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IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1.6 available

 30 Juni 2015 22:05:01
IBM released IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1.6 today.

IBM Traveler 9.0.1.6 is a maintenance release that includes APAR fixes for the IBM Traveler server and Android client.

Some more fixes regarding MIME & attachment handling issues introduced with 9.0.1.3 and 9.0.1.4

Here is the Fixlist:
APAR # Component Abstract
LO84879 Server Calendar notice may be sent multiple times or be sent by the server ID.
LO85144 Server E-mail containing invalid zero character in WBXML encoding may not sync correctly to mobile device.
LO85222 Server Attachment with an unknown content type may not download to device.
LO85237 Server Proxy credentials may not be removed from notes.ini during startup.
LO85260 Server When Trash sync first enabled, sync only today and later trash items to improve performance.
LO85283 Server Mime format e-mail may sync to device without the body.
LO85357 Server Attachment with forward slash in file name may not sync to mobile device.
LO85444 Server Web Admin may not show data for a user and will recieve "Could not generated devicetype" error message.
LO85445 Server Attachment with multiple dot characters in file name may not sync to mobile device.
LO85477 Server On standalone server auto cleanup could impact security records then requiring re-approval if approval is enabled.



Downloads can be found here

    Who is using Splunk or a similar solution?

     17 Juni 2015 09:11:14
    This is a unusual post for me. This time I have a bunch of questions and would like to get your answers or experiences.

    I would like to know, if you are using solutions like Splunk, GrayLog or a similar already in your enterprise to get central access, view and analytics of your machine generated data like system / application logs and platform statistics.

    The idea behind Splunk:

    Step 1: Collect from all of your systems your application / system logs and platform statistics.  
    Step 2: Throw them into Splunk and let them get indexed by Splunk.

    Image:Who is using Splunk or a similar solution?

    Step 3: Search and drill down across your indexed log files from a central point

    Image:Who is using Splunk or a similar solution?

    Step 4: Use Big Data analytics provided by Splunk to visualize your indexed data to build dashboards or generate alerts.

    Image:Who is using Splunk or a similar solution?

    My questions to you:

    Do you know Splunk?
    Do you use Splunk, GrayLog or a similar solution in your enterprise already?
    How and for what use case do you use Splunk?
    How do you forward Domino, WebSphere, DB2 or your application logs and statistics to Splunk?

    Please add a comment or send me an email.

    I am looking forward to your answers and already thank you very much for participating in the discussion.


    To answer your question before you google it: What the hell is Splunk?

    Splunk is an American multinational corporation based in San Francisco, California, which produces software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data, via a web-style interface.
    Splunk (the product) captures, indexes and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards and visualizations.
    Splunk has a mission of making machine data accessible across an organization by identifying data patterns, providing metrics, diagnosing problems and providing intelligence for business operations. Splunk is a horizontal technology used for application management, security and compliance, as well as business and web analytics. As of early 2015, Splunk has over 9,000 customers worldwide.
    Splunk is based in San Francisco, with regional operations across EMEA and Asia, and has over 1700 employees.

    Splunk offers products that perform real-time and historical search, as well as reports and statistical analysis. The product can index structured or unstructured textual machine-generated data.


    Source Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splunk

    If you don't know Splunk - visit the Splunk Website: http://www.splunk.com/en_us/products/splunk-enterprise.html
    If you don't know GrayLog - visit the GrayLog Website: https://www.graylog.com/product/

    Reuters: BlackBerry thinking of launching Android phone

     12 Juni 2015 11:29:41

    BlackBerrry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is thinking of launching its first phone to run on Google's version of Android, 4 sources tell Reuters.
    The decision is reportedly tied to BlackBerry's efforts to "pivot to focus on software and device management.

    "BlackBerry is coming off an FQ4 in which end-user phone sales fell to 1.6M from 1.9M in FQ3 and 3.4M a year earlier; IDC estimates the company's smartphone OS share was down to 0.3% in calendar Q1.

    Meanwhile, BlackBerry has estimated it needs to sell 10M phones/year to break even on its hardware ops.

    As it is, BlackBerry has partnered with Samsung to provide security software/services for Samsung's Android hardware, and has launched plenty of cross-platform security and MDM solutions.
    BB10 phones support Android apps via Amazon's Appstore for Android, but don't have access to Google apps/services that are baked into Google's version of Android or distributed via the Play Store.


    via Reuters: http://seekingalpha.com/news/2576885-reuters-blackberry-thinking-of-launching-android-phone

    My 50 cents: Blackberry will not be able to survice as a hardware manufacturer with their own OS plattfrom. Switching to Android will not solve their issues but will add new. In near future BlackBerry will be "only" one more MDM & MAM vendor in the market.

