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DBMT compact optimization in action.
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 143
How to make DBMT 50%+ more efficient
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 165
Flashback Friday: Compact -c and fragmentation
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 146
Anyone know what happened to Project Hawthorn ?
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 441
IBM brings in the wrong Ed !!
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 395
No Auslug this year - from one of the Best to a non-event in three years.
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 225
Busting a DBMT pre-allocation Myth
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 243
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4 years ago we posted this graphic of Domino vs Exchange, true then, true today !!
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 573
The ID Vault may not be doing what you think it is !
Fri, May 27th 2011 525
Anyone know what happened to Project Hawthorn ?
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 441
IBM brings in the wrong Ed !!
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 395
Has anyone else noticed the information vacuum on Notes and Domino created by Ed's departure a year ago ?
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 364
Was project hawthorn discussed in the OGS today at Connect ?
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 341
New Business Partner BlazinglyObvious to release xPages Connections clone.
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 315
We made it into Connect 2014 and didn't even know !
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 260
The smart way to use DBMT
Wed, Jul 31st 2013 259
Does anyone know how to decrease the delay before inviewedit fires ?
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 253


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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. [read] Keywords:
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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 [read] Keywords: domino ibm database server
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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 [read] Keywords:
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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 ? [read] Keywords:
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IBM brings in the wrong Ed !!
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 9:05p   Adam Osborne
I thought we wanted Ed Brill back not Connect - Ed !!! [read] Keywords: ibm
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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 [read] Keywords: ibm inotes lotus
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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 [read] Keywords: domino ibm database




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New Business Partner BlazinglyObvious to release xPages Connections clone.
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 7:05p   Adam Osborne
New business partner "BlazinglyObvious", located in McMurdo Antarctica has decided to release Domino xPages applications that are functionally identical to IBM's Connections product. During the product announcement their CEO, Captain Obvious said "We've spoken to numerous Connections customers and they've told us that they're having trouble installing the product. Apparently the process of downloading 10's of GBs of files, patches and cumulative updates for multiple disparate products, [read] Keywords: admin connections domino ibm notes xpages application applications server
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4 years ago we posted this graphic of Domino vs Exchange, true then, true today !!
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 4:02p   Adam Osborne
Rather than Lotus knows, maybe it should be 'We all know' ! [read] Keywords: domino lotus exchange exchange
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Does anyone know how to decrease the delay before inviewedit fires ?
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 6:23p   Adam Osborne
This is in the Notes Standard client... I've looked and look... starting to pull my hair out... please help. [read] Keywords: notes
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We made it into Connect 2014 and didn't even know !
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 6:02p   Adam Osborne
I've been reviewing different bits and pieces from Connect and noticed that in John Paganetti's excellent presentation "ID104 - Best Practices for Upgrading IBM Notes and Domino 9.x" our work got a mention on page 42. I'm really proud of the work we've done in this area and it's great to have IBM recognized our efforts and research in this space. Thanks again John. [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes
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What's the difference between Project Vulcan and IBM Mail next ?
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 9:02p   Adam Osborne
Can anyone at Connect let us know ? Remember this: ORLANDO, FL LOTUSPHERE - 18 Jan 2010: Today IBM (NYSE: IBM) unveiled IBM Project Vulcan, a blueprint for the future of collaboration. Building on a company's existing investments, IBM Project Vulcan enables breakthrough approaches to reduce personal information overload and improve business agility, empowering people to drive better business results. IBM Project Vulcan is designed to exploit the convergence of: Cloud and on-premise syst [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotusphere applications mobile
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Was project hawthorn discussed in the OGS today at Connect ?
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 6:02p   Adam Osborne
I haven't seen anything on it yet, but did IBM talk about it ? Can anyone at Connect let us know ? BTW I bet the most heavily attended sessions at Connect are focused on Domino and Notes... where is the love !!! [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes
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Has anyone else noticed the information vacuum on Notes and Domino created by Ed's departure a year ago ?
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 3:02p   Adam Osborne
I think it goes to show what a fantastic job Ed did in 'keeping the dream' alive, because it sure has been a very very quite 6 months. Connect is next week, maybe IBM will ship Hawthorne. It would of made a difference last year and surely stopped numerous Domino downgrades. Last year I witnessed the attempted extermination of over 400 Domino servers - strangely most of those customers are still in a world of pain, all had massive budget blowouts, all continued on their jihad irrespectively. Y [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes outlook
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IBM Santa, may we please have Project Hawthorn for Christmas ?
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 4:02p   Adam Osborne
Zero news on this potentially game changing feature since it was announce three months back. I really hope IBM ships it at Connect-o-sphere. This year we've seem more customers move over to Exchange. Many have been trying for 2+ years. Four of the bigger sites have become complete train wrecks, typical of this type of de-collaboration project. I've never actually seen one workout as per the script. If Hawthorn was available I believe it would of been near impossible for the Exchange jihadist [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm exchange exchange
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Why would IBM choose to kill off the Web Admin Client rather than fix it ?
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 7:02p   Adam Osborne
I've been doing a lot of work in Exchange 2013 lately and Microsoft have made it pretty clear that the web is the future. Now the Domino Web Admin client is a bit clunky, but seriously it is very functional and light years ahead of its time (when it was first released). So, rather than fix a security issue in it, IBM has chosen to kill it off. I find that at complete odds with what I'd like them to do. Anyone got a clue as to why they chose this way forward ? [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm exchange exchange microsoft security
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Fragmentation is affecting my Domino server performance?.......I just don't see it!
