Category Archives: notes

Notes 8.5.2 Installer does not always update rcplauncher.exe

If you are upgrading from Notes 8.0.2 to 8.5.2, and had a hotfix installed on your 8.0.2 installation it is possible that the 8.5.2 installer will not install the latest version of rcplauncher.exe, causing the upgraded client to be unable to launch, from the technote:

“If the original Modified date of rcplauncher.exe is changed, a newer one will not be copied to disk when a hotfixed Notes 8.0.2 client is upgraded to 8.5.2. As a result, errors may occur during the upgrade and then afterward the client will not launch.”

The technote covers other causes of the issue:

“Products other than Notes installers, such as a backup and restore program , may copy or move files around on end-user machines. This could result in rcplauncher.exe having a different Created or Modified date stamp.”

There is a transform file available for download in the technote with deployment instructions to avoid this issue.  The technote is worth taking a look if you are upgrading 8.0.2 to 8.5.2.

Clean installs of 8.5.2 are not affected by this issue, upgrades only.

Technote 1472756: Notes 8.5.2 client installers do not always put down latest version of rcplauncher.exe

Can it Core A Apple?

No this post has nothing to do with Apple, Mac, DDE, DDE on Mac, etc… if you don’t get the title you can find the reference here.

BP207 Apps, Apps, and More Apps: Meet the Very Best Open Source Apps from OpenNTF was one of those sessions I wanted to get to at Lotusphere, but couldn’t quite make it to.  I finally had the chance to flip through the slide deck the other day, and suggest you do the same, there are some incredible tools available on OpenNTF, some of which are highlighted in this session.

To start there were a few I already had installed like File Navigator and WildFire, my favorite new one that I learned about viewing this presentation is Snippets.  You can see how Snippets works in this video

To install Snippets you need to both install the Eclipse Plugin, and download the Notes Database used to store the Snippets. This is a great tool for saving and reusing bits of information.

I also want to take a look at iWatch X which will give me my first chance to install the XPages Extension Library (which was updated yesterday) on a server. There is also the Information Retrieval Tool referred to as Deja Vu in the presentation that looks interesting.

I am always looking for ways to make myself even more productive in my Notes client and thanks to Bruce and Niklas for this excellent short cut to a few new apps. Take a look at the deck, and at OpenNTF you never know what you might find that is useful to you as an individual or to your organization

Lotus Connections Files and Status Updates Plugins for Lotus Notes

I recently installed the Lotus Connections plugins for Files, and Status Updates in my Lotus Notes 8.5.2 client.  If you use Lotus Connections and Lotus Notes you need to look at these plugins. I put together a couple of slides that show the installation process, which is really easy, and highlights some of the functionality.  Go ahead and try them yourself.

Take a look at the IBM Business Solutions Catalog for additional plugins and widgets that might be useful in your environment.

My Speedgeeking slides on Managed Replica #LS11

I had a great time participating in Speedgeeking at Lotusphere, I wanted to share my slides from the session (all 7 of them).  In looking them over I realize that they were really designed to be spoken to, but I don’t have time to make any changes right now, so figured I would share them in case anyone was looking for them.

Creating Database Replicas with a Specific ODS Version

This came up today, I haven’t had to use this trick in a while, but it is a good one to have up your sleeve if you ever need it, since I taught this trick to one person already today, figured I would throw it out there for anyone else working in mixed environments and in need of it. 

If you ever need a Database to be created at a specific ODS (especially a lower one than the client you are using) you can replace .NSF with any of the values in the chart below when creating the replica or copy (you can not simply rename an existing file).


ODS Level

.n85 51
.ns8 48
.ns7 43
.ns6 43
.ns5 41
.ns4 20
.ns3 17

If you rename the file with an NSF extension it will retain the ODS it was created it, however the Compact task will never upgrade the ODS of a database created with an ODS Specific extension, even after being renamed with an .NSF extension.  Technote 1086780 has more details.

(One more note, if you were just looking to get a database to ODS 43 you could also do this by removing CREATE_R85_DATABASES=1 or CREATE_R85_DATABASES=1 from your notes.ini, restarting your Notes client, and simply creating a .NSF.  Any databases created using this method would be upgradeable later on via compact)

Rockmelt and Lotus Notes share the same problem

Have you tried Rockmelt? The new browser built on Chromium which in their own words:

“RockMelt does more than just navigate Web pages. It makes it easy for you to do the things you do every single day on the Web: share and keep up with your friends, stay up-to-date on news and information, and search. And of course, RockMelt is fast, secure, and stable because it’s built on Chromium, the open source project behind Google’s Chrome browser. It’s your browser – re-imagined and built for how you use the Web.  “

I got in to the beta a few weeks ago and have been using it on and off, most of my browsing is still being done in Chrome, where all my extensions are installed, but I have been playing a little with Rockmelt.  What I have discovered is that Rockmelt, and Lotus Notes share a very common problem.

When you are in the Notes client you are authenticated with your notes ID, but when you attempt to use other services in the sidebar like Activites, or Sametime you are forced to (at least the first time you connect) provide a user name and password (despite already being authenticated in to the Notes client).

Rockmelt seems to have the same problem in reverse, when I load Rockmelt it remembers my logins to Twitter and Facebook in the sidebar, but if I visit Twitter or Facebook in the browser there is no connection made and I am asked to login again as seen here:

rockmelt pic

While I would like to see the Notes Client do a better job of handling Single Sign on, even with out it, I get a lot of benefits out of the Notes client, from my mail, contacts, and calendar, to Applications I use, and the integration with Connections, and other sidebar plugins, the lack of single sign on is a minor annoyance, overshadowed by the features that I use.

