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IBM Connections 5.5 and a new Desktop Plug-In for Windows

A great new feature is coming with IBM Connections 5.5 >>

NESTED FOLDERS.
With this feature you can build your folder structure inside your personal and also inside the Communities files. Now you can use IBM Connections Files as replacement for your home folder on a file server ( as I do ). Of course you also could use tagging, but I always had to discuss this missing feature with some users at customers.

For integration in the Windows Explorer a new plugin is available on the Solutions Catalog. In this plugin the "nested folder structure" is included.

Of course there are a lot of additional features as you can see in the blog of Luis Benitez. There you also can take a look of the new functionalities of IBM Docs 2.0

Open Mic Webcast for 'Integrate IBM Connections Profiles with Tivoli Directory Integrator'

This session will provide a brief introduction to Tivoli Directory Integrator (TDI) and its use in Connections. It will also touch upon the TDI Config Editor and its usage.

A walk thru on how to populate the Profiles DB using the population wizard and the various files involved, will be provided. Some simple troubleshooting tips will be discussed highlighting external collaboration.
After the presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions to our panel of experts. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively session.


Further informations like ICS file, international dial-in numbers, ... can be found here:


http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27047126

Domino ODS conversion with program document

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Yesterday I had to upgrade mail databases to the latest ODS without using DBMT ( which does this challenge per default ), because DBMT has not to be used in the customers environment. Don´t ask me, why...

To speed up the conversion and to be sure, that the database can be compacted "copy-style", I created multiple text files (ods_conversion_1.txt, ods_conversion_2.txt, .. .) with the following entries:

   drop mail\maildb1.nsf
   lo compact mail\maildb1.nsf -ODS
   drop mail\maildb2.nsf
   lo compact mail\maildb2.nsf -ODS

Afterwards I created program documents to run multiple conversion tasks simultaneously:



With this way all databases have been converted to ODS 52 and it could be planned very easy.

Adding owner to an IBM Connections Activity

I had the issue, that a user on a customer´s site left the company and his activities had to be switched to another user due to inactivation of this user. A great help was the IBM CNX Wiki.

Here are the steps I did and they worked fine for me:

Access the Activities environment via the WSADMIN platform

Change to the "bin" directory of your Deployment Manager and execute the following statements:

wsadmin -lang jython -user wasadmin -password Passw0rd -port 8879
execfile("activitiesAdmin.py")

Get the ID of the activity
wsadmin>ActivityService.fetchActivities()

[{createdBy=Rainer Brandl, name=Demo_Transfer, activityId=7eee84c2-080e-44b0-b7ec-27d51e52cbd3, modifiedBy=Rainer Brandl, isCompleted=false, flags=0, modifiedDate=09. November 2015 07:45:55 CET, isTemplate=false, isDeleted=false, isInternal
=true, createdDate=09. November 2015 07:45:55 CET},.....

In this list you only have to check the name of the activity and the field "activityId" and put this ID into a var…

IBM Notes Traveler is syncing only one time

During this week we found a strange issue regarding a Traveler sync. This would especially be for german speaking colleagues:

If the name of a mail database contains special characters like "ä", "ö", "ü" or "ß", you will be able
to do a primesync with your device, but we saw, that no more changes or new mails will be synched to the device.

Our solution:
- Create a replica of the mail database without a special character
- Stop the router task
- Modify the person document
- Modify the settings in the location document of the Notes Client
- Start the router task
- Do a "te traveler security delete device-id username" on the Notes Traveler Server
- Reconfigure the Traveler Client on the device
- Ready

After those steps all synchronisation tasks were working fine. This should be fixed in Traveler 8.5.2, but happened this week with 9.0.1.8

Open Mic Webcast: Keeping your IBM Domino Servers Secure with SSL

IBM is holding a webcast regarding SSL security for IBM Domino servers:

This Open Mic presentation aims to keep the audience informed about SSL configurations and the latest security concerns on Domino.
Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat.

Content
Topic: Keeping your IBM Domino Servers Secure using SSL Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 Time: 11:00 AM EST (16:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-5 hours) for 60 minutes
Join the IBM Connections Meeting to view a slide presentation and participate in group web chat:

https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2897-4178

Web conference password: webcast

Phone conference
Participant passcode: 2675474

Further informations regarding international call-in numbers and an ICS file for importing this event in your personal calendar can be found here

IBM Connections Editor available for Android

There´s a new application for Android devices regarding the mobility of IBM Connections, which has been released on October 8th:

IBM Connections Editor

IBM Connections Editor is a companion application for Office IBM Connections. 

