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New JVM installers & Interim Fixes available

The fixpack galore goes on with new updates for Notes and Domino on the different platforms.
Fix lists and download links can be found in technote 1657963 for 9.0.1.x and in technote 1663874 for 8.5.3.x

Good to see that the following has been fixed as we had some issues with clients crashing after a recent key rollover.
Fixes intermittent Domino Server and Notes Client crash when organization is doing a key rollover. Crash occurs on both client and server side when trying to connect.

and yes, this time the installation of the interim fix did not break my Notes client on the Mac.

update: see Matteo’s blog for more information about the IBM Sametime 9 Rich Client Cumulative hotfix for March 2016
Sametime March update

A return ticket to SNoUG

I missed my self-set deadline for this post so I’m not referencing Back to the Future anymore.. ūüėČ but this Wednesday will still be a special day for me when I will have a session at SNoUG together with Sandra B√ľhler, talking about a customer reference project.
If you haven’t checked the agenda yet, go here as it is packed with IBM Champions and information you can put to use right away.

So why is it special? Because “back in the early days of administration..” it was not that easy to get information about solutions, possible problems, 3rd party products and so on, about and around all that was Lotus Software.
Being a junior administrator I was not allowed to travel to the US for any conferences but luckily someone from the company I was working for was involved in SNoUG and told me about the user group meeting “where you can meet peers, discuss and compare settings, best practices and get a confirmation, that you are not the only one using this software..” (sounds familiar?).
Basically SNoUG was my first “knowledge well” in the Yellowverse, and stayed so for a few years, before I moved to larger scale conferences with Lotusphere Europe in Berlin and then on to the various Lotuspheres in Orlando and some of the user groups around the world.
And now, after all these years and a few sessions at user groups all over the world I get to speak at the user group meeting where it somehow all started for me. I’m looking forward to it.

BLUG – Only an IBM Domino Server can take this much beating and still run

My presentation from BLUG in Leuven about a misconfigured Lotus Domino environment.

I really appreciated the feedback during and after the presentation and added a comment to one of the settings. Unfortunately I didn’t write down the name of the attendee who pointed out the problem on iSeries but thank you anyway.

Changing the default font in the mail template

Remember the time when changing the default font for mail¬†was as easy as setting a new font in the “Body” field of the “Memo” form of the mail template? Well it’s no longer the way it works.

Yes, there is a new option within the Lotus Notes Standard Client where users can easily set their preferred font.

Set Current Font as Mail Default

The downside of this function is that every user has to do it manually and that there is no way for you to set a company wide standard font with it.

But this was exactly the request I got from a customer.

I did some research and in one of the forums found a “solution” involving the setting of NAMEDSTYLEn AND NAMEDSTYLEn_FACE entries in the Notes.ini of the Lotus Notes clients.¬†Although¬†this might work for a new installation, current Lotus Notes client set-ups should not be altered by changing these entries in the Notes.ini.

Extract from a developerWorks article found here
Note that there are other text-related and font-related NOTES.INI variables, but in general these shouldn’t be modified. For example, NamedStyle¬†nn¬†and NamedStyle¬†nn¬†_Face correspond to paragraph style settings in the Text Properties box. However, these variables are undocumented and shouldn’t be used to change font settings; use the Notes interface to do this.

Nevertheless I gave it a try and got mixed results, there was no way to ensure that the entry and therefore the font was being applied correctly. Also I had different results depending on the client used, be it a Standard or Basic client.

So I went back to the drawing board and started changing the mail template.
Only changing the font of the Body field was not enough. Also changing paragraph settings did not work.

I asked around and @matnewman gave me the tip to not only select but to highlight the Body field (drag across it) and change the font there. This would then apply that font to all Lotus Notes based mail.

Also make sure not to use the drop down menu to change the font

but to use the Text Properties option either via the menu or ctrl+K

While we’re at it.. be careful if you’re using a signature tool and guess what, depending on the language of the mail template you have to be extra careful because there are slight differences in the forms.