Communications Suite 6 Update 2: What's New

The next update to Communications Suite 6--aka Update 2--is on the very near horizon. Here's what to expect in terms of changes and new features. And don't forget that our new Calendar Server (CalDAV server) and Indexing and Search Service are also releasing beta versions.

What's New in Sun Java Communications Suite Update 2

System Virtualization Support

System virtualization is a technology that enables multiple operating system (OS) instances to execute independently on shared hardware. Functionally, software deployed to an OS hosted in a virtualized environment is generally unaware that the underlying platform has been virtualized. Sun performs testing of its Sun Java System products on select system virtualization and OS combinations to help validate that the Sun Java System products continue to function on properly sized and configured virtualized environments as they do on non-virtualized systems.

Communications Suite supports the VMware container (VMware ESX Server 3). As support for other virtulization platforms (LDOMs, xVM Server, and so on) becomes available we will update this document.

For information about Sun support for Sun Java System products in virtualized environments, see http://docs.sun.com/doc/820-4651.

Updates to comm_dssetup.pl

The comm_dssetup.pl script has been updated to include support for OpenSSO and to add schema for Instant Messaging.

What's New in Sun Convergence 1 Update 2

Convergence 1 Update 2 includes the following changes and new features:

Shared/Subscribed folders

Users can now share their mail folders or subscribe to other's shared mail folders. To learn more about how to Share a mail folder or subscribe to a shared folder, see the online help.

Mail Quota

The mail quota feature enables you to see mail usage information. You can see mail quota when the administrator sets your mail quota. To learn more about how to see your mail quota, see the online help.

Spell-Checking Email

Sun Convergence enables you to perform a spell check automatically before sending email. To enable this feature, select the "Always spell check before sending a message" option from the General Mail Preferences. After you enable the spell-check feature, your email will be checked for spelling mistakes before you send the email. For more information about setting the spell-check feature, see the online help.

Marking Messages as Spam

Spam messages are unsolicited bulk emails that the you get in your mailbox. You can mark messages as spam or not spam from the mail user interface. To learn more about taking action against spam messages, see the online help. To know more about how to do this, see the online help. To know more about how to configure Convergence for handling spam messages, see Enabling the Spam Feature .

Single SignOn and Authentication using Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0

Sun Convergence 1 Update 2 now supports OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 for authentication and Single SignOn. To know more about how to do this, see Configuring Sun Convergence With Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0.

What's New in Messaging Server 7 Update 2

Messaging Server 7 Update 2 includes the following changes and new features:

Internal Version Number

The internal version number (displayed in various places like the SMTP and IMAP banner) is now 7u2-x.yy (was 7.0-3.01 for 7 Update 1). The number 2 in 7u2-x.yy now signifies the update number to help associate specific releases with the update release it was based on.

Microsoft Exchange Journaling Format

Messaging Server 7 Update 2 supports the Microsoft Exchange Journaling Format, enabling integration with ZLTI's archiving software.

Update of MTA ClamAV Filter Plugin to Support New INSTREAM Command

The following table shows the new option for the ClamAV option file, its description, and default value.

Option Description Default
USE_INSTREAM Enables (1) or disables (0) the use of INSTREAM scanning in clamd. Starting with ClamAV 0.95, clamd fixed the deficient design that required two TCP connections to be made when scanning a data stream (control connection and data connection). Now only a single connection is needed which allows for simpler and faster processing (no setup/processing/teardown of data connection) and also allows ClamAV to scale horizontally by placing multiple scanning systems behind load balancers. Attempting to use this option with an earlier version of ClamAV will result in a scanning failure. 0

Redesign of the ENS Client and Server

The Event Notification Service server and client were redesigned in this release. There is a new client API (ens.h) that is backwards compatible. The previous ENS server is installed under the name enpd1 for customers who may wish to use it.

Enhancements to the reconstruct Command

reconstruct -a attempts to rebuild most aspects of a user's folder, thereby eliminating the need to run multiple commands (such as reconstruct -m then reconstruct -r. Since reconstruct -a rebuilds the entire folder, it was time consuming.

To rectify this, reconstruct -a now performs a consistency check on each folder in order to determine whether or not to reparse all the messages along with various other repairs. If you run reconstruct -a -f, a full repair and reparse is forced. If you run reconstruct -a -n, only a consistency check is run, printing out errors found in the folder. This may be useful in order to catch issues before fixing them.

LOG_ACTION Mapping Table

IP v6 Phase 1 Support

IP v6 Phase 1 is supported in this release of Messaging Server.

What's New in Instant Messaging 8 Update 1

Instant Messaging 8 includes the following changes and new features:

Yahoo Gateway in Instant Messaging

Sun Java System Instant Messaging 8 Update 1 co-packages a gateway for Yahoo messaging clients. The gateway enables Sun Java System Instant Messaging users to communicate with their contacts on Yahoo. This feature enables easy installation and configuration of the Yahoo gateway with Sun Java System Instant Messaging. You can configure the gateway by using the configure utility.

