This article appeared in my LinkedIn Pulse Feed: Christophe Jost makes the case that Notes & Domino are a valuable tool in the software publisher's toolkit. As the creator and publisher of a powerful productivity suite based on IBM's Notes & Domino collaboration platform, I can agree with most of his points. We enjoyed the ability to code once and have a solution that worked immediately on Windows, Mac and Linux clients. With the coming Notes on iPad solution from HCL there is now a 4th platform for immediate deployment - presumably without modification of code. With Customization and xPages, Web Apps can be created for a 5th platform. The only thing missing would be a native mobile app but the previous two can go a long way to helping an enterprise enable its workforce.

At the same time, we must consider if the ship has already sailed for Notes & Domino. Many would say yes. The exodus from the platform -- both customers and vendors -- continues. And yet, I can tell from the new trials of our products that there are countries with active Notes and Domino users. While HCL are doing some amazing things and there is renewed and hopeful buzz around this. A key to reaching new customers will be not just new features in the product but a commitment to marketing, only time will tell how that will play out.

READ: No Brainer - Domino/Notes revival seen from a software publisher's perspective

Today, I exchanged emails with a long time Notes & Domino Consultant Champion. (How long, you ask?  We both remember setting up Domino on OS2/Warp from a stack of floppies!)

Anyway, we were talking about the powerful search functions that are native to Notes and how these augment the value of any Notes database as well as eProductivity.

I mentioned that I had never been able to get the Domino Domain Search to work. (I have tried on a a few occasions over the years with no success.) In fact, it's one of the few Domino tools I have never gotten to work fully. Probably my error.

I thought I would ask here if anyone has gotten the Domino Domain Search to work, and if so, what they think of it.

I have hundreds of neatly organized Notes database (most, using the free eProductivity Reference Template) and to be able to search across all of these at once would be powerful not only for me but to recommend to customers...

Domino on Linux: Looking for a Mentor

Monday, December 18th, 2017
I'd like to learn how to setup Domino on a Linux VM on my Synology NAS, and I could use some guidance from an expert in the Yellowsphere

Specifically, I'd like to learn how to:
1. Prepare a Linux VM to receive Domino, including mapping Program and Data directories and any access rights required
2. Install Domino for Linux, along with Fix Packs
3. Access the Domino console remotely
4. Start/Stop Domino server and properly shutdown Linux
5. What else should I make sure to learn?

I've setup Domino on Windows hundreds of times. (I've even set up Notes on OS/2 back in the day.) All of my recent experience, however, is with Windows. I have no experience with setting up Domino on Linux. The concept of mapping drives, rights, and administration are foreign to me. If I was comfortable with this stuff I would follow some of the blog posts I've found on setting up Domino in Linux. Frankly, when I see things like Daniel Nashad's script I realize I need some context and I think a conversation with an expert would be helpful.

I can provide
SERVER.ID, NAMES.nsf, and Domino Installer for Linux. To save time, I can even have the Linux OS (Ubuntu) operational in advance.

We can use GoToMeeting to share screen and keyboard/mouse.

Anyone interested in helping me out?

Domino in a VM or Docker on a Synology NAS?

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
I have a low-use Domino server that I want to retire. At the same time, I want to keep some of the Domino databases active for the future to replicate with my Notes client. Again, this is low use - 2 people, possibly 3.

I have a Synology DS918+ NAS which has support for Virtual machines and for Docker. I've been considering either setting up Domino to run in a VM or possible a Docker setup. The Synology NAS


I wonder if anyone reading this blog has experience setting up a Domino Instance in a small VM or in a Docker Instance on a NAS? If so, I welcome any insights you care to share.


Eric


I am interested in the suitability of IMSMO in a < 10 user test environment in which the Notes client as well as the Outlook client will be used to manage Mail, Calendar and Tasks in a Mail file on the Domino Server.  

I would like to connect with someone in the Yellowverse who has successfully deployed IMSMO. I need to test something and would value talking with a fellow peer, IBM Champion or IBM business partner.

I'd like to better understand the opportunities and caveats from those who have gone before.

I welcome your comments and feedback based on your experience.

Thanks.

Eric