Thu, Sep 26th 2013 5:22p   Adam Osborne
Really? If something IS broken then it really does need to be fixed, especially when the affected items are at the very core of everything else that needs to be done, like I/O on Domino. Sometimes the tricky part is recognising when something is broken and can be improved significantly and this can be a real problem with Domino because it's so resilient it can be very broken and keep plugging along although at a much reduced potential. The good news is we have released a new FREE Defrag Healt [read] Keywords: domino integration server
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DBMT - It's how it shatters that matters
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 12:42a   Adam Osborne
DBMT is a fantastic feature included with Domino 9 and you should be running it! DBMT replaces the need to run Compact and Updall, it enables the ability to schedule multi-threaded maintenance such as Compact, Updall and Full Text Index over a configured time window. The DBMT tool does all of the following: - Runs copy-style compact operations - Purges deletion stubs - Expires soft deleted entries - Updates views - Reorganizes folders - Merges full-text indexes - U [read] Keywords: domino ibm updall interface server
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The LUG Conundrum
Wed, Aug 28th 2013 11:22p   Adam Osborne
First up, to everyone, and I mean everyone who does anything for a LUG I thank you. So much of what we do today would be dead in the water without your support for the past 5-10 years. The Domino Ecosystem is very sick - we all know the reasons. Probably the easiest way to raise cash would be to charge a minimal fee to attend - but that may not fly. Recently I put forward an idea to my local LUG offering to donate a % of product sales if they extended offers to their LUG members. I did it a [read] Keywords: domino ibm
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TGIF - DOWN-UNDERcision 2013 - America this is how you do an election
Thu, Aug 15th 2013 8:02p   Adam Osborne
Too funny, but all completely true Try either link depending on where you are in the world. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-august-12-2013/down-undercision-2013---that-s-not-a-campaign---this--is-a-campaign http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5W6C8O729ZE [read] Keywords:
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How to prevent the deletion of important groups
Tue, Aug 13th 2013 12:42a   Adam Osborne
We almost missed this one. In Domino 9 you can edit the Directory Profile to protect against accidental deletion of important groups. Customizing the Directory Profile: Open the Profile Document. People and Groups -> People -> Actions -> Edit Directory Profile. Enter the names of groups that you want to prevent from accidental deletion in the Administrator client user interface or by AdminP. The list of protected groups defaults to LocalDomainAdmins, LocalDomainServers, and OtherDom [read] Keywords: adminp domino notes interface java profile
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Handle with no care... amazing
Wed, Aug 7th 2013 6:02p   Adam Osborne
Now I know why the stuff I get from China is sometimes a bit banged up [read] Keywords: application blogger
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The smart way to use DBMT
Wed, Jul 31st 2013 12:42a   Adam Osborne
We've just released Defrag.NSF 3.00 so here is a tip on getting started with the Defrag/DBMT integration feature. 1. Edit the notes.ini on the server and do the following: - Remove Updall from the ServerTasksAt2 parameter. (When you run this tool, you no longer need to run updall; do not run them both). - Add the parameter MailFileDisableCompactAbort=1 (This parameter prevents the router from interrupting the compact operations by delivering mail; delivery restarts after the compact operatio [read] Keywords: domino notes updall consulting database integration server
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Guided Tour of Defrag.NSF 3.00 Features - Part 6
Fri, Jul 26th 2013 12:02a   Adam Osborne
In this installment we will take a look at more of the Technical Settings and integrated scheduling options available. Technical Settings (Advanced) On the “Advanced Settings” tab you can nominate a “Master Server” for your environment, this provides a distribution method for updating your Defrag.NSF licensing when you have Defrag.NSF deployed to a number of servers. Using the drop arrow you can point to the other servers running Defrag.NSF listed in the Domino Directory. Once the new [read] Keywords: domino best practice database integration interface server
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Guided Tour of Defrag.NSF 3.00 Features - Part 5
Sun, Jul 21st 2013 11:42p   Adam Osborne
Continuing with the Technical Settings options we look at the ability to schedule compacts and the various selection methods. Run Compact before scheduled defrag with option With this option enabled Defrag.NSF will run the Compact server task with the configured Compact switch on each processed database prior to the actual defragmentation of the database. This is a handy option and can be used instead of a Program Document to run weekly scheduled Compact maintenance automatically followed by a [read] Keywords: domino database server
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Guided Tour of Defrag.NSF 3.00 Features - Part 4
Fri, Jul 12th 2013 5:42a   Adam Osborne
Let's have a look at the Technical Setting and the many configuration options available there. The Technical Settings document provides the administrator with central access to most of the configuration and schedule settings available in Defrag.NSF. Record before and after performance statistics Enable the logging of performance statistics on the Technical Settings document. The Performance Reports feature makes it very easy for Domino administrators to see and document the increased performa [read] Keywords: domino server
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Guided Tour of Defrag.NSF 3.00 Features - Part 3
Tue, Jul 9th 2013 11:22p   Adam Osborne
For this part of the Guided Tour we will look at the different maintenance options for an individual database. Configuring individual database maintenance options. In any of the views you can double-click on a database document to access the Database Details, basic information about the database and also configure specific maintenance options for the database. This makes it very easy for the Domino admin to integrate the traditional Domino maintenance tasks with the scheduled defrag maintenance [read] Keywords: admin domino database server
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Everything you needed to know - part 2
Fri, Jun 28th 2013 12:43a   Adam Osborne
Here's Part 2 of the Guided Tour series, looking at the Maintenance buttons. We continue to highlight how Defrag.NSF now provides the ultimate "set and forget" scenario with all the maintenance such as the DBMT, Updall, Compact, Fixup and Defragging integrated into one efficient and streamlined solution, saving your company valuable time and money. Each view has the following buttons available to perform defrag maintenance related tasks, they include an Action, Recatalog Databases and Perfo [read] Keywords: updall database server
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DBMT Integration in (less than)1000 words
Wed, Jun 26th 2013 12:22a   Adam Osborne