IBM Connections Editor is optimized for smartphones and tablets, allowing you to create, edit and read Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents
and display PDFs on IBM Connections Files. You have full editing capabilities and can save your files in IBM Connections and share files in a simple way to communicate with other people in your company.

Features:
- Create, edit and share Word documents
- Compatible with .doc, .docx and .txt
- Formatting text size, fonts, paragraphs, titles and more
- Insert images, tables, charts and more
- Attaching documents in IBM Connections Files

Create, edit and share PowerPoint slide shows:
.ppt And .pptx formats Compatible with -
- Slideshow playback from the selected slide
- Formatting films
- Add notes
- Appending presentations in IB…

IBM Notes and Domino V9.0.1 adds IBM Client Application Access and Macintosh 64-bit processor support for IBM Notes

IBM® Notes® now runs on Macintosh 64-bit processors using Mac OS X operating systems, performance and memory capabilities inherent with Macintosh 64-bit processors.

IBM Client Application Access offers a lightweight solution for accessing your Notes and IBM Domino® applications. IBM Client Application Access delivers the following benefits:
Allows users to access IBM Domino applications without using the full Notes client. Lowers resource consumption. Enables you to work with your existing Notes and Domino applications unmodified. Requires no retraining for users and saves your organization from costs associated with rewriting existing applications. Offers a simple, quicker installation and setup at less than 80 MB. Enables support for launching mail and forwarding documents using IBM iNotes® Supports Microsoft™ Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Mac OS X. Uses system-installed Java™ Virtual Machine (JVM) when needed for applications. The full announ…

Open Mic Webcast: Notes/Domino Database Maintenance Best Practices

IBM is offering an OpenMic Webcast for Best Practices for DBMT >>

Join us for a presentation on Notes/Domino Database Maintenance Best Practices. We will look at best practices for maintaining system databases vs. mail databases vs. custom databases. We will look at the Domino traditional maintenance tasks and clarify when those are needed. We will also outline some best practices and guidelines for using the 9x. Features DBMT and Compact Replication.

After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively session.

Topic: Open Mic Webcast: Notes/Domino Database Maintenance Best Practices
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM EDT for 60 minutes
Webcast URL: https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2897-4178
Webcast Password:  webcast

For a list o…

IBM Connections Docs 1.0.7 iFix 003 available

IBM released a new iFix for IBM Connections Docs 1.0.7 including the following fixes:

Generating image thumbnails with upper case suffix in CCM librariesBack to Files button not working in multi-tenant environmentVisual style change of buttons in several dialogs upon clicking the buttons
It´s recommended to install IBM Connections Docs 1.0.7 iFix 002 before iFix 003 !!!

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21965377&myns=swglotus&mynp=OCSSFHJY&mync=E&cm_sp=swglotus-_-OCSSFHJY-_-E

The iFix can be downloaded on IBM Fix Central.

Open Mic Webcast: SMTP Best Practices

Join John Ballam and Lisa Michael from the Support team as they discuss SMTP best practices and things to keep in mind for your environment.

Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively session. Follow us on Twitter @IBM_ICSsupport.

Topic: Open Mic Webcast: SMTP Best Practices
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM EDT for 60 minutes
Webcast URL: https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2897-4178
Webcast Password:  webcast

For a list of world-wide phone numbers, the phone passcode, and an iCalendar (.ics) file for this session, click here:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27046214

Note: Audiocast will not be available for this session. An audio replay of the session will be posted to Technote 7046214 soon after the event.

IBM Connections Docs 1.0.7 iFix 002 available

August, 14th, IBM release a new interim fix for IBM Connections Docs 1.0.7 including the following fixes:

Issues resolved:



Docs editor and viewer JavaScript content incorrectly cached in network infrastructureIntermittent editing and viewing failure in CCM librariesFailed to use the tool provided by IBM Connections for offline generation of thumbnails for existing files
In addition, this iFix contains aggregated fixes from IBM Connections Docs 1.0.7 iFix 001. See http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21883087 for detailed information on iFix 001.

