Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Missed the blog-o-versery

Yesterday was the blog's 13th birthday.  It's now officially a teenager.  Boy has a lot gone on in my life since I started this.  Really, it was almost like an official log of my career as a Lotus Notes administrator.  I learned an awful lot over the years and tried to share what happened with me with others here.  Even the stoopid mistakes, because those are the ones you learn the most from.  I don't blog like I used to.  Heck, a lot of the Yellow-verse doesn't seem to either.  Most of what is shared these days is either on Twitter or Facebook.  But I am happy about the outcome of this simple blog. What started out as a project on here landed me on the stage at Lotusphere and I faced one of my greatest fears (public speaking), so I got that goin for me.  Met a lot of great people through this as well and forged strong friendships with them.  
So, who knows how often I will update this thing in the future.  But, just knowing it's around thanks to Google keeping it free, I'll pop back every now and again to look in on it and maybe post something.  
Thanks for reading.  Who knows what my next adventures will take me.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My updated birthday edicts! - OBEY!


(Three years ago, I wrote this blog post as I was feeling reflective on my life. I have updated it with a few new things and will likely to update this yearly)
So today I celebrate the 47th anniversary of my birth.  Still am amazed I made it this far.  But with the love of a good women at your side, two wonderful kids, a soon to be daughter-in-law, a grandson on his way and two ornery Beagles, it's not all that hard.  
But this morning after I awoke, I had a revelation.  One day, the birthdays for me will end.  Okay, I'm not saying that to be morbid, so stick with me here.  But yes, one day I will slip loose from this mortal coil and no longer be "here".  Okay, a little heavy, yes.  So that has led me to come up with my "Birthday Edicts" for you all to obey here-forth.  So here we go.

1.  From here on out, it is expected of you and deemed necessary that you spend at least some part of your day, every day, doing something creative.  Something.  Anything.  Be creative with your creativeness.
  • Take a picture with your cell phone
  • Take a picture with your camera
  • Draw a picture
  • Color a picture
  • Mold something out of clay
  • Play in the sand
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Pretend you know how to play an instrument and play anyway
  • Write a poem
  • Write a book
  • Sing with your kids
  • Tell jokes
  • Make up a recipe and cook something
I'm convinced that the world is lacking creative thinking.  Creative thinking sparks ideas.  Many a time when I'm either taking or working on my photography, I spend that time thinking, praying, opening my mind to possibilities.  It's easy.  I think if more people spent time doing that the world would be a much better place. 
2.  My second edict is simple.  Love.  Love those in your life.  Don't be afraid to show it either.  If there is anything that has shown me this, it has been this past year.  With all that has gone on, the love I have for my wife has grown stronger.  But also, the love that has been shown to us from our family and friends is what has gotten us through some very dark days. Love can conquer all  "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."  That is so damn true.
3.  Dream big. Always.  Dreaming big never hurts anyone.  It's free.  It's what led me back to doing photography.  It's what's driving the notion of the business called Andy Donaldson Photography.  Share that with your kids, too.  And if you are having problems with dreaming big, ask a kid for help.  They are good at it.
4.  GO WATCH A SUNSET OVER OPEN WATER, like a Great Lake or an ocean.  And if you're lucky, you'll do it when the moon is hanging over the water and casting it's light across it.  A true bonus is if there is another bright object hanging low in the sky like a planet and you can see the light from that shimmering across the water.  This past week I saw that and it was breathtaking.  You really should experience it.
5.  In case you didn't get it with #2, I will repeat it here.  Love those in your life.

We are only on this rock for some many revolutions. Some are here longer, some are here shorter. We just don't know and have no guarantees whatsoever.  In the grand scheme of things it is just a flash. Stop screwing it up fellow humans.  Make it worth something for yourself and for those around you. Stop getting caught up in the latest arguments on social media.  Just life and make the lives or those around you better!
So there.  If you follow at least one of my edicts, then consider that your birthday gift to me and I will be appreciative.  

My updated birthday edicts! - OBEY!


(Three years ago, I wrote this blog post as I was feeling reflective on my life. I have updated it with a few new things and will likely to update this yearly)
So today I celebrate the 47th anniversary of my birth.  Still am amazed I made it this far.  But with the love of a good women at your side, two wonderful kids, a soon to be daughter-in-law, a grandson on his way and two ornery Beagles, it's not all that hard.  
But this morning after I awoke, I had a revelation.  One day, the birthdays for me will end.  Okay, I'm not saying that to be morbid, so stick with me here.  But yes, one day I will slip loose from this mortal coil and no longer be "here".  Okay, a little heavy, yes.  So that has led me to come up with my "Birthday Edicts" for you all to obey here-forth.  So here we go.

