Welcome to the new site!

This website has replaced my old site, dominothoughts.com, and if you went to that domain, you've found the new home. I am working on getting all the old technical content migrated over, some of the old personal or out-of-date posts will not make the move. If you ended up here clicking a link for the Domino Thoughts site, try searching for the subject and if I've migrated the article, you should find it there. If you don't find it, please reach out to me using the links at the bottom and I'll get it migrated over.

What's new as of 1 Oct 2019?

  • All of the old SNTT “Show and Tell Thursday” posts are now here

Thanks for visiting - Ted

Initial impressions on IBM Verse On-Premises 1.0

NOTE: This is a “first impression” post after working with VOP for a few hours. I didn't participate in the betas, so this is a fresh experience. So, as has been announced on the interwebs today, IBM Verse On-Premises 1.0 (VOP) was made available for download today. Part number: CNDG8ML We had some time today, so Chris Whisonant and I installed it and setup the integration with Connections. So Chris did the Domino side and I handled the Connections side. [Read More]

IBM Connections 5.5 - Errors in SystemOut.log cleaning up HOMEPAGE database

Working with a client on IBM Connections 5.5 CR1, they were noticing errors in the SystemOut.log of the InfraCluster around 11pm regularly. Lately, the errors were filling up 1GB of logs for a minute when it occurred. The “critical” piece of information was the line below: Error for batch element #1: A parent row cannot be deleted Page 10 of 67 because the relationship "HOMEPAGE.NR_READ_STATUS.FK_READ_STATUS_STR" restricts the deletion.. SQLCODE=-532, SQLSTATE=23504, DRIVER=4. [Read More]

File Downloads From Connections Using SPNEGO

With IBM Connections, there are options to utilize different SSO options. One of the easier is using Windows Integrated Authentication, better known as SPNEGO. This uses the AD domain and the user's Windows credentials to issue a ticket that can be used to authenticate users against other resources, such as an IBM Connections site. In some cases, this doesn't work like it should. One example is if the user gets an email with a link to download a file stored in Connections, but hasn't yet authenticated with the site. [Read More]

IBM Connections 5.5 CR1 and Connections Mail - issue with calendar picker

After updating a test server with Connections 5.5 CR1, a customer noticed that the calendar picker in Activities would stay open after selecting a Due Date for an activity. This didn't happen in 5.5 or earlier versions. We opened a PMR with IBM and after some back and forth, according to IBM the issue is related to Connections Mail being enabled on the server. If you don't have Connections Mail enabled, there's no issue. [Read More]

IBM Cnx 5.5 CR1 and WAS 8.5.5.8 update - something to remember

I was updating a Connections 5.5 environment to CR1 today and part of the process is updating WebSphere to 8.5.5.8. The installs all went very smoothly untill we went to verify the updates by launching the site. We saw the always generic “We are unable to process your request” message hitting the homepage. Off to the SystemOut.log! Looking at the logs, I saw a series of SSL Handshake errors and then it hit me - the Java policy files to handle the large SSL key size must have been overwritten. [Read More]

Location Document Mailserver Field - What Not to Use

Working with a client recently on some policy setting updates and we ran into an issue where the new policy wasn't taking effect on his client. We made the change to the policy (in this case an Archive policy) and could see that it had been processed and applied to the mail file. Checking the user's Notes client, the link to the Archive was not showing up. I opened up the ($Policies) view in the user's local names. [Read More]

Installing Domino on Linux - Resolving Missing Requirements

Recently, I was installing the Domino 9.0 Social Edition on a new CentOS 6 Linux install. It started very smoothly, the CentOS install went very well and the system updates worked flawlessly. I prepped the notes user and group and was ready to install the Domino code. Then it came to a screeching stop. The installer stopped with the message below: To run this installer you need 32bit (i686) packages installed on your 64 bit Linux Redhat. [Read More]
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A New Day

After 4 1/2 great years, I have left GBS to start a new chapter in my professional life. My time at GBS (Lotus911 included) was a great time for me professionally and personally, getting to work with an incredible group of talented professionals and making some great friends. However, as someone said, change is good. Now is that time for me. I have joined the team at Best Methods as of today and will be helping to expand and extend the Collaboration Solutions reach with the team there. [Read More]

Missing Rules Tab in Server Document?

Admittedly, this is an issue that is a fringe, but thought I'd post it just in case. Yesterday, I was working to configure a client's server to use mail journaling. Everything was going smooth until I went to edit a server configuration document to add the mail rule for a couple of servers. The Rules tab was missing. I was on the Admin client, so I tried it from the Notes client and the tab showed up. [Read More]
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Join Me Next Week for a GROUP Talk Webcast

Please join me next week for a GROUP Talk webcast on “Two Minute Drills for Administrators” where I'll reprise my presentation from this year's PACLUG event. The event will be at 11am EDT on September 7. This webcast will give you some tools to manage and maintain servers and users by teaching you easy, two-minute drills to implement in your office! Discussions will focus on Notes/Domino, Quickr, Sametime, and even Connections! [Read More]