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Got a new cert

Andy Pedisich  July 29 2014 09:31:00 PM
About a week ago I completed a new level in IBM certs.  I passed the IBM Smartcloud Notes Hybrid Config and Onboard Data Transfer test.

I had to take a special training course to be allowed to take this exam.  This means that Technotics is now authorized to assist customers with creating a hybrid environment and moving to the cloud.

I've learned details of rolling out a hybrid environment using on-premises Notes domains and the IBM SmartCloud technology.  This includes designing and developing the infrastructure, migrating all or selected parts of mail files into the IBM SmartCloud, and skills in managing the whole project.

I've done plenty of Domain consolidations in my career.  And I've done plenty of migrations.  It's very nice to be in a position to assist those who want to move all or part of their Notes domain to the Smartcloud. It's a good move for those that want to leave the infrastructure management business to someone else.

Along the way to take the course and the cert exam I had to build a new Domino lab environment from scratch for me to work with. I do this often, but rarely with the target of blending into a hybrid environment.  I got some "real life" experience of preparing mail files and uploading them to the cloud.  

I was tasked to build several Domino servers with different roles, which I chose to create them in Amazon's EC2.  It was an enriching experience.  I don't think I will ever purchase another server.  It was way too cool to build it and configure it on EC2.  I'm still quite a newbie at it, but I'll never purchase another server for the office.



Resource reservations

Andy Pedisich  June 10 2014 03:22:32 PM
You can't change resource documents or add a new reservation if the server you're on is not the administration server for the R&R database.  Hold that thought.

If the ACL says that the admin server (the one with the key icon) is DominoTest1/Test and the actual name of the server is DominoTEST1/TEST, you won't be able to add a new reservation or change resource documents.  That's because the Lotusscript that does the comparison between the the name on the ACL and the db.server property don't do non-upper and lower case comparison.  They do a direct comparison.  And if the case doesn't match, everything stops.

I had forgotten all about that until this afternoon when it got up and bit me.



Added staging names to Connect 2014 downloadables

Andy Pedisich  June 4 2014 04:55:32 PM
If you're doing domain consolidations, I've added the Staging Names address book that I use.

It has some agents that might be helpful.

We've done quite a few major domain consolidations over the past year.  We seem to custom make tools for different consolidation situations, but this staging directory is pretty central.

Hit the Connect 2014 resources link to download the staging address book.



Recent contacts changing outbound from address

Andy Pedisich  June 1 2014 07:00:00 PM
Heads up about another strange recent contacts action.

In my contacts, there is a recent contacts entry for a variation of my Notes name, Andrew Pedisich.  It's listed under my Notes email address, which is Andrew M Pedisich/Technotics.
Image:Recent contacts changing outbound from address
If I look at the properties of this document, I'll find a field called $DPABDIPNAME.
Image:Recent contacts changing outbound from address
There are 30 different alias prefixes names listed for my name in there.

Here's the thing.  I've found that when I send an outbound message to someone on the Internet, sometimes my outbound SMTP name prefix is changed from "Andrew M Pedisich" to one of the prefixes on one of these names.

That's not terrible, except Internet recipients don't have a clue as to who pedisa00 is.  
Or they are surprised by the fact that I now spell my last name Pedisish.
Or they think it's humorous that I now identify myself as "Andy at work."

I've received mail for messages that used all those prefixes at one time or another, so they truly are legitimate.

It doesn't save the sent message using the "new" prefix.  I only know about it from looking at replies to messages I sent out to the Internet.

If you see off-the-wall aliases, check recent contacts.