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Announcements & News / CMOD 9.5 Fixpack 13 released...
« on: May 17, 2020, 08:33:07 AM »
Just a quick note that if you're still on v9.5, (presumably) the last Content Manager OnDemand fixpack (v9.5.0.13) for 9.5 was released on Friday May 15th, 2020.

http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/quickorder?parent=Enterprise%20Content%20Management&product=ibm/Information+Management/Content+Manager+OnDemand+for+Multiplatforms&release=9.5.0.12&platform=All&function=all&source=fc

... or, if you prefer, the shortlink:  http://CMOD.co/95013

the OnDemand server Fixpack appears to include a bump in the support GSKit version to 8.0.55.12 (which is not available for download from FixCentral ?!?) and includes some ODWEK CGI and ODWEK Java API bug fixes.

-JD.

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Announcements & News / CMOD v10.5 Announced
« on: March 10, 2020, 02:55:05 PM »
CMOD v10.5 was announced today, availability via Passport Advantage Online is expected Friday March 13th.

There are two separate announcements for z/OS and Multiplatforms:

z/OS:  http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/9/897/ENUS220-059/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

CMOD v10.5 on z/OS highlights:
  • REST Services APIs. Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS includes REST Services APIs along with regular Java APIs (OnDemand Web Enablement Kit). REST Services APIs offer a simplified interface for integrating enterprise applications that need to interface with Content Manager OnDemand by using HTTP-based stateless protocol.
  • Support for object storage from multiple vendors. In addition to traditional on-premises file-system-based storage, Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS now supports different types of object storage, such as IBM Cloud Object Storage, Amazon AWS S3, Hitachi Content Platform and Microsoft Azure object storage.
  • Immutable object storage with IBM Cloud Object Storage and Hitachi Content Platform. Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS helps preserve your content and uses write once read many (WORM) configuration of IBM Cloud Object Storage or Hitachi Content Platform to protect data against deletion or modifications until the end of a specified retention period.
  • HTML5 line data viewer with graphical annotation. With the deprecation of applet-based technologies, a modern HTML5-based line data viewer with graphical annotation capability is available for use with IBM Content Navigator to view and annotate line data content in Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS.
  • Single sign-on for IBM Content Navigator. When IBM Content Navigator is configured for use with Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS, single sign-on capability can be enabled.
  • LDAP sync tool is included to help automate synchronization of changes in users and groups definitions in corporate directory servers into Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS.

MP:  https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/0/897/ENUS220-060/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

CMOD v10.5 on Multiplatforms highlights:
  • REST Services APIs. Content Manager OnDemand for Multiplatforms now includes REST Services APIs along with regular Java APIs (OnDemand Web Enablement Kit). REST Services APIs offer a simplified interface for integrating enterprise applications that need to interface with Content Manager OnDemand by using HTTP-based stateless protocol.
  • Management of content encryption keys in external management server that is compliant with OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP). For improved security and centralized management of encryption keys, enterprises typically use a key management server. Content Manager OnDemand for Multiplatforms now supports KMIP. Content Manager OnDemand for Multiplatforms can be configured with IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager.
  • Azure object storage. Content Manager OnDemand for Multiplatforms supports object storage from multiple vendors such as IBM Cloud Object Storage, Amazon AWS S3, and Hitachi Content Platform. The choice of object storage is further expanded with support for Azure object storage.
  • Immutable object storage with IBM Cloud Object Storage and Hitachi Content Platform. Content Manager OnDemand for Multiplatforms helps preserve your content and uses write once read many (WORM) configuration of IBM Cloud Object Storage or Hitachi Content Platform to protect data against deletion or modifications until the end of a specified retention period.
  • HTML5 line data viewer with graphical annotation. With the deprecation of applet-based technologies, a modern HTML5-based line data viewer with graphical annotation capability is available for use with IBM Content Navigator to view and annotate line data content in Content Manager OnDemand for Multiplatforms.
  • Single sign-on for IBM Content Navigator. When IBM Content Navigator is configured for use with Content Manager OnDemand for Multiplatforms, single sign-on capability can be enabled.
  • LDAP sync tool is included to help automate the synchronization of changes in users and groups definitions in corporate directory servers into Content Manager OnDemand for Multiplatforms.

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I'm at a customer site, and they're re-architecting their load process from lines of business.  Because Java programmers are a commodity, they've decided to create a 100% Java solution that can be deployed on their internal cloud.

