Deletion Logs – What’s Coming In V10

So deletion logs.. currently (without custom code) we cannot tell who deleted a document and what document they deleted in which database.  With v10 deletion logging is now a standard trigger on the database that creates an entry in a delete.log file in the IBM_TECHNICAL_SUPPORT directory detailing every deletion activity.

So how does it work?

Deletion logging is enabled via the compact task on an individual database basis. The option -dl is used when compacting a database along with the fields in that database you want to be part of the log. For example if I wanted to turn it on for my mail file I might do

load compact mail\gdavis.nsf -dl on subject,posteddate,sendto,recipient

Every deletion after that point would then be logged as a single CSV entry in delete.log.  Note there are standard values that are always logged in addition to the custom fields I requested

“20180210T211516,06+01″,
“Mail\gdavis.nsf”,
“80256487:00352154″, “nserver”,”CN=Traveler/O=Turtle”,
“SOFT”, “0001″,”72C0E3F8:44B53FB5DC4EDBF8:A785466D”,
“from”,”””New Relic”  –
 “<marketing@newrelic.com>”, “sendto”,”gabriella@turtle.com”, “deliveredDate”,”02/10/2018 21:05:05”, “posteddate”,”02/10/2018 16:15:18″

There are several interesting aspects to this approach but I see it being particularly powerful for audit purposes, as it shows not only the message but the timestamp of the deletion and who did it.   Note that the server name in the log entry here tells me my Traveler server did the deletion so it was done from my phone, if it had been deleted in the Notes client it would have my name there as the person who did the deletion.

The delete.log itself rolls over each time the server is restarted but obviously depending on the size of your environment and how widely you deploy deletion logging that’s a CSV file you are going to want to have a strategy for.

7 days and counting

 

Java Problems Installing Sametime Community Server

Recently I was asked to install Sametime Community server in a new site.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t done a greenfield site install of Sametime in nearly a year, my work has primarily been upgrading (adding new elements) and maintenance.

As you probably know you can’t just install the Community Server onto Domino,  much of the admin and management features are now controlled solely inside the Sametime System Console running on WebSphere.  When installing WebSphere I installed version 8.5.5 as a base then applied the latest fixpack 12. (now version 13).  The Sametime elements only work with Java SE6 which used to be fine, during the WebSphere install I’d explicitly override its wish to install Java SE8 with a radio button to choose Java SE6, however that option disappeared on fixpack 11 and as of April 2018 Java SE6 is no longer supported even though Sametime still requires it and will continue to do so I suspect well into next year since the next release of a Community server is scheduled for H1 2019 and other elements for H2 2019.

Everything installed fine but then the servers with the applications couldn’t be stopped properly.  I had to uninstall WebSphere and the SSC entirely, then install base 8.5.5 with fixpack 8 (which I had to hand although other early fixpacks may also have worked) that allowed me to choose Java SE6 then install the SSC.  Once it was installed and I tested starting and stopping server elements I went ahead and upgraded the fixpack to 12.  WebSphere will warn you but continue to honour the Java version you originally chose , in this case Java SE 6, and not force an upgrade.

So. Websphere 8.5.5 with FP8 , then FP11.. 12.. 13 whatever you want.  The system requirements still say these are all supported so the loss of the option to choose Java SE 6 during fixpack install is what we are trying to fix.

Taking Your Pick Of Global Launch Events #Domino10

PartnerReady

The countdown is now only 10 days – on October 9th the new version of Domino and Notes v10, the first major release in several years and the first since HCL took over ownership of development has a huge launch. You can attend the launch event in person in Frankfurt (yay  Europe!) or attend via livestream.

To attend the October 9th launch event either in person or remotely register here

The next day on October 10th there are several global post launch events including many in cities across Europe hosted by IBM, HCL and partners to answer your questions in person.

