Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Last week, i shifted to my new home, which was under interior designing mode. I am really happy to see my dream home which i was imagined 4 years back

My daughters room is nicely designed with "Little Mermaind them", she is really liked her rooms full decorated with Mermaind pictures.

My Living Rooms design with decorative lights.

Kitchen Photos

IBM Sametime 8.5.2 IFR1

IBM Sametime 8.5.2 IFR is now available for download and install. Sametime 8.5.2 Interim Feature Release (IFR) 1 further extends unified communications to new mobile devices and adds additional social collaboration capabilities.

Remember "IFR" does not mean Interim Fix Release it means Interim Feature Release, it could be confusing. Its a release with some major additional features.

I am pretty impressed with few new enhancements.

IBM Sametime Standard 8.5.2 IFR 1 includes

•  A new native Instant Messaging client for Apple iPhone and iPad devices that includes a   
    dialer for Sametime Unified Telephony licensed users

•  New browser-based meeting participation on Google Android tablets and Apple iPads

•  New Sametime meeting room features and options such as Active Speaker indication

•  New platform support including Mac OS X 10.7, Domino® 8.5.3, Internet Explorer 9, and
    Firefox 6 and 7

In addition to the enhancements in Sametime Standard, Sametime Advanced 8.5.2 IFR 1 also includes:

•  Offline messaging

•  Multi-file and folder transfer to individuals

•  File transfers to multiple people simultaneously

•  Organizational tree view.

For more information on part number and description refer here

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Prevents unwanted replication of deleted documents - Purge Interval Replication Control (PIRC).

This is a problem seen in almost every Notes/Domino environment old documents being added back to Domino database.
The most common case occurs when an old version of a NAB (Domino Directory) is brought back online after several months or years. When this occurs, previously deleted person documents, group documents, server documents, and other design elements can replicate back into the environment because the deletion stubs have already been purged.

How deleted documents reappeared after replication, How can this happen?

1. The purge interval is more frequent than the replication schedule.
2. A document was modified on one database replica after it was deleted on another replica copy.
3. A document was modified more often than the deleted document

Finding the old documents that reappeared is rather difficult and time consuming. To prevent this IBM has come with PIRC (Purge Interval Replication Control).
Lotus / Domino 8.5.3 has integrated with new feature, Purge Interval Replication Control (PIRC) prevents old documents from replicating back into the environment.

PIRC prevents documents from replicating back in two ways.
1. The first is by modifying the 'since time' used by the replicator.
2. The second way in which PIRC prevents older documents from replicating in is by stopping the
    documents from being added to the database via NoteUpdate.

PIRC use Cutoff date of a database. The cutoff date is the date when purge last ran. Purge is the process which removes deletion stubs from a database. Purge runs at one-third of the purge interval. So if the purge interval is set to 90 days, then a database may have deletion stubs up to 120 days old. Therefore PIRC will use this date to prevent documents older than this date from replicating into the database. If the cutoff date is not set in a database, which happens when replication history is cleared, the current date minus the purge interval is used.

PIRC can be enabled using database Replication Setting under Space Saver tab.

You can also use Compact '-PIRC On' and '-PIRC Off' to enable PIRC to individual database.

PIRC generate DDM event when When PIRC blocks a note that is being pushed from a non-PIRC server.

For more information on PIRC refer IBM technote for complete details here

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Download IBM Lotus Domino / Notes 8.5.3 Gold version

IBM has released Lotus / Domino 8.5.3 Gold which includes a vast array of end-user feature enhancements.

Entitlement to IBM Connections Files and Profiles, for no additional charge, allows you to tap into the knowledge of networks of professionals with a single click. This helps users to quickly find skills within their organization and to easily share content with other people and remove the need to send large files through email.

Lotus / Domino 8.5.3 is now available for Download at IBM Passport Advantage.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

All-in-one Admin Tool Collections of tools for Domino Admins

All-in-one Admin Tool that consists of a collection of tools, that will help admin for quick troubleshooting agent related issues.
  1. Updated version (V2.1) of the "Out Of Office Diagnostic Tool"
  2. Tool to present a selectable list of profile documents for removal from a database
  3. Prohibit Design Element Diagnostic Tool which presents design elements that have the prohibit flag enabled with the option to remove the flag
  4. Create a LotusScript copy of a database primarily to be used for database corruption
  5. Rebuild a mail database Inbox due to corruption or accidental removal of the documents from the folder
  6. Given a list of mail databases this will edit the ACL entry for the mail file owner to editor, designer, or manager
  7. If you suspect that you have duplicate templates on a server this will present you with a comprehensive list of duplicates
  8. Given a list of databases this tool will enable or disable all background agents in a database by editing the database property "Disable background agents for this database"
  9. Given a server name in your organization this tool will gather your specified mail database attributes and create a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file to be opened as a spreadsheet
  10. DXL Tool to export a select document to XML format
To download the tool and refer complete details here

Friday, July 22, 2011

IBM released Notes/Domino 8.5.2 Fix Pack 3

Notes/Domino fixpack 3 is availbale for download, it included some new features (the whole fixlist can be found here):

SPR# EFEZ8FLKMF - Ensure that updates to admin.exe and designer.exe are installed only if those components are already installed.
SPR# XTCN8GPEN9 - Fixed a Mac specific client hot-fix issue where a Hot Fix needs space between FP (fixpack) and SHF for the basic portion of the string.
SPR# AHAS8BSH8B - Prior to this fix, Drag and Dropping of files to Notes was slow and large files sometimes failed.
SPR# DCHR7PU3LL - Tables with long fields are not wrapping when printed. If the table size exceeds the paper size, we will shrink the table to fit the paper. This avoids truncating printed content but will affect the original table layout. (Technote #1416913)
SPR# HIKA8E7RT3 - A MIME message which contains <![endif]> is not rendered correctly with embedded browser enabled, resolved in client. (Technote #1499287)
SPR# JDAM7DBS9U - Message received if exceeding mail file capacity should specify mail file size limitation. Regression in 8.5.

