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.
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.
So much interesting activity going on around the IBM/HCL products so in case you missed them I thought I could summarise for you. All are worthy of your time if you care about the future of Domino, Traveler, Verse or Sametime
Firstly – no time to lose – the registration for Beta 2 of Domino , Notes and Traveler closes TODAY at 12pm EST/5pm GMT. If you want access to that Beta due this month hopefully then go and sign up here now https://www.ibm.com/blogs/collaboration-solutions/2018/06/11/announcing-ibm-domino-v10-portfolio-beta-program-sign-today/. Don’t leave it then be disappointed when you don’t get access.
If you have ideas for what you want in Domino, Notes, Traveler, Sametime or anything else – there is a new site (requiring no login) where you can add your ideas and vote on other people’s. It’s been running for a few weeks and there are some great ideas there already to vote for so it’s a good place to browse during your next coffee break. Remember the rule – if you don’t ask you don’t get https://domino.ideas.aha.io/ideas
HCL are publishing a series of videos showing how features that are in v10 will behave. Here are three interesting features announced so far.
Next up in “cool admin things coming your way in v10” – folder syncing. By selecting a folder on a cluster instance you can tell the server to keep that folder in sync across the entire cluster. The folder can contain database files (NSFs and NTFs) but also NLOs.
Well that’s just dumb Gab.. NLOs are encrypted by the server ID so they can’t be synced across clustermates but a-ha! HCL are way ahead of you. The NLO sync involves the source server decrypting the NLO before syncing it to the destination where it re-encrypts it before saving.
So no more making sure databases are replicated to every instance in a cluster. No more creating mass replicas when adding a new server to the cluster or building a new server and no more worrying about missing NLOs if you copy over a DAOS enabled database and not its associated NLO files.
If you follow this blog you know that v10 of Domino, Sametime, Verse on Premises, Traveler etc are all due out this year and I want to do some – very short – blog pieces talking about new features and what my use case would be for them.
So let’s start with FILE REPAIR (or whatever it’s going to be called)
The File Repair feature for Domino v10 is designed to auto repair any corrupted databases in a cluster. Should Domino detect a corruption on any of its databases that are clustered, it automatically removes the corrupted instance and pulls a new instance from a good cluster mate. Best of all this happens super fast, doesn’t use regular replication to repopulate, doesn’t require downtime and the cluster manager is fully aware of the database availability throughout.
I can think of plenty of instances where I have had a corrupted database that I can’t replace or fix without server downtime. No more, and another good reason to cluster your servers.
In this 5th episode of my #Perfect10 webcast I look at how to identify any performance issues in your Domino environment prior to upgrade. Assuming most people will be doing an in place upgrade, we want to resolve or at minimum document any existing issues before starting
In this 4th webcast in my #Perfect10 series I discuss system requirements for v10 of Domino, Sametime and Traveler. Yes I know we don’t know those yet and we don’t even have the beta but we do know some things that are coming and more importantly this is something you should do before any major upgrade regardless. If we want an upgrade to be successful we don’t want it dragged down by old or outdated architecture and operating systems.
It runs a little bit longer than I like at 19 minutes I had a lot of information to cram in. I’m sure you can speed me up to 1.5x if you want to save a few minutes 🙂 As always if you have any feedback or would like me to do a webcast on a specific aspect please let me know.