Prerequisite:

iFix 002 supports IBM Connections Docs V1.0.7 on all platforms. iFix 002 contains all changes from iFix 001: if IBM Connections Docs V1.0.7 iFix 001 has not been previously installed, you can skip iFix 001 and just install iFix 002.

Installation:
Download the zip package from FixCentral and extract it. Follow the instructions in the PDF file to install it.

IBM Connections - Modifying the WAS ports in LotusConnections-config.xml with Regex

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Maybe this could help someone >>

First of all >> manually modifying the WebSphere ports in the LotusConnections-config.xml is not very interesting !!! It´s boring and making you stupid ;-)

You can speed up by using the following Regex combination:


I always use Notepad++ for those steps.

Have fun !!!

Domino 9.0.1 FP4 / Potential server crash in SECFreeSSOInternetSitesConfig due to missing file

In the Fixpack 4 for IBM Domino 9.0.1 there´s a bug which could cause a server crash.
Today there´s a Hot Fix available on IBM Fix Central !!!


There is a potential regression in Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 4 that could result in a server crash on all platforms except IBM i. See the crash stack below for the exact pattern produced in NSD log. This issue is being tracked under SPR# RSOI9Y7BZW (APAR LO85557). The root cause was the Fix Pack not updating the file 'server' on all Unix platforms and 'nserver.exe' on Windows platforms.

This issue does not impact Notes clients or Notes Browser Plug-in.

Fix Details
A fix for this issue is now available via Interim Fix 1 for Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 4. For download links, see technote 1657963.

The same fix will also be delivered in a slipstreamed version of Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 4. A slipstream is a re-posting of a newer package with no changes to the version number. The ETA for the slipstream is between July 14th and 15th.

Note the following:

Domino SAML authentication and ADFS certificate

A colleague found out, that the certificate on the ADFS server has a automatic rollover and per default is valid for 1 year.

But after the rollover of the key the SAML authentication does not work anymore for IBM Notes clients. There´s a quite simple solution

>> "Re-Download" the "FederationMetadata.xml" file from the ADFS server and reimport this file in >> the IdPCat configuration.

Afterwards SAML authentication is working fine again.

Open Mic Webcast: Securing Domino LDAP

A very interesting webcast about securing the LDAP server inside IBM Domino will be held:


This session will cover the topic of Domino as an LDAP client in Directory Assistance, emphasizing SSL connections to LDAP server and will also include a dive into Domino LDAP security configuration, SSL and POODLE vulnerabilities if Sametime uses Domino for its LDAP server.

After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat

Content

Topic: Securing Domino LDAP
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes

https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2897-4178Web conference password: webcas

Further informations ( like Dial-In numbers ) can be found here.

Ask the Experts session: Revisiting the Domino Attachment and Object Service (DAOS) and the DAOS Estimator Tool

Already using DAOS successfully in your environment? Do you wonder if you could better leverage the DAOS feature? We'll take a brief look at the current DAOS estimator tool and how you can use it to analyze your current DAOS deployment. 

Then, you'll have plenty of time to ask our panel of experts about any DAOS issue or curiosity you may have.

Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively session 

Content

Topic: Revisiting DAOS and the DAOS Estimator ToolDate: Tuesday, May 12, 2015Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes
Join the IBM Connections Meeting to view a slide presentation and participate in group web chat: 

https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2897-4178


Web conference password: webcast 

Further informations ( like Dial-In numbers ) can be found here.

IBM Connections / IBM Docs - DataSources

Yesterday I had the issue during an implementation if IBM Docs 1.0.7, that the node for the Docs server had different partitions than the Deployment Manager.

Deployment Manager partitions: C: / D:
Node for IBM Connections servers: C: / D:
Node for IBM Docs partitions: C: / E:

I found out that the IBM Docs server have troubles by connecting to the DB2 datasources because of the "missing" JDBC drivers. It looked that the Docs server were looking in the same place like the JDBC drivers are located on the node of the IBM Connections servers ( D:/IBM/SQLLIB/java ).

But no chance to modify the drive letters. Searching for a solution I came to this tiny tool >>

Visual Subst

With this tool you are able to "mount" D: like E:. After adding this substitution everything worked fine.

