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||IBM Notes/Domino 9.0.1 Feature Pack 8 Preliminary Release Notice
Today IBM released the first official information about Feature Pack 8 for Notes and Domino 9.0.1
The Preliminary Release Notice provides detailed information about the first feature pack which is currently listed with status "gold candidate".
Here are the release notes, with some comments from my side. (comments in blue).
Things to Note:
- NBP replaced with ICAA - There is no NBP (Notes Browser Plugin) shipped with 9.0.1 FP8. This has been replaced with ICAA (IBM Client Application Access). For more information, see IBM Client Application Access V1.0.1 documentation
- Notes Client on Linux - There is no Notes client for Linux shipped with 9.0.1 FP8. This client platform has been discontinued and customers are encouraged to move to Windows or Mac.
- Domino Server on Linux32 and AIX32 - There is no Domino Server for Linux32 and AIX32 shipped with 9.0.1 FP8. This server platform has been discontinued and customers are encouraged to move to the 64-bit platforms. Windows 32 bit remains a shipped and support platform.
- Windows Server 2016 Support - (SPR #SVROAEPS4R)
It was an expected and announced move from the browser plugin to a stand-alone application because vanishing support for the type of plugins IBM is using.
Windows Server 2016 support is an important update for customers on the Windows platform. And Windows remains the only platform with 32bit support.
Background is probably that applications like Sametime are still leveraging on the Windows 32bit Domino platform.
But for all other platforms including Linux moving to a 64bit only implementation only makes a lot of sense. For AIX customer should have moved already to native 64bit because of the limits of AIX segmented memory model.
For Linux most customers running mail and application servers and Traveler have already moved to native 64bit.
The Linux client for SLED has been discontinued earlier. And there have been some discussions and rumors.
But dropping the Linux client support with FP8 completely was a surprise for me.
New Features in IBM® Domino® 9.0.1 Social Edition Feature Pack 8
The documentation in Knowledgebase will be updated with these new features to coincide with the ship date of 9.0.1 FP8
1) Optionally Move Views outside of NSF for Increased data store in NSF.
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.
This is a long awaited feature and brings a couple of benefits as mentioned in the release notes.
The feature can be enabled per database and the view index is stored in a separate file in either the same directory or in a complete different location (similar to the way FT index can be moved).
It allows storage optimization and has less contention. Also the fragmentation on the NSF disk will be reduced. And of course your backup solution does not need to backup index data (NIF).
The size of the view/folder index for a mail-databases are around 10% of the database size (that's before DAOS). With DAOS enabled the remaining size is 30-40% of the full database which means NIF is around 30% of the remaining NSF size.
That's a great improvement!
2) Java Upgrade to 1.8.
The Java run time environment provided with Domino has been upgraded to Java JRE version 1.8 to provide you with access to the latest features.
The long waited update to Java 1.8 is shipping with FP8 :-)
This is the first step but the designer will hopefully be updated later this year to take benefit on new functionality for development of new application.
3) Optionally Increase Document Summary Data (SPR #AKNX64TLRS APARID: LO04193)
You can increase the document summary data limit on Notes 9 databases to 16MB from 64K. (The size limit for a single field remains 32 K.)
This feature is in discussion for a while and also a long waited new functionality. 64K for summary data not much but this was a difficult to change internal limitation.
Now with FP8 you can have up to 16MB summary data which is really an improvement for application developers!
4) Add support for ADFS 3.0 and update the corresponding Cookbook instructions for configuration.
ADFS 3.0 has been around for a while and is a much cleaner and straight forward implementation. It does not need IIS components and it build into the Windows server without extra download.
Also the administration and configuration is easier. Most customers looking into SAML today with Microsoft and other products are looking into ADFS 3.0.
So it was time to add ADFS 3.0 support. We implemented it for Web Federated Login for some customers and it worked well. Now we are getting official support!
Hopefully we get fully updated cook-books with cleaner and more detailed descriptions and background how to implement it.
New Features in IBM® Notes® 9.0.1 Social Edition Feature Pack 8
1) Optionally Add Show Options: "Group By Date" And "Beginning Of Message", To Desktop Policy Settings (SPR #JSTN98BP3T APARID: LO75595)
Administrators can add the notes.ini setting EnableGroupByDate=1 on mail servers to enable the Show > Group By Date option in all mail files.
2) Optionally Retain MIME formatting when forwarding or replying to internet messages
A notes.ini setting is now available for Notes Standard clients to retain MIME message formatting when users reply to or forward messages received from the internet. Without this setting, MIME messages are converted to Notes Rich Text which can cause some MIME formatting to be lost.
3) Optionally Enable displaying internet addresses in mail and calendar documents
You can enable internet addresses rather than Notes addresses to display in the Notes client mail and calendar. For example, display firstname.lastname@example.org rather than Samantha Daryn/Renovations@Renovations. To enable this feature, add the following setting to the notes.ini file on a Notes client $INETADDRESSFIXUP=1
Those changes in the Notes client show that there is still some development on the Notes client.
