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Apache - Redirect based on IP tables

Some days ago I received the question of a customer, if it´s possible to use a Reverse Proxy to either redirect to an internal or an external server based on IP ranges. After some searches and help from Martin Leyrer ( thanks a lot for your suggestions ), I figured out the complete configuration file for this special customer.

If you need some URL redirection/rewriting, feel free to use this code ( suggestions for better ways to accomplish this request are highly welcome ):

<VirtualHost ip-address:80>
 ServerName server01.company.com

 # Redirect all requests to SSL
 Redirect permanent / https://server01.company.com

 ErrorLog /var/www/virtual/logs/portal.company.com_error.log
 CustomLog /var/www/virtual/logs/server01.company.com_access.log common
</VirtualHost>

<VirtualHost ip-address:443>
 ServerName server01.company.com
 SSLEngine On
 SSLProxyEngine On
 ProxyVia On
 ProxyRequests Off
 ProxyPreserveHost On
 ProxyErrorOverride On
 RewriteEngine On

 # Added due to HTTP 502 errors:
 # ht…

Sync database quotas between servers

Today I again had the issue, that Database Quotas have not been synced between IBM Domino Cluster servers. After some search, I found the following post:

http://tippner.blogspot.co.at/2011/08/synchronizing-database-quotas.html

I did some modifications in the code and ran the agent with the Server ID and scheduled the agent one time a day... So far it´s looking fine...

You can download the database here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ebh3r0qh4hl6ft/sync_dbquotas.nsf?dl=1




IBM Connections 5.5 CR3 upgrade issue

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Today I installed Connections 5.5 CR3 at customer site and followed the required steps here. I also followed the steps for creating the requested Dynacache for the Rich Text Editor:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg22001580

As mentioned I created the Dynacache just for the RTE-Cluster and figured out, that this led to problems for all single cluster member. 

So I removed the setting for the RTE-Cluster and added it for the complete cell:


After a restart of all cluster servers everything was fine again.

IBM Connections Engagement Center V6.0

IBM announced the new IBM Connections Engagement Center V6.0 including the following functions:


Increases employee engagement, communications, and collaboration by transforming the IBM Connections environment into a digital workplace hubProvides employees with personalized, easy access to content and resources, such as corporate news, relevant content, links to important resources, files, and events, with content drawn from Connections features already being used, such as blogs and wikis, as well as third-party content or applicationsEnables internal communications professionals to integrate top-down communications with peer-to-peer collaboration, making internal communications more collaborative and engaging.You can read the complete announcement here: 
http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/0/877/ENUSZP17-0400/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

Performance problems on Apache Reverse Proxy

Yesterday I had massive performance troubles after going online with an Apache Reverse Proxy running on CentOS 6.9 for IBM Notes Traveler.

The customer has about 1.250 users and approx. 1.650 devices.

After some investigation and a great site, where the performance parameters are described very good:

( https://www.linode.com/docs/web-servers/apache-tips-and-tricks/tuning-your-apache-server )

I figured out, that the default configuration of the HTTP server was causing this issues, because the settings are much too low/high for this amount of devices. I did some modifications in the httpd.conf and now it´s working fine - feel free to use them:

#
# Timeout: The number of seconds before receives and sends time out.
#
# Default Value: Timeout 60
New Value: Timeout 10

#
# KeepAlive: Whether or not to allow persistent connections (more than
# one request per connection). Set to "Off" to deactivate.
#
# Default Value: KeepAlive Off
New Value: KeepAlive On

#
# MaxKeepAliveRequests: The maximum number…

Resolve synchronisation issues after upgrade to IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1.18

IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1.18 has the new feature to access the users mail server with the same rights as the user. But if you forget to add the IBM Notes Traveler server to the field "Trusted Servers" in the server document of the Mail Server, you receive the following errors:

An exception occurred when opening database <MailServerPath>/user.nsf using user shortname CN=John Doe /O=IBM in order to retrieve changed documents. Exception information: Throw: TASK_PROFILE_OPEN_DB

