Learn how to optimize the value of your IBM licenses by attending our seminar on May 4, 2017 in Stockholm

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Does your company own IBM licenses? Are you certain that your company is proberly licensed? Do you as many others feel that IBM licensing can be a difficult and complex to learn? Do you want to lower your costs for IBM licenses?

We invite you to attend our seminar with breakfast on May 4th 2017 at the Infoware office in Stockholm, where we will talk about everything there is to know about the various license forms IBM has to offer. Infoware has over 20 years of experience when it comes to IBM licensing for both small and large organizations.

Our license expert and Sales Manager Ulf Stider will guide you through the following topics:


Is it possible to save money on IBM licenses

Different types of licenses and flexibility at the lowest cost
 

License Audit and Compliance

Make it something good for your organization
 

Transition to service-based IBM licenses

Maintain the value of your investments if you go to the cloud

 


 

The seminar is held in Infoware's office on
Kungsholms strand 123, Stockholm

 

8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Seminar begins

9:45 The end and thank you for coming

 

Please register for the seminar before April 27 to sales@infoware.com

 

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Summer is coming, but relax, Infoware can take care of your IBM platform while you are away

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Are you scratching your head thinking of who will take care of your IBM platform during the summer vacation period? Planning for the summer can be stressful, especially as you want to give your staff the vacation they need but also maintain a high quality in service acound your IBM platform.

Be calm! Infoware offers you rescue and control. All summer long!

Infoware's team of experienced IBM experts is your service every day.

Many organizatiosn have troubles on how to solve their staffing during the summer. We offer you experts who for example knows IBM Domino and IBM Connections inside and out. During the period, we assist you with monitoring and incident management, for example urgent operational problems.

We start our collaboration with a brief workshop where our experienced advisers learns your specific environment. Then we establish checklists and procedures necessary for you to feel completely confident that everything worksas it should.

We offer you the service levels (SLA) where we specifies availability, incident management and opening hours.

Your personal contact at Infoware has a whole team that knows your environment. Our service is offered on a weekly basis between June and September 2017.

Do you want to relax in the sun chair and not have your phone at arm's length all summer long?

Contact us today!

 

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Changing and Signing jar files with JDK 1.8, no questions asked. Dictionaries in IBM Notes.

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Case:
Dictionaries where missing from client installation on Windows machines.
Client is multi user and users are not allowed to write in Program Directories (non admin on their PCs).
Client is IBM Notes 9.0.1FP6, because this is the one rolled out to end users.
This means that nothing can be installed via Widgets in framework\rpc or framework\shared because both are under Program Directory.
Objective is to provide all of the dictionaries to the end users to choose from from the Widgets catalog. Installation should progress without any questions asked.

Description:
I downloaded the Dictionaries provided by IBM (Notes_XTAF_Dictionaries_V9.0_Win_ML.zip).
For a full description of this package, please read Tomas Hampels blog at
(https://blog.thomashampel.com/blog/tomcat2000.nsf/dx/deploying-xtaf-dictionaries-as-widgets.htm

The problem I got was that the Feature jar files configured to install in framework\rpc which is fine if you include them during installation of the original package running with administrative rights on the computer.

Only way in my scenario was to make sure that the installation was made in a user context meaning Data\workspace\applications

Solution:
Change configuration of the Feature jar to make sure that the installation is done in a user context.

Unpacking the jar file in the features directory of any given dictionary reveals that the feature.xml file contains <feature colocation-affinity="com.ibm.rcp.platform.feature"
this needs to be changed to this <feature colocation-affinity="com.ibm.rcp.site.anchor.user.feature" to make sure that installation will go to Data\workspace\applications where the end user is allowed to write.

To unpack and repack i use PeaZip (http://www.peazip.org/peazip-64bit.html and as an Editor I use Notepad++ (https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v7.3.3.html

Explanation of the different options could be found here:
https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en//SSVHEW_6.2.0/com.ibm.rcp.tools.doc.admin/controllingfeatureinstallocation.html
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21497657
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21440976

Also when doing this it will break the signatures and this means that a resigning (after repackage) is necessary for security reasons (you should not allow anything that you have not trusted)
If you want to include your own signed jars files during installation of the client, this can be done following this instruction (http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21305165)
You could also use iKeyman to do this if you prefer.

If you look at Tomas Hampels blog above you will find that there are a lot of files that needs to be changed and signed before importing to an update site.

