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IBM Docs 1.0.6 announced

Today IBM announced the new version of IBM Docs including the following enhancements:

  • Spreadsheets have improved quality and performance; Hide Sheet, Chart Preview, Cell Content Indent.
  • With in the editor experience, users gain improved performance and quality (file fidelity).
  • Support for IBM WebSphere® Application Server V8.5.5, IBM DB2® V10.x*, Network File System V4, Apple Safari 7, IBM Connections V5.0.
  • Improved scalability for larger environments.
  • Provides thumbnail images of OpenOffice and Microsoft Office file types for IBM Connections V5.0 environments.
The following new features are included in IBM Docs 1.0.6:


  • Enabled pre-check and sanity check.
  • Improved configuration files.
  • Added error code handling.
  • Improved deployment guide.


  • You can hide or unhide a sheet.
  • You can preview a chart when you insert it or set the chart properties.
  • When you edit a formula cell, all the references (including those that refer to other sheets) in the formula will be highlighted with color. If you input a new range during editing, the new range is highlighted with a new different color.
  • When you import files to IBM Docs, indents are preserved and can be displayed more precisely. You can also copy or remove an indent.
  • You can copy the content from one cell, select multiple cells, and paste the content into a number of the selected cells. The maximum number of cells you can select is 50,000.
  • Range expression and constant array expression are now supported.
  • With two new menu items, you can insert a row below the current row, and insert a column after the current column.
  • You can insert a new sheet by using the right-click menu on the sheet tab.
  • Performance in document format conversion and in the speed of opening .ods and .xls files is improved.
  • Cell protection for imported Microsoft Excel or .ods files so you can share and collect information more confidently with editors working in only the cells specified.
  • Support for 2-dimensional (2D) constant arrays.
  • Added two new shortcut keys for copying and pasting: Ctrl+Insert and Shift+Insert.
  • You can resize multiple columns to a uniform width.

System Requirements can be found on the IBM SPCR.

IBM Docs 1.0.6 will be available on June 26th, 2014. Further informations can be found on the official IBM site.


"Administering IBM Connections V5.0" - New Wiki available

With the GA of IC V5.0 ( download available since today ) IBM also published the IBM Connections Wiki in the new "Knowledge Center" format.

Here´s the link to the "wiki":


IBM Connections / PEOPLEDB / DataStudio 3.2.0

Today I ran into an issue that I could not populate some LDAP entries to the PEOPLEDB. After some investigation I found out, that some values displayed in the Data Studio are not corresponding to the "original" length, how the tables are created with the DB2Wizard.

Here are the screenshot of the fields from the Data Studio and the corresponding entry from the "peopledb.db2" creation file how the fields are created:





Bug in Data Studio 3.2.0 ??


The new IBM Connections 5.0 Desktop Plugin

IBM released the new Desktop Plugin including the new FileSync feature which is coming in IBM Connections 5.0.

You can download the new Plugin on

With this plugin there are also new features included which can be accessed in earlier releases of IBM Connections ( e.g. 4.5.x ).

For further informations please read the blog of Luis Benitez, the Social Software Product Manager of IBM.

IBM Domino / Notes / iNotes Interim Fixes for 9.0.1 and 8.5.3FP6 available

IBM released new interim fixes for the mentioned releases. All informations about the fixed problems and also the download links can be found on the official
IBM Support Site


Limiting Directory Lookup for Notes Traveler Devices

I had the issue, that a customer didn´t want the embedded address book ( via DA ) to be available for the mail addressing from the mobile devices about Notes Traveler.

With the NOTES.INI entry "NTS_LOOKUP_ENFORCE_ACL=1on the Notes Traveler server and the corresponding modification of the ACL on the embedded address book on the home/mail server of the user ( setting the Notes Traveler server to "No Access" ) the address book coming from DA will no longer be available for mail adressing for mobile devices.

By default this entry is set to "0". 

Features coming to IBM Connections 5

On today's presentation from Luis Benitez @SocialConnections in Prague the following features have been shown:

  • Multiple file upload in Media Galleries
  • Directly save documents from Windows Apps to IC ( via FileSync) 
  • FileSync on Windows Desktops
    • On the blog of Luis Benitez there´s a very impressive description of this enhanced feature
  • CCM Integration in Windows Connector
  • New and compressed User Interface
  • Connector for Mac OSX coming in IC5 CR1
  • File Preview for almost every File Type
  • Customizable start page in Communities ( eg Wikis) 
  • Display Folders in Sidebar in Communities 
  • Integration of external people in Communities and Files without any licensing!! 
  • Share files with external people
  • CKEditor has been upgraded to 4.4!!