1.  From here on out, it is expected of you and deemed necessary that you spend at least some part of your day, every day, doing something creative.  Something.  Anything.  Be creative with your creativeness.
  • Take a picture with your cell phone
  • Take a picture with your camera
  • Draw a picture
  • Color a picture
  • Mold something out of clay
  • Play in the sand
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Pretend you know how to play an instrument and play anyway
  • Write a poem
  • Write a book
  • Sing with your kids
  • Tell jokes
  • Make up a recipe and cook something
I'm convinced that the world is lacking creative thinking.  Creative thinking sparks ideas.  Many a time when I'm either taking or working on my photography, I spend that time thinking, praying, opening my mind to possibilities.  It's easy.  I think if more people spent time doing that the world would be a much better place. 
2.  My second edict is simple.  Love.  Love those in your life.  Don't be afraid to show it either.  If there is anything that has shown me this, it has been this past year.  With all that has gone on, the love I have for my wife has grown stronger.  But also, the love that has been shown to us from our family and friends is what has gotten us through some very dark days. Love can conquer all  "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."  That is so damn true.
3.  Dream big. Always.  Dreaming big never hurts anyone.  It's free.  It's what led me back to doing photography.  It's what's driving the notion of the business called Andy Donaldson Photography.  Share that with your kids, too.  And if you are having problems with dreaming big, ask a kid for help.  They are good at it.
4.  GO WATCH A SUNSET OVER OPEN WATER, like a Great Lake or an ocean.  And if you're lucky, you'll do it when the moon is hanging over the water and casting it's light across it.  A true bonus is if there is another bright object hanging low in the sky like a planet and you can see the light from that shimmering across the water.  This past week I saw that and it was breathtaking.  You really should experience it.
5.  In case you didn't get it with #2, I will repeat it here.  Love those in your life.

We are only on this rock for some many revolutions. Some are here longer, some are here shorter. We just don't know and have no guarantees whatsoever.  In the grand scheme of things it is just a flash. Stop screwing it up fellow humans.  Make it worth something for yourself and for those around you. Stop getting caught up in the latest arguments on social media.  Just life and make the lives or those around you better!
So there.  If you follow at least one of my edicts, then consider that your birthday gift to me and I will be appreciative.  

Thursday, April 14, 2016

With my boots on

Today wasn't the best of days.  After 17 years at the company I had been working for, my position was eliminated.  The writing had been on the wall for some time that changes and cuts were coming to all departments and with the migration away from the Notes/Domino stack, I knew it was a matter of time.  
Well, times up.  
I truly hold no ill will to my former employers, they really are good people and a good company.  It's just surprising and sad when you get the news.  It's purely business. So now the question is, what next?  Anyone who reads this blog knows that the IBM social stack at least in my part of North America is an endangered species.  More and more companies are going  to or already have migrated to one of the other vendors in the collaboration and message space.  When I dedicated my career to IT, I jumped head first into it.  But, I didn't learn nor had the chance to get into other technologies.   I tried but there was always another project to be done or another issue that needed resolved.  I wonder if I'll even stay in IT as a career choice.  I have a lot of experience with messaging and mobile platforms and that's where my strengths are, so we will see.  I'll figure it out.  This isn't the end of the road, it's just the start of a new future for me.  I have a lot to offer and plan on offering it.  For the immediate future I will take a little bit of time and explore my photography business some more.  
So for now I can say that I am no longer a Domino Administrator.  It's been a hell of a fun run.  I've always loved the product and it's quirks.  But let's face it, it's time has past and it's time to move on.   I'll always be grateful for the people I've met because of Lotus Notes/Domino.  Let's face it, Lotusphere's were as much of a family reunion as they were a technology conference.

I can at least say that when I left today, I had my chin high and I walked away with my boots on.

(Editors note - Any negative comments towards my former place of employment will not be tolerated and will be deleted.  Like I stated I truly hold no ill will towards them.  They are a great company with a great future ahead of them and I truly wish them well!)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Curious Case Of The Configuration Document

Wow, had to blow the dust off of the old blog here so that I could share something I learned over the weekend.  And it was a bitter lesson, indeed.

