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Domino 8.5.3 and iNotes Lite Mode
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IMAP, IBM Lotus Notes Traveler and a Mobile Opportunity!
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To the Cloud and Beyond….
Wed, Apr 4th 2012 4:40p   Marie Scott
As some of you may know, Virginia Commonwealth University (my employer) has been undergoing a request for proposal process for a new cloud collaboration system.  After several months of vendor interviews, demos, and contract negotiations, the purchasing committee has chosen Google Apps for Education. VCU has been running Lotus Notes/Domino since 1996.  Sixteen years.  That’s a long time in the IT world.  In the course of that time I’ve been the lead architect, engineer, administrator and [read] Keywords: collaboration domino domino.doc inotes lotus notes quickr sametime traveler xpages database development email facebook google instant messaging mobile twitter

BP201: Assemble ‘n Go: Integrate Data and Directories with Tivoli Directory Integrator
Wed, Jan 25th 2012 7:30a   Marie Scott
Tom Duff and I had the privilege of speaking at Lotusphere 2012 on one of our favorite topics – Tivoli Directory Integrator.  This year we chose to do a Best Practices session rather than a Show and Tell session, so at least for me, the BP session felt like speedgeeking as we had tons of content to fit into an hour! Afterwards, we had some interesting questions and discussions about how to use TDI.  There are so many different ways you can use this product, and when you get a bunch of n [read] Keywords: lotusphere show and tell email facebook tivoli twitter

Spark Session: The most difficult and yet most fulfilling Lotusphere speaking gig!
Mon, Jan 23rd 2012 11:02a   Marie Scott
Who knew that speaking for only six minutes would be so difficult to prepare for?  I certainly didn’t when I submitted my abstract for the Nerd Girl Spark session.  I’m not as experienced a speaker as many of my Lotusphere speaking colleagues by far, but I still wasn’t prepared for the angst I went through when preparing for the Spark session. I had no issue with coming up with the topic which was “Two Women, Two Countries, and how a decision can shape a generation. [read] Keywords: atlantic lotusphere facebook mobile twitter

Key Takeaways for me from Lotusphere 2012
Sat, Jan 21st 2012 8:09a   Marie Scott
I’m winding down the week of Lotusphere 2012 trying to fight off the usual post-conference plague/cold. The last few years I’ve been fortunate to add a few days to the end of the week to spend some time in Florida before heading home to the grey and cold winterscape of home. Winters in Virginia are nothing like what lots of Lotusphere attendees experience; we don’t usually have much snow. But we do have cold spells, occasional ice storms, and days of gray cloudiness. So the opp [read] Keywords: collaboration lotusphere community facebook security twitter

Hello Orlando! Lotusphere 2012
Sun, Jan 8th 2012 5:29p   Marie Scott
Hello Orlando!  That’s what I’ll be saying in a brief five days.  Lotusphere 2012 will be my thirteenth Lotusphere.  And already Lotusphere is looking to be another fun and busy week – get those gadgets, social apps, and comfy walking shoes ready!  I am fortunate to be speaking again this year.  I’ll discuss planning and preparing for a move to the cloud in BP202: Cloud Chasing 101: Planning and preparing for your move to Cloud Collaboration: Cloud computing and cloud collabor [read] Keywords: administration collaboration connections domino ibm lotus lotusphere sametime archiving email facebook mobile tivoli twitter

Emails received as HTML text – How to correct!
Thu, Nov 3rd 2011 7:10a   Marie Scott
Several users (8.5.1 and 8.5.2) have reported receiving emails as HTML formatted text.  After reviewing Notes preferences and reinstalling the Notes client, IBM Support was contacted. Here are the findings: This problem may occur after Google Chrome has been uninstalled.   If the default browser is not chosen when uninstalling Chrome, Notes will not be able to find the OS default browser. To resolve the issue, set Internet Explorer or Firefox as Window’s default browser.   In some case [read] Keywords: ibm notes notes client facebook firefox google twitter


