Achieving high availability with IBM Lotus iNotes

Mail is a critical corporate application, and users and administrators expect 24×7 mail availability. With IBM Lotus Notes® and Lotus Domino, high availability is achieved with Lotus Domino clustering and mail file replicas. The Lotus Notes client contains explicit code to cope with scenarios in which a Lotus Domino server with which it is communicating is no longer available.

After a slight delay (as it awaits an attempted connection or communication to complete), the Lotus Notes client notifies the user that the server is no longer available and asks the user to confirm that it is to switch to another known replica server.

With Lotus iNotes, however, high availability requires the assistance of some additional infrastructure, such as an Application Delivery Controller (ADC). ADCs offer many benefits in the data center, including these:

* Improving application reliability (through application monitoring and load balancing)

* Enhancing security (application firewalls) and acceleration (TCP and HTTP optimizations)

* Off-loading servers from some of the more compute-intensive tasks; for example, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption

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IBM Multimedia Library for Lotus Notes

The fastest, most affordable way for end-users to learn Lotus Software.

The Multimedia Library for Lotus will quickly teach your employees the essential skills they need to be successful. New employees will learn key tasks and seasoned employees will learn new features and productivity tips. “What’s New” tutorials teach valuable skills and benefits of new features. This is the ultimate training solution for end users, administrative assistants, mobile users and tech support teams.

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Looking for a reason to switch to Gmail? Think again.

With today’s economic conditions, everyone is looking for ways to reduce cost and are looking towards hosted solutions like Google Mail (Gmail).  In my opinion, this way of thinking is a knee-jerk type reaction to CYA.  When you start comparing apples to apples, here are some areas where iNotes is clearly better than Gmail or other things to consider when comparing iNotes and Gmail:

  • Most users will find the iNotes user interface much more intuitive than the Gmail UI.  iNotes has a more visually appealing design, and actions are much easier to locate.  If they have looked at 8.0.1 Lite mode and 8.5 Full mode, they will see additional user interface improvements with things like managed tabs (which GMail does not have), and other innovations like My widgets, that allows bringing in the power of external Web-based services within the Mail application.
  • Better integration of the various PIM areas.   Content may be copied easily into other PIM objects. Calendar is a separate window that is opened for Gmail…as a separate application.  iNotes supports notification of calendar events no matter which functional area the user is in.
  • iNotes overall is a much more mature product….has greater feature set and much greater usage within a corporate environment.
  • iNotes 8.5 offers great flexibility in turning on/off different pieces of functionality for different users in the organization.
  • iNotes 8.5 offers 3 distinct modes (Full, Lite)…both with very rich experiences and a Basic (Ultralite) experience which works well from Apple iPhone and iPod touch devices today and many more mobile browsers in the future. The gmail mobile experience doesn’t tie together mail with other PIM application areas (e.g., Calendar, Tasks)
  • iNotes 8.5 offers configuring personal or shared Quickr repositories that might be easily navigated to in order to send links or to automatically place physical attachments being sent with links instead
  • iNotes offers a single list of all entries in a view or folder, rather than making a user page thru chunks of entries.
  • Much easier to sort on different columns with iNotes
  • iNotes rich text editor supports inserting images into the message being composed
  • iNotes contacts offers a very rich set of data that might be stored about the contact
  • iNotes offers greater customization possibilities
  • iNotes offers Tasks that can be shown thru to one’s calendar
  • iNotes supports sophisticated integration to many directories that may be configured on the Domino server, and also offers offline directory catalogs to take directories offline.
  • iNotes C&S offers the ability to view other invitees busy time and select an optimal time for all involved attendees when setting up a meeting.
  • iNotes C&S offers more advance actions that an meeting chairperson or attendee may undertake (such as delegating to another individual).
  • When using the iNotes Control with IE, we offer browsing and selecting multiple attachments to insert from the same Windows folder as well as drag and drop files from Windows explorer to the control.
  • iNotes (with the iNotes control on Windows) supports being registered as the default Mail application on a system and supports Simple MAPI interfaces that allow sending files from Explorer or from Windows applications that offer Send Mail functionality, as well as registering itself to be the mailto handler for any encountered web links.
  • Context-sensitive right-click menus.
  • There is no equivalent to the iNotes secure mail features in Gmail.
  • Follow-up and Attention Indicators in mail views.
  • Nested folders are also a feature that some users really like (though Gmail seem to feel labels are better).
  • Very sophisticated PDF calendar printouts.
  • Scheduling Rooms and Resources as part of a meeting.

These are just a few features listed when compared to Gmail.  I’m sure there are more.  Point being, look before you jump.  The water may seem shallow, but before you know it, you may be in more deep doo doo than you bargained for.

Enabling secure, remote access to IBM Lotus iNotes using IBM Lotus Mobile Connect

This article is intended for IBM Lotus iNotes customers who want secure, remote access to enterprise Lotus iNotes servers from devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptops, or workstations that require access outside the bounds of their corporate intranet. You can accomplish this in two ways with Lotus Mobile Connect.

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IBM Lotus Notes/Lotus iNotes 8.5 and Domino 8.5 – FREE

Now that I have your attention, the title of this blog isn’t entirely false.  You can try Notes 8.5 for free if you participate in IBM Lotus Notes/Lotus iNotes 8.5 and Domino 8.5 – Public Beta 2008/09/08.  Click below for details.

IBM Lotus Notes/Lotus iNotes 8.5 and Domino 8.5 – Public Beta 2008/09/08 18:24:39.


Caught between the much talked about 8.0.1 and 8.5 releases, the less ballyhooed Lotus Notes and Domino 8.0.2 version was released last week. The 8.0.2 release provides greater flexibility for accessing mail and calendar information through iNotes Ultralite technology for the Apple iPhone and Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook; Offers significant performance improvements, starting up about twice as fast as Notes 8.0.1, while maintaining memory requirements; and lets individuals view spreadsheets, documents, and presentations created with Office 2007.

According to the release notes, new features include:

  • IBM Lotus iNotes Ultralite technology – iNotes Ultralite provides additional flexibility for organizations to communicate and share information. iNotes Ultralite brings IBM Lotus Domino e-mail, calendar, and contacts to the Apple iPhone. iNotes on the iPhone allows you to view your e-mail, day-at-a-glance calendar, and contacts in real-time, reply to e-mail, and work with your contacts, all within the rich iPhone experience.
  • Performance improvements – IBM Lotus Notes 8.0.2 offers significant performance improvements, starting up twice as fast as Notes 8.0.1. This increase in performance delivers greater productivity by allowing end users to focus on important tasks.
  • Viewers for Microsoft Office 2007 – File viewers for Microsoft Office 2007 lets you view applications such as spreadsheets, documents, and presentations that have been created with Office 2007. This benefits organizations that need to see content of these office productivity files without the requirement to purchase the product suite.
  • Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook – lets Outlook clients connect to a Domino server giving flexibility to organizations that have a mix of e-mail configurations.

For complete details, see the release notes at