The Engage Experience – Take Two!


This is my second time attending the Engage Conference and for the 10th year anniversary of the event, Theo has chosen Rotterdam, Netherlands. The following is my brief summary of the conference.

First, I have to mention the venue, “SS Rotterdam” marvelous cruise ship built in the 50-ties with gorgeous furnishings and nice rooms which take you back on a cruise from Amsterdam to New York the ship has done, before being retired and turned into a hotel and an interesting museum. On the top of that, Rotterdam is an amazing city.

Now that we have that out of the way, the Sessions were organized in six tracks, so there was always an interesting Session for me to visit. Some of the Sessions I visited:

An Introduction to configuring Domino for Docker – By Grabriella Davis

Gabriella explained, in a very short time, everything you need to know about Docker before deploying Domino in an IBM Container. If you plan on using Domino in a Docker container, make sure to take a look on the slides of this session.

HCL Collaborative Workplace Platform – Domino V10 the foundation – By Richard Jefts

A very interesting session about SaaS for Domino Applications, which is available now. They utilize Docker Technology and offer a simple, per application subscription, License model. It is even possible to chose in which datacenter you would like to have your databases. What surprised me most was that you even get a Bucket of Hours for modernization and maintenance of your applications.

30 tips about IBM Verse – By Hogne Bø Pettersen

Nice Session for everybody who plans to use Verse Client on a regular basis. Packed with lots of information delivered in a funny and energetic manner.

IBM Verse on Premises 10 Deep Dive – By Barry Rosen and Drew Birnbaum

Barry and Drew presented a very detailed plan for future releases of IBM Verse-on-Premises. Pre VoP 10 will be delivered in August this year, in Q4 this year, we will get V10 (with AIX Support!). There was also a promising Demo of the new Features. Take a look at the Photos, for the list of the planed features.

Best practices for deploying Verse on Premises (VoP) – By Sharon James and Tim Clark

Best way to get awake and energized for the rest of the day. We hoped for a lot and Sharon and Tim delivered even more. This was a very detailed, interactive Session about deploying VoP.

Pointing Fingers? DDM to the Rescue – By Keith Brooks

Great Session about DDM, Best Practices and some Features that are not documented. A “Must Have” for everyone using DDM.

Domino & Sametime Round Table – By Richard Jefts, Andrew Manby and Uffe Sorensen

Here we learned the future plans for the next Domino and Sametime release. There was a lot of insider Information, exact features that will be coming. We learned that we will get a new more powerful Sametime Chat Component with V10. Other cool Sametime stuff we will get:

  • V10: A new Mobile Phone Application and chat on mobile devices in Limited Use license. Persistent Chat: ability to be loggen in on multiple devices without leaving the chat.
  • V11: Audio and Video Components “Redesigned”, CONTAINERIZATION of Components and SIMPLIFIED Deployment.

    Yes, that is right, V11 of Domino and Sametime is planned. We also got information about new stuff coming in the next release of Domino, which will solve a lot of technical Problems and Challenges and generally deliver a better quality. Some of the mentioned new features:

  • New Administration Tools
  • New Cluster Features –> Replication of the DAOS Repository (.nlo files), “auto-replication” of all databases created in designated folders (no need to replicate a database manually across cluster members after creating it)
  • A lot faster Replication
  • Self-Healing mechanisms deployed automatically as soon as a Server “senses” a corruption of a Database.
  • DAOS functionality improvement.

There was also a demo of “HCL Nomad”, a native iPad Client which allows you to use any Domino Application. This looks great, you can do almost everything as on a Notes Client, the view is scaled beautifully and it is fast. It also allows you to replicate and use any database offline.

I particularly liked the “Round Table” Sessions, as I find them very informative and interesting. Beside the ICS Topics, I learned a few new things about the IBM Champions program. In between the sessions you could visit the cool Sponsor Booths, I also enjoyed discussing possible solutions to some challenges with other attendees.

All in all, this was a great event, even better than the last year. I am happy to see that so much effort and investment is put into the next releases of Domino and Sametime. Many thanks to Theo for organizing this great event, and many thanks to Libby for attending and delivering IBM Champion Sessions.

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#domino2025 Jam in Vienna – I´m Jammin´

I was lucky to visit the #domino2025 Jam in Vienna, this was a pleasant and positive experience. Together with IBM, HCL was also present. We learned a few new things about the future of Domino and about the HCL.

First of all, HCL is a large and stable company with most employees in North America. They have a large revenue and experience in partnerships like this, they worked with Cisco before in a similar partnership. It is clear that this is not Outsourcing but a full partnership.

The development of Domino 10 has already started, and the first package should already be delivered in 2018 Q3. Everything involving Version 10 is called “Project Sapphire” and “Chat” is also part of it. I also like that the HCL does not want to force the customers to cloud.

After we got briefed on the new Partnership and the future of Domino we started brainstorming and presenting ideas for solutions to existing problems and ideas for features we would like to have in long-term. The word “Marketing” was mentioned a few times by every team, marketing was actually discussed most, and all participants wanted it changed from ground up.

All in all, it is clear that a lot is invested in #domino2025 initiative and that it is taken seriously by both IBM and HCL. I think that many good things are going to be produced from the domino jam and I am looking forward to Domino 10.

Integrating Verse On-Premises with Sametime

Sametime and Verse On-Premises integration is very nice and works well. It is also very easy to accomplish, so it is a shame not to try it out.

Verse & SametimeVerse Rich Client

First of all, you need Verse On-Premises 1.0.2 or newer and iNotes and Sametime integration set up.

After that just add the following “Notes.ini” parameters:

VOP_GK_sametime=1
VOP_GK_sametime_rich_client=1

And restart the Domino HTTP task.

“VOP_GK_sametime” enables Verse and Sametime integration and “VOP_GK_sametime_rich_client” is optional, it enables Sametime rich client integration.

If you enable rich client Integration, users may get a security prompt to trust the SSL certificate if it is not a official one.

Verse Sametime cert

 

IBM Domino 9.0.1 FP9 IF2 is Available for Download

Since a few days Domino 9.0.1 FP9 IF2 is available on the Fix Central.

It contains the following fixes:

JPAIAQ5SKW – PANIC: DbMarkCorrupt! (d:\notefile\admin4.nsf Dbiid: 0x3D91E116 0x3C07FE17)

JVEKAQSGCC – Shared, Private on First Use Folder not working as expected in 9.0.1 FP9. It is not possible to view the folder in Designer.

TDOOAREP8W – Performances issue (deadlock) with long held lock after update to Domino 9.0.1 FP9.

YNABANLSUB – Error 4399 (Value Is Out Of Range) When Running Deleteuser Lotusscript.

URL to the official IBM article: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21657963

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 Traveler 9.0.1.15 APNS Certificate Expires on 12.08.2017

As of tomorrow, 12.08.2017, the APNS Certificate used by Traveler 9.0.1.15 will expire and will not be valid anymore. For everybody who is running Traveler 9.0.1.15 this is a good time to update to a newer version. The current version of IBM Notes Traveler is 9.0.1.18.

You can also update the certificate files, as Detlev described in his blog post.

Why is APNS Certificate important? IBM Technical Support Video

 

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. 🙂