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Notes Mail Databases
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Came across a great article on Ed's site today which got me thinking about the mail databases here. Thought I would share some of my findings and see what some of your stats are like.

    Company 1
  • Number of mail databases: 462
  • Average Mail Database Size: 156.43 MB
  • Number of users under the above average: 332
  • 5 largest mail databases:
    2.36 GB
    2.35 GB
    1.8 GB
    1.69 GB
    1.46 GB

    Company 2 (on Domino less than 1 year)
  • Number of mail databases: 81
  • Average Mail Database Size: 95.57 MB
  • Number of users under the above average: 66
  • 5 largest mail databases:
    933.5 MB
    925.1 MB
    661.1 MB
    604 MB
    453.8 MB
posted by David Jones @ 9:15 AM   3 comments
Notes client: email performance too slow?
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Currently, I do Notes administration and development for 2 companies, both owned by the same person. All of our server equipment is in a data center in downtown Nashville. The physical location where I work (main office for Thompson Machinery and also corporate services) has a 100 meg NMLI connection to our datacenter. The other company's office has a T1 internet connection. They are mainly a Mac shop and were using Outlook and Entourage before we set them up on Domino and continued to use those 2 in additiion to iNotes for accessing their email.

It's been about a year since we got them on a Domino server and we probably have about 25-30 users on the Notes client now - mostly within the last month. It's a newspaper so they deal with a lot of attachments and we heard a lot of complaints on Notes being slow and how it becomes useless when sending an email (because of the slow connection they have and they have to wait for the email to send before being able to do anything). In hindsight, it would have been better to have a Notes server at their physical location but being locked into those i5 520s, can't really do that now.

Yesterday my boss, the IT Manager (he was the Domino Admin & Developer before the previous IT Manager decided to become a Six Sigma Master Blackbelt - I was just helping with the development, initially) and I went to the newspaper and configured most of the clients with some settings that should increase the performance. The changes are simple and the user works off of a local replica of their mail instead of the server.

  • Under File --> Preferences --> User Preferences, turn Network Data Compression on under the Ports tab.

  • In the location document on the Mail tab;
  • Change the mail file location to be Local

  • Change the recipient type ahead to be Local then Server

  • Change the mail addressing to be Local and Server

  • Change the last setting to be wait for 1 message before sending pending mail

  • Turn replication on and change your email database to be High Priority and set the replication interval time to what you think is acceptable - we went with 10 minutes.

  • I've been using this setup for a few days at work and I like it a lot. I can send a 10mb email and it only takes a few seconds after hitting send before being able to use my Notes client for other things while the email is being sent to the server in the background. Notes 7.0 might fix that anyway but there's no Notes 7.0 for the Mac yet. Hopefully it will work well enough for them until we can do something about increasing the bandwidth they have.
    posted by David Jones @ 8:24 AM   3 comments
    Funny...yet scary
    Friday, October 14, 2005
    Who moved my Hasslehoff?

    Found on Rocky's blog and written by Damien Katz. Hilarious.
    posted by David Jones @ 10:11 AM   0 comments
    Lotusphere 2006
    Finally got registered. This will be my 3rd trip to Lotusphere and based on what Rocky and some others have said I have high hopes for it this year. I really enjoyed the last two Lotuspheres and always came back with a lot of new ideas on development and some on administration but I think this Lotusphere could be the best yet for me.

    I got my hotel booked as well and this will be the 3rd different hotel to stay in. The first year I was at the Carribean Beach resort which wasn't bad but you are kinda away from the main area where everything is happening. With that in mind I stayed in the Dolphin resort last year. Being that close and not having to worry about transportation and such I felt it would be impossible to stay anywhere else but the Swan or Dolphin in future years. The Dolphin was all booked up though and I thought about the Swan but went with the Beach Club resort instead. It's a short walk from the Swan and Dolphin hotels so it won't be a hassle and it will be a new experience so looking forward to that as well.
    posted by David Jones @ 9:59 AM   3 comments
    What the Yanks should do according to me
    Tuesday, October 11, 2005
    Must go...
    Kevin Brown: His 2 years with us have cost around $30 million and what did we get? A 14-13 record - and 4 of those wins against a horrible Tampa Bay team in 2004.

    Bernie Williams: Almost willing to take a chance on him but not with his fielding diffulties, decline in power and $12+ million price tag.

    Mike Mussina: Proved yet again that in the BIG games he can't hack it. I'm a fan of Moose's but he's too inconsistent for being the 3rd highest player on the team at $19 million.

    Carl Pavano (if rumors are true): Complains of a "tired arm" but doctors couldn't really find anything and label it something like rotator cuff tendinitis. If this is true, seems that the arm could be more a stress / mental thing and shows he can't handle the pressure of being in New York.

    Willing to take a chance on...
    Randy Johnson: Lots of health issues but was dominating from the last week of August till the end of the season plus he'd be the only lefty in the starting rotation.

    Al Leiter: Says he might retire but if he can get his control down could still be very effective.

    Jaret Wright: Only 29 and went 15-8 with the Braves in 2004. Was on the DL most of this season and went 5-5. If he can stay healthy he's a welcome addition.

    Alex Rodriguez: Hard to get rid of the best player in baseball. Had a great year in 2005 but any player that's making almost $26 million should have great years. Probably only on here because he went 2-15 (.133 average) in the 5 Playoff games with ZERO RBIs.

