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Loving policies - especially mail settings

Starting with Domino 7 the policy document has six fields to policy setting document. The sixth settings document called mail settings was introduced in the Domino 7 release and allows you to control many of the mail and calendar settings of your users centrally. The sweet thing is that only the server, and hence the Domino Directory, needs to be on release 7 for you to exploit this functionality.

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Re: How are roaming id-files encrypted?

Well the message from Lotus Support on the roaming id-file question (see the original post "How are roaming id-files encrypted?" for the whole story) is that no one seems to know. The technician in charge of my PMR called me and it seems like none of the people, including the support guys in Ireland, knows what's up with the "double encryption". He did however say that he got in contact with a developer in Germany via IM who would take a look at the actual Notes/Domino code on Friday.

The technician from Lotus Support would get back to me on Friday or Monday so we'll see what happens. Lets just hope the answer isn't hard to come by because it is security by obscurity...

Show 'n Tell Thursday: Setting the Content-type from a Java agent (30 Mar 2006)

This weeks Show 'n Tell Thursday post is neither long, nor complex. It answers a very simple question that I see pop up again and again on LDD on how to set the content-type header from a Java agent.

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Re: Is the lack of Java skills in the Notes/Domino developer community the Achilles' heel of IBM?

Wow! My "Is the lack of Java skills in the Notes/Domino developer community the Achilles' heel of IBM?"-post certainly stirred up some s... in the Domino blogosphere. Being picked up by Ed Brill certainly gave it a lot of exposure. After sitting back for a couple of days following the discussion I feel it's time for me to pitch in...

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Tool: NotesConnect (NotesPing)

Just thought I would share the no. 1 tool for diagnosing connection issues with Domino Servers - NotesPing. The tool uses the same connection algoritms as the Notes client but it much easier than diagnosing from the Notes client itself. Check it out.

NotesConnect V2.0 TCP/IP Diagnostics Tool

FeedDemon 2.0 released

FeedDemon, the feed reader by Nick Bradbury, has been released in version 2.0. I have been using FeedDemon for my feed reading since its inception and I can totally vouch for it. A cheap, state-of-the-art feed reader with a built-in podcasting client. So it you're looking to try something new, or just need a killer feed reader I would definately recommend that you check it out.

Does personal notes.ini settings roam?

As part of my research into the roaming feature of Notes/Domino I have been looking into how notes.ini settings roam. I'm afraid that it appears that personal notes.ini settings (those prefixed with the $-sign) don't.

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Managing external Java dependencies in Domino Designer

When doing Java development in Domino Designer you will often have code dependencies outside the Notes/Domino and Java core API such as a third-party framework. If new to Java development in Notes/Domino it can be a little tricky to find out where to put the classes you depend on and to understand the difference between the choice of locations offered to you as a programmer.

Lets remedy that.

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Improving Domino 7 and DB2 Performance

In this post on LDD John D Curtis links to a new piece of Domino 7 documentation titled "Improving Domino 7 and DB2 Performance".

"Improving IBM® Lotus® Domino® and DB2® Performance contains information to help you optimize the performance of your DB2 server running in a Domino and DB2 configuration. . The information in this document is intended for configurations that utilize medium size servers because the parameters are tuned for medium size server systems. Other hardware configurations may require additional adjustments."

The documentation database can be found on LDD in the Technical Library (scroll down to the bottom).

Domingo - a fresh start for the Notes/Domino Java developer community?

Sparked by the recent discussion on Java adoption in the Notes/Domino developer community it was funny to see the announcement on LDD of a Java API called Domingo that wraps the standard Notes/Domino Java API.

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Business blogging - an interview with Scott Anderson of HP

At the Blogging BOF at Lotusphere 2005 there was some discussion of blogging as a tool in business. Below is a link to an interview with Scott Anderson, Hewlett Packard's Director of Enterprise Brand Communication, about blogging at HP:

"The blogosphere is changing how customers gather and consume information about the marketplace. Scott Anderson, Hewlett Packard’s Director of Enterprise Brand Communications took a huge step in bringing his company in line with the principles of open dialogue with its customers through the blogosphere. In this program, Scott describes the experience and the challenges of evolving corporate communication beyond the static web and into the live web."

Business Blogging, Doing it Right

Show 'n Tell Thursday: Validating XML when parsing with NotesSAXParser (23 Mar 2006)

In this installment of Show n' Tell Thursday I'm going to show how to validate XML while parsing with the SAX parser built into the LotusScript API.

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Is the lack of Java skills in the Notes/Domino developer community the Achilles' heel of IBM?

Yesterday Jack Dausman continued his discussion of the challenges facing the Notes/Domino developer with the move to the Eclipse framework (Open Innovation Trumps Monoculture Myopia). Looking at the situation Jacks conclusion is that an Eclipse based Notes client might not be so bad after all, though he concludes that the Notes/Domino developer community needs to skill-up for the transition.

After reading the post I started to comment since I very much feel the Notes/Domino developer community needs to skill-up and because I feel very strongly about this. The comment got so long that I moved it to my own blog.

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How are roaming id-files encrypted?

I'm working with a customer to migrate their Notes 5 installation to a roaming Notes 7 installation. During the tests we are looking at how best to migrate from their current roaming setup (using data-directories in the users home-directory on the file servers) to a "real" Notes 7 roaming approach.

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JSR-170

In a recent Taking Notes podcast, Ed Brill mentioned JSR-170 as being the technology to take over from Blueray. For those not in the know Blueray was/is the codename for the Domino file sytem technology Lotus was developing some years back.