Traveler 8.5.3 and Apple Devices
Wed, Nov 2nd 2011 8:47a   Marie Scott
We’ve been testing Traveler 8.5.3 in advance of our roll-out to our users this weekend. One thing we noticed was that on our Apple test devices, lookups for groups returned extra data.  See below: Upon investigation, I found this wiki article.  Adding the following property to the datatravelercfgNTSConfig.xml file addresses this issue and does not affect lookups for any other device (Android, etc.).  Be sure to test this out first before modifying this in your production environment! [read] Keywords: ldd lotus traveler apple facebook twitter wiki xml

Domino 8.5.3 and iNotes Lite Mode
Wed, Nov 2nd 2011 8:04a   Marie Scott
A colleague of mine ran into this scenario after migrating to Domino 8.5.3 with iNotes.  After upgrading, users logging into iNotes would experience a browser time.  Research found that the setting in the notes.ini:  iNotes_wa_DefaultUI=dwa_lite if removed, would allow the users to login successfully.  However, the preference was to have iNotes_lite as the default.  They aren’t using the iNotes redirect to set those settings on the fly.  After contacting IBM Support, they were notified t [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes notes facebook twitter

Good news! Tivoli Directory Integrator is still “FREE, FREE, FREE”!
Tue, Oct 4th 2011 6:24a   Marie Scott
I know everyone is excited about the release of Notes/Domino 8.5.3.  And there is lots of information to digest regarding features and requirements.  One good bit of news I don’t want you to miss – is the entitlement for Tivoli Directory Integrator!  If you were keeping up, there were some licensing changes in 8.5.2 that limited the version of TDI and what types of data you could move with an assembly line. However, that’s all changed with 8.5.3.  Check out the licensing info regarding [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes enterprise facebook server tivoli twitter

Has someone discovered the “lost” iPhone 5 with the Notes client on it??
Wed, Sep 28th 2011 8:17a   Marie Scott
I’ve finally hit a tipping point.  I was reading the headlines in PlanetLotus.org this morning and the content immediately set off alarms. Having been on both sides of the fence so to speak – both as a customer who wasn’t connected to the “yellowverse” per se and as someone who now has a network of peers who are business partners and leaders in the Lotus community, I can see how the average customer may be totally confused by what they read here.  There are headlines posted here prio [read] Keywords: lotus notes notes client blogging community facebook iphone network planet lotus planetlotus planetlotus.org twitter

From Idea to Print: Technical Writing – How to get Started!
Tue, Sep 27th 2011 9:39a   Marie Scott
Tom ‘Duffbert’ Duff and I put together a BOF at Lotusphere 2011 about technical writing.  I’ve recently been asked again – how does one get started with writing a technical article or book and I thought I’d share some of our bullet points from that session. When you’re writing for a technical audience, be it a white paper, article, or book, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your audience – senior management or users? Know your material – and giv [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere policies facebook lotususergroup.org twitter

Chasing the Cloud Part 3: New Article in THE VIEW
Tue, Sep 27th 2011 9:14a   Marie Scott
My third article in the series of three: “Chasing the Cloud: Part 3: Migrating Your Users and Data” has just been published online in THE VIEW.  Parts 1 and 2 can be found here:  “Chasing the Cloud: Part 2: Plan and Prepare for Moving your Domino Environment to the Cloud”  “Chasing the Cloud Part 1:  What Domino Administrators and Managers Need to Know.” This site does require a subscription.  If you’re new to THE VIEW – this is one of the leading reso [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus facebook twitter

And here’s to you Mary Beth Raven….
Sun, Aug 28th 2011 9:58a   Marie Scott
As you may know, Mary Beth Raven, Mat Newman and others have created the Sametime songs (version 1 and version 2).  We included the first version in the IBM Lotus 8.0 Sametime Essentials: A User’s Guide and plan to include the latest Sametime song in the Sametime Admin book! And along those lines, Tom ‘Duffbert’ Duff and I put together our own song expressly for Mary Beth.  To the tune of Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson – here’s our version!  Thanks M [read] Keywords: admin ibm lotus lotusphere sametime facebook twitter

Good News! New 8.5.3 IMAP Commands/Features
Thu, Aug 4th 2011 7:59a   Marie Scott
In 2008 I posted the following to IdeaJam: If you’re a Domino administrator you know that up to know you have not been able to “drop” an individual IMAP or HTTP user like you have been with a Notes user.  Why would you need to do that?  Perhaps you’ve noticed that they have multiple threads or you know that they are causing the IMAP task to hang, or the IMAP task is not completing its shutdown because a few users are still logged on, etc., etc. In any case, [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes facebook ideajam twitter

