGALA9XL(Mac Only) - ICAA failed to launch when restore from to any old version on Mac without upgrading from old version to before
JRMAAFXT8N(Mac Only) - ICAA failed to launch on new MacBook with Touch Bar
MEERAE33F9(Mac Only) - ICAA Client quits after password input
PPUEAJC9HZIBM Client Application Access is affected by Open Source zlib (technote 1998487) and libpng (technote 2002679) vulnerabilities
RPALAK89GCAdded support for NBP_UseIBMVerse into ICAA for support of IBM Verse On-Premise. 
SHEZAMDKVCICAA display issues on PCs with high resolution (high resolution 4K monitor support)
TITHAGFAXHIn ICAA, when cursor is after specific Japanese character, cannot hit ENTER
TITHAFJ8DRIn ICAA, If Dialog List Has Some Elements Which Is Dbcs+")" Pattern String, Then New-line Disappear

ICAA is available at the following links:

PlatformFix Central Fix ID & Download LinkPart Number
ICAA (released June 2017)Win32ICAA1.0.1.2_W32CNJT3EN

ICAA release are cumulative, so you will be able to obtain the last version of this great client downloading the last package and this is another reason why I prefer ICAA instead classical Notes basic.

I started to work with IBM Verse and ICAA since the beginning and I really appreciate this setup.