To download Notes/Domino 8.5.2 Fix Pack 3 from Fix Central, click the link 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Extracting Lotus Connections Profiles information .... Tags

I have been busy this days working on Lotus Connections 301 implementation. I had some interesting findings thats i would like to share with you all.

I will provide some quick glance on Profiles DB2 table details. I have used this tables value to get the list of users with their tags lists, also used to populate users with predefine tag values.

Profiles DB contain table EMPLOYEE which contain information about users attributes and their values. This information is then published in Pofiles for that user. Few of them are listed below.

You  can use this information to compare and extact require reports. I will be using this information to extract Peoples with tags they added to their profiles.

Extract data from PEOPLE_TAG, which contain information on Tags. PEOPLE_TAG contains below information.

PROF_TAG_ID          - (This is simply a UUID randomly generated)
PROF_SOURCE_KEY  - (This is the user that the tag is assigned to)
PROF_TARGET_KEY   - (This is the user that the tag is assigned to)
PROF_TAG                - (which is the actual tag itself)

I did compare the PROF_TAG value with employee table, to get the list of users and their tags.

You can also extract this information using TDI, i use DB2 source to collect this information.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Domino data can be deleted during server shutdown on UNIX and Linux platforms

In certain cases on a Domino 8.5.2 FP1 server, the contents of the Domino data directory can be deleted during shutdown on UNIX and Linux platforms. This does not happen frequently or on all Domino servers. However, if this does happen, a backup restore of the data will be necessary

This issue has been reported to Quality Engineering as SPR# DWON8FVMYS and will be fixed in Notes/Domino 8.5.2 FP3 and 8.5.3

Complete details are available at


Friday, May 20, 2011

IBM Connections 3.0.1 Plug-in for Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows

Recently i installed IBM Connections 3.0.1 Plug-in for Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows from Lotus Greenhouse.You can share your Office documents directly into Files or Activities or Communities in Connections. After installtion enter your Lotus Connections server information and login credential for authentication.

Open your Office documents like Word, Excel or Powerpoint and share with any Connections component might be Files, Wikis, Blogs, Communities etc.

This is really a cool tool.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lotus Notes 8.5.2 FP2 and Notes Single Sign On

Lotus Notes 8.5.2 FP2 is released and available for download. One of the fix that i would like to highlight which is not listed in fixlist for 8.5.2 FP2 is Notes single sign-on for 64 bit Windows 7 is now fixed.

We all know Notes single sign-on feature is not supported for 64 Bit version of Windows 7.

Notes single sign-on is a feature allow you to login automatically to Notes using your Windows password. It's not the shared login, It's the old single sign-on feature.

With installation of 8.5.2 FP2 you can now use Notes single sign-on and sync windows password with Notes. So thanks to IBM for makig it work with 8.5.2 FP2 on 64 bit Windows 7.

Cheers !!!

How to disable Notes client users from manually saving Sametime chats

Recently one of my friend being an IT Manager of a company asked me how do we block users from manually saving Sametime chat transcripts.

Though they have use desktop policy to set 'Do not save transcripts automatically', but a user can still manually save a chat. How can you prevent users from manually saving their chat transcripts?

Here is the solution, there is a notes.ini parameter that can be included in the notes.ini to prevent a user to manually save their chats.


This can manually be placed in the user's notes.ini file or can be pushed via a Desktop settings document within a policy under Notes.ini tab.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

QuipIM for Sametime Client for iPhone and Android

Not sure when IBM release Sametime client for Androi and Iphone devices, there are few geeks who developed Sametime Client for Android and IPhone.

QuipIM Sametime is now available in Android Market and Apple app store for Download. Install and play around untill IBM release the final Sametime Client for Android and iPhone.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Drag-N-Drop Files support for Quickr 8.5

I have been using Quickr 8.5 since quite some times. I am really impressed with Quickr 8.5 performance enhancement, i did blogged on the same. Quickr 8.5 does not support drag and drop functionality, as IBM removed java dependency.

I have seen lots of post on drag and drop support with Quickr 8.5. Though i understand that it was a good feature but, that required ActiveX component. For large environment iinstallation of ActiveX component was additonal overhead.

I personally do not prefer ActiveX rollout or having ActiveX support for Quickr. Specially on locked user access environment.

For those who still wants to use Drag and Drop functionality with Quickr 8.5, Good news !!! You can now customized Quickr 8.5 to have drag and drop functionality, needs to have ActiveX installed.

Refer Quickr Wiki for detailed step by step customization guide.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lotus Connections Files and Status Updates Plugins for Lotus Notes

For those who have Lotus Connections implemented in their Organization, there is a reason to smile. Status Update and Files plugins are now available as Notes side bar.

I am using that's since last few weeks. For plugin details visit IBM Business Solutions Catalog for additional plugins and widgets.

There`s a nice presentation from Mitch Cohen available here.