The true value of Linkedin? Recommendations!
Thu, Aug 4th 2011 7:40a   Marie Scott
Okay you’re social and you have access to all these different social networks.  And perhaps you’re wondering exactly what is the value of one network versus the other.  In my opinion the value of Linkedin is recommendations.  This is a unique feature of this network.  You have the ability to write a recommendation about a friend, colleague, co-worker, consultant, presenter, etc.  Think about it.  You know how you feel when someone writes something complementary about you. So w [read] Keywords: facebook linkedin network twitter

Flash – IMAP crash issue with 8.5.2 FP3
Mon, Aug 1st 2011 9:04a   Marie Scott
If you are considering upgrading to 8.5.2 FP3, run in a Windows server environment and run IMAP – you should contact IBM Support before doing so.  A colleague has found an issue with the build this morning — the updated nimap.exe was not included in the Fixpack.   A flash supposedly has been released to make customers aware of this.  I’ll update this post as soon as I can confirm of the flash status. Filed under: IMAP [read] Keywords: ibm facebook server twitter

Chasing the Cloud, Part 2 – New Article in THE VIEW
Mon, Aug 1st 2011 6:20a   Marie Scott
My second article in the series of three: “Chasing the Cloud: Part 2: Plan and Prepare for Moving your Domino Environment to the Cloud” has just been published online in THE VIEW.  Part 1 of the series can be found here:  “Chasing the Cloud Part 1:  What Domino Administrators and Managers Need to Know.” This site does require a subscription.  If you’re new to THE VIEW – this is one of the leading resources for technical content for all IBM/Lotus products. Filed unde [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus facebook twitter

And sometimes a picture is…updated! Thanks Sametime Support!
Thu, Jul 14th 2011 7:23a   Marie Scott
If you saw my previous post…you’re recall that the technote had only one word: Answer.  Thanks to Sametime Support it has been updated! Filed under: IBM [read] Keywords: ibm sametime facebook twitter

And sometmes…a picture is worth one word.
Tue, Jul 12th 2011 11:27a   Marie Scott
Filed under: IBM [read] Keywords: ibm facebook twitter

A few quick notes on Google+
Tue, Jul 12th 2011 6:10a   Marie Scott
If you haven’t at least looked at it you should.  Why? Because we need to change scenery occasionally. Google+ is not Facebook, it’s not Twitter.  It’s perhaps a little in between.  But it’s also something that’s still evolving.  Techies are busy trying to predict what’s going to happen next. But if you do take a look, here are a few suggestions to make your visit a little more enjoyable. (1)    Use Chrome as your browser.  Why? Because there are Chrome extensions that are be [read] Keywords: notes facebook google security twitter

iNotes Hotfix Magic….Finally?
Fri, Jun 10th 2011 6:38a   Marie Scott
If you’ve been managing Domino unix-based servers, you know what a cumbersome process it is to install iNotes hotfixes.  They’ve always been packaged as a group of separate files which must be uploaded individually, the ownership and properties of the files must each be changed manually, etc., etc.,  If you have a number of servers to manage this adds lots of extra steps to your maintenance process. We just received a “normal” hotfix package which included fixes for so [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes facebook firefox properties server twitter

Chasing the Cloud: Part 1 – A new article in THE VIEW
Wed, Jun 8th 2011 11:58a   Marie Scott
Clouds are all around us!  My article:  “Chasing the Cloud Part 1:  What Domino Administrators and Managers Need to Know,” has just been published online in THE VIEW.   This site does require a subscription.  If you’re new to THE VIEW – this is one of the leading resources for technical content for all IBM/Lotus products.  So if you’re looking for info on the cloud or XPages – this is your source! Filed under: Cloud Computing [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus xpages facebook twitter

UKLUG 2011 Presentations
Tue, May 24th 2011 12:22p   Marie Scott
Want to know what a Lotus User Group is like? Attend UKLUG!  I was fortunate to just attend UKLUG 2011 in Manchester over the past two days.  Thanks to Warren and Kitty Elsmore and their crew, the event was extremely well organized and fun as well! Here are my  two sessions: Cloud Chasing 101: Planning and Preparing for your Move to Cloud Collaboration Populating your Domino Directory (and Databases) with Tivoli Directory Integrator (presented with Tom “Duffbert” Duff). Filed u [read] Keywords: collaboration domino lotus facebook tivoli twitter