CCM enhancements coming later in 2014
  • Folder ACL
    • Who can access / edit a folder
  • IBM Docs integration in CCM
  • CCM integration for MS Office


IBM Sametime: Updated security certificate for Push Notifications (iOS)


Before 19 June 2014, Sametime administrators must download and apply the latest security certificate for iOS traffic. If Push Notifications have stopped working for the native iOS client, this could be due to the SSL certificate for connecting to the APNS server having expired.


The Sametime Proxy server ships with an SSL certificate to allow for push notifications to occur securely for the Sametime Mobile Chat client for Apple iOS via the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS). The current certificate expires 19 June 2014. Before that date, Sametime administrators should download and apply an updated certificate to continue expected functionality for users.

Problem that occurs with expired certificate

If the certificate in use by the Sametime Proxy server has expired, users of the native iOS chat client will no longer receive push notifications. Users might describe the symptom as receiving messages only when the application is in the foreground or that notifications are not sent to the device when the Sametime client application is in the background.

The issue can be identified in the server logs by the following error.
"APNSService W startAPNS CLFRX0079W: Unable to establish an SSL connection to the APNS service Connection refused: connect"

Installation Instructions

Download the updated certificate 9001-ST-Proxy-FP-AGRE-9KYLU4 from IBM Fix Central. To avoid the problem, copy the provided keystore to the appropriate location. Because there are two types of installations, you need to determine which you have and apply the appropriate steps for that type.

Stand-alone/Cell installation

If you chose this type of installation, then you have a deployment manager (dmgr) as well as a nodeagent and server all on the same operating system.
To resolve the problem, follow these steps:
1. Copy the provided apns-prod.pkcs12 file to the following directory:
*Note that this is the dmgr profile, NOT the Application profile
2. Perform a Full Resynchronize of the node
3. Stop the STProxyServer
4. Stop the nodeagent
5. Start the nodeagent
6. Start the STProxyServer

Network (Primary Node) installation

This type of installation typically means that you are using the Sametime System Console (SSC) as the dmgr. The steps are as follows (basically the same as above):
1. Copy the provided apns-prod.pkcs12 file to the following directory on the SSC operating system file system:
*Note that this is the SSC dmgr profile, NOT the SSC Application profile
2. Perform a Full Resynchronize of the node
3. Stop the STProxyServer
4. Stop the nodeagent
5. Start the nodeagent
6. Start the STProxyServer
Network (Secondary Nodes)

If you have any secondary nodes, you need to copy the apns-prod.pkcs12 file to ALL secondary node directories on the SSC dmgr. The secondary node directories are found in the same place as the primary node directory was found:


Once copied to the secondary nodes, make sure to restart the nodeagent and STProxyServer as you did for the primary node.

UPDATE - 10 steps to successfully deploy a social business platform

A very interesting series about implementing a social business platform is available from Paul Withers.

It describes which steps are necessary for getting all of the informations about the own company, about the needed persons and so on...

At the moment we are on step 7 of 10. HERE you can get a very helpful overview about all of the recommended steps.

Step 01 - Culture Shift

Step 02 - Create a dedicated delivery team

Step 03 - Use social to deliver social

Step 04 - Run immersion workshops ( NOT training sessions ) 

Step 05 - Identify champions and leaders

Step 06 - Seed content in consulted structure

Step 07 - Roll out in phases

Step 08 - Use platform analytics to inform next action

The outstanding steps will be added when available.

A great thank to Paul for this very impressive summary !!


Open Mic Webcast: IBM Sametime Audio/Visual Deployment


Join Tony Payne and members of the IBM Sametime team as they discuss Audio/Visual deployment. 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 SmartCloud Meeting Web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively session. Follow highlights from Open Mics live on Twitter using #ICSOpenMic or follow us on Twitter @IBM_ICSsupport.

Topic: IBM Sametime Audio/Visual Deployment
Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes

Presentation Slides will be attached here prior to the event. 

Add to calendar

Web conference Join the IBM SmartCloud Meeting to view a slide presentation and participate in group web chat: 
Web conference password: webcast 

Phone conferenceParticipant passcode: 9945563 

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

Ask the Experts Q&A session: Managing Domino - Open Session - Ask us Anything about Domino!


Join subject matter experts from the IBM Domino team for an Ask the Experts Q&A session. The main focus of the session is Q&A so bring any questions that you have about Domino!

Topic: Managing Domino - Open Session - Ask us Anything about Domino!
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes

Add to calendar

Web conference
Join the SmartCloud Meeting to participate in the group Web chat:
Web conference password: webcast

Phone conference
Participant passcode: 4073000 

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