Verse on Premises 1.0.8A available

HCL released VoP 1.0.8A with the following fixes included:

  • Dropping of DST timezone in Brazil: VERSE-57078
  • Suggested Folders feature intermittently fails to show suggestions: VERSE-57346
  • Server side archives should be listed in the folder panel even if the user does not have an Archive Settings policy assigned: VERSE-57616
  • Server side archives should not be displayed in delegation mode: VERSE-57634
  • Policy assigned Archive server is not used when loading archive from Verse: VERSE-57668
  • Japanese translations for alternate name settings need corrections: VERSE-57627
  • Documentation links in the product should point to HCL’s documentation site: VERSE-57547
  • Product name branding should be HCL Verse: VERSE-57623

The official announcement including the download link can be found here.

Overview of some important links @ HCL

After the transition of the “Collaboration Lounge” from IBM to HCL it was a little bit complicated to find the correct links for doing the work. I try to summarize them in this post.

Information about the acquisition: https://bit.ly/2MqWwEX

Overview of HCL Software Products: https://www.hcltech.com/software

HCL Customer Service Portal: https://hclpnpsupport.hcltech.com/csm

HCL Custer Profile Site: https://bit.ly/2IAoLA2

HCL FlexNet Download Center: https://bit.ly/2AWsDqO

HCL Customer Support: https://support.hcltechsw.com/csm

HCL Demo Portal: https://demoportal.hclpnp.com/#/login

HCL Software Customer Idea Portal: https://bit.ly/30Vg35D

HCL Digital Solutions: https://www.cwpcollaboration.com/#

HCL Knowledge Base: https://bit.ly/2Oz4myT

HCL Forums: https://bit.ly/2OBqYig

HCL Customer and Partner registration: https://registration.hclpartnerconnect.com/

HCL Software Partner Pack: https://bit.ly/2VqJA69

HCL License Agreements: https://bit.ly/2IAC0kd

HCL Product Ideas: https://domino-ideas.hcltechsw.com/

HCL Support Cases ( previously with IBM ): https://bit.ly/2MJhwqK

If you miss some links please comment this blog post. I’ll add them ASAP.

 

 

HCL Traveler 10.0.1.2 available with important content – especially for iOS

The most important “feature” is that new APNS p12 certificates – which will expire in Juni 2020 – are included in 10.0.1.2. There are also updates in the database structure so if you are using an Enterprise Database you have to go through some configuration steps listed here: http://help.hcltechsw.com/traveler/10.0.1/UpdatingTheEnterpriseDatabase.html

The version 10.0.1.2 does not require HCL Domino 10.0.1 but at least Domino 9.0.1 FP8.

A complete listing about the fixes can be found here.

Especially for iOS users the administrators must be aware of the following issues

( https://support.hcltechsw.com/csm?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0069584 ):

Starting with HCL Verse 10.0.7 for iOS (when it is available), the application is now transferred to an HCL Technologies Apple account and is signed by an HCL-owned certificate.

Expect the following changes:

  • The Verse application is being rebranded to HCL Verse. Not all references to IBM have been removed in this release.
  • The Verse application will no longer be able to access any data that the previous IBM signed versions had stored on the keychain. Therefore, you will be prompted for your password after you upgrade to 10.0.7 and launch the application for the first time. If you choose to remove an existing version and then install 10.0.7, then the user will be required to reconfigure the client. This is not a change in behavior. However, for reasons stated below, we recommend you upgrade over your previous version of the Verse application. Note that the same applies when upgrading from the IBM ToDos application to the HCL ToDos application (when available).
  • The device ID generated by iOS will change (clients managed by IBM Maas360 and MobileIron are not affected). Moving to the HCL account caused a change in the development team ID for the IBM Verse application. This team ID is input to the Apple API that the application uses to generate a unique device ID. The result is a different device ID which will be used when communicating with the Traveler server (in the form HCL_IOS_xxxxxxxxxx). After installing 10.0.7, the client application will look like a new device to the Traveler server. You can see your new device ID on the About screen under Verse settings, the user’s Traveler home screen or in the Traveler Administration view. A new device ID will have the following effects:
  • After you install 10.0.7 (either new or as an upgrade), the device will re-sync because Traveler treats the device as a new device because of the device ID change. You will see all mail in the all folders disappear and then start to re-populate. There is no way to avoid this re-sync, so plan accordingly.
  • A new profile document will be created for the new device ID (HCL_IOS_xxxxxxxxxx) by the Traveler server. This means all your preferences (things like days to sync, signature, etc) will be set to the defaults. However, if you take the recommended approach of upgrading (installing 10.0.7 over the top of a previous version), the Verse application will recognize the previous install and push all of your local preferences up to the server so that the new profile document is populated with your device preferences rather than the defaults.
  • If device approval is enabled on the Traveler server, the IBM Verse client may need to be re-approved depending upon the automatic approval settings.
  • The old device id (IBM_IOS_xxxxxxxxxx) will appear in the user’s device list until it is either reaped by the Traveler Server due to inactivity or deleted by the Administrator
  • The user may see duplicate notifications on the device for a period of time, typically 24 hours from the upgrade, because both the old and new device IDs are active on the server. There is no way for the new application to tell the server to stop sending notifications for the old device ID. After that period, the Traveler server will mark the old device as offline and stop sending notifications to the old device ID.