The Cloud: Are your users ready for the cloud?
Sun, May 15th 2011 7:26a   Marie Scott
This week I attended a meeting with a group of faculty and staff who were providing feedback regarding the three major cloud collaboration vendors:  Google, Microsoft, IBM.  Each vendor had been invited on campus to present their product strictly from the user’s point of view.  The presentations were not meant to be technical in terms of how the systems were to be administered or managed, nor were they to include any specifics regarding pricing or contracts.  Needless to say the summary me [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm desktop email facebook google interface microsoft mobile networking twitter

A User Love Story: Traveler, Androids, UX Designers & Food
Thu, Apr 28th 2011 10:59a   Marie Scott
What happens when you put 19 users in a room with their Android devices, Lotus Notes Traveler, a webcast, a few UX designers on the phone and some snacks? Well, it turns out it results in an hour of great feedback, interesting discussion, and fun! We had a unique opportunity to participate in a Traveler UX discussion with Michelle Cooper and Jessica Peter of the Mobile User Experience team, along with Chris Reckling who manages the mobile UX team across the Lotus products.  Jessica is the lead [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes traveler apple email facebook mobile server twitter

Psst IBM…Over here…a few words about marketing LotusLive!
Thu, Apr 21st 2011 7:15a   Marie Scott
I’ve been hearing a lot about other cloud collaboration solutions lately.  But not about LotusLive Notes or iNotes.  So here are a few hints: Mention the fact that LL works with the Domino Directory, LDAP or Active Directory (but doesn’t require Active Directory). In big bold letters make sure potential customers realize that LL does haven’t attachment size limits. Mention that LL has a calendar solution that integrates with instant messaging, online meetings and unified communi [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm inotes lotus notes traveler email facebook google instant messaging mobile twitter unified communications

What do Eagles and Domino Administrators have in common?
Sun, Apr 10th 2011 6:07a   Marie Scott
I’m not sure.  The desire to build a huge nest that weighs almost 2 tons?  The need to eat raw fish (sushi)?  In any case this Domino Administrator has a degree in biology and has become completely mesmerized by the Decorah Eagle live camera that has been set up by the Raptor Resource Project.  The site has had 31,654,709 views since it started.  The camera is located high (emphasis on high) in a tree where an eagle pair has built an enormous nest and is currently raising three eaglets. [read] Keywords: domino facebook twitter

Uphill Climb: iNotes Firefox Fix not available for 8.5.1!
Tue, Apr 5th 2011 8:00a   Marie Scott
Many of you may have seen the recent notice about a hotfix for iNotes and Firefox 4.  Good news if you’re running 8.5.2.  Bad news if you’re running 8.5.1. The response from IBM Support after opening a PMR today: “There are no plans to back port any iNotes fixes for Firefox 4 to any builds previous to 8.5.2FP2. There is a technote that mentions a Firefox addon that can be used if so desired to allow FF4 to work with earlier Domino iNotes releases….if there are enough companies requesti [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes facebook firefox server twitter

2010 Campus Survey Results: Cloud & Email Outsourcing
Thu, Mar 10th 2011 6:46a   Marie Scott
The Campus Computing Project posted the results of their annual survey of universities and colleges in the Unites States at Educause in October.  The Campus Computing Project is the largest continuing study of information technology in American colleges and universities. The following slides are not surprising in their content.  In this particular chart  the three players in the cloud computing environment for universities are Google, Microsoft and Zimbra.  Universities will continue to lo [read] Keywords: collaboration email facebook google microsoft office twitter

Apple iOS Upgrade may require Traveler PW to be Re-entered
Thu, Mar 10th 2011 6:30a   Marie Scott
A number of our users have upgraded their iPads and iPhones with the new Apple OS.   We have seen that especially on the iPads that they have been required to re-enter their Traveler password, as the upgrade does not save the password.  Once the password was entered, they were able to immediately able to connect to our Traveler server.  This did not require the profile to be recreated.  This only requires the password to be submitted. This behavior  for Traveler does not seem to be o [read] Keywords: traveler apple facebook iphone password profile server twitter

