| Recent Blog Posts
SANs and VMs still need help|
Tue, Jun 16th 2015 2:18a Adam Osborne
Don't ignore fragmentation on your VMs and SANs, things still get very messy and at the end of the day the poor old operating system knows no better and it all slows down. Let Defrag.NSF rescue your Domino Server and Backups from I/O bankruptcy. Here is example of one site that recently took back control.
The race to the bottom accelerates|
Thu, May 28th 2015 7:35p Adam Osborne
Check it out.. and on top of that we have ex-customers telling us that Microsoft have 'paid' for their migration. What next ?... negative interest rates... oh wait.....
Friday flash back - Do you have Message Tracking enabled?|
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 8:03p Adam Osborne
From November 2012.. Do you have Message Tracking enabled? If you do then you should know the Mail Tracking Store database must have a Full Text Index in order for Message Tracking to work properly, the mtstore.nsf database is indexed only by the MTC task and just as we saw with the Updater in the last blog this indexing process creates extensive fragmentation over time. Have you ever checked the size of the Full Text Index (mtstore.ft) associated with this database? Take a minute or two to
It's been 2 years since Notes 9, so what's next for the Notes Client ?|
Thu, Mar 19th 2015 6:15p Adam Osborne
From ConnectED all I can see is focus on the Basic Client... not much else... Let me know your thoughts ?
Something completely different - Little Wing|
Mon, Mar 9th 2015 1:12p Adam Osborne
Here is a recording of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" by my brother Grant. He's playing a Martin OM21 Special sitting on his lounge with a Apogee MiC 96k connected to a Macbook Pro. It is a single take. I hope you like it. Little Wing
Part 2 - How to set up Database Maintenance Tool Optimisation in 3 steps. The Results|
Thu, Feb 26th 2015 4:37a Adam Osborne
As promised here we are checking back after our schedule has run to look at the results of our 3 step DBMT Optimisation setup which we stepped through in our previous post here: http://ab1osborne.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/how-to-set-up-database-maintenance-tool.html The DBMT stats show it kicked off at our scheduled time, only 10 databases had more than 10% freespace and therefore only these required compacting according to the settings we chose on the control panel - this is a massive 92% savin
How to set up Database Maintenance Tool (DBMT) Optimisation 1-2-3|
Tue, Feb 24th 2015 12:17a Adam Osborne
Follow these 3 steps below (or just 2 if you already have Defrag.NSF) and you will have: Server I/O = Less Compacting = Less DBIID Changes = Less Fragmentation = Less Backup requirements = Less Backup times = Less Server restart time when TXN Log or Consistency Checking required = Less View Rebuild times = Less To-Do List items for the Administrator = Less Interested? Read On..... Step 1. Install Defrag.NSF - it's a Notes database, easy as pie! (If you already have Defrag.NSF go directly to
The Missing DBMT Control Panel|
Sun, Feb 22nd 2015 11:47p Adam Osborne
You'll find it in Defrag.NSF. Simple, easy to use and super efficient. See more at How to make DBMT 50%+ more efficient and DBMT compact optimization in action.
What's the latest on SSL on Domino 9.01 ?|
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 6:47p Adam Osborne
Hi All, Can anyone from ConnectED provide an update on SSL and Domino and point me to the 'latest and greatest' way to implement it ? It's been a moving target and I'm sort of lost with what the best approach is (please don't tell me to move to Exchange.. not happening) Thanks
I wonder why IBM will not allow people to journal mail to their OWN email archiving solutions from their cloud ?|
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 5:19p Adam Osborne
We've asked for this feature multiple times and been told no, yet other Venders like Microsoft do. Surely customers should have a choice. If you're shopping for a cloud solution make sure you asked the question, 'Can I journal email to my OWN archiving solution' ? It is YOUR data ...isn't it ? You should be allowed to have a copy of it.
OWA 2013 vs iNotes 9 - two products, one clear winner|
Thu, Dec 18th 2014 4:48p Adam Osborne
iNotes 9 runs absolute rings around OWA 2013. It amazes me how limited it is. I feel very sorry for those that get downgraded to it. Just email is so 1990's...