    What's your opinion?

    IBM Verse for Android app available

     30 Mai 2015 12:18:11
    IBM Verse for Android available via Google Play Store.

    Image:IBM Verse for Android app available

    The Verse app is a replacement/upgrade of  the Traveler app that will be dismissed! The new app will only be available via Play Store at the moment.

    IBM Verse Client for Android only supports Android 4.x and later OS levels. The IBM Traveler client for Android is still available for use for older OS levels. The IBM Traveler client for Android can be obtained from the Traveler Home Page.

    This app is compatible with IBM Traveler server version 8.5.3.3 and later fixpacks, as well as 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1, 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 2, and 9.x.


    This are some of the feature that IBM Verse provide on Android:

    - See mail from people important to you
    - Set people you interact with often as Important
    - Mark mail as Needs Action
    - Manage items that need follow up
    - Track who owes you a response and when
    - Work with your calendar seamlessly
    - Interact with all of your contacts

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lotus.sync.traveler

    Update 02.06.2015:

    What's New?

    New download link on Traveler home page to download the IBM Verse client for Android from the Google Play store.

    Note the following:

    IBM Verse client for Android users do not need to connect to a 9.0.1.5 server. IBM Verse for Android client supports Traveler server versions 8.5.3.x and later. Some features will be available only if running the latest Traveler server.

    IBM Verse client for Android will be available only via the Google Play store and select MDM providers. The IBM Traveler client will remain available from the Traveler server to support Android devices running 2.x or 3.x OS.


    via http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21957932


      IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1.5 available

       29 Mai 2015 21:48:30
      IBM released IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1.5 today.

      Hopefully this one will fix the MIME handling issues introduced with 9.0.1.3 and 9.0.1.4

      Here is the Fixlist:

      APAR # Component Abstract
      LO84144 Server Update of appointment instance may not sync to Apple device.
      LO84586 Server Warning message for NTS_PUSH_ENABLE_APNS setting at startup.
      LO84641 Server Push not working for Android devices.
      LO84756 Server Remove last attendee from event on Apple device may not be reflected in Notes client.
      LO84747 Server Some wav files for Mime format document do not sync to mobile device.
      LO84790 Server Parse exception on malformed Mime document may prevent sync of document.
      LO84792 Server Verse client displays zero byte attachment.
      LO84825 Server Chair field with canonical format may get replaced by internet format user name.
      LO84845 Server Large e-mail bodies in Mime format may not display on mobile device.
      LO84846 Server For performance, do not use index hint with enterprise database.
      LO84861 Server Meeting notice deleted from device may not be deleted on server.
      LO84878 Server Calendar description field may loose line feed characters.
      LO84939 Server Immediately after enable Trash sync, device may receive error trying to delete a message.
      LO84941 Server Setting Out of Office from IBM Companion app on iOS 8.x may fail.
      LO84943 Server Out of Office time may display in server time zone instead of end user time zone.
      LO84947 Server Defrag on stand-alone server may display errors.
      LO84957 Server Event acceptance state may not be displayed after accepting a single meeting instance.
      LO84968 Android Security update may not push to Android devices running 4.2 or later OS.
      LO85028 Server Attachment sync error "Could not find file attachment"
      LO85031 Server Traveler server may crash processing a mal formed Mime document.
      LO85057 Server Attachment sync error "Entry not found in index."
      LO85110 Server Syncing Mime format documents may result in exception in logs.


      Downloads can be found here



      Coldplay’s Game of Thrones: The Musical

       26 Mai 2015 17:25:43
      Game of Thrones: The Musical.

      For Red Nose Day on NBC, Coldplay and the cast of Game of Thrones join forces for the band's most important project yet: a musical for HBO’s Game of Thrones





      Made my day :-)


      Updated Apple iOS Security Guide

       20 Mai 2015 09:10:10
      You want to know more details, how Apple iOS security works?

      Check out the updated iOS Security Guide.

      Image:Updated Apple iOS Security Guide

      55 pages worth reading:  Download Apple iOS Security Guide

      Traveler 9.0.1.4 - Issues processing MIME mails

       7 Mai 2015 14:58:47
      During the last two days a few of our customers told me, that they are having issues after updating Traveler to the latest version 9.0.1.4.

      IBM already send a non official Hotfix Build Level 201505011235_30 to one of my customers, which solved the issues.