Changing:
In every features directory in every updateSite_xx directory the file feature.xml needs to be changed according to the above solution.
IMPORTANT!!!
Also, preparing for signing, 3 files need to be deleted from a subdirectory called META-INF also in the features catalog:
IBM_WPLC.RSA
IBM_WPLC.SF
MANIFEST.MF
IMPORTANT!!!

Preparing:
Repack all files in each Directory e.g. com.ibm.langware.v5.dic.af_ZA.feature_7.2.0.201111100545 to com.ibm.langware.v5.dic.af_ZA.feature_7.2.0.201111100545.zip
Move (cut) the zip file to where the original jar file is located rename the original jar file with an extension .org instead of .jar end the rename the newly moved .zip file to .jar
A features catalog could then look like this:
Capture

Signing:
To sign I downloaded JDK 1.8 from
(http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html Windows x64 because I am using W10 64-bit.

IMPORTANT!!!
Only sign jar files that you have made changes to. The others are already signed with valid signatures.
Only sign 1 time with 1 signature for each jar file. Signing a second time could cause unexpected results.
IMPORTANT!!!

First I examined the file that was signed by IBM, this is now <filename>.org if the instructions where followed.
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_121\bin>
jarsigner -verify -verbose "C:\updateSite_af\features\com.ibm.langware.v5.dic.af_ZA.feature_7.2.0.201111100545.org"

I got:
– Signed by "CN=International Business Machines Corporation, OU=Lotus Software Group, OU=Digital ID Class 3 – Java Object Signing, O=International Business Machines Corporation, L=Littleton, ST=Massachusetts, C=US"
    Digest algorithm: SHA1
    Signature algorithm: MD5withRSA, 2048-bit key
  Timestamped by "CN=GeoTrust Timestamping Signer 1, O=GeoTrust Inc, C=US" on lö feb 02 04:31:44 UTC 2013
    Timestamp digest algorithm: SHA-1
    Timestamp signature algorithm: SHA1withRSA, 1024-bit key

jar verified.

This meant that I need to sign with MD5withRSA and also SHA-1 where needed.
I tried all of the possible combinations of signing and digest and did the provisioning to the IBM Notes Client for all the different cases (puh this was hard and took a lot of time!) just to make sure.
I found only 1 configuration that worked all of the times.

IMPORTANT!!!
To sign you must first create a signer and also you need to import the certificate of the signer and crosscertify it with your Notescertificate and push that crosscertificate to the client thru your security policy.
This done is done in your Domino Directory of the server.
Signing the jar file with this signature is then trusted to be installed on the client.
IMPORTANT!!!

Inspired by Tomas Hampel (again) and the blog entry (https://blog.thomashampel.com/blog/tomcat2000.nsf/dx/untitled.htm?opendocument&comments).
I decided to make my own script to help me out with this task.

Script Solution:
I decided to make 2 types of script, 1 for creating the necessary JKS file used for signing and 1 for the actual signing.
Both solutions consists of a command file an a property file containing values needed for the execution.

Code and samples will be provided here for download.Cool_Signing

Keytool:
Signing_mykeytool.cmd Cool_Signer.keytool
in the sample provided and this will create a JKS file and a CER file in the C:\temp directory.

To customize for your own needs you can creating you own .keytool file using Cool_Signer.keytool as a template. Read the included Readme.txt file for explanation.

IMPORTANT!!!
You must change/customize this if You want to use this in your own environment, because sample provided here is not intended for other purposes than demonstrating the code.
IMPORTANT!!!

Jarsigner:
Signing_myjarsigner.cmd Cool_Signing_with_XTAF_MD5.jarsigner
in the sample provided will sign all jar files that ends with *.feature_7.2.0.201111100545.jar from the catalog C:\Notes_XTAF_Dictionaries_V9.0_Win_ML and down.
IMPORTANT!!!
It also contains the parameters that where tested to work with these features. I will recommend you to use these if you modify and sign the XTAF Dictionaries.
IMPORTANT!!!

To customize for your own needs you can creating you own .jarsigner file using Cool_Signing_with_XTAF_MD5.jarsigner as a template. Read the included Readme.txt file for explanation.

Conclusion:
Changing and Signing is hard work but script at least provides you with the means of organising your stuff and ease the burden of signing.