One of the programmers came to my desk this morning, and asked me about the ODWEK LoadInit / LoadAddDoc / LoadCommit / LoadReset calls (which were introduced in CMOD v9.5).

I've never heard of someone using this functionality to perform loads.  They've apparently already written the code to parse the generic index files.  I'm concerned for the operational headaches that this could cause.  (What will appear in the System Log?  Where will Load ID's be stored?  How will we get logs of load failures for diagnostics?)

Any insight would be appreciated!

-JD.


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Other / Tightening Security / Locking Down CMOD
« on: September 20, 2019, 12:42:31 PM »
Hey everyone.

With all the leaks that have been happening around the world lately, I've been more interested in what other folks are doing to secure their CMOD installations. 

In a lot of customer sites, IBM CMOD Security is rather lax - default passwords, inactive accounts, and way too much authority/permissions for service accounts.

I have a long list of fixes I'll share, but I wondered if anyone else has been through the process, and if they did anything interesting to help secure CMOD.

-JD.

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MP Server / I just found an AG with no Segment Field...
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:42:31 AM »
So at a customer site, I found an Application Group that was defined without a Segment Field.  Despite the warning about not defining an App Group without a Segment field, this definition made it all the way to production...  three years ago!

The Storage is set to 'Cache Only' and the expiration type is "Load", and the Load ID is coming back with zeros in the mix/max date fields...  But somehow, data is still expiring on an appropriate schedule.

I'm baffled as to how this is actually working.  Has anyone dealt with this before?

-JD.

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MP Server / CMOD ERM + TSM
« on: August 06, 2019, 01:03:56 PM »
Hey everyone.  :)

I'm looking for some insight regarding CMOD Enhanced Retention Management and TSM/Spectrum Protect.

We're building Application Groups with implied holds, and storing the data long-term in TSM.  We've got the TSM hierarchy set up, but we're wondering if we've got the config right...

We've set retinit=event, but we're not sure exactly how to set everything else. 

The config is that an upstream system will deliver a file to us with a list of documents expiring that day, and we'll process that and tell CMOD which documents to expire -- so... do we set the retention to one day, so that the documents are deleted the day after we get the permission from the upstream system to dispose of the file? 

It's my first time setting up ERM this way, so any info / insight / wisdom would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks.

-JD.

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OD/WEK & JAVA API / What is your AFP to PDF Transform of choice?
« on: January 22, 2019, 09:33:51 AM »
I've got a customer interested in replacing their existing AFP to PDF transform tool as part of a move to CMOD v10.1.

I'm just wondering what everyone's experiences are with AFP-to-PDF transform engines is like, and if there's one that's rated more highly than the other.

I'm aware of three off the top of my head...

  • Ricoh - The old IBM Printing Systems AFP2PDF tool that was acquired back in 2007.
  • Opentext / Actuate / Xenos - They've had transformation & indexing tools for as long as I can remember.
  • Crawford Tech - A variety of tools for document transforms and indexing as well

I know there are other tools, like HP's Exstream and Isis Papyrus, but I'm under the impression that they focus on *production* of print streams, and not the transformation of existing print streams to another format.

Thanks in advance for your insight!

-JD.

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Announcements & News / IBM CMOD Fix Pack v9.5.0.12 Released
« on: October 31, 2018, 07:45:47 PM »
IBM has released IBM CMOD Fixpack v9.5.0.12.

A list of server-side fixes from the README file is below:

 2.2.9.5.0.12) Release (9.5.0.12)
      PH00686 - ARSODF_DEFAULT_VARIABLE_LRECL failure
      PH02035 - SQL0302N DB2 error for some V2 Large Object retrievals
      PH02139 - The arsdoc/CommonStore API update fails with "Field not updateable" message
      PH02531 - Restore the use of relative path names in the Generic Index file
      PH03836 - CMOD Server crashes when deleting Applications with the Windows Administrator or Batch Admin
      PI95070 - Truncate variable length data with a length greater than ARSODF_DEFAULT_VARIABLE_LRECL
      PI96081 - When processing multiple distributions with report bundles that specify an sql statement, distributions may encounter "ARS1170W The object does not exist" and the ODF task may terminate.
      PI99025 - ARSLOAD failure not detected

Windows  Solaris  Linux on z/OS  Linux on Intel  AIX  No Client for CMOD v9.5.0.12 was released, use the latest v10.1 client instead.