Here's the scenario:
Had to stand up a new Domino server in my domain that would allow for SMTP traffic between us and our cloud based anti-spam/malware service.  A requirement of this mail flow topology is that the connectivity between my on-prem and cloud solution must have TLS connectivity.  Okay, not a big deal, right?  Well, it didn't work out that smooth.

First, I followed Gab's steps on how to create a secure SSL certificate with Domino.  Yes, Gab is awesome for writing these steps up.  Then, I went through and followed the standards that IBM has had set for years on setting your configuration document up to allow for TLS to work.  Okay, no worries, right?  Well just like in life, things don't always work the way you want them to.  When we started testing of the mail flow, we were getting repeated messages from the vendor in the cloud that they Domino server was not allowing for a STARTTLS session.  So I opened a ticket with IBM, I opened a ticket with the vendor, I had people at work much more knowledgeable then me try to hack into the servers connection and they were able to get a STARTTLS, but nothing I did with anyone , vendor, consultant worked.  

And that's when it hit me.

I deleted the configuration document for that particular Domino server, replicated that delete around, then went back in and recreated it from scratch.  Brand new document.  Made sure all my settings were set correctly, (based on the IBM doc and a server that is already doing this in my enviroment), and then walked away from it for a while.  After a bit, I started seeing STARTTLS, (we had logging on), start flashing across my server console.  Yes Virgina, there is a STARTTLS Santa Claus!  

So, why did that work?  The simple answer is, I don't know.  It's Domino.  Domino, while it's a powerful server platform, does fall prey at times to corruption in documents.  My thought was creating a brand new server config document from the ground up may help.  In this case it did.

My word to the wise, when all else fails, go back to the basics and start over.  In this case, it paid off and we are securely communicating.


Friday, August 14, 2015

A friendly reminder about iOS9, Traveler and self-signed certificates on Domino

Hey gang! It's your old pal Andy here with a friendly reminder on the 12th anniversary of the old House O' Blog.  If you have a IBM Traveler server running and you are using a self-signed certificate on the Domino portion of the server, you better make sure you fix that before iOS9 launches!  
One of the features that iOS9 offers is that if you make an HTTPS call to a server, any server, and the certificate of that server is not signed by a trusted authority the connection will fail.  I verified that today when I upgraded one of my test devices to beta iOS9 and validated my assumption.  
But if you're like me and have had issues with getting certs to work in Domino in the past, you might be a little gun-shy about getting a signed cert, especially one that really protects you with SHA-2 protection, fear not!  The lovely and awesome Gab Davis has put together an awesome step-by-step how to on creating that very protective cert and you can find the instructions right here!  So don't wait around too long.  It's likely iOS9 will be officially announced at Apple's September 9th love fest.  Now go, get to cert-ing!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Birthday Edicts - Obey!!! (Updated!)


(Two years ago, I wrote this blog post as I was feeling reflective on my life. I have updated it with a few new things)
So today I celebrate the 46th anniversary of my birth.  Still am amazed I made it this far.  But with the love of a good women at your side, two wonderful kids and two ornery Beagles, it's not all that hard.  
But this morning after I awoke, I had a revelation.  One day, the birthdays for me will end.  Okay, I'm not saying that to be morbid, so stick with me here.  But yes, one day I will slip loose from this mortal coil and no longer be "here".  Okay, a little heavy, yes.  So that has led me to come up with my "Birthday Edicts" for you all to obey here-forth.  So here we go.

1.  From here on out, it is expected of you and deemed necessary that you spend at least some part of your day, every day, doing something creative.  Something.  Anything.  Be creative with your creativeness.
  • Take a picture with your cell phone
  • Take a picture with your camera
  • Draw a picture
  • Color a picture
  • Mold something out of clay
  • Play in the sand
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Pretend you know how to play an instrument and play anyway
  • Write a poem
  • Write a book
  • Sing with your kids
  • Tell jokes
I'm convinced that the world is lacking creative thinking.  Creative thinking sparks ideas.  Many a time when I'm either taking or working on my photography, I spend that time thinking, praying, opening my mind to possibilities.  It's easy.  I think if more people spent time doing that the world would be a much better place. 
2.  My second edict is simple.  Love.  Love those in your life.  Don't be afraid to show it either.
and
3.  Dream big. Always.  Dreaming big never hurts anyone.  It's free.  It's what led me back to doing photography.  It's what's driving the notion of the business called Andy Donaldson Photography.  Share that with your kids, too.  And if you are having problems with dreaming big, ask a kid for help.  They are good at it.
4.  GO WATCH A SUNSET OVER OPEN WATER, like a Great Lake or an ocean.  And if you're lucky, you'll do it when the moon is hanging over the water and casting it's light across it.  A true bonus is if there is another bright object hanging low in the sky like a planet and you can see the light from that shimmering across the water.  This past week I saw that and it was breathtaking.  You really should experience it.
5.  In case you didn't get it with #2, I will repeat it here.  Love those in your life.

