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.

Official Post

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. 🙂

IBM Notes – Enable Displaying Internet Addresses

A few days ago, I searched quite a while for a possibility to display internet addresses instead of Domino usernames in Notes clients via a policy setting. Although there is not a dedicated option in a “Setting” document which could be rolled out via policies, there is a new “notes.ini” setting:

$INETADDRESSFIXUP=1

Which allows to rollout this feature using a policy. This is described in the official article.

Before this “notes.ini” setting can take effect, you need to upgrade the Domino mail templates to the 9.0.1 FP8 version.

You can download the mailtemplates using the following URLs:

English

Multilingual

I like this new feature very much, it makes sense to implement it in an environment where you have a single Domino domain or OU, but many mail domains which were created by acquiring smaller companies. Or if you just want to make users who are more accustomed to Outlook happy. 🙂

Issue with IBM Connections plug-in for Notes

If you have more than four locations configured in Notes with two or more different User IDs, you may experience a rather strange bug in correlation with Notes Connections plug-in.

After the installation of the Connections plug-in for Notes, you will need to enter your connections credentials and save them. So far so good. The Problems start when you save your credentials in four or more Notes locations, involving two or more user IDs. After you change then from one Location to another, changing the ID-File, your client will lose all your saved Connections credentials for Notes Connections plug-in and you will have to type them in all Notes locations again.

This problem was reproduced with IBM Notes 9.0.1 Fix Pack 6 and the latest Version of Connections plug-in for Notes (5.5.0.20160818-0653).

If you are also experiencing this Error, open a PMR and reference the following APAR: “LO89513”.

Hopefully there will be a fix for this problem soon.