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]

Domino won't let that user on to the server? Try this...

Have you ever deleted a user from Domino and added them to the Deny Access group only to have HR come back and say, “We’ve rehired John Doe and he needs back into Notes right now.” Of course you have, and if you’ve ever done this, you may have come across an issue trying to get the user connected back in after removing their name from the Deny Access group and trying to get the user setup in Notes again. [Read More]
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Directory Assistance - Watch for Design Changes

Working on an issue with directory assistance this morning - an admin had created a new directory database to support external users and added it to the existing DA.nsf. While testing the database, the test external users couldn’t login - got an invalid password error everytime. Reviewing the configurations, everything looked fine. I got involved and enabled debug_directory_assistance=1 and debug_namelookup=1 and started testing. The debug output revealed that the search wasn’t hitting the new directory database, even though a “show xdir” showed it was there and further checking revealed it was configured as expected. [Read More]
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SMTP Mail tries to route to A record instead of MX

We’ve seen this at a couple of clients recently running Domino 8.0.x. A user sends an email to a known, valid email address and it gets rejected. The user receives a Delivery Failure Report with a generic “SMTP Permanent Error” message. We get involved and look at the log and notice that the server which the message was sent to was “domain.com”. Looking up the MX records, we find that the MX record should be mail. [Read More]
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view.AutoUpdate is your friend

In perusing the recent Knowledge Base articles (yes, I said “perusing”), there have been a couple of posts where the resolution is to set the view.AutoUpdate parameter to “False” in the code. I know that others more “developer-y” than I have said this in Lotusphere sessions, and I’m sure at other conferences as well, but evidently Lotus support wants us to take note. I think it comes down to this - any time you’re going through a set of documents using the GetFirstDocument and/or GetNextDocument methods, don’t allow view updates. [Read More]

SNTT: Creating Quickr Entry Places

In a tweet a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Chris Whisonant and I were testing out creating Quickr Entry places, and how much fun admins have creating XML. To create an entry place you use a qptool command that requires either individual user email addresses, or you can use an XML file to create places in batch mode. Gee, seems like fun, manually creating and XML file that looks like (adapted from the Quickr InfoCenter): [Read More]

SNTT: Sending New Users a Welcome Email

I’ve been using this agent for a few months to send new users a welcome email that includes links to common tips on using Notes, a link to the Tips database, and a link the email signature creator application. The sent message is “prettified” with HTML, so it looks nice. It’s also personalized to the user. There’s always room for improvement, specifically, moving the actual message text into a document to make it easier to maintain. [Read More]
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DST and Mail Agents

I was prepping for the DST agents yesterday and thought, “Hey, this would make a great tip.” Seems that Susan Bulloch thought so as well and beat me to the punch. Check out her SNTT: How to generate a text file with mail file names plus using Policies to set Location Doc settings post on how to build the text file used by the centralized agent. One other item that I’ll add is that sometimes the mailfiles in the Domino Directory don’t have the . [Read More]
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Daylight Saving Time and iSeries

One of the things that is different on the iSeries from Windows is the DST setting. For a long time, making the change was a manual process done by the unlucky operator that works the Saturday graveyard shift. And woe to the operator that didn’t bring down Domino so it could pick up the time change. That has changed with V5R3 so that now iSeries will automatically make the change - convenient now that we have the DST change coming. [Read More]
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Domino Server Security Setting

Going through the Notes discussion forum yesterday, I came upon a Notes 6/7 Discussion Forum discussion questioning why access is different between NRPC and HTTP clients. The question was why a user couldn’t access a server using a Notes client, but could using a browser. The responses thus far had pointed the user to the correct place to look - a deny access group that the user had been added to inadvertantly. [Read More]
domino  SNTT