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Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

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Welcome to this EMC Support Community Ask the Expert conversation. This session focuses on the latest release of EMC Documentum Platform 7.1. We will be discussing how the 7.1 release continues the Documentum 7 investments to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and enhance trust and security to protect against ever-evolving security threats. Join the discussion to learn about how to take advantage of the latest Documentum enhancements with new certifications and deployment capabilities.

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Julien Fontaine have been working with EMC Documentum for more than 10 years. He is known as an expert on his main activity, which is LifeSciences and E&U. His main domains are Documentum Content Server and EMC Documentum D2.Julien has also been part of EMC Elect ever since the program was created.
profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=4949&size=350Patrick Walsh is a content management specialist with over twenty years’ experience building large-scale information solutions. Currently he is an EMC product manager charged with the roadmap of the Documentum Platform and its Extended services, and as an EMC veteran ready to comment on just about any product, or connect you with someone closer to the details needed.


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RobertoAraujo1
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Re: Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

This discussion is now open for questions. We look forward to a lively and informative event.

Best regards,

Roberto

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aldago-zF7Lc
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Re: Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

Is there a special reason for EMC to "strongly recommend" configuring v7.1 in certificate-based ssl mode instead of native/dual/anonymous-ssl (previous versions didn't suggest any special configuration)?

Not so v7.1-related question: Will we see the day when dmbasic is completely removed from the cs?

PS: Any ETA on 7.1 developer edition?

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bilak
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Re: Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

Please can you explain what is the difference between database views _sp _sv or _rp _rv? They looke like they are the same.

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PanfilovAB
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Re: Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

Alvaro de Andres wrote:

Is there a special reason for EMC to "strongly recommend" configuring v7.1 in certificate-based ssl mode instead of native/dual/anonymous-ssl (previous versions didn't suggest any special configuration)?

Alvaro, are you asking about "DOCUMENTUM® CONTENT SERVER CERTIFICATE BASED SSL CONFIGURATION AND TROUBLESHOOTING" whitepaper (http://uk.emc.com/collateral/white-papers/h11525-certificate-based-ssl-wp.pdf)? I have read it carefully and now I'm confused too:

  1. if I properly understand that whitepaper, Documentum SSL layer does not support two-factor SSL authentication, that means application tokens are still in play, though its are not properly documented
  2. the purpose of distribution of SSL certificates to clients is make trust relationships between client and server before transmitting any data, and I was able to imagine the only one incredible case when such setup is required: attacker installs own content server (actually, I think I'm able to write some piece of python code, that will act as content server) and registers it on production docbroker, after that attacker is able to sniff user's passwords.
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aldago-zF7Lc
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Re: Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

It's not so much about the whitepaper (which, by the way, should be revised as it is missing several important options/configurations), but about the installation guide, where in preinstallation tasks -> configuring SSL (I think, I don't have the pdf here) explains the new certificated-based ssl secure mode and "strongly recommends" (I know this sentence is somewhere in there ) to configure the content server using this mode.

I am just curious about this recommendation. Is it just a best practice (I guess so)? has something happened to any customer so it is recommended to use this setup? I was a bit surprised with this as if I'm not mistaken even changing the passphrase is just "recommended"

About your points, I'm no expert in security nor ssl certificates, and I'm still a bit confused about the stuff I've done to get the certificate-based secure mode working, so I'll wait until the experts say something.

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aldago-zF7Lc
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Re: Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

And speaking about the secure configuration, will the behaviour with the docbroker ports and the docbroker logs be fixed? It is quite confusing the way it works now, and if the secure mode is the recommended setup it would be nice to either be clear about how it works in the installation guide or fix it.

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pwalsh1
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Re: Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

Hi,

Server Certificate Authentication was not available as an Out-of-the-Box configuration before 7.1.  This mode provides enhanced trust when identifying Documentum servers using DFC clients.  Existing modes are still supported, but we recommend the new mode for a more secure system.

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PanfilovAB
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Re: Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

Patrick Walsh wrote:


Existing modes are still supported, but we recommend the new mode for a more secure system.

Patrick, could you provide more details about "more secure system"? In what cases the system is less secure if anonymous ssl mode is used?

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pwalsh1
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Re: Ask the Expert: What's New in EMC Documentum 7.1?

We're interested in your feedback and experiences with this new release, including supporting material like the documentation.  Let me know if you have additional suggestions that would make the process more straightforward. 

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