| Recent Blog Posts
SANs - They aren't magic|
Thu, Nov 26th 2015 11:58p Adam Osborne
Wes Morgan from IBM summed it up perfectly in his "Wrestling The Snake - Performance Tuning 101" Lotusphere Presentation from 2012. Last week one of our customer's asked if we could suspend overnight processing in The Preemptive Email Vault because their SAN was overloaded. On inspection of the issue we could see that over 50% of the I/O was due to file fragmentation. Luckily the answer is simple.
Big savings on backup times|
Thu, Nov 26th 2015 5:12a Adam Osborne
Sometimes the best way to see the benefits of a change is to visualize it. Below is a chart showing the difference in backup times of a large mail file before and after it has been defragged. Look at the disk queue length and the overall backup duration. There is a significant difference. For a solution to this problem check out Defrag.NSF
Found OS/2 Warp 4 and booted it up|
Mon, Nov 23rd 2015 5:29p Adam Osborne
The clean up continues... found an old OS/2 Warp 4 disk. IBM did amazing things on very limited hardware. and Word Pro loads in like 0.002 seconds Hard to believe they did all this and zero came from it.
The things you find while cleaning - OS/2 Warp mouse mat|
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 12:43a Adam Osborne
Back when IBM tried to engage with home users, small businesses and consumers...memories.... More to come...
The IBM Global Solutions Directory |
Wed, Nov 18th 2015 2:11p Adam Osborne
Did you know about the IBM Global Solutions Directory – it is chock full of great solutions from IBM business partners. Check it out. You might even spot some of ours in there! ;)
Are you paying the Windows I/O Tax?|
Thu, Oct 22nd 2015 9:10p Adam Osborne
Reading a recent article from Brian Morin of Condusiv Technologies, we noted a couple of great points we can relate to: "Typically, as soon as we mention "fragmentation" and "SAN" in the same sentence, an 800 pound gorilla walks into the room and we’re met with some resistance as there is an assumption that RAID controllers and technologies within the SAN mitigate the problem of fragmentation at the physical layer...... As much as SAN technologies do a good job of managing blocks at the
I wonder if IBM will update DAOS now SHA-1 has had a collission ?|
Thu, Oct 15th 2015 10:44p Adam Osborne
I can imagine a scenario where you could give Domino a SHA1 generated file and it'll give you the real file... could be a problem.. could be a huge problem. https://sites.google.com/site/itstheshappening/
It’s just NOT ok to treat on-premises customers as second class citizens.|
Mon, Oct 12th 2015 9:40p Adam Osborne
Lots of vendors are doing it. They use maintenance subscriptions to pay for the development of the cloud solution. Meanwhile the poor old on-premises customer sits back and hopes that something trickles down from the cloud that is useful. It’s like putting gas in someone else’s car. A free ride while ever you can get away with it. Time to ask for a discount. Cloud first is fine, just make sure cloud subscriptions pay for it.
Domino Fragmentation Analyser - FAQ|
Fri, Sep 4th 2015 2:01a Adam Osborne
What is the Domino Fragmentation Analyzer (DFA) ? A new Free and easy to use tool that runs in a Command Prompt and will quickly analyse Domino and produce a comprehensive report of fragmented nsf files. The DFA concentrates only on analyzing nsf files and will highlight the total number of nsf files fragmented, how many fragments each of those files are in, the most fragmented nsf file and also freespace info for the drive hosting the Domino Data directory, including freespace fragments and the
Domino Fragmentation Analyzer's first major find - 13,954,029 Fragments on a single server|
Wed, Sep 2nd 2015 9:29p Adam Osborne
We just got the following report in from a server (9.0.1 FP 3) with 2000 users on it. Lots of data, and long backup times. It's a mess, with nearly 14 million fragments (one NSF file has over 173 thousand). The good news is, here we have an opportunity to improve performance in a huge way! They didn't know... and now they do.. check to see what DFA might be able to tell you!
New free tool - Domino Fragmentation Analyzer|
Tue, Sep 1st 2015 8:19p Adam Osborne
Domino Fragmentation Analyzer A new Free and easy to use tool that runs in a Command Prompt and will quickly analyse Domino and produce a comprehensive report of fragmented nsf files. The DFA concentrates only on analyzing nsf files and will highlight the total number of nsf files fragmented, how many fragments each of those files are in, the most fragmented nsf file and also freespace info for the drive hosting the Domino Data directory, including freespace fragments and the size of the larges
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 !!!