We are only on this rock for some many revolutions. Some are here longer, some are here shorter.  In the grand scheme of things it is just a flash.  Stop screwing it up fellow humans.  Make it worth something for yourself and for those around you.  Stop getting caught up in the latest arguments on social media.  Just life and make the lives or those around you better!
So there.  If you follow at least one of my edicts, then consider that your birthday gift to me and I will be appreciative.  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Issues with IBM Verse (Traveler) App

Feels a little weird being in here. Haven't blogged in a while.  Smells kind of musty. Better open a window.
There. That's better.
Hey kids, Andy here with a brand new blog update.  Seems that last week our pals over at IBM decided that the Traveler app for Android devices needed a new coat of paint and a shiny new name.  Yup, they went ahead and called the latest update to the app Verse (insert heavenly angelic chorus here).  That's all fine and good, but, soon after the update hit Google Play, people started hitting our Help Desk with issues that when they go to set up Verse, (insert heavenly angelic chorus here), and follow through the steps to put in their server information and credentials, they are given a white screen and nothing happens.  No mail synce, no Verse, (insert heavenly angelic chorus here), home screen....nothing.
We did find that if they remove the Verse, (insert heavenly angelic chorus here), app, install an older version of the Traveler app for the Android and configure that, they are able to connect.  We also saw that if the user had already had Traveler on their Android and updated to Verse, (insert heavenly angelic chorus here), then that worked just fine to. It was only fresh new installs that were having the problem of the white screen of death!  I reached out to IBM today and opened an ESR about it.  I heard back rather quickly that they are aware of the issue and sent me a link to a beta download of Verse, (it's old, not doing that anymore), and the new beta version was able to install on a fresh Android without any problems.  
Not sure if anyone else has seen this or not, but wanted to share because along with the Verse issues, we've also seen numerous issues with Samsung Verizon devices getting all boned up after a software upgrade from Verizon and we thought that the two issues were related.  For now our work around includes having the user completely remove the Verse app, emailing the old Traveler apk to their GMail account and having them set that up, then do the upgrade to Verse if they want.  The version of the troubled Verse client that we are seeing this on is
IBM Verse version 9.0.1.4
201506041639
I am waiting to hear back from IBM on when they are going to release the updated Verse app to the Google Play store and have not yet heard back.

Well, that's it for now. Back to other things.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The horrors of migrating to Domino when Single Item Recovery is in use on Exchange

Here's a new one for ya, true believers.
The past couple of weeks I have been involved with migrating email users from a recent acquisition my company made to Domino from Exchange.  This is a process I have done many times in the past and when using CMT from Binary Tree, it's a very straight forward but drawn out task. However, this time posed a bigger challenge. One that I have never encountered before.  And it was a pain.
Like migrations in the past, I've relied on someone who understands the dark arts of Exchange to supply me with a .PST copy of the mail files for each of the users.  This migration was no different and I had a support person on site do that for me.  But after migration was done, I was getting a lot of reports that peoples calendars were all buggered up.  Upon investigation, I looked at a users Notes calendar and saw something similar to this:

Ya.  That doesn't look right, does it?
But when I opened their .PST file in Outlook, those repeating calendar items were only in there once.  I also noticed that in the .PST files, there were also folders called "Recoverable Items".  Have never seen that before in my migrations, it was off to the interwebs!  After consulting Google, I found the answer.  The Exchange server was set up to use Single Item Recovery, (you can read more about it here. The more you know!).  In Exchange, Single Item Recovery is a function that allows users to delete and edit things in their mail file while keeping a copy of everything they do tucked away in a "dumpster".  As what normally happens with calendar entries, there were a lot of edits to those repeating meetings, so when the onsite tech person did a standard migration to a .PST it included all of the "dumpster" data with it.  When CMT opened the .PST and started the migration tasks, it saw the information in those Recoverable Items folders and acted upon it like any other data, hence all of the deleted emails and calendar entries were merged into the Domino mail file and caused a mess.  Harrumph.
Luckily, CMT has a great function that keeps track of all the migrated items and will remove them from Domino if needed.  I had to go through and do that for all those users.  I then posed the question to Binary Tree if there was some way to do the migration without migrating anything in the Recoverable Items folders but was told that it can't.  CMT will do anything in the .PST.
So after some more Googling, the team found the the magic key.  The .PST's needed to be generated with the following Powershell command.

