Thursday, December 28, 2017

Notes client fail to deliver external email when exceeded mailbox quota

We noticed that while mailbox has exceeded a set quota, if user proceed to send an email with both internal and external recipients, only internal recipients will receive the email but Notes client will not deliver the email to external address.

There is no delivery failure message or notification informing the failure of external email delivery. This is a serious problem as there might be many important emails not sent to external without the sender's knowledge, and since it is able to send to internal recipients, the sender might even be convinced it was already sent to external.

I have submitted a case to IBM and this problem is verified and tracked under SPR#NNAI8ZZ4EK, we are currently using IBM Notes 9.0.1 FP9 and we recalled that the problem happens even with Notes 8.5.3 so I assumed that this affects all version of Notes client.

IBM has provided a Notes client hotfix to us but there is no word when will this fix included in any of the future public released Feature Pack or Interim Fix, which is really frustrating.

To anyone out there who encounters this problem, you may submit a case with IBM quoting the SPR number to obtain a fix for this issue.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Sneak peek of Notes / Domino 9.0.1 FP10

IBM Notes / Domino 9.0.1 FP10 is scheduled to be released at Q1 2018.$First?OpenDocument

For those who are interested to know what are included in this Feature Pack 10, here is a sneak peak of the goodies.

This is not the final confirmed features and fixes as it might be subject to any further change by IBM.

New Features in IBM Notes/Domino® 9.0.1 Social Edition Feature Pack 10

The documentation in Knowledgebase will be updated with these new features to coincide with the ship date of 9.0.1 FP10

1) The JVM in Designer is Upgraded to use 1.8 at compile time

With this new upgrade, you can launch Designer client and leverage Java 1.8 compile time features in building applications. For full compatibility, apps compiled in FP10 should be deployed on Notes or Domino FP10 and higher. Java apps may run on Notes/Domino 9.0.1 FP8 and higher as that release upgrade to Java 1.8 runtime. However, Application best practice is to compile with the lowest common denominator to the client/server version deployed.

2) Eclipse Platform Upgraded to 4.6.2 - The 9.0.1 FP10 platform is upgraded from Eclipse 3.4.2 to Eclipse 4.6.2. This includes SWT, OSGi, Jface and other re-lated Eclipse plugins. Notes, Designer, Embedded Sametime, and Connections Plugins now leverage Eclipse 4.6.2. The Domino server uses the OSGi bundles from Eclipse 4.6.2 for servlet and XPages access.

3) Embedded Sametime Upgraded To 901 By Default

The default version of the Embedded Sametime in the Notes Client has been upgraded to the 9.0.1 version by default, which eliminates the need for an add-on installer for Sametime.

4) The GSKit libraries are upgraded to Version for both client & server. GSKit is used for FIPs support, AES , 1024+ RSA, and Diffie-Hellman.

5) Japanese User Interface Update

An optional Japanese User Interface update includes fixes for high-impact localization defects. The 'IBM Notes Client 9.0.1 FP10 Japanese User Interface Update' requires 9.0.1 Japanese Client/Japanese MUI + FP10.

6) Add-on Installer for Notes CCM (Connections Content Manager)

An add-on installer for Notes CCM eliminates the need for special hotfixes but does require 9.0.1 FP10. This optional add-on allows a Notes client to show Libraries from CCM for use with email and calendar.

Note: The Notes CCM now supports the Dutch language in addition to previously supported languages For more details on CCM, see

Fixes contained in this Feature Pack

A plus symbol (+) before the SPR number indicates a fix for a regression bug. A regression bug is an issue that was introduced in a Maintenance Release but did not exist in previous releases of that code stream. For example, a bug that appears in 9.0.1 but did not exist in 9.0.0 is a regression.

If an APAR exists for the corresponding SPR, the APAR number will appear in parentheses next to the SPR number. For example, SPR #nnnnnnnnnn (LO12345).

The Fix List database on developerWorks contains the description of each fix in this Feature Pack, and indicates which platform(s) have been fixed.

9.0.1 Feature Pack 10 Preliminary Fix List descriptions:

Domino® Server

+YNABANLSUB - Fixed an error 4399 "Value is out of range" when running DeleteUser LotusScript. This was a regression introduced in 9.0.1 FP7

LRHG9T78WW (LO83614) - Fixed an HTTP crash in memory allocation when Sametime calls into Domino

MSKAAPEQ7M (LO92705) - Fixed a server crash during ID vault processing

PKIM9XSUTU (LO89753) - Fixed an issue where an SSL certificate validation does not allow partial chains

CRPOA64RNM (LO87648) - Fix an issue where Domino doclinks no longer convert to a usable format for iOS

JAQOAKRTUM (LO91921) - Fixed a Domino Server crash when processing user certificates in the Domino Directory