The jury is still out on Rockmelt, I am seeing the annoyances, but not yet seeing the benefits really justify making the switch, I will continue to play with it and see as they release future updates if the benefits show up.

If you are looking to try Rockmelt I have some invites, you need to connect to Facebook from their site and request one, if we are friends on Facebook I will be able to see your request and send an invite, first come first serve (and please don’t friend me just for an invite)

Rockmelt Homepage

Rockmelt Blog

A Great Resource if you Work on Notes Client Installs

I tweeted this earlier today, wanted to put it here where it was a litte more permanent.  If you do any work packaging up the Notes client for installation this is a terrific resource.

If you work on Notes Client Installs you should be reading Jeff Mitchell (Notes Install Project Lead at IBM) Blog Oct 14 17:07:25 via TweetDeck

Notes 8.5.2 Ships with Embedded Sametime 8.0.2 you can Easily Upgrade to Sametime 8.5.1

Lotus Notes 8.5.2 ships with the Sametime 8.0.2 embedded client (as have previous releases of Notes 8.5.x) Beginning with Notes 8.5.1 FP2 (FP4 Recommended) and in Notes 8.5.2 you can upgrade the embedded Sametime version to 8.5.1. To determine which version of Sametime you have embedded in your Notes client click on Help / About IBM Lotus Notes/ Feature Details and you will see the Sametime Version there. 0 To upgrade the embedded client you need to download the SametimeStandard Client kit, the part number is CZII3ML.  When you extract the file you will find a number of installs you are looking for the folder named “sametimeclient.for.notes”, under which you will find installs for Windows, Mac, and Linux ( I am performing a Windows install here). When you run the executable you have the option to unpack the files and delete when done or unpack to a specific location and save for later, if you want to upgrade the Notes 8.5.2 installer to include Sametime 8.5.1 choose the latter option. 2 You will find the manual install takes a lot of click to accomplish so start by clicking next on this screen 3 Accept the license agreement and click next (any questions regarding the license agreement you can check with the expert) 4 The installer will now remind you to make sure your Notes Client is shut down (this will appear regardless of the current state of your Notes Client) 5 Just for fun click Next one more time to get the install going 6 Sit back relax and watch the install go by (mine took about 7 minutes to complete) 7 When it is done click finish to exit the installer. 8 Restart your Notes client and if you check the Sametime version you should now see that it is 8.5.1 10 As mentioned earlier if you are deploying Notes 8.5.2 you can update the Notes Install to include Sametime 8.5.1 instead of Sametime 8.0.2, you can find more information on that in the Infocenter.

Lotus Protector Integration with Notes 8.5.1 +

Ed has a recent post on ICSA Certification for Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.5 which reminded me that I had this post in draft waiting to be completed.

Lotus Protector has a feature that allows an individual to manage a personal blocked sender list, this is useful for keeping unwanted mail that is not technically classified as SPAM (subjective SPAM) not only out of their inbox, but completely out of their mail file, and off of their mail server.  In Notes 8.5.1 this process is integrated in to the Notes client allowing an individual to manage their blocked sender list and blocked messages from with in their inbox.

To configure the Notes client to connect to Lotus Protector there is a notes.ini entry $PROTECTOR_LOCATION which can be manually added to the notes.ini or set via a Desktop Policy.  The format is $PROTECTOR_LOCATION=url:port for example $, 4443 is the default port for the end user interface to Lotus Protector.

Once the parameter is set and the client restarted there is a new icon, and views added to the mail file. (note: I am not calling anyone out as a spammer, I just collected some non-personal e-mails to use in a demo)

To add a sender to the blocked sender list the end user simple has to select the message (or messages) and click on the Block Sender Icon


This will bring up the dialogue box confirming that the sender(s) will be blocked


The first time you access Protector you will need to provide login credentials which will then be stored in an account document in the personal address book.  Lotus Protector connects to Domino LDAP as well as others, so while you will have to login once, it will use an existing credential.  (IBM if you are listening, single sign on with the Notes Client would be a really nice feature)


There are also new views added to the mail file which allow an individual to manage their blocked sender and blocked messages list from with in Notes


If you are interested in trying Lotus Protector for Mail Security there is a 90 day trial available.  The download is a VMWare image that will work on any of the VMware Server or Deskop Products.

Lotus Protector for Mail Security product homepage
Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.5 System Requirements
Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.5 Documentation

Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.5 90 day Trial Download
Lotus Notes and Domino Wiki: Tutorial:  VMware setup for Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.5

Notes 8.5.1 if you (or your users) like Red for Unread you are gonna love this!

One of the biggest user complaints I have heard from long time Notes users when being upgraded to Notes 8.x was the change in color of their Unread mail.  In Notes 7.x and prior unread messages always appeared in the color Red in their inbox.  Beginning in Notes 8.0 Unread mail was changed to Bold Black.   A picture named M2 Sure there was a work  round available to change Unread mail back to Red, but it was not a great solution for a large deployment.. Now in Notes 8.5.1 the choice between Bold Black and Red is a preference! A picture named M3 making the Inbox look like this A picture named M4 If you look at the preferences pane carefully you will also notice you have the ability to change the font used in the mail file to a larger size via preferences as well, yet another popular request. Disclaimer: Notes 8.5.1 is still in Beta and therefore subject to change between now and it’s ship date.