New-MailboxExportRequest -Mailbox UserName -ExcludeDumpster:$True -FilePath \\filelocation\UserName.pst

Once my onsite person migrated the Exchange data to new .PST files, they now didn't contain that "dumpster" data and were then migrated into Domino just fine.  Whew.  
So if there is ever an instance in my future where I have to migrate a .PST to Domino, the first question I'm going to ask is is Single Item Recovery is in use.  And if there is ever an instance where you have to do a migration, never overlook this either.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.


(And now it's time for some rambling thoughts)
Prior to this year, every January for 12 years I have spent a week of my life away from work and the family and traveled to this place.  And in that time spent there, I learned a great many things. I also met a great many people.  Many of which I consider good friends.  These are people from all over the world that normally I would never have met otherwise.  We all come from different backgrounds and and have differences that possibly may have never led us to meet one another.  But here, we all came together, learned, laughed, argued, sang and stayed up too late only to get up early the next morning and do it all over again.  All for a specific brand of software and its related products.  Yes, a piece of computer software brought us together under a common banner, but there was much more to it.  A community sprung up that has always amazed me.  We were social before social was cool. We constantly share information with each other, are always there to have each others back when needed.  It's truly an incredibly unique thing in the software industry.  I often talk to others at work about it and they just don't seem to get it.  That's fine.  I think people just have a hard time thinking that something like this just exist.  But it does.
This year, it was pretty much written in stone that I wasn't going to be able to attend.  But that didn't stop Mat Newman from coming up with a plan to get me there. At least to visit. He executed the plan, members of the community backed that plan and I went.  I'm still amazed at the generosity and awesomeness of everyone involved.  So with little warning I was off for my 13th January trip to Orlando.  But this time, I didn't attend the conference as an attendee, I was there to visit and to take pictures.  I was there for my business, not the "day job".   It was an odd experience to just be there while everything was going on.  I still found my way into a few things however. It was odd being there, being part of it, but still not a part of it.  Walking around following the same paths that I've followed in the years before, but not being able to get into things.  It was liberating in a sense.  While I was there to work for my own business, I didn't have to worry about "the day job" business.  So, I got to sit, talk and fully enjoy the time I had with these people.  Sure, "day job" related topics came up and were discussed, but it was relaxed and not "I have to do this for my overlords!"
I will always cherish this trip over all the others before for these reasons.

  • Having a message on my phone when I got off the plane from Devin making sure I had a place to stay.
  • Rooming with a handsy Australian.
  • Taking pictures of many people.
  • Sitting and just talking with people, (Carl, Andrew, Alan, John, Kathy, many others)
  • Being "stuck" and extra day thanks to the blizzard.
  • Singing with Ray.
  • Meeting Steve McDonagh
  • Many, many other moments.

The future of a conference held in January in Orlando is uncertain.  My future still holds many changes as well with my role at work.  But again, I'm okay with it.  Change is good, needed and unavoidable.
So if this was my last trip along the yellow fantastic, I won't cry because it's over.  I'm going to smile because for 13 years straight, it happened.
Thank you, again, to all those involved, (pictured or not), that had a hand in getting me to Orlando.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Andy's Guide To......