They say a picture is worth a Thousand words..... so here's Two (plus a few words). To show how our Defrag.NSF/DBMT integration works we decided to target a single mail file database so the seamless maintenance automation could be captured in a single Domino console screenshot. On Defrag.NSF's "DBMT Schedule" panel we target a single database (normally it would run maintenance over the entire Data or Mail directory). We targeted a mail file called Photos.nsf in the Path field of the cont [read] Keywords: domino updall consulting database integration
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Guided Tour of Defrag.NSF 3.00 Features - Part 1
Mon, Jun 24th 2013 9:45p   Adam Osborne
In this "Guided Tour" series of blog posts we will take a feature-by-feature, in-depth look at all the cool options available in the new Defrag.NSF 3.00. We will uncover the great new features and configuration options we have been working on. As we revealed in our previous Blog post Defrag.NSF is now optimised for integration with the DBMT in Domino 9, including a dedicated DBMT panel. Any Domino Administrator wanting to maximise server performance, greatly simplify and optimise database main [read] Keywords: admin domino consulting database integration server
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We've added a UI to the DBMT
Thu, Jun 20th 2013 8:22p   Adam Osborne
There is a new tab (DBMT Schedule) in Defrag.NSF so you can now schedule and configure the DBMT with a simple to use UI. No trial and error of command line settings. The steps to deploy are simple: - Disable any compact, updall and DBMT program documents you have. - If DBMT is running tell it to quit. - Get Defrag.NSF Version 3 from here, and install as per the instructions. - Go to the DBMT Schedule tab. - Set your schedule and then let the DBMT and Defrag.NSF do the rest. I hope you enj [read] Keywords: updall
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Defrag.NSF V3 now with full DBMT integration !!!
Wed, Jun 19th 2013 9:43p   Adam Osborne
We've been working on this release for a while now and it is now time to talk about the great new features we're sure Domino Administrators are going to love. If you like DBMT you are going to love this - DBMT integration in Defrag.NSF. Most Domino Administrators love the benefits DBMT brings to Domino 9. Multi-threaded compact, built in UPDALL, automatic shutdown when it's time limit is up. All great stuff. But we have also blogged about two things we don't like about DBMT. The first is t [read] Keywords: domino updall database integration interface
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How to stop sensitive data leaking through Traveler !
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 7:45a   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 [read] Keywords: traveler email mobile
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Announcing DLP for Traveler
Thu, May 30th 2013 8:03p   Adam Osborne
Prevent the transfer of sensitive email content and attachments to any iOS or Android supported device. 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, and tell Travele [read] Keywords: traveler email mobile security
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DBMT has a nasty little side-effect
Wed, May 29th 2013 10:28p   Adam Osborne
A lot of been written about the benefits of DBMT - some have even said that it alone is a reason to upgrade to Domino 9. Everybody agrees that it is a nice addition to Domino. It does however have a nasty little side-effect that comes from running the tool, and that is file fragmentation. In fact the DBMT has the ability to fragment NSF files very very quickly and severely. To check the effects we took a small test server we have and plotted fragmentation between invocations of the DBMT. Her [read] Keywords: domino server
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Make sure you get the most out of your Notes 9 client upgrade from the start (part 2)
Fri, Apr 12th 2013 12:52a   Adam Osborne
In our previous post on the subject we highlighted the fragmentation introduced during our client upgrade and how Defrag.NSF for Notes removed that fragmentation automatically when we started the Notes Client. http://ab1osborne.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/make-sure-you-get-most-out-of-your.html As a result of that post we received some questions, here are some topics/questions that people were interested in knowing more about. Q. So what does "Defrag.NSF for Notes" do? A. Defrag.NSF for Notes de [read] Keywords: domino notes notes client application laptop server
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Warning - There is no basic Widget support in iNotes 9
Thu, Apr 4th 2013 4:49p   Adam Osborne
This one caught us by surprise - the bottom line is the 8.X technique for adding a Widget to the iNotes Mail outline no longer works. It is summed up by this line in Technote 1627817 "In iNotes 9.0, the Widgets folder in the Mail outline is no longer supported. The documentation surrounding this feature remains in the iNotes 9.0 documentation but does not apply to iNotes 9.0." Go ahead, read it again ... Instead of using the old technique of a single XML file, you need to follow the proced [read] Keywords: inotes widget widgets xml
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Make sure you get the most out of your Notes 9 client upgrade right from the start
Thu, Apr 4th 2013 4:28p   Adam Osborne
If you're installing or just installed Notes 9 you might want to consider a Defrag to defragment any new fragmented files. Below is an example of what happened on one of our clients when we recently upgraded from Notes 8.5.3 to Notes 9. Prior to installation the Notes Program and Data directories were completely defrag via the Defrag.NSF for Notes Client which is fully automated to maintain the client's files. After the install we see the following in Defrag.NSF for Notes log file: [2013-0 [read] Keywords: lotus notes notes client consulting
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Here is my AusLUG Lotus Protector Presentation
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 5:22p   Adam Osborne
Delivered with Gary Wickham of IBM Australia. Let me know if there are any questions. Cheers Aus lug lotus protector from aosborne [read] Keywords: ibm lotus protector
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Adding a World clock to iNotes for your traveling users
Thu, Feb 28th 2013 11:25a   Adam Osborne
Here's how to configure a handy World Clock widget for inotes. You can allow users to create their own widgets but here we are just setting a widget that will be available to all inotes users on a particular server and cannot be removed by the users. First if you haven't already done so, you would need to enable widgets in inotes by checking the following mail policy setting on the Lotus iNotes -> Configuration tab of a Mail policy settings document: Now the "Widgets" folder wil [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes lotus apple desktop server widget widgets xml
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Ed's book "Opting in" is a great read
Fri, Feb 1st 2013 7:45p   Adam Osborne
I've had a number of delayed flights over the last two days and that has allowed me to finish Ed's book Opting in. It is a great read. You can get it from here http://www.amazon.com/Opting-In-Lessons-Business-Fortune/dp/0133258939 Enjoy. [read] Keywords:
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The ND9 Beta Forum looks fantastic
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 11:06p   Adam Osborne
The forum is located here --> http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/ndsebetaforum.nsf/allDocuments.xsp and it looks great. This is what a modern UI should look like. I wonder if we can get our hands on this sort of template ? [read] Keywords: ldd lotus blogger
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ND9 - First Impression, lose the Emo colour scheme.