IBM File Viewer 1.0.7 available for download

Since March 11th, the new version of the File Viewer is available in the Solutions Catalog

IBM File Viewer provides a high-fidelity viewer for IBM Connections files and community files in the web user interface. It also allows IBM iNotes users to view attachments within the browser -- without installing document processing or viewing software, and without having to download the file to the user's workstation.

You can view files directly within the IBM Connections Files and Communities applications. Supported Open Document files include word processing documents (.odt), spreadsheets (.ods), and presentations (.odp). You can also view Adobe PDF and the Microsoft™ equivalents of these file types – Word (.doc and .docx), Excel (.xls and .xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt and .pptx).
By viewing an uploaded file from within IBM Connections, you can see the file contents without having to download the file. You can also navigate within the file, zoom, go to specific pages, play a slide show, print an…

Open Mic Webcast: Troubleshooting Domino Policies

Abstract

We'll take an in-depth look at the methodology and flow for troubleshooting and resolving issues with Domino policies - all types.

After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively session.

Topic: Troubleshooting Domino Policies
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes

Further informations ( like international dial-in numbers can be found here )


Join the IBM Connections Meeting to view a slide presentation and participate in group web chat:
https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2897-4178Web conference password: webcast

Installing JVM Patch on Domino with Notes Client

First of all >> thanks a lot to Ulrich Krause for posting this helpful article.

For some reasons, some customer also have the IBM Notes Client installed on the same server where they run the IBM Domino Server. If you try to install the JVM Patch, the installer always comes back with the directory of the IBM Notes Client and you´re unable to install the JVM patch to the Domino Server.

Regarding the hint of eknori you can do this the following way:

D:\temp\jvmpatch>9.0.1.3_Server_w64_JVM_Patch_20150303_142312.exe LAX_VM d:\domino_program_directory\jvm\bin\java.exe -D$USER_INSTALL_DIR$=d:\domino_program_directory

It´s working great !!! Thanks again !!

Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand ( IE will live on, but only as plumbing for Windows )

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http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/17/8230631/microsoft-is-killing-off-the-internet-explorer-brand

While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Speaking at Microsoft Convergence yesterday, Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that the company is currently working on a new name and brand. "We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10," said Capossela. "We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing."

Internet Explorer will still exist in some versions of Windows 10 mainly for enterprise compatibility, but the new Project Spartan will be named separately and will be the primary way for Windows 10 users to access the…

Ask the Experts session: Ask us anything about User Management in Connections

Members of the IBM Connections team will discuss User Management and then we will open up for your questions.

After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively session.

Topic: Ask the Experts session: Ask us anything about User Management in Connections
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM EDT for 60 minutes
Webcast URL: https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2897-4178
Webcast Password:  webcast

For a list of world-wide phone numbers, the phone passcode, and an iCalendar (.ics) file for this session, click here: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27045052

Note: Audiocast will not be available for this session. An audio replay of the session will be posted to Technote 7045052 soon after the event.

IBM License Metric Tool V9.2 delivers migration tools and adds Microsoft SQL database and Microsoft Windows support for IBM License Metric Tool server

IBM® License Metric Tool V9.2:
Official IBM Site

Provides a complete set of migration tools to enable porting of key set of configuration information and software categorization from License Metric Tool V7 in order to preserve knowledge base and deployment configurations that were built and are still required for value add and proper IBM software usage license reporting.

Supports, when using License Metric Tool server, Microsoft™ SQL database and a free Microsoft SQL Express® database. This capability removes the need to use only an IBM DB2® database. The provided Microsoft SQL Express database can also be used for test and small production environments.

Supports, when using License Metric Tool server, Microsoft Windows™ to allow more deployment flexibility and align with supported platforms available in the wider IBM Endpoint Manager portfolio of products. IBM Endpoint Manager is the client-server platform, which is used by the IBM License Metric Tool server to scan target computers and …

IBM Connections: See all your Communities

Sometimes it´s getting hard to get a summary of all communities you are part of. This can easily be
done with the following link:

https://connections.company.com/communities/service/atom/communities/my

You also can use this link to link your communities for example in the sidebar of you IBM Notes Client.