 

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DomainPatrol Social arrives at IBM Connect 2017

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Almost 2 months of 2017 has already zoomed by, time just seems to fly! Right now we are busy with last minute preparations before IBM Connect in San Francisco next week!
 



We are bringing a great new release of DomainPatrol Social to IBM Connect!


As you know, DomainPatrol Social is the best tool for administering IBM Connections, for moving and merging almost all content and managing users.

In our new release we are introducing Reports. You can now get detailed statistics about the usage of your IBM Connections environment. For example when a Community was last updated, how many active/inactive owners it has and the sizes of all components and widgets. You can see the usage of Personal Files, how many there are, last update, active/inactive owners etc. The same goes for Wikis, Activities, Blogs, CCM, Community Files and Forums.

Contact us if you would like a demo or a free trial in your own environment!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Do you see even more in depth analysis of your IBM Connections environment? Then we recommend that you take a look at ConnectionsExpert from our strategic partner panagenda. It is the perfect complement to DomainPatrol Social.

Get continuous and accurate insight into user behavior in order to maximize the potential of your Connections environment.

 


 

Adoption

Increasing the adoption rate is a big challenge when introducing IBM Connections. ConnectionsExpert has been specifically designed to provide continuous usage and adoption insights.

It reveals approaches to accelerating adoption and is a great source for management reports.

 


 

Analytics

In powerful solutions like IBM Connections, it is not always easy to access, find or even be aware of all the important information one needs in order to utilize the system to its full potential. One of the focus areas of ConnectionsExpert is to perform analytics to reveal these nuggets of vital information, visualize them and make it easy to act on the findings.

 


 

Contact us if you are interested in either of our solutions! 

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SugarCRM IBM Notes plug-in, no questions asked

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Case:
I was involved in a SugarCRM project and one of the requirements was to rollout a widget to IBM Notes sidebar provided by Sugar.

Description:
Problem was that the instructions from Sugar included an option for the user to bail out of the installation,
because of the signatures where not trusted. also the user needs to cross certify with his own Notes id.
(http://support.sugarcrm.com/Documentation/Plug-ins/Lotus_Notes_Plug-in/Notes_Plugin_Installation_Guide_2/index.html)

From the project perspektive this was not OK.

Solution:
I needed to find a way to cross certify in advance, making the installation in the background without giving the user the option to bail out.
I wanted to cross certify with my organizational certifier instead and avoiding questions.

First problem was to find the certifiers.
What I did was to install the plug-in manually in my testenvironment:
I then took the RSA file located in the workspace\applications\eclipse\features catalog
and in the META-INF catalog there is a file called LPI.RSA.

Using OpenSSL using the command
"openssl pkcs7 -in LPI.RSA -print_certs -inform DER -out lpi.cer"
and then opening it in an editor you could se all of the certifiers.
Using the instructions from Sugar as a guideline I tried to cross certify the certificate
that was used by Sugar, which was:
CN=SugarCRM/OU=Software/OU=Digital ID Class 3 – Java Object Signing/O=SugarCRM/L=Cupertino/ST=California/C=US
but when trying to do that I got the message:
"A cross certificate will not be made due to key usage restrictions in the input certificate"

Found a discussion thread indicating that using crosscertification at a higher would do it
(http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd85forum.nsf/0/565f1122814572b3852579f900521ce0?OpenDocument)
so I imported the certificates into Domino Directory:

CN=VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2010 CA/OU=Terms of use at https://www.verisign.com/rpa (c)10/OU=VeriSign Trust Network/O=VeriSign, Inc./C=US
VeriSign Class 3 Public Primary Certification Authority – G5/(c) 2006 VeriSign, Inc. – For authorized use only/VeriSign Trust Network/VeriSign, Inc./US
https://knowledge.symantec.com/support/ssl-certificates-support/index?page=content&id=SO14649
https://www.symantec.com/content/dam/symantec/docs/other-resources/roots.zip

and crosscertified them with my Domino Organizational certifier instead, into Domino Directory.

I then pushed these 2 internet cross certificates out to the clients thru my security policy.

After that I included the widget in my widget catalog according to the instructions provided by Sugar and in this case we made a special desktop policy (explicit because it was in the cloud) that installed it for everyone belonging to a Domino group.

Worked perfectly.