And the Instant Messaging Smiley Award goes to….
Fri, Mar 4th 2011 8:31a   Marie Scott
Okay, okay, yes I’m having a bit of an Oscar ceremony flashback.  But as a member of the “Yellow Academy” what instant messaging client would you vote on?  Would it be Sametime or something else? During the process of writing the IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User’s Guide, my coauthor Tom Duff and I wondered – “do users know about all these features in Sametime?”  “Are they using them?”  “Are they using other instant messaging tools?”  In my work environment, we u [read] Keywords: ibm lotus sametime bleedyellow bleedyellow.com community facebook gadget instant messaging network server skype twitter

Twitter: ON or OFF
Thu, Mar 3rd 2011 7:07a   Marie Scott
I realized last night that I’m on the verge of hitting 7000 tweets.  I have no way of gauging whether that is “verbose” in the Twitter world, but it seems like a lot to me considering how I started.  I can remember a conversation with Kathy Brown after Lotusphere 2009 about Twitter.  “What’s that?”  And then subsequent questions of those Twitter techies — “Why would I want to tweet?”  “Who’s on Twitter?”  “What are followers? Are they like groupies?”  “Wh [read] Keywords: lotusphere facebook gadget twitter

Day Three: Google still cloudy…
Wed, Mar 2nd 2011 7:46a   Marie Scott
Earlier this week I blogged about this weeks Google woes with accounts gone missing.  A number of accounts in our Google Apps for Education domain were affected by this outage.  See the Infoworld article. What has been interesting, is how Google has reported this via their Dashboard.  “Service disruption” “Please note this timeframe is an estimate and may change” Filed under: Cloud Computing [read] Keywords: facebook google twitter

IMAP, IBM Lotus Notes Traveler and a Mobile Opportunity!
Tue, Mar 1st 2011 10:20a   Marie Scott
I had a conversation today that made me giddy.  The following question was asked: “Does Lotus Notes Traveler run on the Mac OS?” My answer: “No. Why?”  “Well if it ran on the Mac desktop OS, we would shutdown IMAP.”  Can you imagine my joy?  SHUTDOWN IMAP?  I’m practically ready to get in the car and drive to Littleton right now and persuade anyone who will listen! So what if?  What if Activesync were to run on the Mac OS?  Or IBM , Microsoft, Apple, and Google were to all s [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus notes traveler apple blackberry desktop email facebook google iphone mac microsoft mobile twitter

“The Google Factor”
Mon, Feb 28th 2011 12:05p   Marie Scott
I’ve noticed a phenomenon. I call it “The Google Factor.” Domino administrators know that their users have no patience when it comes to a Lotus Notes/Domino issue. In fact Lotus Notes is generally (and 99% of the time) wrongfully blamed for all woes related to the desktop. However, when Google is unavailable – either when the account is suspended, or email is not accessible — nothing happens. The users are quiet. What has happened?  Have the users suddenly become sedate and hypot [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes desktop email facebook google server twitter

Google Account Issue: A little cloudy!
Mon, Feb 28th 2011 9:46a   Marie Scott
There was some recent news items about Google accounts – losing mail or chats from this past weekend. We’ve had users report that they cannot access their account.  Upon further examination of their account info in the Google cpanel, the following is displayed: Now given that we also had a round of phishing attacks this weekend, we thought perhaps these accounts had been compromised and given the exact text of the of the error message – you might think that was the case. But after contac [read] Keywords: facebook google twitter

It’s not too late! IBM Tuesday!
Tue, Feb 22nd 2011 10:27a   Marie Scott
Be sure to drop by Packt Publishing today for IBM Tuesday!  Four IBM books are due for release today – February 22, 2011!  And they’re offering a 20% discount all month.  So if you haven’t purchased a copy of IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User’s Guide for yourself, your staff, your help desk, your cat, your dog and your mother-in-law, be sure to visit the site this month! Filed under: Sametime Book [read] Keywords: ibm lotus sametime facebook twitter