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Helping out a fellow blogger getting the actual bytes of an image resource - a lesson in the intricacies of DXL representation

This is a rather lengthy Friday post for those of you who have tried being haunted by a programming problem you simply couldn't let go. I guess those of you into Java and Notes development will probably appreciate it as well... :-)

It all started Thursday night when I read a post called I need some help, PLEASE over at Jamie Prices blog. Jamie needed some help to extract the bytes from an image resource in a Notes database using Java. Being the nice guy I am, the fact that it sounded pretty nerdy (direct hit again) and because I didn't think it would be that difficult I started messing around with it.

Easy? Well no, but I cracked it!

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Jack Dausman: The move to the Eclipse platform a bad thing for the Notes client?

Well this is refreshing - Jack Dausman posts about the possible downside to the change of the Notes UI from the home grown UI framework to the Eclipse platform. While he's worried about the developers and administrators his post got me thinking and I do not think the shift to going to be such a big deal for them. In my view the main impact is going to be on the end-users since they're the ones actually seeing the new client. The Domino Designer and Domino Administrator is not going to change in the same timeframe - at least that's what I gather from Ed Brill in the recent Taking Notes podcast.

My view is that the impact on developers and administrators by the move to the Eclipse platform with the Hannover client is going to come from having to develop and manage these new composite, cross-cutting, applications possible with the Hannover client. This is going to make Single-Sign-On and common and managable backends increasingly important. Off cause new development tools and strategies are going to emerge but my guess is that the majority of Notes developers and administrators wont see the big difference for quite a long time.

Compacting from the Notes client

Honestly - who knew that the compact you do via the "Database preference" dialog from the Notes client doesn't change or upgrade the ODS (On Disk Structure)? (e.g. from ODS41 to ODS43)

Not a big thing - I just never thought about it.

Show 'n Tell Thursday: Loving DNS blacklists (16 Mar 2006)

In this installment of Show n' Tell Thursday I'm going to show how to use DNS blacklists on the Domino server to decrease the amount of SPAM you receive. I just did this at a customer the day before yesterday and they have descreased the the amount of SPAM they receive by 75% by simply using blacklists. There are no reports of false-positives yet.

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Natives of a new Dawn

Need a mood-fix? Check out the song Good Day by Natives of a new Dawn. You can listen to the song directly from their website.

Support independent music!! :-)

Domino 7 too complex for IBM to support on Linux?

While perusing the supported Linux distributions for Domino 7.0.1 I found the number to be in stark contrast to the number of distributions supported for DB2 UDB. According to the technote Domino 7.0.1 is only supported on 3 distributions while DB2 UDB is supported on 15 distributions! (To be fair DB2 UDB is only "recommended and validated" on 5 of the 15 distributions but still...)

Why the difference?

From the perspective of smaller installations the support of DB2 UDB on Ubuntu 5.04 is very nice since it together with DB2 UDB Express provides a almost no-cost entry into the world of DB2.

Domino 7 Redpapers available

2 new Domino 7 Redpapers that might be of interest to those not yet having made the move is now available from the IBM Redbooks website:

The first one is showing concrete examples of how the ITSO application was enhanced using the Domino/DB2 integration and webservices. The latter has a section for those still on Domino 5 who are looking into going directly to Domino 7.

Re: CD to MIME Conversion Error: "CVS: Failure"

Problem solved - sort of... Downgrading the server from Domino 7.0.1 to Domino 7.0 has solved the issue we were having with CD to MIME conversion.

Now I have to decide whether to report this to Lotus Support. The problem is that the server is a production server and the customer can't really afford us playing around with the server.

CD to MIME Conversion Error: "CVS: Failure"

After upgrading a customer server from 6.5.4 to 7.0.1 I am having major issues with CD to MIME conversion in e-mails sent via LotusScript (normal e-mail sending is OK):

14-03-2006 13:44:55   Begin CD to MIME Conversion(Process: Router (000008CC:0000000D), Database: E:\DominoData\mail.box, Note: 00305AEE)
14-03-2006 13:44:55   CD to MIME error (Process: Router (000008CC:0000000D), Database: E:\DominoData\mail.box, Note: 00305AEE): CVS: Failure
14-03-2006 13:44:55   End CD to MIME Conversion(Process: Router (000008CC:0000000D), Database: E:\DominoData\mail.box, Note: 00305AEE)
14-03-2006 13:44:55   Router: No messages transferred to 192.2.4.9 (host 192.2.4.9) via SMTP
I tried enabling debugging for the conversion process using some notes.ini settings (CONVERTER_LOG_LEVEL=40, DebugMIMEConversion=1) but they doesn't provide anything useful.

Anyone with ideas? I'm currently downloading Domino 7.0 to see if downgrading will help.

GONE SKIING - SEE YA!

Show 'n Tell Thursday: Migrating Outlook Express e-mail to Lotus Notes (2 Mar 2006)

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Migrating e-mails from Outlook Express to Lotus Notes is easy using the nupgrade.exe tool (supplied with the Lotus Notes client install) if you know how and know the gottchas! Knowing the secret command line option in Notes 6.5.x will surely help... :-)

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Lotus Domino – the killer API for DB2? Why I think the DB2/Domino integration makes total sense

Recently I have been working on a call statistics Notes application for a customer. Parts of the data from the application is really relational in nature and the data really belongs in a relational database. Additionally the application have some real-time reporting requirements which would be really easy to satisfy using some SQL statements as source to some Pivot tables in Microsoft Excel but very hard to satisfy using traditional Notes techniques.

As part of the decision process of having to decide whether to keep the data in Notes or to reach out and incorporate a relational database I have really come to understand why the Domino/DB2 integration makes total sense. In my view also for the smaller Domino customers out there.

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