Enabling DAOS, LZ1 and Document Compression in two clicks - The Details|
Thu, Dec 11th 2014 9:45p Adam Osborne
As outlined in my previous post, we've added a super time saving way to make sure databases are DAOS enabled. Here are the details: In this example we'll target a couple of databases that make decent candidates for DAOS participation, like most Document Libraries these are full of attachments, so these types of databases make great "low hanging fruit" for DAOS. We can see these database are currently not enabled for DAOS participation. Tick a box on Defrag.NSF's "Advanced" tab, enter
Enabling DAOS, LZ1 and Document Compression in two clicks - it has never been easier - Part 1|
Thu, Dec 11th 2014 4:25p Adam Osborne
We've just added this new feature to Defrag.NSF: See and forget. Perfect..
DBMT optimisation in the Real world - fantastic savings ! |
Mon, Dec 1st 2014 9:05p Adam Osborne
With Defrag.NSF's DBMT optimisation set at 10% we see a reduction in compact activity of 76%. That's 76% less maintenance work for your servers. Less I/O, less transaction log changes, less full backups, the list goes on... Defrag.NSF more than just a defrag tool !!!
Almost One Million.......Almost!|
Thu, Nov 27th 2014 11:25p Adam Osborne
On several occasions now we have had Domino and SAN storage users come to us for help with their system (NTFS and Domino) basically crippled with fragmentation, after being told "they did not need to defrag because they were using SAN storage". WRONG! Here's a screen-shot taken from one such customer, almost 1 Million fragments! Do you really think Windows, Domino and Backups were performing well, or even aware of the super expensive, high powered back-end SAN storage? NO! Repeat after
60+ Gig - No Sweat!|
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 8:45p Adam Osborne
Yesterday's Blog title didn't get picked up by Planet Lotus... so I've reposted it for anyone that maybe interested: http://ab1osborne.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/recently-we-were-contacted-by-customer.html
Sun, Nov 23rd 2014 11:05p Adam Osborne
Recently we were contacted by a customer who had been using Defrag.NSF on their servers but had stopped some time ago and realised things were starting to go downhill. This ended up being a great test case/exercise and we managed to get some very telling screenshots off the server, clearly showing the deterioration and subsequent improvement once we got things back on track. It turned out about a year had passed since the last Health Check had been run and things had definitely gotten worse, f
Save administration time and money - It's a case of getting what you pay for!|
Wed, Nov 19th 2014 10:45a Adam Osborne
Despite it's name Defrag.NSF is actually a super efficient and time-saving database maintenance "Control Centre", that does a heck of a lot more than defragging. It's integrated with the Domino Admin client, offers centralised scheduling and automation for DBMT, Compacting, Fixups, Health Reports, DAOS enablement (Watch this space for a demo of this great feature) and all fully integrated of course with our revolutionary, purpose built for Domino, defragging engine. Obviously with this ki
DLP for Traveler - stop sensitive data leaking through Traveler|
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 5:46p Adam Osborne
In a world where BYOD strategies are becoming more and more relevant, Preemptive’s DLP for Traveler provides an integrated solution for organisations to ensure valuable email data and attachments are not exposed to remote devices that cannot be secured by the organisation. DLP for Traveler inspects email destined for the mobile device for keywords and sensitivity markings in the subject line, and tells Traveler to block the content as appropriate. All the information on DLP for Traveler can
If you're going to do it, Save money and Switch to Exchange, don't migrate!|
Thu, Nov 6th 2014 5:06p Adam Osborne
Globally more and more customers are moving from Domino to Exchange or some other cloud based solution. The migration process typically comes at a significant cost, and requires the purchase of expensive migration tools that are then just 'thrown away' .There's a better way. A decade ago Preemptive Consulting developed an Email Archiving Vault that can store ALL email moving within an organisation. It provides full auditing capabilities and allows end users to retrieve their own email. The V
Do you have more then 7,792,058 fragments on your data volume?|
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 8:05p Adam Osborne
A few years back we ran a 'Most Fragmented' competition and found a Domino Server that had 7,792,058 fragments on it's data volume !!! Can you imagine what that was doing to performance and backup times ? Anyway, we'd like to do it again and see if there's anyone else out there we can help get their Server into shape. Here's what we'd love you to try: - Download a copy of a free Defrag Analyse product from here - Install it and run a Health Check as per the included instructions.
