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  • Rayan Hanoudi 3:12 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    We had a project to migrate a Domino server from a dedicated host to new Virtual Machine (VM) host.  We typically don’t do much server administration.  Having migrated over a hundred Domino servers in my previous job, I didn’t think this would be any different than any other Domino migration.

    The requirement for this project was a migration instead of a move.  The customer wanted a clean server install without any legacy installs from years of previous Domino installs, plus the new OS was newer and it was running 64 bit.  There were a couple of complications, the customer is running all of these services:  DAOS, Transaction logging, BES, Traveler, ReplicAction, SMTP.  Having all these services running on the one Domino server.  We decided to move BES to a new host and replace ReplicAction with another tool.

    I setup the new Domino server with a new name, setup transaction logging, DAOS then started replicating the databases over to the new server.  At this point everything worked great.  I had a user switch to the new Domino server and everything worked fine.  To minimze distrubtion with having users switch to the new server name, we opted to switch server ID files and updated DNS.  The next day we started hearing from users that they couldn’t open certain files.  We then realized that the DAOS encrypts the files with server ID, the attachments replicated during the setup period of the new server were encrypted with the temporary ID we used to setup the new server and the original server ID could not decrypt the attchments.  I found a good article here that explains DAOS encryption:

    http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/dominowiki.nsf/dx/daos-best-practices#Encryption

    Luckily we were able to copy the encrypted DAOS NLO files and corrected the problem.  For anyone reading this, remember to turn off DAOS encryption (DAOS_ENCRYPT_NLO=0) when swapping servers.

     
  • Kurt Higley 8:25 am on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    OS 4.2 for the iPad is here. Airprint only works with 11 printers at the moment => http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/airprint.html

    Let hope that some drivers/firmware updates come out soon.

    Printers are inexpensive but not going to run and buy a new printer just to print from my iPad.

     
  • Kurt Higley 9:15 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    If you want push notifications on your iPad from gmail, read this article => http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?answer=138740&topic=14252

     
  • Lisa 2:30 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Everyone here at Ebiz is excited to know that we are getting new PCs! BUT, before we can set them up at the workstations, I need to image them. Today I downloaded clonezilla, it’s free, which is a plus. They also have step by step documentation (with Pictures!) on how to clone an image of your pc. There is an option to take the image from your hard drive and put it on an external hard drive. No problem, right? Except for the fact that our external hard drive will not work. I keep on getting a redundancy error whenever I try to initialize it. I googled this issue and found out that it is because of corrupt data being on the hard drive. I also tried following their step by step process to fix the problem, with NO LUCK. As I was bummed out about the hard drive, I started looking further into clonezilla. To my surprise, it doesn’t look like you can even restore an image from an external hard drive to the local drive.

    Maybe I will try symantec ghost and see how that goes.

     
  • Joe Wichowski 10:39 am on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Unfortunately, iOS 4.2 is still delayed for the iPad. I’m really looking forward to the “print” feature. It will take me one step closer to being laptop-free.

    Now here’s hoping LogMeIn updates their iOS app quickly to allow for remote printing as well. I can then print documents from my desktop in the office directly from my iPad.

     
  • Kurt Higley 6:07 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The other day I got to thinking about cloud security and decided to do a little research.

    After a quick google and some on-screen filtering, I came across this site => Cloud Security Alliance

    There are a couple of interesting publications dealing with cloud security:

    Of course its not an exhaustive list, but its a start.

     
  • Sang Lor 3:13 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    xRM Linq 

    In my opinion, xRM Linq library component seems to be the best third party component to access CRM. The API allows easy authentication with OnPremise and Online. The component also allows custom entities to be added to its library; for example, you can create a custom entity called join. These custom entities support many to many, one to many, and many to one properties. The flexibility of the custom entity allows developers to create a portal that can service the customers more efficiently; no matter what customer requires.

     
  • Ian Leu 8:02 am on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Recently had a project to move an old notes database to a read only ASP application. Using our custom Talend component to pull data from notes along with Ironspeed (the rapid development software for ASP) we were able to quickly and easily pull the data from notes and create an ASP application that allowed the customer to find all the old data they needed.

    With these tools, this is a process that can be replicated quite easily.

     
    • Juan Yip 7:16 pm on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m new to Iron Speed and have been searching for a way to migrate notes to ASP. Do you have a quick ‘how to’ video or specs doc you can share? Feel free to email me, yip_juan@yahoo.com. Thanks!

      • Ian Leu 8:57 am on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t have any specific materials like that but I can tell you that to get started you just need to be able to get the data out of notes into something like SQL server. We use our own in house tools to accomplish that but any method is fine. You will need enough knowledge of notes to keep the referential integrity and rebuild the relationships in the new database. Given that notes isn’t inherently relational, you will need to use unique IDs, REF values for response documents, or built in key values(it will all depend on how the notes application was designed).

