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9/21/16

IBM forces SSL for Notes Traveler and IBM Verse connections ( thanks a lot )


There's an article from IBM regarding connections from IBM Notes Traveler and IBM Verse clients to the corresponding server:

Beginning with January 1st, 2017, you HAVE TO use a secure connection via an official SSL certificate.

To be honest >> if someone still uses self-signed certificates, it's a shame ;-).

In the coming months, IBM will be enhancing the IBM Verse for iOS, IBM Verse for Android, IBM Notes Traveler Companion and IBM Notes Traveler To Do mobile apps to require that a secure connection is used between the mobile app and the endpoint used for connecting to the IBM Traveler server.

This article provides the security requirements and step by step instructions for ensuring that your on-premises IBM Traveler environment has adequate connection security in place in order to support these updated apps. If your mobile users connect to IBM SmartCloud Notes for Traveler and the Verse Mobile service, these steps do not apply, since this environment is already prepared for these updates. If you have deployed an IBM Traveler server on your own premises, then please continue reading.

IMPORTANT: You must ensure that your IBM Verse Mobile and Traveler connections are secure and compliant with these requirements by January 1, 2017.

These requirements only apply to the server to which the Verse mobile apps are directly connecting. This may be the IBM Traveler server running on a Domino instance, or some other intermediate reverse proxy, such as an F5 or IBM Mobile Connect. When you enter the host name into your Verse mobile application to connect to your Traveler service, this host name represents the server with which the mobile app is directly connecting, and this is the connection that must be secured.  

You can read the complete instructions and requirements here:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21989980&myns=swglotus&mynp=OCSSYRPW&mync=E&cm_sp=swglotus-_-OCSSYRPW-_-E


9/13/16

IBM Notes and Domino V9.0.1 extends support and enhances its collaboration toolset with social capabilities from IBM Connections V5.5


As announced in this letter the support for IBM Domino, IBM Notes, Notes Traveler and IBM Enterprise Integrator version 9 has been extended to September 2021.

Included in those packages, also support for 

  • IBM Sametime® V9.0 Limited Use
    IBM Domino Designer V9.0.1
    IBM Mobile Connect V6.1.5
    IBM Domino Global Workbench V9.0.1

are included.

Further there are enhancements regarding the social features with IBM Connections V5.5:

New social features

IBM Notes and Domino V9.0.1 now includes social capabilities from IBM Connections V5.5. IBM Connections enhances the social toolset of IBM Notes and Domino V9.0.1, enabling you to quickly locate the people and content you need through integrated access to your collaboration applications.

The IBM Connections V5.5 entitlement included with the licenses in the following list enables IBM Notes and Domino customers to deploy and access the Files and Profiles features of IBM Connections through all clients, browsers, and mobile devices, at no additional charge:

  • IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license
  • IBM Domino Messaging Client access license
  • IBM Domino Collaboration Express® license
  • IBM Domino Messaging Express license

The updated IBM Connections V5.5 entitlement enables users to access the knowledge of networks of professionals with minimal effort.

  • The Files feature helps users easily share content with other people and removes the need to send large files through email. Users can socialize content, enabling other users to easily find content, make recommendations, and share with more people.
  • The Profiles feature helps users find the people they need by searching across the organization's content using tags to identify expertise, current projects, responsibilities,socializing skills, interests, and organizational structure for others to discover and benefit from the information.

8/8/16

COMPACT -REPLICA CAUSE LOSS OF DATA IF USER MODIFY DURING COMPACT


In this Technote IBM warns using "compact -replica" during online mode !!


Compact -Replica lose document data if user modify the document
during compaction.

Steps to reproduce:

1. Prepare discussion database

2. add about 10 documents with attachment (attachment size is about 1MB - 4MB). In my test. doc # is 10 and db size is 53MB.

3. Keep the database open by Notes client and perform "load compact -replica xxx.nsf".

4. If you see the following console output, Update any document's title right away.
>drop xxx.nsf

5. Compact -replica fails with the following error.
> Error compacting disc.nsf,  -replica disc.nsf: Database is
currently in use by you or another user

6. Add a document and add any attachment.

7. Close the database.

Repl file is remains. nsf file is bigger than repl file because
I add a document with a big attachment.

