FreeBSD v10.1 Released

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has just released FreeBSD v10.1.
http://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.1R/announce.html

FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for modern server, desktop, and embedded computer platforms. FreeBSD’s code base has undergone over thirty years of continuous development, improvement, and optimization. It is developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. FreeBSD provides advanced networking, impressive security features, and world class performance and is used by some of the world’s busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Microsoft Launches Free, Unrestricted Version of Visual Studio for Small Teams

Microsoft today announced a free, unrestricted version of Visual Studio for small teams called Visual Studio Community 2013:
http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/12/microsoft-makes-visual-studio-free-for-small-teams/

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Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Microsoft to Open Source .NET

Microsoft today announced that they will be open sourcing the full server-side .NET stack and expanding .NET to run on the Linux and Mac OS platforms.
http://news.microsoft.com/2014/11/12/microsoft-takes-net-open-source-and-cross-platform-adds-new-development-capabilities-with-visual-studio-2015-net-2015-and-visual-studio-online/

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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New: MQ Authenticate User Security Exit v2.1.0

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Authenticate User Security Exit v2.1.0. This is a FREE upgrade for ALL licensed users of MQ Authenticate User Security Exit. MQ Authenticate User Security Exit is a solution that allows a company to fully authenticate a user who is accessing a WebSphere MQ resource. It authenticates the user’s UserID and Password (and possibly Domain Name) against the server’s native OS system, LDAP server, Microsoft’s Active Directory, Quest Authentication Services, Centrify’s DirectControl or an encrypted MQAUSX FBA file.

For more information about MQ Authenticate User Security Exit go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqausx_overview.html

Changes for MQ Authenticate User Security Exit v2.1.0:

    Server-side:

  • Added new CheckFinalUserID keyword. It will take the final UserID and reprocess it against UseAllowUserID, AllowUserID, UseRejectUserID, RejectUserID and Allowmqm keywords.
  • Added code to display ‘Remote’ UserID that the client application is actually running under
  • Added code to display MQAUSX client-side version, type of application (Native/DotNet/Java) and platform it is running on
  • Improved the IniFile processing speed.
  • Fixed an issue with Enterprise License key not being loaded from a License file.
  • Fixed an issue with MQAUSX not recognizing the filename specified for FBAFile keyword.
  • Tested with WMQ v8.0
  • Tested with Windows 8/8.1
    Client-side:

  • Added code to send the UserID (labeling it as Remote UserID) that the application is running under
  • Added code to send the MQAUSX version, what type of application and platform that the application is running on
  • Fixed a bug on Windows 7, GetDlgItemText buffer was not being cleared of trailing garbage
  • Fixed an issue with MQAUSXJ, MQ v8.0 and SecExitData field being null vs blank
  • Fixed an issue with MQAUSXJ being re-instantiates and a flag was set incorrectly for reuse (after a failure).
  • Tested with WMQ v8.0
  • Tested with Windows 8/8.1

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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New: MQ Standard Security Exit v2.1.0

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Standard Security Exit v2.1.0. This is a FREE upgrade for ALL licensed users of MQ Standard Security Exit. MQ Standard Security Exit is a solution that allows a MQAdmin to control and restrict who is accessing a WebSphere MQ resource.

For more information about MQ Standard Security Exit go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqssx_overview.html

    Changes for MQ Standard Security Exit v2.1.0:

  • Added new CheckFinalUserID keyword. It will take the final UserID and reprocess it against UseAllowUserID, AllowUserID, UseRejectUserID, RejectUserID and Allowmqm keywords.
  • Improved the IniFile processing speed.
  • Fixed an issue with Enterprise License key not being loaded from a License file.
  • Fixed an issue with MQSSX not recognizing the filename specified for FBAFile keyword.
  • Tested with WMQ v8.0
  • Tested with Windows 8/8.1

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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New: MQ Authenticate User Security Exit for z/OS v2.1.0

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Authenticate User Security Exit for z/OS v2.1.0. This is a FREE upgrade for ALL licensed users of MQ Authenticate User Security Exit for z/OS. MQ Authenticate User Security Exit for z/OS is a solution that allows a company to fully authenticate a user who is accessing a WebSphere MQ for z/OS resource. It authenticates the user’s UserID and Password against the native z/OS system or an encrypted MQAUSX FBA file.