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 4:25p   Adam Osborne
There is so much to like in the ND9 Beta, but seriously what is with the black and white IBM Social Theme ! I love colour. Luckily you can change the scheme back via Preferences, Windows and Themes. Once colour is reintroduced, everything like much brighter and the layouts are clearer. I realise that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I hope IBM pole other people's options before they make this the new default. [read] Keywords: ibm blogger
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OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won
Wed, Dec 12th 2012 3:23a   Adam Osborne
This is a great read, and if you get a moment take a look at the video on page 3 with David Barnes. Remember this was an age ago. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/27/the_os_wars_os2_25years_old/page4.html [read] Keywords: ibm blogger microsoft
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What actually makes Defrag.NSF different from other Defraggers ?
Tue, Nov 27th 2012 5:42p   Adam Osborne
Often we are asked "What actually makes Defrag.NSF different from the other defragmentation programs out there, or even the Windows defrag utility?" There is actually a big difference between Defrag.NSF and the common Windows defrag program. We have designed the Defrag.NSF defrag engines from the ground up to handle the very unique/specific and demanding range of characteristics found when dealing with fragmentation on a Domino server. Some quick points would include the following (and there [read] Keywords: domino notes blogger database enterprise integration interface server
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A follow up to "Traveler traffic you don't want."
Wed, Nov 21st 2012 3:02a   Adam Osborne
OK we went back to the office and reproduced the strange issue as blogged yesterday. So here's the problem reproduced, you can see the time-stamps showing the sequence of events here. Created a test user and set up Traveler access for this user's iPhone set to "PUSH", everything works well and is fine at this point. Now, added the person to the Deny Access Group. The Person Doc and mail file are still on the server at this stage. In Domlog we now see this, the constant device attemp [read] Keywords: traveler blogger iphone office profile server
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Traveler traffic you don't want.
Mon, Nov 19th 2012 11:42p   Adam Osborne
Is there any easy way to stop an active sync account from hitting your server? Following on from yesterday's post. Here is another situation we spotted. A user has left an Organisation, the Traveler application "Wipe" request was never sync'd successfully due to the sudden departure of the owner of this device and this person still has the Active Synch account on their iPhone pointing to the Traveler server for a company they no longer work for. There is no longer a person document in the [read] Keywords: domino traveler application blogger iphone server
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What are the "Best Practice" steps to take when a Traveler user leaves an organisation?
Sun, Nov 18th 2012 10:02p   Adam Osborne
So when someone with access to Traveler leaves an organisation with very short notice, what are the correct steps to take? Lets's say for example a CIO who is on-the-spot fired or quits and leaves with no warning, for whatever reason. This person used Traveler and has some email on their iPhone that the Organisation prefers they didn't have. Obviously you can add this person to a "Deny Access" group in the Domino Directory ASAP and prevent them from accessing the servers, including Traveler [read] Keywords: domino traveler application best practice blogger email iphone
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Dear IBM Santa, I would like some of these for ND9 and Connections 4
Tue, Nov 13th 2012 11:02p   Adam Osborne
Please stop making it hard for people to learn your stuff. It really would be a nice Christmas present along with those shinny new xPages Apps I asked for. I have been a good boy. [read] Keywords: connections ibm xpages blogger
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The MTStore can be the work of the devil
Mon, Nov 5th 2012 10:02p   Adam Osborne
We discussed FTI's in our last blog post, here's another little FTI surprise we have come across in our travels. 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 siz [read] Keywords: domino blogger database properties server
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This is why you should move your Full Text Indexes
Thu, Nov 1st 2012 10:42p   Adam Osborne
This blog post is a reminder about Full Text Indexes and why you should at the first opportunity just move them out of your Domino server's data directory, if you are running 8.5.3 you can very easily move them to a different drive with the FTBasePath notes.ini setting and then running an Updall -f, to automatically create them on the new location and delete the old ones. The Full Text Indexes have an insidious negative effect on the fragmentation of the freespace and also the other files (your [read] Keywords: domino notes updall blogger database server
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Dear IBM, It's time to connect the disconnected IBM Connections install process.
Tue, Oct 30th 2012 6:22p   Adam Osborne
Frank Altenburg has put together a fantastic slide set showing how to install Connections. It's some 430 pages.. that too many. A customer can build a Domino server from scratch in about 25 button presses ... 15 minutes tops. Without people like Frank, us mere mortals are going to struggle to convince people this is the way of the future. [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm blogger server
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Dear IBM, when you launch Notes.next remember it is all about the Apps!