What's New in Delegated Administrator 7

Delegated Administrator 7 includes the following changes and new features:

Direct LDAP Access to the Directory

There are two choices for accessing the directory with Delegated Administrator:

  • Direct LDAP access to the directory
  • Directory access through Access Manager (Legacy Mode)

In this release, by default, Delegated Administrator accesses the directory through direct LDAP calls. By using direct LDAP access, Delegated Administrator removes the former dependence on Access Manager. You can now provision Communications Suite domains, users, and groups without installing or using Access Manager.

Alternatively, you can continue to use the old access method, via Access Manager.

  • You can provision objects in a Schema 1 or Schema 2 directory
  • You can use Access Manager (Realm mode) with the Communications Suite products (including Delegated Administrator)
  • You can run Delegated Administrator, and any other Communications Suites product, without installing or using Access Manager

To take advantage of these choices, you must

  • Select "Direct LDAP access to the directory (DL)" when you run the Delegated Administrator configuration program, config-commda

Support for Schema 1

Delegated Administrator supports provisioning domains, users, and groups in a Schema 1 directory. To enable Schema 1, you must

  • Select "Direct LDAP access to the directory (DL)" when you run the Delegated Administrator configuration program, config-commda

Custom User Attributes Can Be Added to the Delegated Administrator Console

You can add custom user attributes that can be provisioned in the Delegated Administrator console. The custom attributes must belong to your LDAP schema before you can add and use the attributes via the Delegated Adminstrator console.

For more information about this feature, see Customizing the Delegated Administrator Console.

Preserving Customized Configuration During Upgrades

Now you can run a merge utility, damerge, to preserve your customized configuration after you upgrade Delegated Administrator and run the Delegated Administrator configuration program.

When you upgrade Delegated Administrator and run the Delegated Administrator configuration program, the properties in the configuration files are reset to the default values for the new release. However, you can replace the default values with your earlier, customized configuration by using the damerge utility.

For more information about this feature, see Preserving Delegated Administrator Customizations During Upgrades.

What's New in Connector for Outlook 7.3 Update 1

Connector for Outlook 7.3 Update 1 includes the following changes and new features:

Bug Fixes Only.

What's New in Communications Express 6.3

Communications Express 6.3 includes the following changes:

Login Access to Access Manager From Within Communications Express

You can now login to Access Manager directly from Communications Express. To do this, you must set either of the following parameters in the uwcauth.properties file:

  • uwcauth.identity.login.url
  • uwcauth.identity.ssl.login.url

If you have enabled identity, then you must set the above parameters to avoid receiving error messages when you login.

This configuration would only be possible if you have enabled Access Manager by setting the uwcauth.identity.enabled parameter to "true" in the uwcauth.properties file.

Comments:

there used to be a virtual machine to test all these things but it appears to be restricted now
also there was nothing about the future of all the communications suit from oracle, was there? will we ever see this opensourced? it's pretty much the only mature solution that is rival to OWA

Posted by nacho on April 25, 2009 at 07:02 AM MDT #

@ nacho: +1

Was doing a PoC intending to replace a small MS Exchange deployment with this; whole thing is kinda on hold ATM :(

Update looks fantastic BTW.

Posted by Dave on April 25, 2009 at 10:28 AM MDT #

nacho:

There is a virtual Comms, here: http://wikis.sun.com/display/CommSuite/Communications+Suite+Virtual+Images

Though this is for the current version (Communications Suite 6 Update 1), we plan on releasing on the upcoming update as well.

Posted by Joseph Sciallo on April 25, 2009 at 12:24 PM MDT #

Great News!

What's the LOG_ACTION mapping table?

Posted by jruss on April 27, 2009 at 12:34 AM MDT #

jruss:

This is what I understand about LOG_ACTION mapping table:

Provides a way to turn MTA message transaction log file entries into syslog notices, or into MeterMaid counter updates. You can also provide your own routine for the mapping table to call, to take your own site-defined "action," based upon relevant log entries.

HTH,

Joe

Posted by joesciallo on April 27, 2009 at 04:05 AM MDT #

Thanks Joe!

Looks like this may have some good potential for extending the monitoring and analytical capabilities of Comms..

Posted by jruss on April 28, 2009 at 03:59 AM MDT #

With respect to Login Access to Access Manager From Within Communications Express ... how do we get the same result as in the previous release (user simply logs into CE/mail/calendar) without going to AM? I just did an upgrade to Comms Suite 6u2 on our test deployment and now I can't get CE to work at all without redirecting to AM. All other components upgraded just fine but CE is causing trouble.

Posted by Charlie Giannetto on August 18, 2009 at 06:11 AM MDT #

Charlie,

I suggest posting your question to the Messaging Server forum:

http://forums.sun.com/forum.jspa?forumID=708

Joe

Posted by Joe Sciallo on August 20, 2009 at 02:35 AM MDT #

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