Category Archives: notes

I’m Looking Forward to this

From my Inbox last night


IBM Mail Next 

Nominations are Open for the IBM Mail Next Design Advisory Program

Interested in IBM Mail Next? Want a voice in shaping the product? Nominate yourself to participate in the Design Advisory Program for Mail Next.

You need to be an IBM SmartCloud Notes Customer, or a Business Partner with a SmartCloud Demo Account to participate.

Kramer Reeves: IBM Mail Next – Design Advisory Program – Open for Nominations!

IBM Design Advisory Program for IBM Mail Next – Nomination Form

IBM Notes and Domino 9 Social Edition Product Demo

Notes and Domino 9 Social Edition available for Download on March 21, 2013

Notes and Domino 8.5.4 Ship Date

Looks like the target to ship 8.5.4 has moved a little

Notes/Domino Fix List

Consolidated List of INI Settings for IBM Connections Features in Lotus Notes

A while ago I asked the question “What is in your plugin_customization.ini” where I talked about all the features that can be set via the plugin_customization.ini file, but a severe lack of documentation for them.

I was happy to find this list in the IBM Connections Wiki detailing all the available options for IBM Connections integration in Lotus Notes, including which version of the client they are supported in, here is a sample


If the Sametime team is listening a similar list for Sametime would be a nice addition to the Sametime Wiki

IBM Connections Wiki: Using INI settings to configure the IBM Connections features that are available in the IBM Lotus Notes client

How to Purge Recent Contacts in Notes 8.5.x

Ever deleted a recent contact and seen in reappear again when addressing an e-mail? Here is some background and improvements in 8.5.2 Fix Pack 2 and 8.5.3 that will help better manage Recent Contacts.

The Recent Contacts feature keeps names in three places:

  • in memory
  • in the personal address book (names.nsf)
  • in the DIP table under … Notes\data\workspace …

Prior to 8.5.2 Fix Pack 2 deleting a recent contact and emptying trash only deleted from names.nsf not the DIP table.  Beginning in 8.5.2 Fix Pack 2 deleting a recent contact is a hard delete and the DIP table is updated so the address does not return.

Beginning in Notes 8.5.3 there is a new notes.ini variable to purge all recent contacts automatically.  If you set PURGE_RECENT_CONTACTS=1 the client will one time purge all recent contacts.  Once the purge is complete the notes.ini will automatically change to PURGE_RECENT_CONTACTS=0 to prevent purging recent contacts again.

There is also a VB Script that can be used to purge recent contacts on notes 8.5.x and 8.0.x clients.

Technote 1570490: How to purge all Recent Contacts from a Notes 8.5x client

The Lotus Notes 8.x Tips blog has additional tips on Recent Contacts and 8.5.3

Upgrading Sametime in Notes 8.5.3 from 8.5.1 to 8.5.2

If all those version numbers in the title don’t confuse you I don’t know what will.

Notes 8.5.3 ships with Sametime 8.5.1, but can be upgraded to Sametime 8.5.2.  Depending on your entitlement there are two packages you can download to upgrade the embedded Sametime client, depending on your entitlement.

Under the Notes/Domino product family you will find part number CZZ92ML provided as part of the Sametime Entry entitlement

ST 8.5.2 for 8.5.3 2

Under Sametime you will find Part Number CZYF7ML

ST 8.5.2 for 8.5.3 1

either way to get the installer for the Notes client you are looking at a 2GB download.  The Installer is the same in either download.  Once you extract the zip file you are looking for SametimeEntryClient\sametimeclient.for.notes directory if you used CZZ92ML or SametimeStandardClient\sametimeclient.for.notes directory if you used CZYF7ML where you will find installs for  Windows, Mac and Linux.

For Windows it is an installer, for Linux a couple of package flavors, and for Mac there are install instructions available in a readme file.

For more information on upgrading and instructions how to check your Sametime version in Notes see this entry on upgrading to Sametime 8.5.1 in Notes 8.5.2.

I have already heard a number of people as “why didn’t they just ship it with 8.5.2” fair question, the answer I am sure has to do with timing of the Sametime 8.5.2 release and time to package in Notes 8.5.3 for shipping.  The reality is I don’t care what version of Sametime ships embedded with Notes, what I care is that I can get the version I want without changing the Notes client version so this is fine with me.

From the Sametime Wiki Upgrading the IBM Lotus Sametime client embedded in IBM Lotus Notes to Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 or 8.5.2

Notes & Domino 8.5.3 System Requirements

I know I will need these technotes a number of times over the next few days so for myself and anyone else looking for them in one place here goes:

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.3 System Requirements

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.3 System Requirements

IBM Lotus Domino Designer and Administrator Clients 8.5.3 System Requirements

IBM Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.3 System Requirements

IBM Lotus iNotes 8.5.3 System Requirements

Notes 8.5.2 FP2 and Lotus Connections Plugins Might Not Play Nicely Together

Back in February I blogged about the Lotus Connections Files and Status Updates Plugins for Lotus Notes.  These are excellent plugins that I use every day, and I would recommend them to anyone running both Lotus Notes and IBM Connections.

If you are running Notes 8.5.2 with Fix Pack 2, apparently a fix to the Connections code in Fix Pack 2, broke the Files and Status plugins, from the technote:


Technote 1495765: Installing FP2 for Notes breaks both the Files and the Status Updates 3.0 gold plug-ins

Lotus Protector Requires TLS 1.0 Enabled

I have previously written about Lotus Protector for Mail Security integration with Lotus Notes 8.5.1 and later.  Once you have it configured the client integration works really well, and had definitely helped me reduce the amount of mail in my inbox over the last couple of months.

I recently came across a situation where a particular client machine could not see the protector integration in their mail file.  We checked the client version, notes.ini settings, mail template, and everything seemed correct.   We launched IE and tried to use the web interface to Lotus Protector for Mail Security, and got this:


Other machines were working just fine (browser and Notes client), and that is when we can across this technote, which documents the requirement for TLS1.0 to be enabled in the browser in order to access Lotus Protector for Mail Security

Sure enough a quick check of IE Settings showed that for some reason TLS 1.0 was disabled.


A simple check of the box, and Lotus Protector was accessible from the machine.

Technote 1444380: Web interface of Lotus Protector for Mail Security appliance cannot be accessed

As a reminder if you are using both Lotus Protector for Mail Security, and Lotus Connections, they don’t play nicely together in 8.5.1 or 8.5.2, this issue is not fixed until 8.5.3, in the meantime you can contact support for a hotfix.