+JCARAQSJB6 (LO92949) - Fixed an SMTP issue which can cause malformed headers & prevent Internet mail delivery. This was a regression introduced in 9.0.1 FP9

MKIN9Z6UZ2 (LO90767) - Fixed an issue in the web server when processing graphic records

+PMGYAMDCQX (LO92318) - Fixed a Server crash due to a nullhandle of a note. This was a regression introduced in 9.0.1 FP9

RMAA9ENABR (LO78449) - Fixed a Domino Server crash on the Dircat task

TSUAANL4QT (LO92599) - Fixed the error "Value is out of range" in the NotesAdministrationProcess #DeleteUser

+YNABANLSUB (LO92582) - Fixed the error 4399 "Value Is Out Of Range" When Running Deleteuser Lotusscript. This was a regression introduced in 901FP8.

ASHHABSBHK (LO89599) - Fixed an issue where running Dbmt on an NSF file, intermittently leaves the ORIG file.

IISA9QEEAH (LO82584) - Fixed a Domino Server crash due to deadlock in the unread code

+TPON9N3EYE (LO81657) - Fixed an issue that resulted in a message being sent that dropped the 'body' content, resulting in a messaging being sent with only the disclaimer. This would occur with disclaimers enabled and a returnreceipt field set to 0. This was a regression introduced in 9.0.1.

LCAYAC7JU4 (LO89729) - Fixed an issue where delivery failure notifications are going dead in the rather than transferring to O365. Notes.ini parameter POSTMASTER_WITH_BRACKETS=1 needs to be added to enable the fix.

SLAEAGNLBF (LO91113) - Fixed an issue where autoprocessing of update notices took a long time. With this fix, if the buffer used for autoprocessing is maxed out on a server, auto-processing will stop and defer then work to the client. This fix is on by default but can be disabled by setting CSDisableSummaryCacheAutoStop=1

WHAM9KRHHH (LO80695) - Introduced a new dcontroller.ini (ControllerLogLocation) to control the log path for Domino QoS

Notes® Client

+ACVR9HHS55 (LO79672) - Fixed a Notes Client crash when sending mail to groups from recent contacts.This was a regression introduced in 8.5.3 and 9.0

YGAOAFXLAK (LO90918) - Fixed a Notes Client crashes when processing Cross Domain admin requests

ANIAAKYCNY (LO91979) - Fixed the Sametime Awareness icon to display for recipients' alternate name in a Memo

RUYAAM2QGC (LO92259) - Fixed an issue with meetings in summary view showing under wrong date, for federated calendar entries created in a different timezone

CSAOAKF4XX (LO91821) - Fixed a Notes Client startup performance issue caused by Smart Upgrade initialization in a VMWare VDI

JVEKAPMFWR (LO92748 ) - Fixed an issue where mail with Japanese characters are not shown properly on a PC with Chinese regional settings

+JVEKAQ5JAL (LO92827) - Fixed a roaming user issue that results in an empty "At Location" field when a user roams to another computer. This was a regression introduced in 9.0.1 FP7

+JVEKAQSGCC (LO92948) - Fixed an issue with shared, private on first use folder not working as expected in 9.0.1 FP9. Folder can not be viewed in the Designer. This is a regression introduced in 9.0.1 FP9.

+JVEKARBEP2 (LO93058 ) - Fixed an issue where the contents are not displayed after editing if a Richtext field contains an image and "Store contents as HTML and MIME" is enabled. This is a regression introduced in 9.0.1 FP9.

NDDC9J2LG5: (LO79942) - Fixed an issue where the URL in a forwarded email created using Win8.1 Tablet opens in the embedded browser and not the default OS browser

RREN9P9KWR (LO82098) - Fixed an issue where folders will not be expanded when the database is re-opened

+JVEKAR7J8F (LO93043 ) - Fixed an issue where public email groups do not expand. This is a regression introduced in 9.0.1 FP8

XLXZAFZCP2 (LO90940) - Fixed an issue where mails are displayed as unread in Notes after reading the mails on an IMAP client

+YGAOALLM2D (LO92139) - Fixed an issue where users are unable to send encrypted mail. This is a regression introduced in 9.0.1 FP8.


JVEKAPWDR8 (LO92793 ) - Fixed an issue in iNotes when forwarding an email from Google Chrome a lot of white space is added between the new and the forwarded document

+KRAUANKM6K (LO92572) - Fixed an iNotes issue where users are unable to attach two or more files using the Send Function. This was a regression introduced in 9.0.1 FP7

SDOY9LFER6 (LO81030) - Fix an iNotes issue that fails to open attachment on forwarding or replying message on IE with iNoes ActiveX file attachment utility

"IBM Notes Client 9.0.1 FP10 Japanese User Interface Update" Specific SPR's

TITH9GEC9K (LO79111) - Fix an issue where a mail meeting invitation does not have the day in the subject

THIO9KW2FH (LO80689) - To Do From Japanese Notes does not contain the correct Japanese date format characters

SKAI9UW3JX - Fix an issue where the 'IDEXTRAFILENAME' parameter does not work in the Japanese Notes Client

THIO9L22J3 (LO80781) - Fix an issue where the date formats in the subject of Meeting invitations and Group To Do's are SBCS instead of DBCS

TSUA8RA5JW - Fixed an issue where the property box of database is truncated in the Japanese Client

CKUAAHB8PN (LO91232) - Fix an issue where it takes long time to open a DJX address list

Monday, August 14, 2017

Single Copy Template

I was informed to look into implementing Single Copy Template function since we are running out of disk space on our mail server.

