New iNotes 9.0 Undocumented Security Feature.
Wed, Apr 17th 2013 6:16a Steven Vaughan In iNotes on a Domino 8.x server you can view encrypted mail over http, once you’ve uploaded your ID.
In iNotes on a Domino 9.0 server you get this message:
It’s an interesting that this is now forced, I haven’t seen it documented anywhere.
Not that we’d recommend that anyone use HTTP for any production releases of iNotes!
Cormac McCarthy – Domino People Ltd [read] Keywords: domino
Debugging SMTP in Domino
Tue, Mar 19th 2013 8:12a Steven Vaughan These are some really useful notes.ini variables, if you’re changing any SMTP settings in Domino (in particular if you’re setting up or changing a TLS connection).
SMTPClientDebug, SMTPDebug and SMTPDebugIO – Description and usage here
TraceSSLHandshake – Description and usage here
SmtpSaveOutboundToFile – Description and usage here
SMTPSaveImportErrors – Description and usage here
Every time I’ve needed these in the past I’ve ended up corre [read] Keywords: domino
Installing Domino Fix Packs on Windows 2008 R2
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 10:09a Steven Vaughan I’ve come across few “gotchas” in recent months that seem to be catching customers over and over again. Particularly when it comes to installing Domino Fix packs on 8.5.X on Windows 2008 R2, I’ve heard the following scenarios multiple times:
1. You get an error saying you don’t have a valid version of 8.5.x installed. You will probably need to uninstall previous hotfixes and/or fix packs before it will let you install. (Note that we’d always strongly [read] Keywords: domino
Traveler capacity planning and NOTES.INI settings.
Thu, Jan 3rd 2013 5:13a Steven Vaughan IBM have recently published a series of new articles on the Domino Wiki site. Two articles that really caught my eye were on:-
Capacity Planning on Traveler - haven’t seen as detailed and specific guide as this before
Traveler notes.ini settings - it’s great that Traveler customisations are now published and this is a brilliant reference to bookmark.
(Note: that we already published an example of how to manually change these settings via NTSConfig.xml here - but having th [read] Keywords: domino
Useful view for Replication or Save conflicts
Wed, Sep 19th 2012 7:09a Steven Vaughan This is a quick tip that can be used to find Replication or Save Conflicts in any Notes application, but as an Admin I’ve found it most useful for a Domain’s NAB.
In a Notes application, click Create -> View
Change the view name to something appropriate.
Change the “View type” to “Private” from the drop down menu.
Change the “Selection conditions” box to SELECT @IsAvailable($Conflict)
Click “Save and Customize”.
Right Click on [read] Keywords: admin
Traveler – Update on known device limitations
Wed, Jul 25th 2012 8:12a Steven Vaughan IBM have updated their documentation on known device limitations for Traveler. Although issues/limitations are decreasing all the time, if you deploy Traveler, this is a great reference to have and familiarise yourself with:
Please let us know if you experience any issues or limitations that haven’t been documented!
Cormac McCarthy – Domino People Ltd [read] Keywords: domino
Domino Error – Unable to Bind port…..
Wed, Jul 18th 2012 9:11a Steven Vaughan Most Domino Admins will have seen this in a console from time to time. It happens when a local OS application is using a port Domino wants to use. So far, so simple. But what’s the quickest way of finding out which application/service is using the port you want? In windows it really is quite easy…
Open a command prompt and type:
netstat -an -o
This will give you a list of applications (and PIDs) that have ownership of ports. Look for the port, and associate the PID with a Pro [read] Keywords: connections
SSL breaks after upgrading to Traveler 8.5.3 UP 1
Wed, Jun 27th 2012 6:13a Steven Vaughan On a production upgrade of Traveler to 8.5.3 U.P. 1 yesterday we came across a problem.
The upgrade itself completed without issue but mobile clients couldn’t connect to the server automatically after the server was back up and running.
