Lotus Notes 8.5.2 -> FP1 released and ready for download


I have been a bit preoccupied with a troublesome BES installation for the last week and have not been looking much at the web and blogs – but today it looks like FP1 for Lotus Notes 8.5.2 is out and available. I am already downloading it and will apply it to all my many clients today.

Can’t wait until the FP1 for the server is out.

Blackberry Express for Domino – Finally here


I am not the first one to find this, I actually only noticed after going through my feeds and stumbling on it in Volker Weber’s blog . IT IS FINALLY HERE! We are now officially no longer the unwanted, redheaded stepchildren of RIM – we have our own BES Express server! Go here …

 

PS: with all this early stuff that VOWE knows, does he ever really work? The eternal questions never stop …. it’s all envy anyway! 🙂

Accountment: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is now an officially supported platform for Notes 8.5.2


I did just recently rant about IBM being behind on what versions of Linux they support for Notes Domino so this tech note comes timely. I would love to take credit for “pushing IBM along” but  – no matter what truths I twist, not even I can make that case … 😉

The great news is that all us Ubuntu lovers can install Notes on version 10.04 and receive support. Also supported are Red Hat 5.4 (or newer), SUSE Enterprise Desktop 10.0 SP3 or Version 11.0,  and Ubuntu 8.04.

 

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.2 System Requirements – Linux

 

Domino on Linux: Upgrading to Domino 8.5.2 trouble -> FP are the cluprits


I had been putzing around with my golf swing linux based Domino servers over the weekend. I did run into some issue with upgrading servers but because working my 3/4 pitch swing to the green looked so much more important to me (the weather was GORGEOUS!!) I put it off until later.

Fast forward to today and this is a new technote I just found in the IBM support stream:

IBM – Upgrading from a Notes 8.5.1 fixpack to Notes 8.5.2 for Linux rpm

To summarize quickly: If you have an existing 8.5.1 Domino server on Linux that has ANY FP installed – you will not be able to upgrade to 8.5.2 right away but will have to uninstall the FP to get back to a vintage 8.5.1 install. Once you are back to square eleven you will be able to run your upgrade just as you are used to it. Mind you, you DO NOT have to uninstall 8.5.1, you just have to get rid of your fixpack.

Once the weather goes bad and I don’t feel like working on that golf swing (or my scores on the course nosedive) I will go through the log files on my server I was working on and see if the error messages outlined in this technote match. I want to make sure it was not admin induced error or some other, unrelated issue.

Funny thing is: I have not heard from anybody in my network about this issue yet – has anybody run into it yet?Technorati Tags: , , ,

Domino 8.5.1 Technote – Fixup can crash your server


I came across this technote yesterday and investigated it right away …

– well, I’ll admit it – I asked somebody else in IBM to clarify some items for me and am now plagiarizing that good deed on my blog – THANKS CAROL!!

First of all – this only applies to Domino 8.5.1 on Windows, and it makes no difference which FP you are running since it was not fixed in FP4 nor will a fix be included in FP5 either, it is fixed in 8.5.2 though – you guys are safe.

 

The Issue Explained:

The issue CAN be cause by running FIXUP with a combination of either [fixup -F -J] or [fixup -F -J -O]. It will not automatically happen, it has to run into a document in a dB that has ‘invalid items” .. what exactly constitues such “invalid items” is not 100% clear but I am treating it like a 50-50 chance for failure until I have more evidence/experience or a better explanation of what exactly is meant with “invalid items”.

Exception:

Since the explanation implies that the behavior only happens if you also include the [-J] switch, servers that are not not transaction logged will not be affected, even if they are on Windows. Also, if you are running Domino on any other platform this will not affect you – so my dear Linux buddies are all safe, as are you AIX, iSeries and mainframers as well.

 

What does this mean in terms of daily admin work?

Well, the [-J] is needed anytime you want to run fixup against transaction-logged databases and [-F] is a very commonly used switch as  well. [-O] basically tells fixup to also run against open databases and is the default bahavior if you specify a database name with the fixup command.So the command [load fixup mail/xxx.nsf -J -F] implicitly includes the [-O] switch behavior whether you add it to the command or not.

That leaves you with the option to run Fixup without the [-F] switch to avoid a  *possible* kiss of death.

 

Advice:

if you are running the fixup command as part of some regular, automated script (I usually advise against it) you need to review the commands to make sure yo do not inadvertently crash your server (possibly, it is not a guaranteed outcome).

Also, when running Fixup against databases during the day to fix database corruption of any kind, I would run it without the [-F] switch during the day and see if your problem is fixed. If that does not fix your database problem, you can either roll the dice or wait until after hours – which is what I will do until I have tried it out a few times and have a better feel whether this actually ever materializes or not.

Linux – Lotus and fine Wine


Wine 1.3.4 adds ARM architecture support – The H Open Source: News and Features.

some of you might have read my post regarding how to get the Lotus Notes Admin and Developer client to run “natively” in Linux: what means without having to run a virtual Windows cleint. I use WINE for that purpose and it looks like the guys from Wine finally tool the version 1.3.4 out of the BETA stage and into production . . .

Guess what I am updating on my machine tonight??

PS: next to running my admin and developer client I hope the new 1.3.4 will make Civilization V run better on my machine … I have an empire to build after all!

Ridding myself of Windows – Google Desktop for Lotus Notes and Linux


Again, research, research – I came across this technote today:

IBM – Selecting Actions – Google Desktop for Lotus Notes yields error for Google Desktop plugin on Windows 7.