IBM Verse for Android is not affected by this change.

Notes/Domino 10.0.1 Fix Pack 3 Release Notice and Fix List

Yesterday the first Fix Pack was officially released by HCL. You can find the included fixes and the download links on the official HCL site: https://support.hcltechsw.com/csm?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0069519.

The fixes included in FP3 are:

Client

+SPR# DLIMBDWQXW – Fixed a problem where the Notes client would hang on exit when Replication on exit was enabled.  This regression was introduced in 9.0.1 FP10.

SPR# JALAB6SRRH – If EnableThreeClicks ini is set to 1, user will be required to enter three clicks for opening attachments and URLs, as mandated by the EU.  This option is off by default.

+SPR# VRARB6GJCZ – Fixed a problem in the Notes client where Widgets would not work.  This regression was introduced in 10.0.1 FP10.

SPR# ZNDNBC8H3E – Fixed a Notes client crash on Windows 10 V1809 whenever the user tried to remotely connect to their machine via Remote Desktop Protocol.

SPR# DOKEATLHV9 – Prior to this fix, the failover error “Remote system no longer responding” was shown on send-mail action when the primary server was down.This is specific to SCN.

+SPR# SSARBD4J84 – Fixed a problem in the Notes client where, if the Notes preference Open each document in new window has been set, the first window opened cannot be closed.  This regression was introduced in 9.0.1 FP10.

+SPR# KSOAB5MM66 – Fixed a problem with the Notes calendar where setting the body text to any proportionally spaced font then reopening the saved calendar entry would result in the body text having been changed toDefault Monospace font.  This regression was introduced in 10.0.

SPR# SMEAB94AYW – Fixed a problem where the Notes client would hang when using a particular widget.

+SPR# RGANBBABED – Fixed a problem in Xpages in the Mac Client where an error 500 page was being displayed when trying to launch an Xpage app.  This regression was introduced in 10.0.1.

SPR# RPAIBC5J2Y – Fixed a problem in the Notes client where certain SMIME messages would crashing when being opened

SPR# SSPLBCSJ2B – Mac client now has an updated version of the JVM – 1.8 (IBM) SR5 FP30

Programmability

SPR# AGUD87CN4P – Fixed a problem where the LotusScript Split function would produce incorrect results if the delimiter contained two of the same character.

SPR# JCORBDBPYA – LotusScript JSONElement.value property truncates the LotusScript string when the value is greater than 64K.  Fix provides for complete return of a JSONElement value string.

SPR# JCUSB9JL8B – DQL: Fixed a problem where DQL did not recognize a query that contained DBCS characters.

SPR# RDOLB9734S – Fixed a problem in Domino Designer where editing and saving LotusScript agents in would sometimes hangs when “Run in background client thread” was enabled.

+SPR# TOCLBC7MGL – Fixed a problem in Domino Designer where Xpages would no longer work after opening/closing a form if LibreOffice (v6.2) was installed.  This regression was introduced in 10.0.

Server

SPR# GFALBCFAK3 – Fixed a problem with DAOS resync where deletion and copy style compact were not possible after DAOS resync due to an error “File is in use by another program”.

SPR# GRHEBBCS5X – Fixed a problem where Symmetrical cluster created a folder when doing a repair even if the directory in the path was a directory link

+SPR# KKHOBCGF8H – Fixed a problem where, when creating new replicas (where the target replica is a stub), if a corrupt folder note exists in the source database, replication might retry replicating the corrupt folder note and not complete.  This regression was introduced in 10.0.

SPR# MNAA9K9ANA – Fixed a problem where Xpages documents would not show an inserted image if an attachment had been uploaded to the document. The MIME data type was not getting set to Content-Type:multipart/related

+SPR# MSKABBZH3L – Fixed a problem where Adminp was failing trying to create replicas of large databases (250gb) on large disks (2TB).  It would incorrectly state there was insufficient space.  The workaround is to create the replica directly in the UI and not use adminp. This issue has been corrected.  This regression was introduced in 10.0

+SPR# PLYSBCPKCP – Fixed a problem in the Domino SMTP server where a non-ascii internet message address phrase lost its encoding when being stored in a Notes item. This regressoin was introduced in 9.0.1 FP10.

SPR# RPAIBA9JUZ     – Fixed a problem in QVault tool where too much logging information was being output by default.  Logging now requires notes.in DEBUG_IDV_QVAULT=1 to be set.

