Greetings from Lotusphere

Happy New Year! We have been quiet the past couple weeks because we have been gearing up for Lotusphere 2009, which begins today in Orlando, FL at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. PistolStar is exhibiting at booth # 433 — if you’re at Lotusphere, please stop by and say hello. We’re showcasing the latest versions of our authentication and password security software solutions, which integrate Microsoft Active Directory and Kerberos, enable ID-less Lotus Notes access and provide support for IBM WebSphere and Microsoft SharePoint as well as Lotus Domino. Our press announcement released today includes all the details.

Lotus Notes 8.5 Security: Does it Deliver?

Big changes are afoot with the release of Lotus Notes 8.5. The most notable new features are three that were developed to enhance security and user access: the Notes Shared Login, the ID Vault for forgotten password recovery, and Roaming User capabilities.

There are challenges with Notes Shared Login, which IBM itself acknowledges on the IBM Lotus Website. These challenges include certain conditions in which Notes Shared Login cannot be used, as it will not work. Conversely, there are features both old and new that will not work when Notes Shared Login is activated. For example, you cannot use a smart card to log in to Lotus Notes, log in as a roaming user with a roaming ID or run Notes in a Citrix environment. Also, the Roaming User capability that is now featured in Notes 8.5 does not work.

Another key point regarding Notes 8.5 is that, because Notes 8.5 enables users to log into Notes with their Windows password, Lotus implies there is integration with Active Directory when, in fact, there is not. Active Directory and the Active Directory password policies are not used for Notes Client authentication.

Talking to our customers, we find that Active Directory integration is of true value. Having a central point of authentication enables our customers to simplify access for their end-users and centralize management for administrators.