Monday Morning Quarterbacking
Wed, Feb 16th 2011 6:36a   Marie Scott
For those not familiar with the term “Monday Morning Quarterback” it refers to someone who criticizes or passes judgment from a position of hindsight.   I’ve seen quite a bit of this type of blogging this week with regards to IBM and their role with students at the OGS at Lotusphere 2011. I’ve worked at one of the largest Virginia state-funded universities for more than twenty-five years.  Universities and colleges are not only comprised of students.  They are communities comprised o [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere blogging desktop email facebook laptop mac twitter wireless

Chicken or the Egg: Domino Server or Mac DDE?
Tue, Feb 15th 2011 7:50a   Marie Scott
I may get bashed by all the developers and Mac users out there but here goes.  (And to clarify I too have a Mac.) Who comes first – the administrator or the developer?  And what about fixing the Domino server or the expanding DDE to provide support for MAC/LINUX?  In my memory, developers have been asking for the Domino Developer  for years (and for that matter administrators have asked for Administrator client on the MAC too).  But pick and choose! What is more important?  When resource [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm lotusphere development facebook linux mac server twitter

Lotusphere 2011: Online Evaluations – Have you completed yours?
Mon, Feb 14th 2011 7:12a   Marie Scott
For several years attendees requested the ability to submit online session evaluations.  And this year the organizers of Lotusphere 2011 provided that ability.  For speakers, evaluations are extremely worthwhile.  They let us know if content needs to be changed or we need to improve our speaking skills.  For the conference organizers, evaluations let them know what speakers and sessions were valuable to you as attendees. Have you submitted your online evaluations?  LSOnline will be availabl [read] Keywords: lotusphere facebook twitter

Sametime IS “Social”!
Fri, Feb 11th 2011 11:32a   Marie Scott
Thanks goes out to John DelPizzo of the Sametime product team for responding to my blog post this week.  His response: Hi Marie, On behalf of Sametime Product Management, let me apologize for not being more supportive of your efforts. I had no idea that a book signing had even been arranged for Lotusphere… otherwise I would have stopped by and bought a copy to have signed. In our defense, Keith is on point. Between Monday and Wednesday I had 32 customer and partner meetings. I never made it t [read] Keywords: admin lotusphere sametime facebook podcast twitter unified communications

The Giant Hairball that is IMAP
Wed, Feb 9th 2011 2:19p   Marie Scott
One of my professional goals for Lotusphere 2011 was to continue to bring attention to the need for IBM to address reliability and performance for IMAP on Domino. This year for the first time (remember this is my thirteenth Lotusphere), I was fortunate enough to have meetings with several members of the product management team to discuss IMAP, especially with regards to how it is used not only on the desktop but also on mobile devices. And that at least for a few customers – IMAP has become so [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm inotes lotusphere notes blackberry database desktop email facebook google mobile server twitter

Sametime was not “social” at Lotusphere 2011
Wed, Feb 9th 2011 8:48a   Marie Scott
Warning – this post is going to be a bit of rant.  If you read my blog you perhaps know by now that Tom Duff and I completed a book in September 2010 entitled: IBM Lotus Sametime 8.0 Essentials:  A User’s Guide.  Tom and I were fortunate enough to be asked to hold a Birds of a Feather session about Technical Writing at Lotusphere.  We discussed different options for writing – whether it be a book, wiki, blog, etc. In the course of the discussion at the BoF, it was again emphasized tha [read] Keywords: administration ibm lotus lotusphere sametime blogging email facebook networking planetlotus twitter wiki

Lotusphere #13
Thu, Jan 27th 2011 11:50a   Marie Scott
Yes, Lotusphere 2011 will be my thirteenth Lotusphere.  And to be honest, I’m looking forward to it more than any other.  Mostly because Lotusphere is now a big “family reunion” for me as much as it is a great technical conference.  It’s an opportunity to visit with many friends I only see once or twice a year.  Session highlights for me include Nerd Girl events and LotusLive sessions.  And you know I plan on asking questions about my favorite topics - IMAP as w [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotusphere facebook tivoli twitter