I had a hard time searching for detailed of this function and it seems long forgotten by every one.

Checked with IBM, they suggested NOT to use this feature due to:

1. Not many people use this
2. All users will be impacted if the base template has problem. For example, db corruption. Thus it is risky.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Notes / Domino 9.0.1 FP9 releasing soon

IBM Notes / Domino 9.0.1 FP9 release status is now Gold Build, which means it will be released in the next few days (hopefully).

Notes / Domino release status:

Preliminary Release Notes:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Security Bulletin: Multiple Vulnerabilities in the IBM SDK Java Technology Edition affect IBM Domino & Notes

There are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM® SDK Java™ Technology Edition Version 6 SR16FP35 that affect IBM Domino & Notes. These issues were disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates in Feb. 2017, fixed with Version 6 SR16FP41 and Version 8 SR4FP1.

Affected versions: All Domino version through Domino 9.0.1 FP8 IF3 and all Notes Standard client through Notes Standard Client 9.0.1 FP8 which contains JVM prior to
Version 6 SR16FP41 or Version 8 SR4FP1.



Currently only fixes for Domino / Notes 8.5.3 FP6 are available.

Fixes for Domino / Notes 9.0.1 are not available yet.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Notes 9.0.1 FP8 crash while open Administrator client at the same time

We encounter frequent crash with our Notes 9.0.1 FP8 client while open Administrator client at the same time for Domino monitoring.

- Crash happens while switching to another ID while Notes and Domino Administrator is opened and Realtime Statistics (In Domino Administrator -> Server tab -> Peformance) is running.                                                                      
- Crash happens while Notes and Domino Administrator is running and Realtime Statistics (In Domino Administrator -> Server tab -> Peformance) is running

SPR SBHLAL9MUU has been created for this.

Q & A regarding Domino 9.0.1 FP8 new features: Move views out of databases & Increase the document summary data limit to 16 MB

Domino 9.0.1 FP8 has introduced 2 new features: Move views out of databases & Increase the document summary data limit to 16 MB. There is not much explanation on both features and I have posted some questions to IBM.

Q1. To enable both features at the same time, considering our DB are on ODS51 / ODS48, and to reduce compact time, which are the compact options that we need to run? And can we combine these compact options together to save time?

for -nifnsf, as this option require -c (-replica is not suggested, however, -replica did works once nifnsf of db was successfully turned on) to do the core task of stripping views out of DB/ or moving views back. so any options works well with "-c" should works with "-nifnsf".
however, I'd like to mention that "nifnsf" and "largesummary" are mostly used when we turn on/off the feature, no need to repeatly do it on a regular basis.
moreover,  large summary enabled DB is irreversible as you know, once you got a document with large summary, it has no way to be automatically shrinked into a regular small summary document

Q2. We have schedule compact -REPLICA -RESTART on some of our critical DB, can we combine some of the compact options to upgrade ODS version and enable these 2 features?

as new featrue does not work old ODS, so I would suggest not to combine upgrade ODS and nifnsf&large-summary in one shot.                    
again, as mentioned above, there is no need to repeatly use compact -nifnsf/largesummary.

Q3. I noticed there is some performance issue which was fixed in 9.0.1 FP8 IF1, are we able to see any performance improvement or degradation if we enable both new features on a DB?

these two new feature should not have any dependencies to those performance improvements. so please refer to details about those performance issues to see what it improved.

Q4. After implementing these 2 new features, are there any issue with our current practice which runs weekly compact -REPLICA -RESTART & updall -R on the DBs?

once these two features are enabled, it works in background, up to now, we have no open issues for these situation.

Q5. Do we need to run regular maintenance on the view DB (.NDX file)? For example, if views are reduced in a DB, does the .NDX file will shrink itself or maintenance is required?

ndx goes with its master nsf when we do the compact command. a compact to master nsf db could trigger ndx compact on demand.(by default, if the usage of ndx does not meet a specific critira it will be automatically skipped.)

Q6. Any pending fixes for both new features which are still not released?


Q7. How can we revert the changes if we encounter issues with both new features?

for nifnsf,  compact db with -nifnsf off and "-c".                    
for largesummary, as mentioned above. large summary documents are irreversible.      

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