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 6:22p   Adam Osborne
Time and time and time again we see customers moving from Notes email to something else... but the Apps tend to remain. The Apps are the key to holding on to customers and maintenance revenue. I also think they are the key to new customers. Please IBM, when you release the next version of Notes/Domino include up-to-date xPages versions of all templates. Include anything Sharepoint comes with, and maybe even throw in lite versions of everything that is in Connections..... Anyone else think this [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm notes xpages blogger email sharepoint
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What would you like to see in the next Version of Defrag.NSF ?
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 6:02p   Adam Osborne
We are currently working on the next evolution of Defrag.NSF and we have some great new features in the pipeline, so we wanted to take this opportunity to ask if there were any features or functionality that you would like to see implemented into the product. While we can't promise that every suggestion we receive will make it into Defrag.NSF we will look at each and every one of them to see what we can do to make the product even better. Any input is greatly appreciated. [read] Keywords: blogger
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A good news Notes story - Bureau of Statistics retains Notes in IT transformation
Wed, Sep 26th 2012 12:42a   Adam Osborne
"The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has committed itself to a decades-old IBM Lotus platform as it pushes forward with its seven-year transformation program to 2017." All the details here I really like some of the quotes "We have Notes programming skills in our team. They are very smart and very technologically literate,” he said. “We are a happy Notes camper." "We’d only be trying to make SharePoint do what we can already do with the Notes platform." Well done ABS. [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes blogger sharepoint
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3.9 GB database from 5 fragments to 1 in 7.11 seconds
Wed, Sep 5th 2012 12:22a   Adam Osborne
One of our customer's servers reported the following results when defragging a 3.9GB mail database 2+ man years worth of development went into the defrag engine in Defrag.NSF. We knew it could be fast but this result even stunned us. For more information on Defrag.NSF check out our website [read] Keywords: blogger database development
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How to - save yourself some typing set up custom commands for jconsole
Fri, Aug 24th 2012 4:02a   Adam Osborne
Here's a tip to save typing out lengthy commands or commands you use often. With your servers running under the Domino Controller, open jconsole (Make it a bookmark in your Notes client) Click Edit -> Custom Commands Enter any Commands you regularly use and click Add, then Save. Now whenever you start a jconsole session your saved Custom Commands will be available by clicking the drop-arrow. Select the command you want and click Send. No typing Enjoy. [read] Keywords: domino notes notes client blogger
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Lotusphere ===> IBM Connect
Wed, Aug 22nd 2012 10:22p   Adam Osborne
I noticed this today (others may have covered it already), it appears Lotusphere is now IBM Connect. I like the name, hopefully the rebranding will help shine the light on the great work IBM is doing in the brand formally known as Lotus. There are only a few Lotus branded products left. I think IBM should complete the rebranding job ASAP. [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere blogger
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How to do quick System Drive maintenance for your Domnio Server
Mon, Aug 20th 2012 6:26p   Adam Osborne
How to do quick System (C:) drive maintenance for your Domino server. Everything running on NTFS runs better when the System drive is in top shape, including the Domino Server application. You can perform the following even when Domino is up and running without any noticeable impact on the server or users, due to the unique manner in which Defrag.NSF utilises it's custom built defragging engines. Create a Freespace Report to get an idea of the shape of things. Open the new report and we can [read] Keywords: domino application applications blogger server
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How to add a single button to speed up inbox processing by XXX%
Mon, Aug 13th 2012 4:07a   Adam Osborne
Notes has a fantastic hidden feature called “Remove from folder". As the name suggests, it removes the document from the folder but it is still available in the All Documents view. This is a very simple concept, yet an amazingly quick and powerful way to keep information while striving for an empty inbox. This tip shows you how to create a button on the inbox toolbar to make this action a simple click away. (It uses the 'Do not enter' icon, but you can obviously create your own) - Open [read] Keywords: domino notes blogger server
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How to unscramble a 10GB mail file in 65 Seconds.
Fri, Aug 10th 2012 4:09a   Adam Osborne
We just spotted this while looking through some logs. Some users have big mail files and defragmenting them can be tricky for some products, but not for Defrag.NSF, it does 0 to 10GB in 65 seconds. For more information on Defrag.NSF, checkout our website [read] Keywords: apple blogger
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How to - Use the Cluster Analysis tool to run a Cluster Analysis and spot problems
Thu, Aug 9th 2012 4:10a   Adam Osborne
Sometimes we forget there are some very handy tools right there in the Administrator client, tools that we should use regularly to help spot potential issues and give us a chance to take action before they become real problems. If you have Clustered servers, run the Cluster Analysis Tool. If you've never run it or it's been a long time since you did run it, there's a very good chance you will spot some problems ranging from databases with no replicas (that you want to have replicas of) to r [read] Keywords: acl admin administration apple blogger database server
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How to run the Domino console on any Windows PC - even one without Notes installed.