We could see the following in the log :-
“HTTP Server: SSL Error: Keyring file not found, key ring file [keyfile.kyr], [Default Server]”
So we did some digging. Before the upgrade the “SSL key file name” field (Server Document -> [read] Keywords: domino
Traveler 126.96.36.199 Interim Fix 1 released
Thu, May 24th 2012 10:10a Steven Vaughan Overview
Lotus Traveler 188.8.131.52 IF 1 is an Interim Fix release that contains APAR fixes for the Lotus Traveler server and clients. The information below outlines the changes included.
See Lotus Traveler APAR Listing
Feature List – new in 184.108.40.206 IF 1
Install Multiple Lotus Traveler Instances on Linux OS
Please ensure to read the detailed instructions.
You can download the fix here. (requires a IBM ID). [read] Keywords: ibm
The BES for Domino Extended Threading Model
Thu, Feb 16th 2012 5:11a Steven Vaughan Did you know that there is a default number of threads (40) on a Domino BES server that allow for connections to remote target mail servers which are used to read/write to users mail files?
Performance problems can occur if you have multiple target mail servers with a good number of target users. The Domino BES server by default will automatically allocate threads by target mail server numbers. A simple explanation is as follows:
Server A – 5 Users – 5 Threads Allocated out of 40 ava [read] Keywords: connections
Lotus Traveler – Latest Device Updates
Thu, Jan 26th 2012 5:11a Steven Vaughan It’s worth noting this article published by IBM to make sure you’re on an appropriate release of Traveler for your users’ devices. (and also for information on upcoming Traveler support!)
Cormac McCarthy – Domino People Ltd [read] Keywords: domino
Compare Domino Server/Configuration Documents
Wed, Jan 11th 2012 10:11a Steven Vaughan This is a really good tip for checking what changes have been made to Server and Configuration documents over the lifetime of a server and can be really useful when a number of changes have been made in a short period of time especially when things are not working correctly!
If you open up the IBM_TECHNICAL_SUPPORT folder on the Domino server (within the data folder), look files with a DXL extension.
EVERY change made to a Server and Configuration document for that server will be stored here i [read] Keywords: domino
Traveler 220.127.116.11 Interim Fix Released
Thu, Jan 5th 2012 5:11a Steven Vaughan PREREQUISITES
Lotus Notes Traveler server version 18.104.22.168 already installed.
LO65270 – MAILTO LINK DOES NOT WORK ON SOME ANDROID DEVICES.
LO65271 – UNABLE TO SYNC WITH SOME ANDROID DEVICES
LO65435 – SHORT CUT ICONS MAY DISAPEAR ON SOME ANDROID 3.X DEVICES.
LO65542 – ANDROID: LINKS IN MAIL AND CALENDAR ENTRIES ARE NOT CLICKABLE
LO65568 – IMPROVED SUPPORT FOR ANDROID 4.X PHONES
LO65759 – REPLY-TO MAIL HEADER IS NOT RESPECTED
LO65923 – CONTACT EDIT [read] Keywords: ibm
Domino BES – testing handhelds are functioning
Wed, Dec 21st 2011 9:09a Steven Vaughan A quick and easy test to ascertain if one or more of your Blackberry Enterprise Server users is setup correctly server side or if their device is configured correctly is possible and here’s how……
From your normal Lotus Notes mail (I’m assuming you are using Notes mail !), send the user, users or group an email with the following subject line:
If the Blackberry device is able to receive and send messages, you will get an automatic reply. If you don’t get a message [read] Keywords: domino
Yellow Status on Lotus Traveler – What to do ?
Thu, Nov 3rd 2011 8:10a Steven Vaughan Scenario: Every time you connect to the traveler server and issue a “tell traveler status” command from the Domino console, you get a yellow status returned or more particularly
“The response times for opening databases on mail server X are above the acceptable threshold.”
Mail users on server “X” are perfectly happy with how quickly messages get to their devices and you want to understand how this “threshold” works and to confirm if it is do [read] Keywords: domino
Domino Designer R8.5.3 – Ctrl+Shift Bug ?
Wed, Oct 19th 2011 6:10a Steven Vaughan We recently upgraded our clients to Notes R8.5.3 which included the Admin and Domino Designer clients.
One of our developers is a real keyboard shortcut nut and is complaining bitterly about what may be a bug or “feature” in this new release.