Got Sametime? Got Users? Get the book at Lotusphere!
Thu, Jan 27th 2011 10:32a   Marie Scott
Going to Lotusphere 2011? Got Sametime? Got users? Well then, you’ve got a perfect opportunity to pick up the IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User’s Guide book!  Not only can you buy it at a 20 percent discount in the Lotusphere bookstore (along with other great titles),  but also get it signed by the authors!  That’s right, Tom Duff and I will be signing copies of the book on Wednesday, February 2nd, beginning at 2:30 PM.  So stop by on Wednesday, get your copy, and vis [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere sametime facebook twitter

The Early Bird catches the Cloud?
Fri, Jan 21st 2011 7:56a   Marie Scott
The Cloud. A lot of the technical discussion these days is about THE CLOUD. And I’m even presenting at Lotusphere 2011 this year about the Cloud — BP301 – Cloud Chasing 101: Planning and Preparing for your Move to Cloud Collaboration (Wednesday SW 1-2, 8:30-9:30 am). While preparing for the session, I came across some interesting research that said that early adopters of cloud e-mail and collaboration technologies include higher education institutions (universities). (Gartner: “The C [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm inotes lotus lotusphere notes email facebook google microsoft twitter

A Macbook Christmas Story
Tue, Dec 28th 2010 9:18a   Marie Scott
Sometimes you just have to eat your words.  On December 26, I had tweeted “Apple I am so not happy with you right now, your care plan sucketh.”  Why?  Because after installing an OS upgrade, the display on my Macbook Pro died.  And I was extremely frustrated with the lack of specific and easy to find self-help info on the Apple support web site.  I was also dismayed to find out that I did not have AppleCare for the Macbook (this is a work owned device), and I could not purchase it, sinc [read] Keywords: lotusphere apple facebook laptop mac macbook twitter

Why do universities like “free, free, free”?
Fri, Dec 10th 2010 9:34a   Marie Scott
IBM has provided through several initiatives including its IBM Academic Initiative and its recent Cloud Academy announcement.  We as a university have been able to purchase Lotus software at greatly discounted rates through campus-wide pricing.  Under this licensing plan all student and academic faculty licenses are free. So why are we asking for more?  Firstly, most universities and colleges have been hard hit by the economic downturn.  Take a look at those universities with the largest pri [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus blogging email facebook google microsoft twitter

You had me at replication, but lost me at crash.
Thu, Dec 9th 2010 8:45a   Marie Scott
To say the past few weeks have been hellacious is an understatement.  We have experienced a very long streak of instability.  So while all of this is on my mind, I thought I’d comment as a customer. This week I heard some unbelievable news about some possible causes of our instability and that it may be due to the fact that certain parts of the code have not been updated to 32 bit.  And that we – not some major corporation – were somehow the first ones to find this soft spot.  But that [read] Keywords: administration collaboration domino ibm inotes lotus notes quickplace quickr sametime xpages database eclipse email facebook security server twitter

It’s a Threesome!
Mon, Nov 15th 2010 11:01a   Marie Scott
As Gabriella Davis announced on Saturday November 13th, we’re about to begin another book project!  Gabriella, Tom Duff, and I will soon start work on an IBM Lotus/Sametime 8.5/8.5.1/8.5.x Administrator’s Guide for Packt Publishing.  Our goal is to write a book that will be source for those who may be upgrading Sametime, installing it for the first time, or simply looking for more information about Sametime  8.5.x and how it may fit into their environment.  We also hope that this book ma [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus sametime application facebook server twitter websphere

Did you know November is IBM month? Who knew?
Wed, Nov 10th 2010 8:16a   Marie Scott
November is IBM month! At least at Packt Publishing! Did you know? Packt Publishing  is celebrating the success of their recent IBM titles including the IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User’s Guide with a sale! Check out their site to see their featured IBM offerings and sales prices! SALE! SALE! SALE! Filed under: Sametime Book [read] Keywords: ibm lotus sametime facebook twitter

XPages is nice…but…
Tue, Nov 9th 2010 11:30a   Marie Scott
Yes, XPages is amazing technology. And if you have the time and the inclination to get started with XPages there are so many resources available to you now to learn or even to have your older Domino apps converted to XPages. Whizbang! However, I think my requirements are much more basic. I merely want a stable Domino server. I want it to run for days, and weeks, and months, without a crash. Case in point. We installed 8.5.1 FP5HF18 on Saturday on eight server partitions. And last night, three da [read] Keywords: administration domino lotus traveler xpages applications email facebook server twitter