Tue, Aug 7th 2012 4:10a   Adam Osborne
This tip may be useful to varying degrees, but it does help demonstrate some of the flexibility of jconsole. Once you have Domino running under the Controller you don't even need a Notes install to view the Domino console and send commands from any workstation on the network. To do this you need prepare the following. - Set your servers to run under the Controller as described in the previous tips Blog. - Locate the following files in your Notes Admin client program files directory and co [read] Keywords: admin domino notes notes client apple blogger network password server
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How to set Domino to run under the Controller and leverage the benefits of jconsole
Mon, Aug 6th 2012 5:30a   Adam Osborne
The Domino server Controller is a java based application that (among many other cool things) allows you to start and stop Domino server remotely without being disconnected like you would if using the remote Console from the Administrator Client . Since the Controller runs as a separate java application it doesn't quit when the Domino server does. Your server commands are issued to the Controller and the Controller issues them to Domino to start, restart and stop it. There are a lot of other co [read] Keywords: domino lotus application blogger java server
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How to - Set up monitoring of Archival Transaction log space to email you and prevent a server crash
Fri, Aug 3rd 2012 12:50a   Adam Osborne
If using Archival-Style Transaction Logging and the Transaction Logs are not backed up frequently enough, or if the backup solution fails and does not backup and flag the backed up log extents as free, this can lead to the drive filling up entirely and crashing Domino. We have seen this happen and it's not pleasant, here's a tip to help prevent things from turning that nasty. Set up an Event Generator to monitor for low disk space on your Transaction Log drive and then to send you an email s [read] Keywords: domino blogger database email server
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How to view the entire notes.ini from any of your servers in a few seconds flat without leaving your inbox
Thu, Aug 2nd 2012 12:49a   Adam Osborne
Click the Remote Console button you have handy, right there in your Notes Client toolbar ;) Pick the server required from the drop-down list, select the "Live console" check-box and send the command sh co * The entire notes.ini for the server is shown and organised alphabetically for you! If you don't have a "Remote Console button" then you didn't read this previous blog. http://ab1osborne.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/how-add-domino-console-button-to-your.html [read] Keywords: domino notes notes client blogger server
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Using drag n drop to run offline maintenance - no paths to type !
Mon, Jul 30th 2012 11:10p   Adam Osborne
You can use a drag technique to save you a lot of typing when you wish to run a maintenance task such as Compact offline. In our example below our directory paths are nice and short but "in the wild" we have seen some fairly elaborate Notes and Domino directory pathing and in those instances this tip can just make things lot easier. This trick works for either the Notes Client or for Domino. Our example is the Notes client, so we shut down the client. Open a Command Prompt, then in Windows E [read] Keywords: domino notes notes client R4 blogger database password server
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When is a trade mark, not a trade mark ?
Mon, Jul 30th 2012 7:50p   Adam Osborne
Correct answer - never. Trade marks are valuable assets of a company and they should not be misused. So why do companies trade mark goods ? - It is a way of identifying a unique product - It shows commitment to a product - It helps protect shareholders - It helps protect business partners (they have a lot of skin in this game) - It helps protect the employees - It helps protect the Brand and finally, it needs to be done to keep the trade marks - you can't selectively enforce them. IBM [read] Keywords: ibm blogger
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How Add a Domino Console button to your Notes Toolbar
Mon, Jul 30th 2012 4:10a   Adam Osborne
Here's how to create a very handy Domino Console button in your Notes client Toolbar. Click File, Preferences Expand the Toolbar section and click Customize Click "New" Button Click the "Commands and Functions" Button [read] Keywords: domino notes notes client R4 R6 blogger server
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SNT - Make it easier to spot problems on the Domino console
Thu, Jul 26th 2012 11:50p   Adam Osborne
Here's a quick tip to help easily spot problems at a glance when you view the Domino Console. 1. Open the Monitoring Configuration database events4.nsf (or "Open Configuration" in DDM) Scroll down to "Console Attributes", open the document for the server console you want to customise, Click "Edit" and set it up with different text colours for different level Events. [read] Keywords: domino blogger database server
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Mountain lion's airplay only works on late model Macs
Thu, Jul 26th 2012 6:33p   Adam Osborne
Mountain lion's airplay only works on late model Macs. It is in the fine print. Very disappointing. Time to use Airparrot. [read] Keywords: blogger
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Some basic tips to speed up Notes Client/Workstation feel and performance
Thu, Jul 26th 2012 4:10a   Adam Osborne
Aside from the obvious things like more physical memory etc. here are a few things we have seen significantly help speed up up the feel of the Notes client and even the overall performance of the user's workstation. - Turn off Indexing for the Hard Drive on the Client workstation and Disable the Indexing Service, yes, searching will take longer in Windows but how often are you searching for files in Windows anyway? (or at least do not index any Notes related folders/files). If you work in Notes [read] Keywords: admin lotus notes notes client ods blogger eclipse google properties
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Only a few days left.
Wed, Jul 25th 2012 12:50a   Adam Osborne
Thanks everybody for the positive response to our "Great Defrag Trade-In" month. There's just few days left to take up the Trade-In offer, so act now, invest just $50 from your IT budget into the performance of your Domino Servers and Backups and trade-up to Defrag.NSF, a fully supported, full function, integrated Domino utility. Don't be misled by the imitators - this is the real deal. A fully supported, full function product for $50. Defrag.NSF has a number of great features, here's j [read] Keywords: domino notes blogger database enterprise integration interface
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Anyone out their looked at Microsoft LightSwitch?
Sun, Jul 1st 2012 4:10p   Adam Osborne
One of my friends asked me about it and I was supprised that it had slipped under my radar. I had a quick look over the weekend and it does look interesting. Has anyone out there taken a closer look ? [read] Keywords: blogger microsoft
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TLCC Training courses are awesome!