*** Content Adapter Exception ***ERROR 23 (ERR_DATABASE_ERROR)--- Debug Info ------------:Database cannot be opened with status of 0x17eb. Server=<MailServerPath>database=mail/user.nsf
INFO Mntr-0a78[Master]John Doe dna.cpp.jniDoesDatabaseExist#8427 Internal Error: Debug Data: Could not open Database='mail/jdoe.nsf' on server=<MailServer>' PathName='<MailFilePath>' for user 'CN=John Doe /O=IBM'. Error(17eb)=You are not listed as a trusted server 

Yo…

Ephox Textbox.io 2.2 delivers the latest rich text editing capabilities for IBM Connections

Ephox Textbox.io 2.2 provides the latest rich text editing capabilities seamlessly integrated into IBM Connections™. Robust and reliable performance across browser platforms and devices sets Ephox Textbox.io apart from other editors. Ephox Textbox.io 2.2 is available for new users of Connections V5.5 and V6.0 as well as users who have active subscriptions.

Features of TextBox.io 2.2

Rich content embedding when a URL is typed or pasted on a blank line. Links to rich content are replaced with embedded content when using the new Link Embed option in Textbox.io SDK with functionality preserved. Supported media:Social media and other sharable content (for example, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr).Image URLs for JGP, PNG, and GIF files are converted to images.Video URLs for MP4 files are converted to videos.Other content links shown as a summary card.Nested tables are now supported.Table cells can now be split into columns or rows.Multiple columns or rows can be deleted at the same time.Tab and sh…

Inbox empty

Today I received a call from a customer where the inbox did not display any content at some users - but only in the Notes client, not in iNotes !!

After some investigations I remembered, that I had this issue some months ago and found the following IBM technote:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21965120

So if you create a folder with and the first character of the folder is a space, this folder is displayed instead of the inbox and it seems, that the inbox is empty.

Collaboration Solutions with IBM and Cisco: IBM Connections Cloud enterprise social network, cloud-based email, and calendaring solutions combine with communication capabilities of Cisco to redefine everyday work

Today IBM announced the combination of the IBM Collaboration Solutions from the IBM Cloud with Cisco.

http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/3/877/ENUSZP17-0013/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

Collaboration solutions from IBM® and Cisco bring together the key applications that workers need to be productive and effective: video, voice, unified communications, enterprise social networks, team collaboration, email, and calendar offerings. With the integration of IBM Connections Cloud and Cisco communication capabilities, modern workers can now communicate and collaborate easily across their teams, with their partners, and with their customers. This powerful combination makes information and trained specialists easier to find and creates more personal and effective collaboration.

Collaboration solutions from IBM and Cisco include integrations between:

IBM Verse™ email and calendarIBM Connections™ enterprise social networkCisco Spark Business Messag…

"VARIANT DOES NOT CONTAIN A CONTAINER" APPEARS

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Today I received an email from a customer, where a user was not able to move a calendar appointment by opening the appointment and entering a different date/time. He was able to move the appointment by "Drag and Drop".

The user was using IBM Notes 9.0.1 FP6 on Windows 10.

You can easily get rid of this error by simply deactivating the option "Strict Date/Time input" like mentioned in the following TN:

https://www-304.ibm.com/support/entdocview.wss?uid=swg1LO91474


After removing this setting the user was able to change the date and time inside the calendar entry.

Enforcing quotas on new mail or Calendar entry creation in local or server based mail files

Last week I had the request to obtain the quota on the mail file when creating local replicas. After some search, I found this NOTES.INI entry:

Check_Quota_on_Mail_Create=

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21247798

This setting is not only used when creating local replicas, but also to check the quota when creating new mails !!