Read the Fine Print Before Going to the Cloud…
Fri, Oct 8th 2010 2:58p   Marie Scott
I’ve written about cloud computing on several occasions.  Namely with regards to Google Apps for Education.  Well, here’s another reason to procede with caution as you head to the cloud.  In a case of trying to track down authorized access … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: google

Psst…can we talk? Help your help desk!
Thu, Oct 7th 2010 11:05a   Marie Scott
In many organizations, the help desk staff are the first point of contact for users who are seeking assistance.  And in many instances, the help desk staff hasn’t had extensive training due to resource constraints.  So while you may be too busy to … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

How about Lotus Notes Traveler for the Blackberry?
Tue, Sep 28th 2010 10:09a   Marie Scott
I was recently asked this question.  And I had to stop a minute and think about it. Why not?  Lotus Notes Traveler at least in my environment has been one of the easiest mobile deployments – ever!  Easiest to install and … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: lotus notes traveler blackberry mobile

A new blog and a finished book!
Fri, Sep 17th 2010 10:16a   Marie Scott
Today, Tom Duff and I received word from our publishers that our book IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User’s Guide has been finalized and should be available for download in the next few days.  The publishing and editorial staff … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm lotus sametime

A Sametime book is born!
Fri, Sep 3rd 2010 8:09a   Marie Scott
After many months of work, the IBM Lotus Sametime 8  Essentials: A User’s Guide  is “born.” [read] Keywords: ibm lotus sametime

Sametime A User’s Perspective – Aug 25 Consultant in Your Pocket Webcast
Sun, Aug 22nd 2010 8:03p   Marie Scott
Want to test just how much you know about using Sametime or perhaps want to learn a new trick or two? Or perhaps you have users who might need to boost their knowledge about Sametime?  Join Tom Duff and me for … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: sametime

Sametime A Users Perspective - Aug 25 Consultant in Your Pocket webcast
Sun, Aug 22nd 2010 2:12p   Marie Scott
  p class=MsoNormal style=margin: 0in 0in 10ptspan style=line-height: 115%; font-size: 12ptfont face=CalibriWant to test just how much you know about using Sametime or perhaps want to learn a new trick or two? Or perhaps you have users who might need to boost their knowledge about Sametime?span style=mso-spacerun: yes  /spanJoin a href=http://www.duffbert.comTom Duff /aand me for our Consultant in Your Pocket webcast on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 11:00 AM -- 12:15 PM EST -- a href=http://c [read] Keywords: rich text sametime mobile

Domino Directory Independence: Nirvana or Anchovies?
Fri, Aug 6th 2010 8:16p   Marie Scott
There has been some interesting discussion over the past couple of days about Domino Directory Independence. Domino “directory independence” would allow information now stored in the Domino person documents to be stored in another directory such as third party LDAP or Active Directory. I had quickly responded to the discussion with the recent presentations that Gabriella Davis and Tom Duff and myself had made at IAMLUG that were somewhat directory related – including a session that descr [read] Keywords: acl administration domino ibm ldd lotus policies bleedyellow bleedyellow.com desktop development facebook password tivoli twitter

IamLug 2010 – WOW!
Thu, Aug 5th 2010 8:15p   Marie Scott
IamLUG 2010 – what can I say? WOW!  Great conference, great content, great people!   Here are the slides for my two sessions: One Directory to Rule Them All! Yes!  (Gabriella Davis & Marie Scott) You’ve heard buzzwords like single-sign on, single userid, or authentication management, but also heard that they were a nightmare to implement. Or perhaps you always wanted to use another directory – like Active Directory for your Sametime, Web, IMAP or Traveler password authenticat [read] Keywords: domino sametime traveler facebook password server tivoli twitter

Google announces User Policy Management for Google Apps
Wed, Jul 21st 2010 8:15p   Marie Scott
Google has been released a number of new features for Google Apps domain administrators including yesterday’s announcement regarding user policy management. While these features are all stepping the Google cloud in the right direction in terms of user management, what is perplexing to me as a Google administrator, is you’re never notified when those changes are going to occur in your domain.  The cpanel interface in the domains that I manage looks nothing like what Google portrays in their [read] Keywords: ibm facebook google interface microsoft twitter

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