For more information about MQ Authenticate User Security Exit for z/OS go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqausx_zos_overview.html

Changes for MQ Authenticate User Security Exit for z/OS v2.1.0:

    Server-side:

  • Added new CheckFinalUserID keyword. It will take the final UserID and reprocess it against UseAllowUserID, AllowUserID, UseRejectUserID, RejectUserID and Allowmqm keywords.
  • Added code to display ‘Remote’ UserID that the client application is actually running under
  • Added code to display MQAUSX client-side version, type of application (Native/DotNet/Java) and platform it is running on
  • Fixed a bug with UseGroupFile on z/OS
  • Improved the IniFile processing speed.
  • Fixed an issue with Enterprise License key not being loaded from a License file.
  • Fixed an issue with MQAUSX not recognizing the filename specified for FBAFile keyword.
  • Tested with WMQ v8.0
    Client-side:

  • Added code to send the UserID (labeling it as Remote UserID) that the application is running under
  • Added code to send the MQAUSX version, what type of application and platform that the application is running on
  • Fixed a bug on Windows 7, GetDlgItemText buffer was not being cleared of trailing garbage
  • Fixed an issue with MQAUSXJ, MQ v8.0 and SecExitData field being null vs blank
  • Fixed an issue with MQAUSXJ being re-instantiates and a flag was set incorrectly for reuse (after a failure).

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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New: MQ Standard Security Exit for z/OS v2.1.0

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Standard Security Exit for z/OS v2.1.0. This is a FREE upgrade for ALL licensed users of MQ Standard Security Exit for z/OS. MQ Standard Security Exit for z/OS is a solution that allows a MQAdmin to control and restrict who is accessing a WebSphere MQ resource.

For more information about MQ Standard Security Exit for z/OS go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqssx_zos_overview.html

    Changes for MQ Standard Security Exit for z/OS v2.1.0:

  • Added new CheckFinalUserID keyword. It will take the final UserID and reprocess it against UseAllowUserID, AllowUserID, UseRejectUserID, RejectUserID and Allowmqm keywords.
  • Fixed a bug with UseGroupFile on z/OS
  • Improved the IniFile processing speed.
  • Fixed an issue with Enterprise License key not being loaded from a License file.
  • Fixed an issue with MQSSX not recognizing the filename specified for FBAFile keyword.
  • Tested with WMQ v8.0

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Switching my Email Client Program

I have been using the Eudora email client program since the 90’s. Its been an excellent program for handling email. Capitalware uses HostGator for capitalware.com (and mqtechconference.com) and about every 6 months or so, HostGator switches their SSL certificate. I don’t know why they do it, they just do it.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, HostGator switched SSL certificates again but this time the hostname (in the certificate) has an asterisk (“*”) at the beginning. Eudora pops up the error message “Certificate bad: Destination Host name does not match host name in certificate”. I clicked “trust this certificate” but Eudora will not use it. When it first happened, I contacted HostGator support. I spent over 2 hours on the chat session, first with the Support person then with their technical support person and I went around in circles with them. They were fixated on port numbers (which were correct) and would not listen to me. Generally speaking, I have always found HostGator support to be good, but after that experience, they get a big fat zero out of 10. A total waste of my time. So, the only way for me to get my email was to turn off SSL in Eudora which is not a very bright idea.

So, this weekend I installed Mozilla Thunderbird email client program. I used the Eudora Rescue program to fix/cleanup any issues that Thunderbird may have importing my Eudora email then I did the import in Thunderbird. I followed Eudora Rescue’s instructions of doing the mail first then the Settings. Everything appear to work just fine except for the SMTP port number. For some reason, the port number was set to 1 (odd but an easy fix).

The only thing Thunderbird’s import did not include was my message filters in Eudora, so I guess I’ll have to manually create all of them. Yuk.

I followed Mozilla’s instructions for creating a new profile (with a different directory) and for migrating a profile to another PC, so now I need to finish testing that Robocopy can sync Thunderbird from my desktop to my laptop (one-way sync).

Therefore, if you send me an email and you don’t hear from me after 24 hours then either post a message here or call me.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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OpenSUSE 13.2 Released

OpenSUSE has just released OpenSUSE v13.2.
https://news.opensuse.org/2014/11/04/opensuse-13-2-green-light-to-freedom/

openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. You can surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, play videos or music and have a lot of fun!

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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New: MQ Channel Encryption v3.1.0

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Channel Encryption (MQCE) v3.1.0. This is a FREE upgrade for ALL licensed users of MQCE. MQCE provides encryption for WebSphere MQ (WMQ) message data over WMQ channels.

MQCE operates with Sender, Receiver, Server, Requestor, Cluster-Sender, Cluster-Receiver, Server Connection and Client Connection channels of the WMQ queue managers. MQCE uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to encrypt the data and SHA-2 to create a digital signature.

For more information about MQCE go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqce_overview.html

    Changes for MQ Channel Encryption v3.1.0:

  • Added keyword ‘AllSegments’ to signal that all segments are to be encrypted and/or signed.
  • Added extra bounds check for incoming message
  • Removed an extra buffer, hence, reduced memory allocation
  • Improved the IniFile processing speed.
  • Fixed an issue with Enterprise License key not being loaded from a License file.
  • Tested with WMQ v8.0
  • Tested with Windows 8/8.1

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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