That reminded me of my current struggle of eliminating Windows from my laptop. Quick reminder – I don’t hate Windows, not do I knock is in personal or professional conversations at all – I just prefer Linux (currently Ubuntu 10.04, will upgrade to 10.10 S O O N) and I prefer not to pay allot of money for a first rate OS and all the software I want to use. I have another Windows Desktop at home, several servers and run Windows as a VM on my Linux machine when I need it.

Google Desktop:

First off let me say that I do applaud IBM for adding technotes about a product like Google Desktop that they don’t produce themselves – that is a great thing that I I hope they keep up.

I started using Google Desktop a few years ago and fell in love with it instantly. The native Windows search-your-desktop product regularly crashed my machine, and after I switched – I never looked back. I also Love the fact that IN WINDOWS it has a plug-in so that you can include your Lotus Notes based email in any search you are conducting. Brilliant! However, the Linux Google Desktop does not support this … sadly.

As to the why? Well, many reasons probably but the major one being the low number of Linux desktops that are used by real end-users out there and not just IT professionals.  For Google to put in the effort they are probably hoping for IBM to put more effort into that field.

David Gewirtz wrote a very interesting article in the Dominopower online magazine recently regarding this very topic. He made a very good point that the latest version of Lotus notes 8.5.2 is only certified to run on three distros: Red Hat, SUSE and Ubuntu. When it comes to Ubuntu – the most vibrant distro for desktops – the supported version is literally 2 years old. I have it running on the latest version (10.04) but I would never implement this in a customer environment as the desktop configuration would be unsupported by IBM.

Clearly, there is some room for more effort on IBM’s behalf to put some more resources into the Linux portion. I will even stop my griping about the lack of native Admin and Designer clients on Linux (note: my work-around tip is here)  and happily skip-and-jump down the yellow brick road for them. I will have to admit though there is a bit of a chicken and egg situation here: because there is not allot of pull by the market and free-bee extras (like Google Desktop Notes Mail integration) out there IBM is not pushing Linux nearly as hard as they could (or as I would wish them to – different matter I guess)  which in turn does not inspire other companies to put allot of effort into developing Linux variants of their products. Catch 22, viscous cycle, etc.

But clearly IBM is the one who would be able to make more waves in this field if they at least added more Linux distros to the supported list and – especially for Ubuntu – made sure they were not 2 versions behind. Or – novel idea – put out a time-line, schedule (or whatever) that shows where they intend to go with supported Linux versions, distros etc. AND they would have to put it someplace where it can actually be found … I searched but found nada. Just a few posts by TEB alone don’t make a compelling Linux argument. If you don’t have your information someplace where a Google search (or any other search provider) does not show it on page one or two of the results – it does not count. (note: I was searching for a good 30 minutes, that is longer than the average customer would be willing to spend time on a search)

** End of Linux-Griping for the day **

Hidden Gems in Domino 8.5.2: Overview of Improvements in DAOS Catalog


Another great find (this tech note just came out today) of some improvements that have found their way into DAOS in 8.5.2.

I am really liking DAOS now (I always have, it’s more an increase of  like-iness) . It is so much easier to sell a client on DAOS now as the feature has been around for a while and you can show and document the evolution of issues, their resolution and the current state of the product. Along with the DAOS estimator that kind of documentation is a powerful tool that can be used to overcome allot of rather irrational fears.

IBM – Overview of 8.5.2 Improvements in DAOS Catalog.

Many clients are – understandable – hesitant to do anything with attachments … it gets them all nervous. Once you can show them the advantages though it becomes easier – especially if you start talking of performance increases on the server and that even if they get nervous – DAOS is bound to each server individually and that makes them feel safer if some other server has the “full” (a misnomer, but effective) replica.

I like to introduce it on to servers that are used for archiving, back-up and redundancy. Back-up times are quicker, tapes are fewer, AV scans are MUCH quicker and the server (usually not the fasted one in the crowd) performs better. A great way to get a client comfortable and then have them implement it system wide.

Hidden Gems in Domino 8.5.2: DAOS enabling archives upon creation


You can tell from my posts today that I have been investigating DAOS a bit to get some more under-the-hood info that I might be need. I came across this technote here that specifies how to turn on DAOS on newly created archives when server based archiving is utilized.

The kicker of this is that the new 8.5.2 admin client only is delivered with the 8.5.1 help file (what’s up with that???) and this information is not included in that help file:

Server Based Archiving:

Is run via the compact command using one of the switches [-a/-A/-j] when the option Domino server based archiving is enabled in mail files (best via policies, lets not get into that right now).

Since release 8.5 you could use the following command to enable the newly created archive to be DAOS enabled

load compact -A DAOS on mail\xxxx.nsf

In-place compaction switch [-a] would not work though, only the archiving function as is.

New in 8.5.2 –

In release 8.5.2, you can now use the [-a] switch ion combination with the [-DAOS on] switch to archive, compact the mail file in place and DAOS enable the archive at the same time as follows:

load compact -a -DAOS on mail\xxxx.nsf

*** SUBTLE HINT TO IBM ***

… I hope that IBM will create a new 8.5.1 admin helpfile soon for download. I for myself use that as the first line of investigation whenever looking into some functionality and do nto necessarily always go out onto the Internet for more information. If it ain’t in there I might assume it does not exist . . . . . . the InfoCenter does not appear to be updated either …