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DomainPatrol Social 11 introducing user roles and IBM Connections 5.5 CR2

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  • User Roles

  • IBM Connections 5.5 CR2


We are almost at the end of 2016 and we look back on a very positive year here at Infoware. 4 releases of DomainPatrol Social so far and we are not done yet. More to come before 2016 is over.

Let us present DomainPatrol Social 11 with support for IBM Connections 5.5 CR2 were we also introduce user roles! We have added 10 configurable user roles, making it possible to give limited access to DomainPatrol Social (with a configurable subset of functions available for each custom user role)

A common request we hear from our customers is that you want to be able to have different kinds of users roles in DomainPatrol Social. To create a custom user, with access to specific functions of your choice. For example you can create the role Community Manger and give him or her access to only the functions needed for that role. Or you can create any other role you might need.

So contact us today if you want a free trial of the administration tool DomainPatrol Social for IBM Connections. The unique solution for a flexible IBM Connections environment which makes content movable and solves complex user issues.

 



Preview next release due before the end of 2016


Reports – see what you have in your IBM Connections environment. Find unused content and get statistics
Roles – further improvements of the function
Community Templates – further improvements of the function

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DomainPatrol Social 10 – beyond Merge Communities

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DomainPatrol Social for IBM Connections is all about content and people. An application packed with intelligent functions shaping IBM Connections to maximum performance. We help our customers every day with communities that needs merging, files that needs moving, profiles that needs merging and not to forget our rising star Manage Access Control where you can copy one user's access rights to another one.

The newly released DomainPatrol Social 9 with Community Templates received great praise by our customers. We are glad to be able to offer project managers a way of repeating successful project communities with just a few clicks. Save and re use your valued results of your project instead of inventing the wheel time and time again.

Therefore we are likewise excited to announce that we today are releasing yet another pack of functions. DomainPatrol Social 10; with focus on small but very effective settings and commands for the day to day use.

DomainPatrol Social 10 supports IBM Connections 5.5 CR1. Contact Maria Enderstam for free trials, demos, prices and if you have question regarding the product.

The new functions in a nutshell:


Manage Search Index

Create search indexes for the different IBM Connections Applications.

 

Scheduled Task Management

Puse or Resume scheduled system tasks.

 

Manage User Roles

Set profiles as active or inactive. You can also reset Homepage Welcome page settings.

 

Synchronize Users

Synchronize Profile information to all IBM Connections applications.

 

Add User Tags / Add Community Tags

Add tags to one or multiple user profiles or Communities.

 

Remove User Tags / Remove Community Tags

Remove selected tags from a user's profile or from a community.

 

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Official announcement from IBM – Extending support for Notes/Domino 9.0.1 to 2021

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IBM announcent today that they will extend their support for IBM Notes/Domino 9.0.1 to September 2021. There has been some discussion in the community about Notes/Domino and IBMs future plan for the platform. What we know for a fact now is that Notes/Domino will be around to at least 2021. We also know that the IBM Domino Server is a core part of IBM Verse (and Verse on-prem is soon to be released) and that IBM is adding new functionality to the platform, like the possibility to use MS Outlook as your email client with IBM Domino Server as the backend. We also know that IBM will release Fix Pack 7 (FP7) for IBM Notes/Domino 9.0.1 in September 2017 which is a scheduled maintenance release, containing several bug fixes and some new features.

traveler connections ibm_notes_9_icon sametime9

Will there be a IBM Notes/Domino 9.0.2 or maybe a 9.1.0? Or will IBM Verse take over as the platform name, only time will tell…

So what about todays announcement, that is IBM telling us? Well support for version 9 of IBM Notes, IBM Domino, IBM Notes Traveler, and IBM Enterprise Integrator are extended to September 2021. Support for the following associated entitlements is also extended to September 2021:

  • IBM Sametime® V9.0 Limited Use
  • IBM Domino Designer V9.0.1
  • IBM Mobile Connect V6.1.5
  • IBM Domino Global Workbench V9.0.1

IBM is also adding entitlement to your Notes/Domino license to use some IBM Connections 5.5 features. The features we are talking about is the Files and Profiles features.

  • The Files feature helps users easily share content with other people and removes the need to send large files through email
  • The Profiles feature helps users find the people they need by searching across the organization

 

Link: IBM Notes and Domino V9.0.1 extends support and enhances its collaboration toolset with social capabilities from IBM Connections V5.5

As you know you can always contact us if you have any questions about this :-) 

 

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