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Auditing for IBM Notes mail rules sending emails externally|
Fri, Mar 11th 2016 8:14a Sean Cull
A customer asked us to help with a tool to audit for mail rules that were forwarding emails externally. I had a look around and found the very good openNTF Mail Rules Analyser application from Thomas Hampel
Having looked at it we felt that it was great starting point but we wanted something a bit different that could be used by an auditor without admin access and which showed the history of mail rules.
We modified the application and are hoping to feed back some or all of the changes into the
URGENT : Chrome Bug 570622 affecting our users – is it affecting yours ?|
Mon, Feb 1st 2016 2:51p Sean Cull
The bug reported by David Leedy appears to be affecting our users significantly.
Are your users reporting screen freezes in XPage applications in Chrome ?
If so please “star” this bug ( top left corner ) to raise its profile. Even if you are worried that it might affect your users then please “star” this bug.
It has been fixed but it is unclear when it will hit production without enough priority.
There are no symptoms exhibited on the console or in domlog.nsf.
Advice required for a blog article – which Domino metrics would you monitor ?|
Mon, Jan 25th 2016 8:39a Sean Cull
I am making good progress with a series of articles on using Nagios style server monitoring for Domino. One of the options that I have is to use a custom Nagios plugin to pull back values from the following list of “show Stats” metrics on Domino.
Which 5 ( of the 1103 !) statistics would you monitor and at what thresholds ? The servers in question are typically Linux Domino web servers and are not used for Notes clients or mail.
I have left some values in from my dev server to give
Really pleased with Opsview Atom for monitoring XWork Servers|
Thu, Jan 7th 2016 6:39a Sean Cull
I have been looking at options to automate the monitoring of our servers.
If you are looking for lots of Domino functionality there is a great system called Vital Signs but I was also interested in something based on the Open Source Nagios platform
I opted to try the Opsview Atom offering ( free for up to 25 servers ) which has a very simple but effective dashboard. It has taken me a couple of days as it was new to me ( and the documentation is not great ) but I am very pleased with where I
VMWare ESXi Development Server on a Lenovo T420|
Mon, Jan 4th 2016 5:49p Sean Cull
For some time I have been interested in setting up a development VMWare ESXi server on a laptop to help with testing etc. The problem in the past has been that the ESXi install only comes with drivers for high end network cards and the process of adding the required drivers is chewy
As of ESXi 5.5 update 3 and ESXi 6 the drivers for the Intel 82579LM network card have been included in the core product so as long as your laptop has > 4GB installed ( 4GB is not enough as it registers as 3.
XPages Document Save Error may be a document locking error|
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 7:09p Sean Cull
Morale of the story – read the logs
This one had us stumped for a while so I though I would post it.
We had an inconsistent error on an XPage application where it threw a save error even though the Author fields were correct.
The error was
Exception occurred calling method NotesDocument.save()
After much head scratching followed the advice in log.nsf
please consult error-log-0.xml located in /local/notesdata/domino/workspace/logs
whereupon we discovered the message
Could not sa
If you are using an Apache Proxy for Domino please check HTTPEnableConnectorHeaders|
Thu, Oct 29th 2015 6:36a Sean Cull
Jesper Kiær has posted a very compelling video showing how the HTTPEnableConnectorHeaders = 1 notes.ini parameter can be used to gain access to Domino servers.
We no longer use the Apache proxy scheme as the SSL support in Domino has improved but I tested this on one of our development servers by setting HTTPEnableConnectorHeaders = 1 and using the “Modify Headers for Google Chrome” extension and was able to get access.
As Jesper notes many of the write ups about using Domino b
Scheduling XAgents on a Linux box using Cron|
Tue, Oct 20th 2015 1:07p Sean Cull
We used scheduled code in our XPage apps to do things like pre-building dashboards and storing the data in the application scope.
There is no simple way to schedule Java code that has been written for use with XPages. The best solution I have found has been to use “XAgents” and to poll the corresponding URLs somehow.
I have tried this using various methods but it has not been straight forwards due to authentication issues and having to deal with SSL certificates.
The best soluti
Solved : Before Mail Arrives Agent stops inbox refreshing|
Fri, Oct 9th 2015 1:06p Sean Cull
This was a new one to me and IBM support did a great job of helping us to find the issue.
We modified a customers mail template to add some core business functionality that processed the inbound emails before they appeared in the in-box and provided some quick filing suggestions based on some business rules.
In order to present the options in the UI we had to add information to the new emails – this is where we go caught out.
If you use document.save as part of the “Before Mail
Upgrading Domino causes issues with CKEditor for Chrome users|
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 9:49a Sean Cull
We have had a spike in help desk calls with general “oddness” in one of our XPage applications. This has been triggered by an upgrade to the Domino server that included a new CKEditor version.
It seems as though Chrome ( possibly other browsers ) cache the old CKEditor files in the browser and these are not compatible with the new server version.
Users of the XPage in edit mode see the following malformed page even after several days.
The immediate solution is to get the use
@Unique(view1.getColumnValues(0)) = Repeatable XPages Server Crash|
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 4:27p Sean Cull
We have been chasing our tails with a server that has ruin really well for a number of years and suddenly started to crash over the last few weeks.
We scoured the logs, domlog, server stats etc.. and couldn’t find a pattern. It turns out it was a 4 year old bug that IBM choose not to fix. ( I have raised a PMR and sent an example )
Just like in classic notes a lookup can get too big – the 64k limit. Obviously it is good coding practice not to create such errors but why of why does
Domino KYRTool and SSL / TLS under Notes 9.02 – Positive Impressions|
Wed, May 20th 2015 10:38a Sean Cull
Native SSL / TLS with Domino – Looking Good
Last year IBM got into a bit of a pickle when the Poodle Exploits hit and there was no support for SSLV3 in domino. At the time we moved to putting Apache Proxy Servers in front off all of our web facing servers.
I needed to deploy a new XWorks server for a customer or our “Knowledge Directory” product and we wanted to do some LDAP integration. As the Apache Proxy servers only do HTTP traffic and not LDAP or SMTP I though that I wo
Configuring Mandrill to work with Domino for SMTP routing|
Fri, May 15th 2015 4:24p Sean Cull
Mandrill is a cloud service which is used to ensure that transactional emails such as password resets get through to end users without falling foul of spam filters. We have had to move to using this with our SaaS XPage apps as it seems to be increasingly difficult to get the Microsoft to play nice when they seem to arbitrarily block our traffic ( there may be some good reason for this that we could address but they don’t seem willing to be helpful and tell us what is tripping the SPAM flag
Solved : Quirk with Domino and Relay Hosts which redirect|
Fri, May 15th 2015 12:27p Sean Cull
This took me 4 hours to suss out so I hope that this helps some one else.
If you set up a Relay Host in IBM Domino and are using authentication and it doesn’t work then read on.
The first sign of an issue is that the emails just stay in the inbox.
Enable SMTPCLIENTDEBUG=1 ( yes I know it says client but it works on the server )
tell router quit
looking in the log you will now see a trace that says
SMTPClient: Attempting to Connect: Host smtp.eu-west-1.mandrillapp.co