Saturday, July 14, 2018

#Domino2025 : Product Ideas Lab, the site is finally available !

Announced during  DNUG some weeks ago, it's finally available the new Product Ideas Lab site at the following address:



This site would be the focus point to propose enhancements, feature request and  ideas .
If you like to contribute and have a better product, go there write your idea or vote and comments the other ones already inserted !

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

IBM Connection 6.0 CR2 available for download

Today IBM has released on fixcentral the new CR2 for IBM Connections 6.0 with a huge number of fixes included.

Here at this page you could read the complete fixlist,  following  this link to reach the download page for dbs update , here the download of CR2 from fixcentral.

There is not  CCM/Filenet update . I recommend to check the  Update Strategy that include some guide to drive admins safety through the upgrade.


Update:
IBM has published the usual PDF with detailed instructions: here the link .

Monday, June 11, 2018

IBM Domino V10 Beta program launched !

Today Andrew Manby and Richard Jefts has announced the beta program of  IBM Domino and Notes V10 !

Registration is required and a form is available here at this page.
Beta program will be splitted in 2 parts with the following details:

Beta1
A restricted groups of applicants will be choosen by IBM and will begin on June 25th, 2018.
During this phase selected participants will be able to test:
  • Domino (Windows)
  • Notes client (Windows)
  • Notes, Designer & Admin clients (Windows)
Beta2
This phase is planned to start during the second half of July 2018 and the group of partecipants will be extended.
During this phase selected participants will be able to test:

  • Domino (Windows and Linux)
  • Notes client (Windows and Apple Mac)
  • Notes, Designer & Admin clients (Windows)
  • Verse on Premises (Windows and Linux)
  • DominoDB NPM package for Node.js
This will be the objective of this program:

The goal of the IBM Domino V10 Portfolio Beta Program is for the community of beta participants to conduct honest, constructive and thoughtful review and testing of the Domino V10 beta software, which includes IBM Domino V10, IBM Notes V10, IBM Sametime V10 and IBM Verse On-Premises V10.

Every beta participants will be important ! Please apply your company only if you will be able to perform tests and provides feedback !  For any other details please check the announcement here.

P.S. Nomad beta program (Notes On iPad) will start on June 13th and is being managed by HCL . Applications still opened at this page.

Friday, June 1, 2018

IBM Connections : If the storage on your database server is growing fast , read this post and check the HOMEPAGE DB

During last weeks I was working on a Customer environment where I was the DB2 server was running out of space.

After some investigations I saw  HOMEPAGE DB size was huge compared to others DBs ( about 50 GB of DB size allocation and the compress backup was around 15GB while others DBs compressed backup was around 1 GB).

After more investigations I've realized most of the space was handled by the table named HOMEPAGE.SR_INDEX_DOCS and this pointed me to this technote.

In few words If the environment is build from a migrations of previous version (and this was born 2 or 3 Connections release ago.. )  and during the years the name of the indexing node has changed (and in this case it was.. )  the previous indexing node could be still referenced inside this TABLE causing the growing of the Table to an uncontrolled and unjustified size.

The fist step is check the node inside the HOMEPAGE DB using the following select:

SELECT * FROM HOMEPAGE.SR_INDEX_MANAGEMENT

DB2 will reply with the list of the indexing node. If old unused node are currently listed  ( check  this technote) you have to remove this entry from the db with following steps:

from  wssadmin.sh prompt

execfile("searchAdmin.py")
 
to start search administration and next command to remove the old node(s):

SearchService.removeIndexingNode("Node01:cluster1_server1") 
 
 
If the server is removed correctly the server will reply '1'  .

After old node deletion , document contained inside the table will start to decrease.
To check this document deletion you could use the following select
SELECT COUNT(*) FROM HOMEPAGE.SR_INDEX_DOCS

when the document number will be near 0 you could reduce the TABLE using the script provided by IBM shipped with the DB Wizard.

