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Michael Stokes


$1.8 million spend achieving efficiency and productivity gains

Michael A Stokes  25 June 2014 04:14:18 PM

$1.8 million over the next year to begin to replace the parliament’s “Lotus Notes/Domino infrastructure achieving efficiency and productivity gains”.


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Customising the IBM Notes Traveler home page

Michael A Stokes  16 January 2014 01:38:25 PM
Not an all that new document as I have never needed to customise the Traveler home page before other than putting a banner (company profile) picture up.

Customising the IBM Notes Traveler home page

One in particular I needed as the customer has an MDM to provision the users.


Set to true during installation. Default value is true.

Controls whether the client installation and configuration parts of the user home page are shown. This parameter is similar to a master switch for enabling or disabling these portions of the user home page for all device types. If this parameter is set to false, all client portions of the web page will be disabled. If it is set to true, all client potions of the web page will be enabled unless any of the following device specific parameters are set to false. It may be desirable to set this parameter or any of the following NTS_SERVLET_ALLOW_CLIENT_INSTALL_* parameters to false if an MDM solution is in use to deploy clients to devices.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Michael A Stokes  25 December 2013 02:11:03 PM
    We wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and an incredible New Year.

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    May smiles and laughter and fun fill your Christmas Holidays.

    We have had an incredibly challenging year and your support by sending cards, phone calls and just generally being you helped us through.


    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    With Much Love & Hugs from Michael & Fiona

    And licks of Love from Lily & Daisy


    Updated Fix - Interim Fix 1 for IBM Notes 8.5.3 Fix Pack 4

    Michael A Stokes  15 May 2013 10:04:23 AM

    A missing file in the Windows versions of Notes 8.5.3 Fix Pack 4 and 8.5.3 Fix Pack 4 Interim Fix 1 is impacting some Windows applications, preventing them from running (see examples below), and thus those original fixes were pulled from Fix Central and Passport Advantage. 8.5.3 Fix Pack 4 (and subsequently 8.5.3 Fix Pack 4 Interim Fix 1) required a Microsoft runtime re-distributable to be included in the package. The run-time was missing a key file.

    A revised Interim Fix 1 for Notes 8.5.3 Fix Pack 4 was posted to Fix Central on 14 May 2013 (new dowload links provided below). This revised fix supersedes Notes 8.5.3 Fix Pack 4.

    Updated technote and links to downloads here - http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21636024

    My NOTES.INI collection of favorites

    Michael A Stokes  23 April 2013 05:17:41 PM
    This is a Work In Progress page.

    A reference for myself more than anything of a collection of NOTES.INI parms that I've come across that I've added to my base line list of must have INI parms for IBM Notes & Domino.

    Before you use any of these make sure they are appropriate.  I'd suggest start with these and use them to invoke your own thought processes on what it is you are aiming to achieve.


    - Allows you to define a string of text that will prefix the Confidential text in the Subject line of a message
    - Prevents accidental deletion of folders in the navigator when you think the focus is the Inbox etc.  From AusLug 2013




    Customising the Confidential string in the IBM Notes subject line

    Michael A Stokes  23 April 2013 01:01:37 PM
    By adding the following INI parm to your Notes.INI for your IBM Notes client you can customised the Confidential string that is used in the subject line.

    Setting $Custom_SubjectConfString=IBM will insert IBM before the Confidential text.

    Image:Customising the Confidential string in the IBM Notes subject line

    You could set the value as any text you want so either your company name or something more generic like $Custom_SubjectConfString=Internal

    Image:Customising the Confidential string in the IBM Notes subject line

    I’m loving IBM Notes 9 Social Edition

    Michael A Stokes  9 March 2013 05:33:14 PM
    Not long to go for Notes & Domino 9. Twitter hash tags for #notes9 - https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23notes9&src=hash

    My early indicators have always been seeing a huge number of updates to the Internal Knowledge base.

    Image:I’m loving IBM Notes 9 Social Edition

    Notes 9 and AusLug all in the same week.  This will be a very good week - http://www.auslug.org

    "From Liking to Leading": Transforming Your Business with a Next Generation Platform for Social Business.

    Recent Java 7 security vulnerability and IBM Notes/Domino

    Michael A Stokes  15 January 2013 03:20:09 PM
    New technote published to answer concerns regarding recent JAVA security vulnerabilities and the impact on IBM Notes & Domino.


    Phone Message from the 90s

    Michael A Stokes  17 December 2012 09:56:05 AM
    IBM Domino 9.0 SE BETA and via iNotes the Phone Message is still pink.

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    Local mail file - delegation issues - Unable to open calendar

    Michael A Stokes  16 October 2012 08:26:36 AM
    Technote worth consideration for those looking to upgrade IBM Lotus Notes clients to 8.5.3 FP2.

    With a location document set to a mail file on the local machine rather than the server replica when attempting to open a mail file you have been delegated access to (calendar, inbox etc) you receive the error:

    "Unable to open calendar for CN=Firstname Lastname/O=Orgname"

    SPR SNES8WZPEZ is suppose to address the issue.

    More details in this Technote -  http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21607928

    EDIT 24-10-2012
    IF2 now available for  IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.3 FP2 that addresses SPR SNES8WZPEZ - http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21614935

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