Open Mic Webcast: IBM Sametime 9 - Troubleshooting tips and tricks

Tony Payne from the IBM Sametime team will provide tips and tricks that will help you when troubleshooting your system.
After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively session. Follow us on Twitter @IBM_ICSsupport. Content Topic: IBM Sametime 9 - Troubleshooting tips and tricks Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes Further informations ( regarding dial-in numbers and the ICS file ) can be found on the official site

IBM Connections Docs V1.0.7 available

Today IBM released the new version of IBM Connections Docs !!

Regarding to the presentation @ IBM ConnectED 2015 in January there are a lot of great enhancements in this version like

GUI installerIBM Docs Server now is also supported on Windows platformsConversion Server now is also supported on Windows Server 212 Support for IE11Changed default formats to ".docx", ".xlsx" and ".pptx"...
The complete list can be found on the official IBM site.

Call "WSADMIN" for IBM Connections

Due to a lot of customizations in IBM Connections you always have to check out some configurations files ( .xml ) with WSADMIN.

If you do not want to enter the "wsadmin" command every time ( like me ), you can create a batch or cmd file including the following statements:

d:
cd \IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\ic-dmgr01\bin\
wsadmin -lang jython -user wasadmin -password Passw0rd -port 8879

You only have to customize the drive and path for your DMGR and the password, save it on the desktop and you´re ready to go. I also uploaded the batch file I use on dropbox. Feel free to download the file here

Open Mic Webcast: Increase Connections Adoption By Socializing Your System Monitoring Data

Why not integrate Connections into how you share user/client response time data for Connections and its various supporting components? Join Jim Dewan as he describes how to incorporate Connections into your software solution monitoring/troubleshooting and performance analysis.

After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat.

Topic: Open Mic Webcast: Increase Connections Adoption By Socializing Your System Monitoring Data
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM EST for 60 minutes
Webcast URL: https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2897-4178
Webcast Password:  webcast

For a list of world-wide phone numbers, the phone passcode, and an iCalendar (.ics) file for this session, click here: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27044493

Note: Audiocast will not be available for this session. A…

Warning – Microsofts Outlook app for iOS and Android breaks your company security

Regarding the blog of René Winkelmeyer there are security holes in the Outlook for iOS and Android clients which was released on Thursday, January 29th. René checked the client and found out following security breaks ( thanks to René for posting ):


File sharing capabilities

The app has built-in connectors to OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive. That means a user can setup his personal account within the app and share all mail attachments using those services. Or use files from those services within his company mail account. That’s a data security nightmare.

It doesn’t matter if you’re using a containerized solution like the Apple built-in separation of managed and unmanaged apps. The same applies to every other container. The communication is app-internal and you cannot control that.


Shared Exchange ActiveSync ID and device type

It gets even more worse. Each ActiveSync client normally has a unique ID for data synchronization. That allows administrators to distinguish a users devices. Micros…

IBM CCM doesn´t display new created folders or files

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Last week I had the issue, that I could not see a new created folder in the Connections CCM. The
browser looked the following:


But the created folder was correctly displayed in the MS Desktop Plugin:



After some investigation and also going through the logs of the CCM server, I found out, what caused the problem: it was the display option, why the file and the folder have not been displayed !! After switching from the preview list to the list option everything was displayed correctly:



Working as designed ???

IBM Notes/Domino 9.0.1 Fixpack 3 available

Today IBM released IBM Notes/Domino 9.0.1 Fixpack 3 including the following fixes:
( official fix list can be found here )

FP3 is available for download on IBM Fix Central.


BINN88QRPPFixes issue where when using the Domino Andministrator client to delete users from the address book, the error: ""Error Looking up name on LDAP...KLYH9Q3L4VAdd support for TLS 1.0 inboundITDL9PWMFUFix for CVE-2014-3566 - SSLv3 POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption). Solution adds TLS 1.0 support all Domino protocols not covered...PALT9P8JDGFixes XPage mobile controls failing on iOS 8DKEN9PJNGPSHA-2 capable tools needed to manage Domino SSL keyring filesKKIL9N4NXSUpgrades Ckeditor to 4.3.2.2 to address a security concern in xPagesTCHL9JUNRWIncludes file libnotes.so.sym for better stack annotation with OSWalkStack routinesSSHE9FDJW5Fixed an issue with ODBC causing a crash on 64-bit environments.YSAI9PGCQNDomino 9.0.1FP2 Xpage does not show emoticon icons which…