Sun, Jul 1st 2012 4:10p   Adam Osborne
I'm just working through one of their training courses at the moment, and I can't help but be impressed with the effort they have put into creating it. Well done Howard and your team. If you need Domino Admin or Developer Training make sure you check out their offerings. http://www.tlcc.com [read] Keywords: admin domino blogger
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Give a MAIL8 database the iNotes 8.5.3 functionality by simply removing FORMS8.NSF
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 5:10p   Adam Osborne
If there is a reason that you can't upgrade a users mail design to 8.5.3 (and you are using an 8.5.3 server), you can still get the snazzy 8.5.3 iNotes look by simply removing FORMS8.NSF from the server. I never knew that.. It appears to work... Nice. [read] Keywords: inotes blogger database server
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The Great Defrag trade-in has been extended
Thu, Jun 28th 2012 12:30a   Adam Osborne
We are pleased to announce we will be extending our Defrag.NSF Trade-in offer for another month. Wow..... So far we have a 100% trade-up rate, and on reflection of the various "trade-ins" we must say we are totally surprised at how many Domino administrators have taken to using various unsupported defragging "Poor Man's" solutions on their Organisation's production Domino servers!!!If this is what you are doing, please take to look at Defrag.NSF, invest just $50 from your IT budget into [read] Keywords: domino blogger
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The Great Defrag trade-in and Trade-up
Fri, Jun 15th 2012 12:50a   Adam Osborne
For the rest of this month we are offering Defrag.NSF at a special price of just $50 per license when you trade-in your existing defragging product. Just tell us what your are currently using on the registration screen and it will secure you the best available price for a Domino specific and fully supported defragging utility. Don't be mislead by the imitators of our product, this is the real deal. Fully support, full function product for $50. For all the information on Defrag.NSF, check o [read] Keywords: domino blogger
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Anyone know where you can get the multi-user migration assistant (MUMA) tool
Tue, May 22nd 2012 9:24p   Adam Osborne
I can't seem to find it anywhere. Anyone got a link they can sure ? also has anyone used it ? Cheers [read] Keywords: blogger
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Can anyone cite a successful (large) migration of Notes to Exchange in Australia ?
Fri, May 18th 2012 12:24a   Adam Osborne
I am aware of a large number of migrations over the last 3 years, but the striking feature in all of them is Domino is still active and running. In some cases Notes clients are still on all the desktops running apps. In just about all cases the TCO has increased and so has complexity. I wonder why the IT media or analysts never talk about this ? I suppose it is just not trendy. Anyway if you have a glowing example let it be known. [read] Keywords: domino notes blogger exchange exchange
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Give your PC a tune-up and save 15% with this special PlanetLotus offer
Tue, May 15th 2012 4:04a   Adam Osborne
Get your PC's tuned-up and running at peak performance. We are offering our System Mechanic Professional 15% discount voucher to the Planet Lotus community when you purchase from our website. We use this on all our PC's and absolutely love it, we think you will too, it features the following six powerful products in one package:- Complete PC Tune-up- Certified Virus Protection- Advanced Spyware Protection- Secure Online Backup (5 Gig Free)- Deleted Data Rescue- Secure Data Removal Check out [read] Keywords: lotus blogger community planet lotus planetlotus virus
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To anyone that has trialled Defrag.NSF
Thu, May 3rd 2012 1:44p   Adam Osborne
We think it might be time you took a second look. In the last 2 years we have: rewritten the core defragging engineadded additional intelligence on what files to defragmentresearched extensively the benefits of defragging, Which show a 40% improvement in backup times is not uncommon.written and now released a Defrag.NSF for Notes module at no cost.added many new features and functionalityestablished Defrag.NSF as the benchmark product for defragging Dominosaved countless hours of physical wear [read] Keywords: domino notes blogger server
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Excel files change even when you don't save changes.
Fri, Apr 27th 2012 4:04a   Adam Osborne
It appears that Excel changes a file even if you don't save changes. It appears to update information on the last person that read the file... very odd. Why do I mention this ? Because it effects single instancing... DAOS and Preemptive Vault Attachment storage.... just something to keep in mind. [read] Keywords: blogger
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Preemptive Email Vault Stubs - DAOS for email
Fri, Apr 27th 2012 12:44a   Adam Osborne
The Preemptive Email Vault can be configured to 'Stub' documents that meet a particular criteria. A Stubbed document is a small place holder version of the original document that points back to the Vault's copy of the message. It is like DAOS for email. Here it is in action [read] Keywords: blogger email
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Will Outlook run Notes Applications when 8.5.4 is released ?
Wed, Apr 11th 2012 7:44p   Adam Osborne
In Outlook you can create a web folder, so maybe once the Notes plugin is released, we'll have Outlook running Notes applications.... OMG [read] Keywords: notes applications blogger outlook
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The craziest thing I saw at AusLUG !!
Wed, Apr 4th 2012 11:44p   Adam Osborne
A picture truly can say a 1000 words. [read] Keywords: blogger
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Searching for an attachment via file upload...
Wed, Apr 4th 2012 11:44p   Adam Osborne
Searching for an attachment via file upload is a really nice feature in our Vault product. Over the next week we are going to post more videos on what it can do. For more information on the Vault go here [read] Keywords: blogger
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Another customer reports a 50% reduction in Domino Backup times
Tue, Apr 3rd 2012 12:03a   Adam Osborne
We just got back from AusLUG and got a nice email from one of our customers reporting a 50% reduction in backup times. All they did is install Defrag.NSF and run with the default settings. It's also pleasing to get yet more confirmation of the benefits our soluton offers. And yes, it was a Virtual Server connected to an iSCSI Enterprise class SAN (more on that later) For more information on Defrag.NSF go here [read] Keywords: domino blogger email enterprise server
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I just tried to placed a support call to IBM, and I had to spell Lotus to the person answering the phone!!