Does it really make sense to defrag Domino data on a SAN or in a VM ?|
Thu, Oct 30th 2014 3:28p Adam Osborne
We hear this a lot, "My ESX admins say we don't need to defrag Domino because it is running on a virtual platform", or even this chestnut, "Our storage is SAN based and our SAN admins are saying we don't need to defrag Domino". So does it really make sense to defrag Domino in these circumstances? Takes deep breath!....... Yes it does make sense to defrag your virtualized Domino servers running in a VMWare environment (or SAN connected) and we have many Defrag.NSF customers running their D
Flashback Friday -> How to use the Cluster Analysis tool to run a Cluster Analysis and spot problems |
Thu, Oct 9th 2014 11:25p Adam Osborne
From Thursday, August 9, 2012 - > How to - Use the Cluster Analysis tool to run a Cluster Analysis and spot problems
Who out there is using DBMT ?|
Thu, Oct 9th 2014 11:05p Adam Osborne
The latest build of Defrag.NSF includes a new feature that can dramatically cut down the amount of work DBMT does, you can read all about it here and here. When working on this feature we did wonder one thing, Who out there is using DBMT ? Please take a moment to answer our poll on the right. We will share the answers when they come in.
DBMT compact optimization in action.|
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 12:45a Adam Osborne
Here is a video showing the new DBMT compact optimization in action. Let us know if you've got any questions. We hope you like it.
How to make DBMT 50%+ more efficient|
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 12:05a Adam Osborne
DBMT is a wonderful new feature in Domino 9, but it has a nasty habit of doing more work than it needs to. Our tests show that it can spend a considerable amount of time compacting databases that just DON'T need to be compacted. Even if there is no space to recover in a given database DBMT will still compact it according to the -compactNdays setting. In production this could equate to a huge number of databases and possibly hours of processing. Why do all the work of manufacturing new "copie
Flashback Friday: Compact -c and fragmentation|
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 10:45p Adam Osborne
Each Friday we going to present some of our older blog postings that covers a topic that we still get questions on. In this week's flashback we are going to look at compact -c and how it fragments databases. Remember that under the covers DBMT does a compact -c Enjoy http://www.preemptive.com.au/files/NewCompact.html
Anyone know what happened to Project Hawthorn ?|
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 12:05a Adam Osborne
I've been looking but haven't heard Boo about this for months ? Is it dead ? Does anyone know ?
IBM brings in the wrong Ed !!|
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 9:05p Adam Osborne
I thought we wanted Ed Brill back not Connect - Ed !!!
No Auslug this year - from one of the Best to a non-event in three years.|
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 9:05p Adam Osborne
It was rather sad to hear today that there will be no Auslug this year. I'm not sure why but my best guess is the ecosystem that was IBM Lotus in Australia is now so ill that a free event just can't be supported. I've written about this previously. As previously mentioned, the people that try to organise these events do an amazing job but it all comes at a cost. They need vendor support and vendors need customer who are willing to buy stuff. The committee is trying to put together an even
Busting a DBMT pre-allocation Myth|
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 9:05p Adam Osborne
Some say you no longer need to worry about fragmenation now DBMT has a new pre-allocation feature - sorry that's not the case. Let me explain: DBMT uses copy style compacts when it's reorganizing a target database. We've written numerous times about how copy style compacts have a nasty fragmentation side-effect. See here and here and here. IBM must of been listening to us because they attempted to address this with new pre-allocation functionality in Domino 9.0.1. The concept is that DBMT