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We were Jamming Again! A recap from Vienna!

I am honored for being invited to one more Domino Jam in Vienna, this time, for the V11 Version. After a brief session of what the future has in stores for us and the rules by which the “brainstorming” sessions are going to take place, we all got a few block of “PostIt” paper, from Thomas Hampel who was leading the Event, and started “cracking”.

Great atmosphere among the friends!

Here are some photos of the result:

It was nice to see that IBM & HCL are putting, once again, so much effort in the these sessions, you could clearly see that they care what the users think. At the end we had a chance to talk with Richard JeftsThomas Hampel and Uffe Sorensen about the plans that HCL has for the Domino & Notes Platform, and what we got to hear, didn’t differ much from the main Ideas that came out of the event. This is what I liked the most, the chance to talk with people who are responsible for the platform, and they also didn’t shy away telling what is not the focus of the next release and which features won’t be implemented in the V11 Release, what possibly was the best thing, showing where the focus lies, getting everybody on the same page and not rising any false hopes.

At the end of the event we got the Information that we should expect the V11 in the November of the 2019! I surely can’t wait to drink V11 Beer in Vienna! 😉 This event was definitely a nice experience, and I can only recommend it to everyone, if you you are interested, than please make sure to register for the Domino Jam V11 event near you: 

Like always the Organisation in the IBM Client Center Vienna was great, a special thanks and big thumbs up to the Austrian IBM Team, as to Richard Jefts, Thomas Hampel and Uffe Sorensen for coming to Vienna personally. 

Next Week is going to be interesting – Spoiler Alert!

For everybody working in ICS, next week is going to be pretty interesting,

Domino 10.0.1 together with Notes Client 10.0.1 (including the Mac Version) is going to be published next week, on December 18th, to be precise.

Verse on-Premises 1.0.6 is also coming out, I just can´t wait to start using it, because if I remember the feature list correctly…ics….support….. 😀 Fireworks! 🙂

The new Domino Community and Notes Community 10.0.1 Server will also be released, so the developers can develop their applications on Domino without any licensing costs. There was also a rumor to change the license so it can be used in production (FOR FREE) for a certain number of users, also for MAIL. I think this is a great idea. Create a few Docker Containers for Mail and Development, no Licensing Costs, imagine that!

 

 

IBM Application Access – Support on Windows Terminal Servers

Every now and then we have a customer who would like to use  the IBM/HCL Notes or ICAA Client on Windows Terminal Servers, but this is officially not supported. Since a few days there is an Idea on “Domino Product Ideas” forum regarding this.

So if you are a customer or another Business Partner who would benefit from the Support of IBM Application Access on Windows Terminal Servers, please vote for the following Idea:

https://domino.ideas.aha.io/ideas/NTS-I-489

 

Announcing the IBM Domino V10 portfolio beta program: Sign up today

Make sure to sign up and take a look to the Domino V10 beta program.

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Beta 1: We will form an initial group of beta participants, based on the submissions received and then qualify and approve for beta program enrollment. Beta 1 will begin on June 25th, 2018.

What can be tested in Beta 1:

– Domino (Windows)
– Notes client (Windows)
– Notes, Designer & Admin clients (Windows)

This beta is English-only.

Beta 2: We will extend the initial group of Beta 1 participants as we get further along in the development cycle for Domino V10, by including additional participants at the Beta 2 stage. We expect the Beta 2 phase to begin the second half of July 2018.  Submissions received up to July 15th, for those not included in the Beta 1 group, will be considered for inclusion in the Beta 2 phase.

 What can be tested in Beta 2:

– 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

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.

We’re seeking people who meet the following criteria:    

– A business end user, administrator, or developer, who has prior knowledge of Domino, Notes, and Verse.
– Those who bring diverse (role/industry/geography/company size) attributes to the beta team and, thus, ensure we get the right blend of input perspectives.

IBM is looking for participants to:

– Share their use case for the beta in their company.
– Engage in a dialog about Domino V10 and provide timely feedback.
– Be constructive and professional in all written/spoken interaction with program members, IBM and HCL.
– Attend the web conferences and meetings pertaining to the beta program.
– Experience the beta in a non-production environment.
– Be open to the idea of becoming a reference for IBM Domino V10.

Domino Mail Routing – A tip about Global Domain documents

Some time ago we had a request from a customer to make sure that the incoming SMTP mails, for a specific internet domain, are routed only to users who have Internet Address with this exact internet domain set in their Person Document.

The Domino Router task behavior, at that point was the following (extremely simplified):

  1. Router gets an E-Mail over SMTP for intended recipient john.doe@acme.com.
  2. Router searches the “names.nsf” for the recipient.
  3. Finds john.doe@acme-marketing.tv and delivers the mail to this user.

There was one Domino Global Domain document in the “names.nsf” with a lot of alternate internet domain aliases. So, this would mean that if the primary domain is “acme.com” and an alternate internet domain “acme-marketing.tv”, your users would be receive e-mails addressed with alternate domain even though they do not have it specified in their Domino Person document.

For one specific Internet Domain, this was not a way to go. The solution for this was quite simple, we needed to create a new Global Domain document with this Internet Domain specified as a Primary Internet Domain and remove the same domain from the first (“old”) Global Domain Document. This prevents the Domino Router task from looking up this Domain as Alias, thus making sure the E-Mails addressed with this domain are only routed to users who have this domain specified in their Person document.

After a new Global Domain document is created and you are satisfied with the config, restart the Domino Router task, to make sure that the change is picked up by the Router task.

This behavior is described, in detail, in the following article.

https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSKTMJ_9.0.1/admin/conf_specifyinghowdominolooksuptherecipientsofincoming_t.html

IBM Domino Fix Pack Installation – Some Issues and how to fix them

I recently encountered some issues as I was applying Fix Pack 8 to a Domino Server. These are some common issues which can occur at every Fix Pack update, not specific to Fix Pack 8.

Installation fails with an error: “Lotus Notes/Domino or a Notes/Domino related process is still running. Please close it before pressing OK to continue.”

If you get this error, start the Task Manager and make sure that no Domino related processes are running. If you still get this error then stop Windows Instrumentation Service. If that doesn´t help then download Process Explorer. It runs on Windows Server 2008 and newer. With it, you can quickly find out which process is locking Domino Files. Most of the time some Application will lock “nnotes.dll” or “nsd.exe”, that is why I would search for those two files in process explorer first, it will return the name of the application which is locking these files.

WARNING: JVM was not upgraded. Please, see UPGRADE.log and jvmpatcher.log for details.

This problem was not so “critical” with Fix Pack updates prior to FP8, because even if the update of the JVM component failed you could still start a Domino Server. FP8 Version of the Domino Server needs a JVM Version of 1.8 or Java 8 and will refuse to start with an older version of JVM.

You could analyze the logs or reinstall the Domino Server completely (with existing Data), but the fastest solution for this is by far the following:

  1. Rename the “jvm” folder from the Domino “Program” directory. Example: “D:/IBM/Domino/jvm” to “D:/IBM/Domino/jvm_preFP8”
  2. Copy the “jvm” folder from a working Domino Server already running under the version 9.0.1 FP8, to a Domino Server where you had a JVM Issue.
  3. Start the Domino Server.

Are there any issues which you have encountered when updating Domino? Please mention them in comments. 🙂