SPR# SAZR9REQ9R  – Fixed an intermittant crash on Domino server making outbound LDAP search requests.   This is most likely due to an edge case network error condition.

SPR# STAAB6A5GX – Fixed a problem in the Domino server where the Tika java process was not being shutdown when the update task was restarted.

SPR# DVDIASU9A3 – Fixed a problem in the HTML Parser where the router would sometimes hang while processing styles.

SPR# JPAIB6ZLKG – Fixed a problem with the Domino server where the Java Tika process was not terminating cleanly on Domino server shutdown on non windows platforms

+SPR# PKURBBX6QK – Fixed a problem where ampersands contained in an LDAP filter attribute value were inadvertently being escaped in filters which were not being sent to IBM Directory Server LDAP. This fix causes the ampersand to be escaped only in filter attribute values being sent to an IBM Directory Server. This regression was introduced in 9.0.1 FP8.

SPR# RSTNB6GC7D – Fixed a problem where dbmt did not terminate when running with -range option and loaded at server startup. This was causing dbmt to not process databases when the next time the specified range came around.

iNotes

SPR# MSAHBC92RS – iNotes: Fixed a problem in iNotes where, using IE, the Notes ID management dialog box became blank after the internet certificate was imported.

+SPR# SLODAN59R7 – iNotes: Fixed a problem where hyper links in the mail body were truncated if the URL had spaces. This regression was introduced in 10.0.

SPR# TPONBBYCME – iNotes: Fixed a problem where the mail body contents in bidirection environment didn’t appear in the correct direction.

+SPR# RMTGB7NEX2 – iNotes – Fixed a problem that hyper links in mail body did not work if the URL had spaces – the spaces were truncated.  This regression was introduced in 10.0.

 

A great 2 factor authentication tool for Domino

After having received a request for a 2FA solution for Domino I searched the web and found this great solution from cyone – the Two-Factor authentication.

Some mails later with Sergey Golubev he sent me some information about this solution and also the pricing which is extremely straightforward.

Now to the implementation: it took about 30 minutes for implementing this tool for an environment with one server and one test user ( me ). You can choose 3 types of notification – I took the one with the Google Authenticator and it´s running very fine !

The login process is looking this way without great customizations:

login_1

login_2

login_3

You also can exclude some content for the 2FA like Traveler and can choose each single user from your directory for which you can enable the requirement.

Compared with other solutions this is the most simple and effective way for a more secure environment.

 

Update on Monday, August 19th:

Today I checked the feature of the “Self registration” and created the requested database on our server. Just some modifications in the ACL of the main application and the self registration for users works like a charm.

IBM Notes V10.x: Search for attachment names not working anymore

Yesterday I received an email from a customer complaining that a search on a full text indexed mail database does not find attachment names.

I tried this on my mail database on a local replica and also on our server and could see the same result: attachment names are not found.

After opening a case @HCL yesterday, today I received the information, that this regression in well known under the SPR # JCUS975RGX:

SPR # JCUS975RGX => Allow attachments to be found by searching for their file names
This is regression started on V10.0.0 and was working on previous versions.

If you also are facing this problem with Notes/Domino V10.x just open a case and refer to this SPR to increase the weightage for getting a solution.

Feature list of Verse On-Premises 1.0.8

Today the feature list of VoP 1.0.8 was officially released and there are tremendous enhancements:

  • Enhancements to the calendar event design preview in 1.0.8
    IBM Verse 1.0.8 provides the following enhancements to the calendar event design preview feature.
  • See names in your native language
    In Verse 1.0.8, in work environments that use internationally-recognized names, your administrator may allow you to see names in their native languages and character sets. These are known as alternate names.
  • See your archived mail
    In Verse 1.0.8, if you archive your mail to an archive database on a server using another client such as iNotes, or if your administrator archives your mail on a server for you, you can now open the archive mail file from the folder panel to see the archived messages.
  • More support for encrypted meeting notifications
    There is additional support for encrypting meeting invitations and responses.
  • Font sizes are consistent with Notes and iNotes
    In Verse 1.0.8, the font size is the same as the font size in Notes and iNotes. For example, Arial 14 is rendered the same size in Verse, Notes, and iNotes. Previously, the Verse font size was smaller.
  • Improved web browser experience enabled by default
    An improved experience for users who access Verse from browsers on mobile devices is now enabled automatically.
  • New password and Notes ID features
    In Verse 1.0.8, you can change the password that you use to log in to Verse, change your Notes ID password, and manage your Notes ID.
  • Server support for IBM i
    Verse is now supported on a Domino 10.0.1 server running on IBM i version V7R2 or V7R3.

VoP 1.0.8 will be available in Q3/2019. You can get the complete informations about the new features on the official site here: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SS4RQV_1.0.8/whats_new/whats_new_in_version_1.0.8.html