Inside WizardHome/connections.sql/homepage/db2

run the following commands

(not required but suggested)

db2 -td@ -vf  reorg.sql
db2 -td@ -vf  updateStats.sql

now the script that will perform the truncate of the Table

db2 -td@ -vf clearSearchIndexTables.sql   

To recover the space inside the DB2 partition we need now to resize the Tablespace that owns the table, in this case HOMEPAGETABSPACE
 
As first step we need to prepare the tablespace to recover space with this command

ALTER TABLESPACE TS LOWER HIGH WATER MARK
next run the following select to see how many MB you could reclaim inside that TABLESPACE

select tbsp_name, tbsp_free_pages, tbsp_page_size * tbsp_free_pages /1024 / 1024 AS tbsp_reclaimable_mb from table(MON_GET_TABLESPACE('HOMEPAGETABSPACE', NULL))

the reply of this command will be like  XXX MB and we have to use this result as argument of the next command:


ALTER TABLESPACE HOMEPAGETABSPACE REDUCE (ALL CONTAINERS XXX M) 

after this, we  have successfully recovered the space!

If you are in this situation you could recover several GB considering the DB allocation space and the backups so if you have any doubt regard this setting I suggest to check your environment !

This commands was run in a linux environment with DB2 and I was same issues on IBM Connections  5.5 and  6.0 .

NB:  When you are running the truncate script or the alter table Connections should be SHUTDOWN and I strongly suggest you to perform one or more backup of the Homepage DB during the steps !!


P.S  I like to thanks my friends from IBM Connections Space on Watson Workspace that helped me during the debug of this issue and Victor for his slide that helped me on DB2 part.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Today is the GDPR day : please read this IBM Technote about IBM Collaboration solution software

Today is the GDPR day and IBM has recently upgraded a dedicated technote that cover the ICS Collaboration solution software like :

  • Notes
  • Domino
  • Designer
  • Verse On Prem
  • Connections
  • Connections Cloud
  • Sametime
  • Box relay 
If your company runs some of this software please consider to read the PDF you could find attached to the technote.

Engage 2018 was a fantastic event! Some notes from the event and our slides

Yesterday I was back from Engage and WOW , it was a HUGE event ! The venerable  Theo Heselmans did it again.
I admit this was my first engage, so i was part of the 43% of the rookie but during past years I've followed the event remotely so I could only confirm and amplify what I have heard of positive during Engage and his organization during the years.

This year the event was in  Rotterdam, below you could see Theo during the OGS



Just some numbers:

  • 65 sessions
  • 19 round tables
  • 93 speakers
  • 420 registrations from 31 countries and 43% was‘first timers’
There was a huge presence of Offering Managers from IBM and HCL so we was able to get a lot of info and announcements during the 2 days .

I will not make a recap of the announcements because you could easly find it on other blogs  but i love to write some considerations:
  • HCL teams is full of enthusiasm , they are developing things, they are developing fast and they are hearing feedback from community and customers about the products: excellent !
  • V10 versions will be evolution of the current versions, they are fixing issues, developing new exiting features on top of current products. The revolution will start with V11 planned for 2019
  •  IBM Connections will continue to evolve during next month , IBM show us some exiting anticipations of the evolutions that will be released during next mont: awesome and exiting.
Below the slides from the session I made with my friend and colleague Daniele Vistalli about how Jenkins, Git and Ansible could help a System Administrator in every setup, deploy or configurations.




At the end I love to say HI to all my IBM Champion friends ! I've loved to have the opportunity to spend other time with all of you ! See you at the next event !


Monday, May 7, 2018

IBM Notes/ Domino V10: A New Champter Begins ! Interesting slides from Social Connections 13

During last Social Connections 13 in Philadelphia,  Luis Guirigay from IBM and Barry Rosen from HCL , has presented the following interesting slides regarding new features of Dominino and Notes 10.
I strongly encourage you to read this slides because they store some interesting news like Domino 11 planned to 2019.



 
IBM Domino 10: A new chapter begins from Social Connections

P.S. Do not forget the 24th May webinar where will be announced more news about V10!