      FIX LIST for Hotfix Build Level 201505011235_30:

      - All of the APARs included in 9.0.1.4 plus
      - LO84747 - Some Mime Audio/Wav files are not getting synched to the device correctly
      - LO84790 - ParseException: Expected ';', got  "xxxx" on malformed mime content type.
      - LO84792 - Email on Verse client has zero byte attachment called ./alternative
      - LO84845 - Large mime email bodies with extended ascii characters are not readable

      If you are seeing the same issues, then you should open a PMR and request the Hotfix.

      Update 26.05.2015:

      A new Hotfix available (FIX BUILD LEVEL:  201505201921_30) with some additional APAR fixes:

      FIX LIST:

      - All of the APARs included in 9.0.1.4 plus:
      - LO84144 - Appointment instance change may not sync to iOS device in some scenarios. Set NTS_CALENDAR_DELETEADD_APPLE_APPOINTMENTS=true in Traveler server(s) notes.ini to enable fix.  
      - LO84747 - Some Mime Audio/Wav files are not getting synched to the device correctly
      - LO84756 - Removing last invitee from meeting os iOS does not remove invitee from server.
      - LO84790 - ParseException: Expected ';', got  "xxxx" on malformed mime content type.
      - LO84792 - Email on Verse client has zero byte attachment called ./alternative
      - LO84845 - Large mime email bodies with extended ascii characters are not readable
      - LO84861 - Meeting notices deleted from device are not removed from non-inbox folders
      - LO84939 - After enabling Trash sync iOS device may get an error trying to delete an item.
      - LO84941 - Setting OOO from Companion without a device ID sometimes causes severe errors on server.
      - LO84943 - Convert out of office start and end times back to client time zone and include time zone ID in OOO profile document.
      - LO84947 - Cleanup fails during defrag on standalone server.
      - LO84957 - Traveler handling non-repeat as repeating event.
      - LO85028 - Attachment error "Internal Error: Debug Data: Could not find file attachment"
      - LO85031 - Traveler task Crashes when processing invalid mime document
      - LO85057 - Attachments not downloading "Could not find file attachment ... Entry not found in index"


      Traveler & Telefonnotizen

       4 Mai 2015 11:15:36
      Unter IBM Notes gibt es die sinnvolle, aber leider sehr versteckte Funktion (Create/Special/Phone Message), der Telefonnotizen.

      Traveler verarbeitet schon seit der Version 8.5.2 Telefonnotizen, welche als "normale" Mail auf dem Endgerät angezeigt werden.

      Unter bestimmten Umständen kann es aber passieren, das keine Notizen Übertragen werden. In der Regel sollte man dann aber auf der Server Konsole folgende Meldungen finden:
      Error validating execution rights for agent 'wMemoOpen' in database 'mail-server/mycompany mail\xyz.nsf'. Agent signer 'my-signer/mycompany', effective user 'traveler-server/mycompany'. Users without rights to sign 'On Behalf' agents cannot sign agents that run as web user unless web user is agent signer

      oder
      Error validating execution rights for agent 'wMemoOpen' in database 'mail-server/mycompany mail\xyz.nsf'. Agent signer 'my-signer/mycompany', effective user 'traveler-server/mycompany'. Agent signer, 'my-signer/mycompany', does not have access to this server.


      Die Meldungen sagen eigentlich schon, wo das Problem liegt:

      Bei der Verarbeitung der Telefonnotiz führt der Traveler Server den Agenten wMemoOpen aus der Mail-Datenbank des Benutzers aus. Der Agent bzw. die Mail-Datenbank (oder besser das verwendete Mail-Template) ist in diesem Fall mit der Server-ID oder einer speziellen Entwickler-Signatur signiert worden und verwendet nicht mehr die Default IBM Signatur.  

      Die Lösung ist ganz einfach: Auf dem Traveler Server muß der Agent Signer auch das Recht "Sign on Behalf of" haben. Zu finden im Server-Dokument unter Security / Prog. Restrictions.

      Dann tun es auch die Telefonnotizen in Kombination mit Traveler  ;-)


       

      Uhrsachen

       1 Mai 2015 16:57:29
      ... Die Apple Watch ist nicht die erste Smartwatch, nicht der erste smarte Fitness-Tracker. Aber sie macht alles richtig. Sie ist in erster Linie eine Uhr. Eine sehr smarte Uhr. Damit wird sie die Uhren-Branche kräftig wachrütteln. Ich würde derzeit nicht in Aktien der Swatch-Gruppe investieren. ...


      Unbedingt hier weiterlesen: Das Kluge Blog

      Ich muß leider noch 2 Wochen warten, bis ich meine am 10.04. bestellte Apple Watch ums Handgelenk schnallen kann :-(