Previously, when pressing Ctrl+Shift, he was able to select words and upon releasing Ctrl and clicking the down arrow, select lines.
Now (when editing Script Libraries) when you press Ctrl+Shift (right-hand-side of keyboard)it changes the text [read] Keywords: admin
Show config *
Wed, Aug 31st 2011 9:08a Steven Vaughan It’s always a joy to learn new shortcuts and commands even after all these years
Try at the Domino server console :
show config *
This will not only list all of the contents of the NOTES.INI file, but magically puts them in alphabetical order and outputs to the console.
Perfect if you don’t have physical access to the NOTES.INI file. [read] Keywords: domino
Restrict email to Domino directory Groups – now coming to iNotes !
Wed, Jan 26th 2011 9:19a Steven Vaughan It’s fairly well documented that you can restrict users from emailing certain groups if you change the readers field on the group to specified users/groups. That works great (in later releases).
You can’t however say the same about iNotes. When a user addresses a memo to a “restricted” group in iNotes, they get the following error:
If the user clicks on “Use Name Anyway” the mail is successfully sent. Not great.
This will apparently be fixed in Domino R8.5.2 [read] Keywords: domino
Domino Server Console – Copy database command
Tue, Jan 4th 2011 7:15a Steven Vaughan Happy new year !
This is a great tip brought to my attention by one of our developers which allows you to make a new database copy, replica copy or database template on the same or different Domino server. Very useful for large databases if you don’t want to use the Notes client or don’t have physical access to the Domino Server.
Firstly, you need to set Cluster_admin_on=1 in the server’s NOTES.INI file. This takes place immediately and does not require your server be in a clus [read] Keywords: domino
Lotus Foundations Start – Syncing Users and Groups
Tue, Dec 7th 2010 11:18a Steven Vaughan For anyone with Lotus Foundations Start with the Domino add-on here is some undocumented information for you !
If you have a requirement for users Internet email addresses to be different from the Lotus Foundation Start account name, you can change the person document to reflect the new Internet Email Address (but don’t change the domain or the short name).
If you change the Domino short name and it does not match the LFS account name, the next time Domino is restarted the account will be [read] Keywords: domino
Compact -b -S10 Does it work ?
Mon, Dec 6th 2010 8:12a Steven Vaughan Just had an instance where a customer running Lotus Domino R8.5.2 had a program document running a nightly Compact -b -S10
The compact -b is the recommended option or switch for Domino Servers running Transactional logging as per quote from the help file below:
Uses in-place compacting and recovers unused space without reducing the file size, unless there’s a pending structural change to a database, in which case copy-style compacting occurs. This is the recommended method of compacting.
H [read] Keywords: domino
Domino R8.5.2 HF16
Mon, Sep 27th 2010 7:35a Steven Vaughan Just to confirm that the documented problems with SMTP hanging in R8.5.2 and the subsequent interim fix does indeed solve the problem. The problem is described here: link
Downloading the interim fix pack from IBM (http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/) shows the following files (for Windows platform):
interim fix: DominoServer_852IF1_W64
interim fix: DominoServer_852IF1_W32
The Server however shows:
Domino Server Showing correct version
Which is a little confusing but if your server shows t [read] Keywords: domino
Email Signatures with Graphics
Fri, Sep 17th 2010 5:54a Steven Vaughan A question that comes up on occasion from our customers relates to having graphics in email signatures. Do they work ? Why do the graphics appear as attachments for some recipients etc ?
Of course some companies love using graphics in email signatures. It promotes the brand, can make the email look very professional but it doesn’t always work. Why ?
Using embedded graphics in signatures can lead to problems with the recipient seeing the signature as sent. The graphics ma [read] Keywords: policies
Wed, Sep 15th 2010 10:16a Steven Vaughan If you are having problems with your Domino DAOS data store, there are a wealth of technical documents out there to deal with the various problems. I have gathered some of this information which I will share with you below. This assumes you had DAOS up and running prior to experiencing problems. You have tried the synch options but to no avail. What now ?
‘Tell DoasMgr prune 0” at the server console (that is a zero at the end BTW). This will get rid of any unwanted attachments from [read] Keywords: domino