8 Open the database again by Notes client. In Domino Server, it will start compact -replica -restart will perform automatically. However it will fail with the following error.
>Compact -REPLICA sync failure, Src DB:
C:\Lotus\Domino\data\disc.ORIG, Dst DB:
C:\Lotus\Domino\data\disc.nsf : Specified database is not currently open

9.Close the database.
Orig file is remains.  nsf file size become small.


10 Open the database again by Notes client. In Domino Server, it will start compact -replica -restart will  perform automatically. At this time, compact perform completely..
Orig file is deleted. nsf file size is still small.


Whenever user update document in step 4 and  add a document in
step 6,  all changes lost by compact -replica.

7/26/16

IBM MaaS360 launches four new suites

Source: http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=877&letternum=ENUSZP16-0021

IBM® MaaS360® (SaaS) delivers a secure, cloud-based enterprise mobility management platform that provides complete mobility management and comprehensive security of mobile devices, apps, documents, emails, and access to the web from a single portal.

MaaS360 (SaaS) extends across devices, users, applications, documents, and expenses. MaaS360 (SaaS) solutions are available on a secure, multitenant architecture, and offer immediate insight and control without the added costs and complexities of deploying hardware and software, dealing with intricate configurations, and dedicating resources to create and support the solution on an ongoing basis.

MaaS360 (Saas) launches four new suites including:

    IBM MaaS360 Essentials Suite (SaaS)
    IBM MaaS360 Deluxe Suite (SaaS)
    IBM MaaS360 Premier Suite (SaaS)
    IBM MaaS360 Enterprise Suite (SaaS)

These new suites are designed to provide comprehensive enterprise mobility management solutions for your organization, enabling improved productivity and securing corporate devices, apps, and content. These cumulative packages offer flexible options, enabling your organization to select the most appropriate capabilities to drive your use cases, whether that is protecting the devices with a management profile or providing an enterprise-wide capability-rich enterprise mobility management solution.

MaaS360 Essentials Suite enables you to view and control the mobile devices and apps entering your organization. The software offers enterprise mobile device, application and expense management from a single screen. With IBM, you can gain visibility into the usage and status of mobile devices, while securing data and controlling costs.

MaaS360 Deluxe Suite includes all the capabilities of the MaaS360 Essentials Suite and adds a separate and security-rich office productivity application for users to access and manage their email, calendar, and contacts.

MaaS360 Premier Suite includes all the capabilities of the MaaS360 Deluxe Suite and adds mobile application security, a secure mobile browser, and mobile content management.

MaaS360 Enterprise Suite includes all the capabilities of the MaaS360 Premier Suite and adds the enterprise capabilities that your organization needs to provide full mobile productivity and protection. This suite adds mobile threat management, a document editor, and document sync

7/13/16

IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1.12 available


Today IBM released the next upgrade for IBM Notes Traveler including the following fixes:

APAR #       Abstract
LO87689     Invitee status not updated on Mobile device when external invitee responds.
LO88807     Add the immediately remove invitee from invite on mobile device may not remove the invitee.
LO88916     Invitee status not updated on Outlook client when external invitee responds.
LO88950     Event still appears ghosted on mobile device after process an info update from ghosted entry.
LO89057     Upgrade install technology to prevent MS Windows DLL Loading vulnerability.
LO89097     Traveler device may display EnterSendTo field if SendTo empty for non-draft message.
LO89287     Warning message for NumberFormatException for empty string should be Info log message and not a warning.
LO89357     Update to prevent XML External Entities Injection vulnerability.
LO89358     Same full name contact could sync wrong contact photo.
LO89421     Ghosted entry for non-repeating event Cancel notice may show additional options on mobile device.
LO89499     APNS notifications for IBM Verse for iOS may be in English instead of device preferred language.
LO89501     Attachments and in-line images missing content header may not sync to mobile device.
LO89540     Traveler Utility application should warn if attempting to change the DB2 user name as this may change the schema name as well.
LO89543     Prevent device from renaming folder to null string.
LO89544     Accept reschedule of non-repeating event from ghosted entry on Apple iOS Calendar application may not take effect on server.


The upgrade is available on IBM Fix Central. The release notes can be found here.