        Once you have the data exactly the way you want it with the relationships perfect, ironspeed can build the basic application for you easily, the rest is custom ASP code and UI tweaks to make the functionality mimic notes (in my case above, I was making a read only app for archive purposes, but anything is possible), there is some very helpful ironspeed documentation on how to get started with new applications on their website.

        Hope that helps!

  • Joe Wichowski 9:50 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Today, we begin our cloud initiative… 

    Recently, we have begun the process of moving our company “to the cloud”. I feel we must do so, for the sake of our customers.

    It is my opinion that within 5 years, with the exception of financial systems, the majority of businesses will not have physical “servers” inside their company. They will instead rely on cloud-based software, or cloud-based servers. Doing so, they will no longer be responsible for maintaining operating systems, applying security patches, repairing hard drives, and the span of other initiatives that IT departments carry out for their companies but do not directly apply to the company’s core mission.

    I believe we are now at the crossroads of not just where these cloud services make sense from a logistics standpoint, but also from a price point. Whereas before, there were relatively limited players in this space, now every major software company has a solution. Where before we only had “pay by the minute & byte” services which were too hard to calculate out, we now have all-inclusive options to truly understand costs before implementation begins.

    So we “boldly go” first, to make sure that we have all of their questions answered, all of their needs met, all of their data secured, and all of their systems integrated. In essence, I feel we are paving the way for our customers future, so that again we can eliminate waste, and keep them focused on their true needs – selling, marketing, and servicing their customers.

    This blog is meant to capture our journey. Hopefully you will find some of our lessons-learned useful to apply to your own organization.

     
  • Joe Wichowski 4:16 pm on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    iPads are the holy grail for sales teams 

    I am pretty gung-ho on my iPad. I cannot be separated from it. It is such a useful tool to me, that I bought one for every single one of my employees.

    I want them to really put it through its paces. My goals is to “run my business on my iPad”. For that, I feel our current system (TeamWork, which is based on Lotus Notes) needs a paradigm shift. It is my intent to create a new platform, taking all of the best items from TeamWork, and extending that functionality to the iPad.

    I think if we are successful, we will have a great tool for sales teams. The iPad is a great presentation device. I can “get close” to my prospect. I can swipe through sales slides. I can show pictures and play sound. All without having to type on a keyboard. It is a natural sales tool when in front of the customer.

    But its weakness is its “slide out keyboard”. Although I am fairly good at typing on it, it is not ideal – I would rather just quickly check some boxes to track my activity. Also, “popup pick lists” from Salesforce.com or other online CRM systems all open a brand new window in the Web Browser.

    Instead, I plan on challenging my team to make TeamWork work “as expected” when running on the iPad, and bridging the two worlds of desktop application (with a large screen and keyboard), and iPad application (with a somewhat smaller screen and no keyboard).

    If we can do that, then we can offer sales teams a tool that will really up their productivity – small, lightweight, extremely functional, great for impromptu presentations, and all-day battery life.  Or at the very minimum, I can use it!

     
  • Lisa 2:09 pm on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Apps 

    We are in the stage of migrating our company over to google apps from lotus notes. We have had an interesting journey in setting up a test account and migrating the mailbox over to google apps. For some reason we were not able to use google’s migration tool to migrate the test account over. We had to purchase a tool called PCVITA and from there we were able to migrate our test account over. Google Tech Support was not of any help either. They will not talk to you via phone. You can call them and they will put a ticket in and eventually a technician will email you back.

    When I was trying to use google’s migration tool, I wouldn’t be any errors, it just wouldn’t do anything. I put in a ticket to technical support and they emailed me saying that without an error message, they couldn’t really help me. Since they were not very helpful, I took things into my own hands. I did a google search and found a tool called PCVITA and it says it is an “express” google migrator.

    With this tool we had to make sure the test user already had an account with google apps within our domain. I also had to replicate the test mailbox to my local machine. I decided to wait to replicate the mailbox until after everyone left for the day. I set the schedule to start at 6pm. I had to go into manage your domain in google apps and enable provisioning API as well as enable users to use the email migration API. First Step was to input our domain name in and hit test. This makes sure the domain name is valid. Once it validated our domain name I was able to add files that I wanted to migrate over. I selected our test accound mailbox. Because I replicated it to my local machine, it made it an NSF file. This is the file I added to migrate over to google apps. Once I had added the file, I had to input the test users username and password for google apps. (FYI: just put in the username not username@yourdomain.com). When I clicked next, that’s when it checked the credentials on google apps side for that user. After it validated our test users credentials, we were able to choose to exclude deleted and sent mail. We were also able to put in a specific date range of mail we wanted to be migrated over. I hit next and it started the migration process. All I had to do was sit and wait.

    Once the migration said it was completed, I went to check the test users account in google apps. It was all there! All of the calender entries and contacts as well.

     
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