    Tom Gordon: Flash Gordon still can pitch (5-4, 2.57 ERA) but I always get the feeling that big games almost kill him. Something just doesn't seem right when he's out there for those but the Gordon-Rivera combo has worked so far, so why change what works?

    Gary Sheffield: A friend once told me "Sheffield will do you great in the regular season but come the playoffs, get ready for disappointments." 6-21 with 2 RBIs in 2005 and 14-48 with 7 RBIs in 2004. The batting average almost comes out at .300 but the RBIs just aren't there. His shoulder problems worry me but with the bat speed he has and the way he swings...

    Jason Giambi: I was ready to send him packing before this season started but his 2nd half numbers were amazing. He can stay for another year but if there's another "substance" issue with him, he's gotta go.

    Must keep...
    Aaron Small: Went 10-0 with a 3.20 ERA. 'Nuff said.

    Chien-Ming Wang: Got called up from the minors and the 25 year old went 8-5 with a 4.02 ERA but spent some time on the DL. Seemed to handle the pressure just fine.

    Hideki Matsui: Worth his $8 million. In his 3 years of MLB with the Yanks, each year he's had over 100 RBI with a .297 batting average.

    Shawn Chacon: 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA. This guy could be our staff ace. Was put in big games all year and always came through.

    Mariano Rivera: 7-4 with 43 saves and a 1.38(!!!!!) ERA. Possible Cy Young (as a closer!) for 2005. This guy just continues to get it done and the Yanks will be hurting when he's finally gone.

    Tanyon Sturtze: Works good as a reliever and could potentially take Gordon's spot as setup man if Gordon can no longer cut it and one of the lowest paid Yanks.

    Jorge Posada: The passion he has when on the field is amazing and the way he handled all the pitching staff changes was great. Offensive numbers have been down since 2003 (hasn't been the same since he got hit in the nose going to second) but still one of the best catchers in baseball.

    Robinson Cano: Can you say "AL Rookie of the Year"? I haven't lamented the loss of Soriano after Cano's first few weeks at 2nd.

    Derek Jeter: I think our Captain needs no reason why he gets to stay.

    Joe Torre: A man who the players and the fans respect and have confidence in. He's also handled all the crazy stuff the Boss says and does better than probably anyone could. A perfect fit in the organization.
    posted by David Jones @ 11:30 PM   2 comments
    Yanks blow a 2-0 lead in game 5
    Monday, October 10, 2005
    I have no words. None.
    posted by David Jones @ 11:05 PM   1 comments
    Yanks force game 5
    Sunday, October 09, 2005
    God be praised.

    It was a close game and they came from being down 0-2 to winning 3-2. Rivera came in and pitched a great 8th and 9th and now the Yankees need to win tomorrow's game to advance to the next round against the White Sox.
    posted by David Jones @ 10:26 PM   3 comments
    Houston wins and goes on to play St. Louis

    18 innings. 5 hours and 50 minutes. 14 pitchers. 553 pitches.

    The Astros were down 6-1 going into the 8th when Lance Berkman hit a grand slam - the second of the game which is a record in a postseason game - and brought it to 6-5. In the ninth, Brad Ausmus hit a solo shot to tie it 6-6. The relievers do an amazing job shutting down the opposing team - innings 10-18 only 6 hits allowed.

    Houston eventually ran out of relief pitchers and called on Clemens to come in and finish the game. He goes 3 innings with 4 K's while allowing 1 hit and ends up the winning pitcher. Chris Burke hits a solo shot in the 18th to win the game and the Astros advance. Simply incredible and the reason why I especially love the postseason baseball games.
    posted by David Jones @ 9:29 PM   0 comments
    Red Sox SWEPT
    Friday, October 07, 2005
    The Red Sox just got swept by the White Sox - at Fenway park!!! I will be celebrating all weekend (unless the Yanks lose the next 2 to the Angels...)
    posted by David Jones @ 6:40 PM   2 comments
    A better day for baseball
    Saturday, October 01, 2005
    Today was much better for my baseball world. Clemens, while not near his best, pitched well for the Astros (7 innings, 1 run, 5 K's) who defeated the Cubs 3-1. The Phillies won as well, which means the Astros are still 1 game up on the Wild Card spot and will need to either win tomorrow (or have the Phillies lose) to win the Wild Card spot. If they lose and the Phillies win, they go to play the Phillies in a 1 game tie-breaker. Oswalt pitches for Houston tomorrow looking for his 20th win this year so things look good for them.

    The Yankees won today as well and won their 8th straigth AL East title. They hit Wakefield pretty hard and won 8-4. Boston is now in the same situation as Houston with the Cleveland Indians. If Boston takes the Wild Card, which will probably happen, the Yankees will face the Angels in the first round of the playoffs. I really hope that it doesn't turn out to be like the 2002 divisional series where the Angels killed the Yankees (and the famous "Go Home Yankees" chant).

    Tomorrow I'm saying goodbye to Houston (Minute Maid Park is AWESOME) and heading to Orlando where I hope I can make it to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween night. =)

    On a side note, I saw a guy today with a t-shirt that read "I Got Punk'd by Rita" at the game. Rachel and I had a good laugh at that and she admitted that she too had gotten "Punk'd by Rita".
    posted by David Jones @ 6:49 PM   1 comments
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