At 2 PM today, this appeared on my Facebook messenger


I won't go into the details here about what the next couple of hours had in store for me, but suffice it to say, a lot of incredible happened.  Yes Virginia, I will be in Orlando this year.  At least for a couple of days.  I won't be attending ConnectED as an attendee, however.  I will be down there to fulfill client request for headshot photos.  Aside from being a Domino Admin at a local Fortune 500 company, I do after all have a photography business.  So now that I'm going to be onsite during the launch of what many, (including myself), feel is the last premier event for individuals of the IBM/Lotus stack, I have a few tips to pass along to make this years event everything that it could be for you.
  1. First, review last years "Andy's Guide to Connect-o-sphere 2014".  Not much has changed on my advice. Lotusphere 2015 has a lot to offer you as an technical professional in the ICS world.  Go, drink from the firehose of knowledge and collaboration!
  2. Second, meet people and make friends.  Connect, (see what I did there), with others in this field.  There are people here that we only see IRL once a year.  Cherish that.  Enjoy that.  Make those connections that can last a lifetime.
  3. Lastly, if this is the last late January event held at the Swan/Dolphin, let's not make this a wake where we beat our chests and wail to the heavens.  Lets go out with a bang!  Let's let the heavens know that we were there.  That something great happened there.  And let's have fun.  Last year I ended my wrap-up blog post with the idea of "See ya'all down the road".  Well, that road lead me back to there.  You NEVER know in this world where the road will take you and sometimes you will just be amazed when it leads someplace great.
So there you have it.  I look forward to seeing as many of you down there that I can.  I'l be around.  Just look for the big guy with the camera around his neck.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Does Traveler have an issue with the Domino Domain?

This blog post is going to serve two purposes.  First, to give a heads up of something I ran into this week.  Secondly, if someone has seen this before, to give me a smack on the back of the head and and tell me that this is a known issue.  So here goes.

This week we were in the process of adding new mobile users onto our MDM system where Traveler is the endpoint for their mobile mail.  Like most other organizations I'm sure, we use groups to secure who can and cannot access the Traveler server.  During setup it was discovered that these users were not in one of the groups that Traveler users are assigned to, so, I added them in.  Since they are all on the same OU, I went into the Domino Directory, located those users, copied them out as a table and pasted it into Excel and then extracted their Domino email address from the column and pasted their addresses into the proper group.  I then saved the group out, replicated to my Domino server, did a show nlcache reset command on the Traveler server and informed the support staff that mail on the mobile device should work now.  After about a half hour, I started hearing reports that they still were not getting mail on the mobile devices.  To troubleshoot, I opened a browser and went to the Traveler server to try and log in with the users name and password.  While I didn't capture the exact error message, it told me that it couldn't access the users mail on their server.  The same message one gets if the users name is not in a security group or listed in the allow field for the Traveler server.  Wasn't making any sense.  I went into the Domino group to double check they were in there and that's when it stood out to me.
Normally are users are added in one at a time, so selecting them off the pick list is a straight forward process. Find them, click Add, click OK, save and close the group.  But like I said, these users were added in by my short cutting the process and pasting in their addresses.  When it pasted, it pasted the username in there with the @Domain at the end like is displayed in the People view of the Domino Directory.
Example: User Name/OrgUnti/Org@Domain
For fun, I removed all of the @Domains at the end of the peoples names, saved the group again, replicated again to the Traveler server, issued another show nlcache reset and after a few minutes attempted to access their Traveler accounts via a browser.  It worked!
So when I had a few minutes after that fun, I tried to see if I could replicate that behavior on my account.  I went to my Traveler test server, added the domain of my organization to my username, saved and closed, did the same steps above and when I tried to access me on the test server, it still worked.  So my only thought is that on initial setup it doesn't like the @Domain listed.
So what say you, Yellowsphere.  You ever see something like this?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Unable to find where I am in Sametime

Had an issue crop up this morning that is worth a share.  For some oddball reason, I noticed that my geographic location was not working in Sametime.  Normally haven't noticed it, but with working from home today I thought it would be nice if someone was looking for me.  I went into the Sametime-Geographic Location section of the Preferences menu and tried to adjust the settings there.  Wouldn't take.  When I looked at the "Show Advanced View" option of the screen, I noticed that The Subnet and MAC Address fields we not populated like they normally would be either.  Time to open a PMR!
The helpful IBM representative gave me the key to finding the information.  When I looked in the Domino Directory-Web-Internet Sites-Web SSO Configuration: LtpaToken document, I noticed that my Sametime Community Server was missing from the list of participating servers.  I added the server name to the list and replicated the Domino Directory over to the Sametime Community server.  I didn't think it would take until I did a reboot of the server.  Wrong.  After about 15 minutes, I got the notification that I was in a new geographic location and I should update that.  Went in, changed the default one to my home location, the Subnet and MAC Address fields were populated as well, saved it out and I was good to go.  
So if you cannot have Sametime tell you where you are, check out this link to help with that.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Andy's Guide to (dis)ConnectED2015!