I will be attending the London event at IBM South Bank which is hosted by Andrew Manby, Worldwide Director, Offering Management, IBM.  Turtle have recently become certified as a Domino 10 Partner Ready company and we’ve been working heavily with the latest beta,  I look forward to seeing and talking to you there.  You can register for the London event here

Theo Heselmans and Engage will be hosting an event in Belgium with presenters from both IBM and HCL as well as a presentation from Theo himself. Uffe Sorensen leads IBM’s Notes/Domino Messaging & Collaboration Business world wide and Barry Rosen is the Director for Products and Platforms at HCL Technologies. Register for the Belgium event here

Belsoft and Icon Switzerland will be hosting the event in Zurich with Bob Schultz (Watson Talent & Collaboration General Manager) and Richard Jefts (Vice President and General Manager Collaborative Workflow Platform) from HCL.  Register for the Swiss event here

For a full list of global events you can attend at no cost as well as the speakers in each location on October 10th see (and register) here

 

Apple Mojave and IBM Notes 9.0.1

If you have trouble installing Notes 9.0.1 on Mojave with the installer erroring with

“File /Applications/Notes.app/Contents/MacOS/rcp/rcplauncher not found. Provisioning process failed to launch or was terminated before status could be determined.”

a very quick reminder for this error that occured first on the APFS file system using High Sierra – make sure you have downloaded the 9.0.1 installer from March 9th this year (passport advantage code CNQY7EN) and not the original one from 2015.  The one from March will install correctly and then let you install the IF16 fix  (901IF16) from IBM Fix Central that was released on September 24th on top to support Mojave.

If you already had Notes installed prior to upgrading to Mojave the IF16 fix installed on top should just work, this is primarily for new installs.

I would suggest going ahead and get rid of your 2015 9.0.1 client installers and get the new 2018 one in place just to be safe

Adminlicious – My Favourite TCO Features in Domino 10

This is my presentation from Icon UK on Thursday 13th September.  There are lots of TCO features coming in Domino 10 that I’ve been working with and look forward to putting into production.  In this presentation I cover things like cluster symmetry, pre send mail checking, deletion logs and the newrelic statistics reporting.

Say it with me….

28 days until the Domino 10 release.

A Solution For Time Tracking

I’ve always struggled with tracking time.  It’s partly because of my work where I’ll often leap between three or four things at once “oh compact is running, whilst that continues I’ll just do this..” and partly because I disappear down a rabbit hole and forget to “stop” whatever timer I start.  I  have had various time tracking tools integrated to my Mac where a key press starts a timer and another stops it.  It’s the stopping that’s the problem. Tim is much more diligent and carefully logs all his time in a tiny moleskine (analog ftw!) and our friend Mark Myers has long advocated for the pomodoro method where time is broken out into 25 minute chunks.  In fact Mark’s approach to work most closely aligns to mine in that he is often juggling multiple phone calls and pieces of development at the same time and so when he showed me his new Zei tool from Timeular I was convinced enough that we bought one for Tim.  Within a week of him getting it I decided to get one for myself.

Long story short.. it’s the first time tracking tool that I find easy to use and fits into how I work.  The Zei is actually an octohedran (or a D8 for those of you that way inclined) that fits nicely into your hand, you simply label each side,  tell the app what each side is labelled for and then turn that side “face up” when you start work on that project.  The bluetooth connection to my Mac or phone detects when I turn another side face up and stops the timer on the previous project, starting it on the new one.  There are apps for just about every platform and the reporting is really nice.  The cost is 49 Euro and then 9 Euro a month for unimited projects but we both spent 99 Euro as a one off cost that limits you to 8 projects on the device which suits us fine.  You can (and we do) erase and rewrite the sides of the device regularly (well every few weeks) as work changes.

You can see on my timeular below that I’m currently writing a blog – the terrible scrawl is mine and I have erased / written over badly a few times.  I have left one side entirely blank so if I’m doing “nothing” such as shopping for books online I just turn that face up and I’m not logging time.  You can add more activities in the actual app but I like having the 7 most important ones to track.  When you turn a side face up the app detects that and stops the previous timer, startimg a new one for the new face up side but if you turn it again in less than a minute it doesn’t log anything at all.  The battery on the Zei is meant to last 10,000 hours

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This a sample report from the app on my phone showing activities logged.  I’ve obviously  badly replaced the actual ones with sample ones so I can share it here.  You can see how well it tracks even small amounts of time.  If I’m answering emails I wouldn’t usually start a timer but I can easily turn the timeular face up and it will log all the small increments of time that usually disappear.  For my own reference even on fixed price projects I find it incredibly useful.

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As an additional bonus I know Mark has spoken to them several times about features he’d like and they are very keen to work with customers. So..

a beautifully built product

from a small company that cares about their solution

at a good price point

that actually works

I can’t say better than that http://timeular.com