Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Becca!!!

It's my daughters birthday today. She is 4 years old...or should I say 1 year old?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Welcome Sergio Bascon - CommonStore it!

I want to welcome Sergio Bascon to the blogsphere. He and I are co-workers in this crazy world of messaging. Sergio skillfully manages our CommonStore for Domino environment in all its ups and downs. He will be sharing his technical experiences with CommonStore for Domino and I'm sure will be a great asset to people using or thinking of using CommonStore.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Notes 8.0.1 Widgets - DDM

Like most people I have already started playing with widgets in Notes 8.0.1. I thought one useful widget would be a view of the DDM events. I usually only go through DDM events once a week since I have to remember to go look at the database. If the view were in the sidebar I might notice Fatal events sooner.

I created a new view in the DDM database from a copy of (Open Events By Severity) and called it (SideBarView) with and alias of vwSideBar. I removed the first totals column since I don't need the totals in the sidebar view. I also changed the server column to use CN since all of our servers are in the same OU. This was in an effort to slim the view down as much as possible. I'm sure there is more that can be done but this was a quick and dirty approach.

I then created a frameset and called it SideBar. This frameset only contains the view (SideBarView) and has Show action bar and Show header turned off.

Then configure a new widget component from Notes and point to the Notes URL.

Add it to you sidebar. You should see something similar to this:

Also notice I added Planet to my sidebar. I used the URL since it has a slim format.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I was downloading 8.0.1....

...but the word is out now. My connection was lost once already and is now crawling along. I like it though. It shows that Notes and Domino are still very much alive and kicking.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Apple TV - HD Movie Rental

So I applied the 2.0 update the day it came out and am now getting around to trying the HD movie rental. I purchased Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End about 1 hour ago and the download is at 35% complete. Two minutes after selecting the HD movie rental a message popped up saying I could start watching it but I wanted to see how long it would take to download the entire movie. At this rate it will take 2 and a half hours and the movie is only 2 hours and 9 minutes long.

So the question is, how could I start watching the movie and not have it freeze if play time is faster than the download time? Guess I'll have to try that on a different movie. I'll let this one finish downloading. It could also be that it's Friday night and every Apple TV owner is doing the same thing.

Viewing the HD movie previews is fine for me. They start right away and don't 'hiccup'.

Setup: Cable Internet ~5Mb download speed, Apple TV on 802.11g wireless network.

Monday, February 4, 2008

This is SPAM (Not)

AOL has an interesting email feedback feature for organizations to use in order to see which messages AOL users are tagging as spam from your domain. I have had this enabled for our domain for some time and it is interesting to see that every message tagged as SPAM by an AOL user is legitimate e-mail. The e-mail is either a response to an e-mail the AOL user originally sent or was a legitimate e-mail between 2 people that obviously know each other. This shows that people have no idea what the This is SPAM button is really for. Most use it for a quick trash button. I'm not sure what this feature looks like in AOL mail but it must not be explained very well.

So far AOL hasn't taken any action against our domain because of these false reports but I feel it is only a matter of time. ISP using this tactic need to explain the ramifications better to their users.

Today I get this message on our SMTP servers:
(host[] refused to talk to me: 421 4.7.0 [TS01] Messages from (IP address) temporarily deferred due to user complaints -; see

What can I do about this? Fill out a form and hope someone gets back to me. Evidently some Yahoo users have marked messages from us as SPAM or we have exceeded some message limit from our SMTP server. Again, based on the AOL feedback, I suspect the majority of these messages marked as SPAM are false.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Sametime implemetation update

There is 10 inches of snow on the ground so far today here in Chicago. The schools are closed and half the people stayed home from work. However, I'm at work so I decided to provide an update on our Sametime implementation.

In a previous post I discussed my LDAP directory quandary. After some thought, research and reviewing posts from others who have been there, I decided to go with Domino LDAP and utilize Notes ID password synch with the Internet password field. So far the password synch setting is working well. As soon as a client receives the password synch setting from the policy it will initiate an AdminP request to update the Internet password field. Then every time the Notes ID password is changed it will submit another AdminP request. Using AdminP makes it easy to track password updates. I was afraid that the user would have to initiate a password change in order for the synch to happen the first time but just changing the setting does this.

We are using a combination of Integrated Notes client, Sametime Connect 8, and Sametime Connect on BlackBerry. When using just the Notes Integrated Client with Domino SSO you don't need the Internet Password field. It will use the Notes authentication in combination with an Ltpa token to authenticate with Sametime. The Sametime Connect Windows and BlackBerry client will need the Internet Password field populated.

I started out by installing the Limited Use version of Sametime 8 on our test System i server. This lets you use the Notes Integrated Client only. No meeting services either. I tried installing the Trial version of Sametime 8 server and was met with a message that stated "Trial Sametime must be installed on a trial version of Domino server". This makes no sense what so ever. Most people trying Sametime will be existing Domino shops with full versions of Domino. This might be limited to the i5/OS version of Samtime but still doesn't make sense. I was unable to install the trial version.

We have now purchased our initial set of licenses and have the full Sametime 8 server installed. As a side note this was very easy to do on i5/OS. The LU version of Sametime on i5/OS has a single save file to install. The full version has 2 save files. The only thing you need to do to upgrade from LU to Full is install the second save file that comes with the full version. This is a 1 MB file that just enables all the features contained in the initial save file.

Full Sametime Connect is working as well as meeting services. You can be logged into the Notes Integrated Client and the full Sametime Connect client at the same time but logging into the BlackBerry Sametime Connect client will kick you out of the Windows clients and vice versa. This is actually a nice feature. I don't have to remember to log off of one before logging into the other. When I leave the office I just log into the BlackBerry client and that's it.

I chose to run the back end Sametime chat servers on i5/OS because we run all of our Domino mail servers on i5/OS and have a large investment in System i hardware. Why not just pop another Domino server on them. For production we will run one server on our Chicago System i and another clustered server on the System i in our Colo facility. I am planning on installing muxes on SuSE Linux in each office to handle the client connections. We already run Domino on SuSE Linux for handling our outbound Internet e-mail so we have familiarity with it.

The next steps are to get some more pilot users on it (not hard to do since they are beating down the door). Then transition to Sametime servers on the production System i's and muxes.