Sun, Feb 26th 2012 6:03p   Adam Osborne
Needless to say it was a complete waste of my time.... I am stunned. [read] Keywords: ibm lotus blogger
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How to install Defrag.NSF for Notes
Tue, Dec 6th 2011 8:43p   Adam Osborne
The following steps show the Defrag.NSF for Lotus Notes install process. Launch the MSI and follow the bouncy ball. That's it!Now approximately 3 minutes after Notes is started, Defrag.NSF for Notes will swing into action and make sure your Notes Program and Data files are optimally defragged and ready for action. Defrag.NSF for Notes - available tomorrow. [read] Keywords: lotus notes blogger
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NEW - Defrag.NSF for Notes
Sun, Dec 4th 2011 11:43p   Adam Osborne
Later this week we are finally going to release a new Defrag.NSF family member for the Notes Client. "Defrag.NSF for Notes" is a Notes client addin that automatically defragments your Notes Program and Data directory shortly after the client starts. It will also periodically check and if the files have re-fragmented it will put them back into shape. A nice solution for an age old problem. Here are some answers to questions we think people may have: How much will Defrag.NSF for Notes cost ?I [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm notes notes client blogger consulting email enterprise google server
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Changing the ACK timer can give TCP apps a big performance boost
Thu, Dec 1st 2011 3:03p   Adam Osborne
We tracked down a real pain in the bum problem where we were seeing 200ms delays for no apparent reason. Then we adjusted the Windows ACK timer and bingo... massive performance increase. Check it out http://support.microsoft.com/kb/Q328890 [read] Keywords: blogger microsoft
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Defrag.NSF features - Part 6
Tue, Nov 29th 2011 10:43p   Adam Osborne
In this instalment we will take a look at the various integrated scheduling options available. Technical Settings (Processing Schedule Tab) Use the settings on this tab to schedule the desired running times for defrag.NSF on this server. There are also options available to configure the defragging of transaction logs (.txn), DAOS files (.nlo) and Full Text Indexes (.ft) for this server and the option to enable the “Multi-stage” defragging Mode. Enabling the “Multi-stage” Mode will all [read] Keywords: domino blogger server
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Defrag.NSF features - Part 5
Mon, Nov 28th 2011 9:03p   Adam Osborne
Continuing with the Technical Settings options we look at the ability to schedule compacts and the various selection methods. Run Compact before scheduled defrag with optionWith this option enabled Defrag.NSF will run the Compact server task with the configured Compact switch on each processed database prior to the actual defragmentation of the database. This is a handy option and can be used instead of a Program Document to run weekly scheduled Compact maintenance automatically followed by a de [read] Keywords: blogger database server
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Defrag.NSF features - Part 4
Sun, Nov 27th 2011 10:03p   Adam Osborne
Let's have a look at the Technical Setting and the many configuration options available there. The Technical Settings document provides the administrator with central access to most of the configuration and schedule settings available in Defrag.NSF. Record before and after performance statisticsEnable the logging of performance statistics on the Technical Settings document. The Performance Reports feature makes it very easy for Domino administrators to see and document the increased perform [read] Keywords: domino blogger server
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Defrag.NSF features - Part 3
Tue, Nov 22nd 2011 9:43p   Adam Osborne
For this part of the Guided Tour we will look at the different maintenance options for an individual database. Configuring individual database maintenance options.In any of the views you can double-click on a database document to access the Database Details, basic information about the database and also configure specific maintenance options for the database. This makes it very easy for the Domino admin to integrate the traditional Domino maintenance tasks with the scheduled defrag maintenance. [read] Keywords: admin domino blogger consulting database
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Domino isn't old and clunky - but MAPI certainly is !
Tue, Nov 22nd 2011 3:03p   Adam Osborne
Finding the parent (source message) of a reply document in Notes is easy, the good old $ref field. It takes one line of code. Doing the same thing in Exchange is far more complicated, slower and involves a certain element of black magic. Anyone that thinks Domino is old and clunky really needs to stick their head into MAPI...looks like a pile of baling twine and bubble gum to me. [read] Keywords: domino notes blogger exchange exchange
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Defrag.NSF features - Part 2
Mon, Nov 21st 2011 11:03p   Adam Osborne
Here's Part 2 of the Guided Tour series, looking at the Maintenance buttons. Each view has the following buttons available to perform defrag maintenance related tasks, they include an Action, Recatalog Databases and Perform Maintenance buttons. The Action button: After manually selecting one or more databases, clicking the “Action” button allows the administrator to select or de-select the listed maintenance tasks. Selected tasks will be indicated with a Green tick in the appropriate [read] Keywords: apple blogger database server
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Guided Tour of Defrag.NSF features - Part 1
Sun, Nov 20th 2011 9:23p   Adam Osborne
I thought we should do a "Guided Tour" series of blog posts to have a feature-by-feature in-depth look at all the cool options available in Defrag.NSF 2.09. Starting from the start we will work through the feature set and explain all the different options and settings available. Hopefully even long-time users will find some useful tips in this series and even new info on features they weren't aware of. We built Defrag.NSF to be a "set and forget" type product if that's how the administrat [read] Keywords: admin blogger consulting database server
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Warbirds - F/A18, P40, P51, Meteor, Sabre flying together - unlikely to happen again !
Sun, Nov 20th 2011 8:23p   Adam Osborne
Check out some of these photos from the Warbirds Down Under at Temora, NSW Australia on the weekend, 5 generations of 75 squadron flying together: And some other classic old planes [read] Keywords: blogger




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