Every year about this time, I sit down in front of my computer and bang out my guide and tips for making your yearly journey to the holy land of collaborative awesomeness, Lotusphere.  (You can click here to see all of the past years write-ups.)  Well, it used to be called Lotusphere, but over the past couple of years it's had a bit of an identity crisis.  This coming January it has once again had a change of name and is called ConnectED.  Okay, no problem. But this year for the first time since  I started going in 2003, I will not be able to attend.  There are many reasons why, but none of which I will get into here.  It's not from a lack of wanting to, I can assure you of that.  But, I will be dis-ConnectED.  See what I did there. 
Anyways, from what I am reading on the interwebs, this year's conference is going to be like no other held at the end of January in Orlando.  It's going to be a lot different.  It's going to be more technical and back on point to the ICS stack. That's a good thing.  But, it's going to be a whole lot smaller.  Ends Wednesday instead of Thursday.  Only going to be held in the Swan and not both the Swan and Dolphin.  No big Monday morning OGS production like in years past.  More like a user group then the grandiose event we've come to know.  Not even a big trip to a local theme park.
Like others have speculated and I have been thinking for some time, this will probably be the last time we see a January event in Orlando at the Swan and Dolphin.  Times and things change.  But it's been a good run, hasn't it?  I'm not going to beat my chest and cry foul at IBM over this.  A lot of organizations that have attended over the years have moved on, unfortunately, so the numbers are down and can't support the event like in the past.   So this year, there will be no official guide for this. But I will say this.  If you have a chance to go, drink in all the useful and awesome information that's available there.  Make connections with others.  The Yellowverse is such a dynamic group of individuals that have always been willing to help out without question.  It's a great thing.  I think Mrs. Davis put it VERY properly on a comment on her Facebook this week with regards to Lotusphere and it's attendees:
I think the strength in this community was in the love of the product and what it did - not the blind devotion to a brand.
I can't agree with that more.
So, if you're going, enjoy.  I'll be sitting in Ohio watching from afar and will hoist at least one for y'all during the week.
(But if IBM needs an event photographer and is willing to cover travel, food and lodging expenses, you know who to talk to.  Just sayin.)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Another one bites the dust.

I've been feeling it coming for a long time now.  
The eventuality that my days as a full time Domino Administrator coming to a close.  I've known for some time at work, (past couple of years), that there has been a lot of conversation about migrating away from the Domino stack.  At first I fought it.  Nobody listened.  Nobody cared.  No help from IBM either.  As far as I'm concerned, they gave up on us as a customer a long time ago. Haven't heard from my rep in months.  So why fight it.  My mantra this past year has been, "100 years from now, ain't nobody going to care about who managed an email system at a Fortune 500 company in Ohio." A couple weeks back I tweeted out:
Getting that "I've backed the wrong horse feeling" a lot today.
That horse has been a Yellow one.  I've realized that if I ever wanted to make a change in scenery with the day job, I would have to move.  Either Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Columbus.  Moving is not something that Denise, the kids or I want to do.  We love where we live.  It was odd a couple weeks later after tweeting that that my boss called me into her office.  I was being given an opportunity at work, I took it.  I'm going to train someone new and make the majority of my time at work be on the network side of things.   Don't know a whole lot about the ins and outs of that but there is more room for growth then in my current position and they are willing to train me.  I've spent so much of my professional career dealing with Notes/Domino and mobile messaging, I haven't invested a lot into other areas of my day job career.  So I figure now is a good time.  I'll still have my hands in plenty of Domino from time to time but, I have something else to focus on that if something drastic were to change at the office, I would be in a better place then the one I'm in now.
Am I sad?
A bit.
Would still love to have 6 numbers appear, then I can say to hell with it all and just do the photography thing. But that is unlikely to happen.
It's been a fun ride in the Yellow Bubble.  Made lots of great friends and relationships over the years that have really made me feel that I was a part of something great.  I doubt I will ever find that with another group of passionate people.  That's what I will miss the most.  Well that and Orlando in January singing "I got you babe".
So, that's it for now.  I haven't posted a whole lot of Notes/Domino stuff on this site for a LONG time.  Will likely be even less now.  May just go back and make this a personal blog.  Doubt it though.  The personal stuff usually lands over on the photo site.  So, if you want to see what I'm up to, follow me on Facebook on my personal page or the business site.
So that's it for now.  Onward and upward.

JUST TO BE CLEAR: I have not been involved in any conversations with others at my place of employment about ANY decisions, etc about strategy.  But in my opinion, the writing is on the wall.  So there is no date/time/whatever set about migrating to anything.