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Domino 8.5.1 mail routing problem solved

September 1st, 2010 No comments

After upgrading our Domino servers to 8.5.1 FP2,  I noticed an intermittent issue where mail to the outbound SMTP relay would simply stop. No warning, no errors, just . . . nothing. Internal mail to other Domino servers would run just fine. Restarting the router resolved the issue every time.

I thought there was a fix in FP3 related to problem messages, but that didn’t do it either.

After opening a PMR with IBM, we ended up changing two things:

  1. Removing the SMTPTimeoutMultiplier setting. Not sure where or how I picked that up, but messing with that is apparently only necessary in some Notes client situations.
  2. Disabling inbound and outbound pipelining in the global SMTP settings in the server config documents.

After restarting the server, the problem has not recurred.

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Domino and Kerberos SSO

March 11th, 2010 No comments

Having pretty good luck with this, once the pieces were in place. Security gave me permission to use an existing attribute in AD, so we don’t have to mess with ADAM. That’s working fine, and I finally figured out the right configuration for the browser:

Local Intranet – can contain the FQDN of the Kerberos-enabled host, but can get by with a wildcard (e.g., *

Proxy Exceptions list – If you’re using a proxy, the FQDN of the Kerberos-enabled Domino host must be in this list, and it must come before any wildcard entries. A wildcard entry by itself will, in fact, break Domino SSO (not so for SharePoint on Kerberos SSO). So, if you have a FQDN like and you also need * in the Exceptions list, must come first.

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Domino 8.5 installed

February 10th, 2009 No comments

I just installed Domino 8.5 gold on my server running OpenSuse 10.3 with the latest updates. No real issues, though the server suddenly stopped when I had it running in -listen mode for setup. Other than that, it’s been chugging along.

Installed the TaskJam application from Elguji. Works great, but I may have to find some way to write a web interface for it for my handheld (iPhone).

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JMP206 – Domino Designer 8.5 with Eclipse

January 18th, 2009 No comments

Wow, this is huge. All the usual Eclipse goodies (html/xml/css/javascript editor, project management) plus all the Domino stuff. The new designer sees a Domino database as a ‘project’ in Eclipse parlance. you can do built-in search and replace, edit DXL directly, edit properties without using the info box, etc.

Also, you now get to do all the cool XPages stuff. That is incredibly powerful and extensible!

The only shortcoming right now is that there is no new Lotusscript or Java editor. That is coming in 8.5.1, along with an improved JavaScript editor.

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January 18th, 2009 No comments

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) looks pretty cool, basically a way to standardize data layout so JavaScript can work with it. Also like it because it uses dot notation.

AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a set of extensions to JavaScript that allow it to do cool, client-side stuff that allows manipulation of the on-screen page with little or now trips back to the browser.

JQuery ( is a JavaScript library that lets you easily do all the JSON stuff in an AJAX-enabled browsers with some quick library calls.

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Gearing up for Lotusphere

January 12th, 2009 No comments

I’m heading off to Lotusphere 2009 this Saturday, and I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row. We’re about done with a major project, and I think I have my bases covered for my time away. I’ll have the trusty iPhone with me and a laptop, so I should be covered.

During this trip I’m hoping to learn quite a bit more about Domino 8.5 (which shipped last week), including new features like streaming cluster replication, ID vault, and AD integration (though that won’t ship until 8.5.1 or 8.5.2, there is a session on it). I’ll also poke my head in on a Portal session or two.

Since I’m staying at the Swan this year, I’m back to taking the Mears shuttle again. It will be nice to be on-site for once – first time in 7 ‘spheres!

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Another upgrade done – Quickr

November 12th, 2008 No comments

Just upgraded my test instance of QuickPlace 7.0HF84 to Quickr Went just fine following notes I got from the Lotus User presentation the other day on this process. Pretty much all the stuff that’s in the documentation, plus one extra tip – adding a /QuickPlace/* –> /LotusQuickr/* redirector. I had gone through this before, and I think it went much more smoothly this time. I think this is mainly due to my last upgrade being from 7.0 to 8.0; this time the full download at Passport Advantage is out of the box. Much better.

This is in preparation for moving my current production QuickPlace server to a new host. Also, QuickPlace 7.0 (as well as Team Workplace 6.5.1, it’s predecessor) goes end-of-service next April.

Thanks to, Warren Elsmore and Ephox.

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No Presentation

November 12th, 2008 No comments

So, no presentation for me at Lotusphere 2009. That would have been fun, but Rocky and Mac got over 300 submissions for 30 spots in the Best Practices track, so I guess the odds were against me.

Instead I’ll just relax and enjoy the show, network and otherwise have a good time.

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Adventures in Domino Indexing

November 6th, 2008 No comments

Since this apparently hasn’t been tackled in a while, I inquired today with IBM support about indexing Adobe Acrobat (pdf) documents in Lotus Domino 7.x. Seems it hasn’t changed since 6.5.4, and only Acrobat format documents 1.1 to 1.3 are supported. 1.4 is not. So, people who generate Acrobat documents need to save their PDF’s as a v1.3 document if they want them indexed in Domino, for either a database or domain index.

I’ll update this if I found out from support about any changes in this with 8.0 or 8.5.

Update: Seems that 8.5 can index Acrobat 1.4 documents. No idea about 8.0, since I don’t have a server like that sitting around, and I plan to go from 7.0 to 8.5 as soon as possible.

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Apache Plugin Documentation for Domino

October 30th, 2008 Comments off

Since I administer Websphere as well as Domino, I know how wonderful the interface is for managing the plugin. Just update the various bits in WAS configuration (enter URL’s as host entries for a given virtual host, then just assign that VH to a given app), click a couple of buttons (two to generate, one to propogate), and it’s done.

Domino? No such tools. If you optionally install the plugins on your Domino server for either IIS or Apache, you end up with a directory with the binaries. The setup on the web server is the same – add the entries in httpd.conf (for Apache) pointing to the plugin and plugin-cfg.xml, and you’re done.

Or not.

Since there are no tools to manage the plugin supplied with Domino, you have to edit it manually. There’s a basic plugin that comes with the application when it’s installed, and it is possible to update this, but you have to be familiar with how this file is structure. Basically, the job of the plugin is take the directories, etc., you want redirect to Domino and redirect them, based either on a file or a directory name. If you’re familiar with XML, it can be pretty straightforward. However, the going is not easy. I’m going to try to use this entry to do my best to document this minimally-documented feature.

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