Both features can make sense in many customer environments.
Jan 27, 2017
| Recent Blog Posts
Important Security Fix for IMAP|
Sat, Apr 22nd 2017 9:13a Daniel Nashed
In case you are running IMAP on a server that is reachable over the internet you should look into this fix ASAP. It might not be that critical for internal services. See details about this vulnerability here --> http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg22002280 All versions of Domino are affected!
NIFNSF Supported Maximum Size above 64 GB!|
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 9:02p Daniel Nashed
After getting that question offline and having a discussion on my blog, I checked with IBM if they plan support NIFNSF sizes above 64 GB. Since it is kind of a database container and needs a database handle someone could think that the maximum limit is also 64 GB. That would give us at least 64 GB room for the NIF index -- which would be already a big improvement. But from what I recall from some comments at Connect some years ago the maximum limit was not around 64 GB when they designed it
Disclaimer Attachment Issue not yet fixed in IF1|
Fri, Apr 14th 2017 6:28p Daniel Nashed
As Rob Kirkland commented in one of my last blog posted, the fix in IF1 does not solve the iusse. We both checked with IBM and got the reply that the SPR just changes back the default and disables the change introduced in FP8 for Google calender integration. IBM is working on a fix hopefully makes it into FP9. So for now you should keep the notes.ini Parameter MIMEDisclaimersNoEncode=0 disabled. Thanks to Rob to bring this up! -- Daniel TPONAKFJLP After upgrade to FP8, with
Get Notes FP Version in @Formulas |
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 6:19a Daniel Nashed
In C-API and Lotus Script, Java developers the version information already shown for each FP. For example Lotus Script returns the full version string with session.NotesVersion. But if you want to check the version information in @Formulas @Version will still return 405. There is a new optional parameter which returns the Feature Pack version. So you use @Version to check the version and if it is 405 you check @Version(1) which will return 8 for Feature Pack 8. It is used in the new ma
Notes/Domino 9.0.1 FP8 IF1 released|
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 5:06a Daniel Nashed
Notes and Domino 9.0.1 FP8 IF1 has been shipped and there is also a separate fix for iNotes. All those IFs have the same version number but contain different SPRs! The most important IF is for the Domino Server. It fixes the disclaimer issue I reported before. And also the performance fix for the new feature NIFNSF which was introduced in in FP8. Be aware that NIFNSF is a server feature and not a client feature. It requires translog enabled on your server! Translog is not officially
Current Information about NIFNSF|
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 10:42p Daniel Nashed
Domino 9.0.1 Feature Pack 8 introduced "NIFNSF" which allows to separate the view/folder index into a separate file. Let me try to summarized my current experience from my tests and from the field. There are multiple benefits moving the index to a separate file. 1. Backup Storage Reduction First of all having the index in a separate file reduces the amount of data that you need to backup. For mail databases the index is around 10%. If you have DAOS enabled from the remaining dat
CREATE_R9_LOG is not a valid notes.ini parameter and does not exist!|
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 8:29p Daniel Nashed
After hearing this question twice a week I think it is time for a blog entry. There is a notes.ini parameter for the different ODS formats in different releases. The latest one you should use is Create_R9_Databases=1 to create databases with ODS 52. ODS 52 is needed for local databases which are encrypted (there was an underlying ODS issue that has been addressed in ODS 52). Also for hew new LargeSummary (16MB instead of 32KB per document) you need to be on ODS 52. But there is no ne
Traveler 22.214.171.124 Relased with important bug fixes|
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 8:12p Daniel Nashed
As posted before Traveler 126.96.36.199 had one issue that needed urgent attention. Push was not working when the mail-server had a short downtime. If you are on that release you should update asap. There are a couple of other fixes along with that ARPA included in 188.8.131.52. Just back from a couple of days of travel and installed it this morning. Looks good so far. APAR # Abstract LO90889 Invitee status not correct on mobile device if the invitee response is received in a non-syncing
D9.0.1 FP8 Attachment Corruption Issue with Disclaimers|
Tue, Mar 21st 2017 3:27p Daniel Nashed
There is an issue that has been reported about FP8. When using disclaimers attachments might be corrupted. IBM released a technote with details and is working on a fix. Feature Pack 8 contains an enhancement/fix to correctly send Google Calendar files. The fix is enabled by default and causes this corruption. You can still deploy FP8 and disable the feature/fix temporary via Notes.ini MIMEDisclaimersNoEncode=0 on your SMTP outbound server. See this SPR #TPONAKFJLP / APAR #LO91828 fo
Traveler on Domino 9.0.1 FP8|
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 9:51p Daniel Nashed
Domino 9.0.1 Feature Pack 8 has just shipped. If you are intending to update your Traveler Server to Domino FP8 you should be aware that you need at least Traveler 184.108.40.206 (which currently has an issue reconnecting to a mail-server if it wasn't reachable --> see previous blog posts). If you still intend to update your server there are some important requirements. FP8 comes with Java 1.8 and Traveler is using that JVM. So it some changes are needed in the Traveler code to support the