Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ND8 Directory and Policies - Policy Name Issue

I noticed this little gem today when modifying an OU Organizational policy. It looks like there is additional code in the Policy form that updates the Policy Name field on save. What happens is as follows....

Create a new Child policy document from an existing Organizational policy (ex. */Acme)
Name the Child policy as usual (ex. Chicago/Acme)
Then click Save & Close
The Policy name is modified to */Chicago/Acme*/Acme
The Parent policy field shows */Acme*/Acme

This is not correct. The policy name should be */Chicago/Acme. If you go back and modify the name it will stick.

What’s happening is the new QuerySave subroutine is looking for a field called SetParent which doesn’t exist in previously created policies nor does the field exist by default in the new form. If this field isn’t there it will modify the Policy Name field to contain both the existing policy name with the Parent policy name tacked on to the end. It will also then add the SetParent field with a value of 1. When you modify the document in the future it will see the SetParent field and not modify the Policy name field again.

I’m not sure if this new naming structure (*/Chicago/Acme*/Acme) works but I would guess that pre-ND8 servers and clients wouldn’t recognize it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

BES 4.1.5 and Notes 8 PAB

Service Pack 5 for BES 4.1 has support for Notes / Domino 8 but we have discovered one area that isn’t. The address book on the Blackberry has fields for Work 2 and Home 2 phone numbers. Up until Notes 8 there haven’t been logical fields in the Notes personal address book (PAB) for these fields to map to. With Notes 8 the PAB now has Business 2 and Home 2 phone fields but there is no support for these fields in BES. RIM doesn’t have any plans on supporting them either.

This normally wouldn’t be that big of an issue but we have been getting a lot of heat internally for this. Users are entering numbers in these fields on the handheld but they don’t get synched back to Notes. This is also being portrayed as a Notes issue which it is not.

Also be advised that RIM does not support the ability to synch phone number labels from Notes. In the Notes PAB you can change the label associated with a phone number field. For instance, change the field labeled Home Phone to Mobile. When this entry syncs to the handheld it will still have a label of Home on the handheld. RIM has no plans to support this functionality either. Again, this is also being portrayed as a Notes issue which it is not. It’s a feature of Notes that is not supported by RIM.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Flight Log: Abbreviated Breakfast Flight

The wife, kids, and myself set out to fly to Janesville, Wisconsin for breakfast this morning. Then we were going to fly to Lake in the Hills to drop the kids with my sister then fly back to LL10 in Naperville. I knew the winds were going to be gusty out of the WNW but all the airports had runways mostly into the wind. I was looking forward to some crosswind practice. A last minute call to flight services revealed an AIRMET for moderate turbulence. I don’t mind the bumps but my wife does.

I decided to go up and head toward Morris airport just to see how it was. It was bumpy with some mild dips down low. It smoothed out around 3000’ MSL. It was still a little much for my wife so we decided to just have breakfast at Morris. It’s about a 10 minute flight from Naperville. The wind was out of 320 at 12 with no gusts reported yet. Morris has a 360 runway so I did a nice slip landing. There were some minor gusts coming in. I taxied up to the restaurant and there were no cars out front. Not good. The restaurant at Morris is closed again. By now the family is starving.

We thought about going to Clow airport since they have a restaurant as well but I didn’t want to try landing on their 50’ wide runway in these winds. I decided to go back to LL10 in Naperville and we would drive to the local IHOP. Back at LL10 I used their 270 grass airstrip. Their is a nature preserve on final with walking paths. I love coming in over people out for a stroll. Landing in the grass was uneventful. I didn’t need that much correction angle.

We stuffed ourselves at IHOP and now my wife is driving the kids to meet my sister. The toughest thing about flying isn’t learning how to fly the airplane, its predicting the weather and making the correct go / no-go decision.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Road to Domino 8.0.1

We started our walk to Domino 8.0.1 last week by upgrading the production Domino directory to the 8.0.1 design. I pushed the new design Thursday evening and after a week not a peep from anyone. Just the way I like it and is generally the norm with a directory update.

You need to be aware of the fix for the Domino 8.0/8.0.1 directory which Andy referred to in his blog. It can be found here. I manually updated the scripts from the technote since I had already built the 8.0.1 template with our minor customizations.

Next up is the Admin server in a couple weeks.

Notice this post says Road to Domino 8.0.1 and not Notes/Domino 8.0.1. Our organization is going down the road of evaluating their e-mail platform. More on that later but we are at least moving ahead with some back-end pieces to be ready for Notes 8 if wiser minds prevail.

Monday, May 5, 2008

ADMIN2008 Recap

I’m a little behind in posting this but here is my recap of the ADMIN2008 conference in Boston. As in past years it was packed with technical information from those that live and breath Notes, Domino, and Sametime. I have never made it to Lotusphere so I can’t compare it to that event. I noticed that Andy Donaldson compared them both and calls ADMIN more of a training event than a conference. I agree with that.

Most of the sessions I attended were with the dynamic trio of Chris, Andy, and Rob (where is Rob’s blog?) doing the ND8 Upgrade sessions. I also attended some Sametime sessions since we are in the pilot phase of rolling out 8.0.x. All these sessions were excellent and loaded with real world information. The presenters are always available (for a short time) after the sessions and in the Ask The Experts time in the evening. They are also open to responding to questions via e-mail after the event which amazes me. I guess the Notes/Domino community is a nice group of people that don’t abuse this generosity.

I also attended Ed Brill’s Birds of a Feather talk on Sending a Message to Management: How to keep Lotus Notes and Domino in your Company. He took some heat from people that are fighting the ‘Let’s move to Outlook for absolutely no business reason’ in their organization. I am in the same situation in our organization and all I can say is promoting Notes 8 from within has probably been the best approach so far. Ed handled the questions as best he could and as he said there is no silver bullet. If business decision makers take a thorough technical look at both platforms the smartest choice is obvious. I have worked with both platforms so I know the capabilities of both. Domino is the only viable platform for any company over 100 employees that deems e-mail as mission critical.

The last session I attended was Jess Stratton’s on Giving Your Users the Complete Notes 8 Upgrade Experience. This was essentially a look at how to promote the upgrade to Notes 8 to end-users. She showed how to communicate the new client to users and get them excited about it. She also included words that should and shouldn’t be used in communication to end-users. It was a good chance to look at the upgrade from a non-technical point of view and put ourselves in the end-users shoes. After all, if the end-users aren’t happy then the Outlook banner starts waving.

I attended this year with 2 other co-workers; another admin and a developer. We arrived on Tuesday and had the day to bum around Boston. It was raining so we didn’t do much walking around. We toured some of the old Boston buildings including the Boston Public Library. We ended the day at a sports bar where they put the Cubs game on for us. Wednesday evening we saw the Red Sox play the Blue Jays and Fenway Park. This was a first for all of us. I’m not a huge baseball fan but I enjoy going to games. The Red Sox won by a run in the bottom of the ninth. Then Thursday evening we hit the local Legal Seafood which has become an annual thing. Maybe we will find a different seafood place next year. We flew back late Friday afternoon and missed most of the earlier flight delays the affected flights to the midwest.

It was another week of getting excited about all the things Notes and Domino has to offer. Now lets upgrade the servers!!!!

PS. I’m trying out MacJournal for this posting so hopefully it posts clean. More on that later.