-JD.

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IBM's CMOD Newsletter, ODNews was just released for Q3 2018.

It's attached below, a link will be provided shortly.

Here's the archive of all prior ODNews newsletters:  http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27024130

-JD.

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Announcements & News / IBM CMOD Fix Pack v10.1.0.4 Released
« on: October 14, 2018, 06:33:05 AM »
IBM has released Fix Pack 4 (v10.1.0.4) for Content Manager OnDemand.

Here is a list of server-side fixes:
    2.2.10.1.0.4) Release (10.1.0.4)
      PI95070 - Truncate variable len data with length greater than
                ARSODF_DEFAULT_VARIABLE_LRECL
      PI96081 - Customer receiving error "ARS1170W The object does not exist"
      PI97450 - 10.1.0.3 ARSDB -I rf fails
      PI97899 - Error viewing documents with Full Report Browse and Large
                Object support
      PI97909 - S0C4 ABEND in arsz310s with document level security on
      PI98845 - Provide 64-bit sample arsusec
      PI99025 - arsload failure not detected
      PH00115 - ARS4054E DB Error while running "arsdb -uv" for Oracle 12.1
                after upgrading from V9.0 to V10.1
      PH00414 - OS390 indexer fails for AFP documents larger than 20MB
      PH00686 - ARSODF_DEFAULT_VARIABLE_LREL failure
      PH02035 - -302 DB2 error for OnDemand System Log message number 66 for
                some V2 Large Object retrievals
      PH02139 - arsdoc/CommonStore API update fails with field not updateable
      PH02531 - Restore the use of relative path names in the Generic Index


There are updates on other components in the associated README files.
IBM CMOD v10.1.0.4 Server README  IBM CMOD Client v10.1.0.4 README

Direct links to CMOD Fix Packs:  Windows Client  AIX  Windows  zLinux Linux on Intel 64-bit  

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Announcements & News / CMOD v9.5 End of Support - April 30 2020
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:25:46 AM »
IBM has announced that support for CMOD v9.5 will end on April 30th, 2020, 20 months from now.

https://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg3b378125j64612j07

-JD.

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MP Server / Anyone using CMOD in a Docker container?
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:23:40 AM »
I've been asked by a customer if anyone else is using CMOD inside a docker container so they can spin up instances of CMOD for development or testing.

If you're using Docker...

 - What are you using it for?  (Dev / Test / Prod / DR)
 - Did you experience any issues setting it up?  (If so, how did you deal with them, and what were the ultimate solutions?)
 - How would you describe the experience?  Is it worth the effort over simply rolling out a VM?

-JD.

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IBM Released a Security Bulletin covering IBM Global Security Kit ("GSKit") v8.0 and IBM CMOD:  http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg22014722

IBM CMOD v9.0 will not be patched, the resolution is to move to a newer version of CMOD.

IBM GSKit is used in a variety of IBM Products for cryptographic functions -- other tools may have similar vulnerabilities, including Tivoli Storage Manager (aka Spectrum Protect).  Check with your organizations Information Security group.

I've reached out to IBM on clarification on precisely how to patch this bug.

We'll likely send out an eMail blast after there are some more details.  Post your comments or questions so we can try to get some answers.

-JD.

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Announcements & News / ODUG Webinars for 2018...
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:06:06 AM »
Please let us know what topics / features / software you'd like to see in the ODUG Webinars for 2018.

We are planning on holding an CMOD & XML webinar in February, but would like to see what other topics are of interest.

Please don't be shy -- our last 'webinar request' post only had 500+ views, but only one response!

Thanks.

-JD.

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Announcements & News / CMOD v9.0 End of Support and Final Fixpack
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:02:33 AM »
As you might already know, CMOD v9.0 is now in "End Of Support", effective September 30th/2017.

IBM Released a final patch to v9 on October 20th -- v9.0.0.9.  This included the correction of a number internal fixes for the CMOD server, plus a few patches for ODWEK v9.0.x.

If your company has purchased extended support for CMOD v9.0, then you will need to upgrade to this version in order to receive support.

Links to the latest patches for all versions of CMOD can be found on the IBM CMOD Wiki:  https://cmod.wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page#IBM_CMOD_Fixpacks_.26_Security_Bulletins  or use the shortcut:  http://cmod.co/fixpacks.

-JD.

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