IBM Domino 9.0.1 FP8 Interim Fix 1

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IBM released the first Interim Fix for IBM Domino 9.0.1 Feature Pack 8 including the following fixes:









This fix is listed here:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21657963

and can be downloaded from this link:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21657963#DominoDownloads

Open Mic Webcast: IBM Domino Application Development Update

This presentation will focus on IBM's plans for the future of Domino as an application development platform. We will discuss IBM's plans for adding key functionality to Domino as well as ways to allow customers to modernize their applications for use via web and mobile devices. This presentation is key for anybody who uses Domino as an application development platform and is interested in modernizing their applications.

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 WebEx Meeting chat. Follow us on Twitter @IBM_ICSsupport.
Content

** IMPORTANT NOTE** Please note the start time is 10 AM EDT (1 hour earlier than the usual 11 AM EDT start time for Open Mics)

Topic: IBM Domino Application Development Update
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes

Web conference
Join the WebEx meeting to view a s…

IBM Sametime V9.0.1 extends support for services, tools, and selected entitlements

Today IBM announced the extension of support for IBM Sametime V9.0.1 until September 2021.

https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/3/877/ENUSZP17-0173/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

IBM® Sametime® extends support for V9.0.1 to September 2021. Support for the following associated entitlements is also extended to September 2021:

IBM Sametime Complete
IBM Sametime Conference
IBM Sametime Communicate


IBM Sametime is a robust communications offering designed to accelerate your social business by driving faster decisions, with more complete information powered by the business experts in your organization. The suite of tools in Sametime helps unlock the value in your underutilized communications systems by integrating them into a more intuitive system. Sametime tools and services can be accessed from within the applications and business processes that you use every day.

Support for Sametime V9.0.1 is extended to September 2021.

IBM Sametime V9.0.1 featur…

IBM Notes/Domino 9.0.1 Feature Pack 8 available

Today IBM release the announced Feature Pack 8 with a lot of great new features:

first of all there´s a separate download for the template of the Domino NAB and the Mail template on IBM Fix Central: Template Download


Move views out of databases

You can move views out of databases into separate view index files (.NDX files). This feature is useful for large databases and provides the following benefits:
> A smaller database file size, to avoid reaching the 64GB limitation.
> Faster database backup and restore.
> Better performance by allowing concurrent access to database and views.


For more information, see the following link: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSKTMJ_9.0.1/admin/admn_moving_views_out_of_databases.html?view=kc


Increase the document summary data limit to 16 MB

You can increase the document summary data limit on Notes® 9 databases. Summary data is data in non-rich-text fields, number fields, and date-time fields.

Previously the combined size of all summary da…

Open Mic Webcast: Configuring an IBM Domino Web Server to use Web federated Login (SAML)

IBM is offering an Open Mic Webcast about configuring SAML authentication on a IBM Domino Web Server.

Abstract

This procedure ensures that an IBM Domino Web server can participate in SAML-based single sign-on (SSO). The Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) standard allows a Domino server to trust an authentication assertion from a specified identity provider (IdP).

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. Follow us on Twitter @IBM_ICSsupport.

Content

Topic: Configuring an IBM Domino Web Server to use Web federated Login (SAML)
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM EST (16:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-5 hours) for 60 minutes

Web conference
Join the IBM Connections Meetings to view a slide presentation and participate in group web chat:

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

Moving Android devices from unsecure to secure communication with IBM Notes Traveler

IBM released a very smart way to switch Android devices to HTTPS communication with IBM Notes Traveler servers:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21993951&myns=swglotus&mynp=OCSSYRPW&mync=E&cm_sp=swglotus-_-OCSSYRPW-_-E

Problem

Your IBM Verse for Android applications connect to your on-premises IBM Traveler server using an unencrypted HTTP connection instead of an encrypted HTTPS connection. Since the IBM Traveler server can use unencrypted HTTP connections immediately without any additional setup, some installations may have skipped the HTTPS setup procedures prior to deploying Verse for Android to users. To ensure that all your communications are encrypted, first enable HTTPS either on your IBM Traveler server or on an edge proxy. Then ensure the IBM Verse for Android app begins using the encrypted connection without requiring any manual intervention from your users.


Resolving the problem
This feature requires the following components at the specified minim…