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MWLUG 2014: SA108: Homebrew Your Own Metrics-An IBM Domino Administrator’s Guide to SNMP

Tom Bilan and I would like to thank everyone for attending our session at MWLUG 2014Homebrew your own Metrics-An IBM Domino Administrator’s Guide to SNMP. (I also want to thank everyone that grabbed some of my homebrew as well!)

Here is our slide deck for the session:

Personally, I want thank Tom for speaking with me. He’s a great presenter, an awesome person, and one of the smartest people I know. I’m constantly learning from him, and hope to continue to work with him for years to come.

Please feel free to provide us with any feedback on the session, both from the session evaluations and by email/comments below. We have some ideas for additional sessions in the future, and we strive to be better every time.

Also, for those of you that took some of my homebrew, please feel free to provide me any honest feedback. I’m trying to get better with that every day as well.

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Live Blogging from OGS (Opening General Session) at #IBMConnect

755am – Getting ready to start… I’m basically front and center, about 6 rows from the front… Being an #IBMChamp has its benefits!

758am – Devin Olson (@Spanky762) stopped by and took my picture… probably for the Post Office wall.

801am – almost starting – lots of great pics on Instagram from here… go check them out (later)…

803am – we’re told it will start in 2 minutes

803am – Veronica Belmont (@Veronica) is our Social Host – she’s really one of us… She’s been joking with a few of us… Cool Nerd Girls

805am – starts off with the band The America Authors… Cool!

807am – posted a pic of the band on Instagram (and everywhere else)

810am – Theres something great about good rock music at 8am!!! BTW, Stuart McIntyre is multitasking like a NINJA!!!

812am – One of the guitarists looks like he’s playing a banjo…

813am – some are chanting for an encore… Now the band equipment is being moved offstage.

814am – The host for the day, Jay Baer, comes out. (OH: Who?) This guy is sort of funny… but we got a commerical for the American Authors new album (coming out March 4th).

816am – This guy is doing some monologue. OK, he’s someone… Social media guy, author, etc.

8:17am – Engergizing Live’s Work is not just a slogan… OK, this guy’s pretty good. “We must do this together!”

8:19am – This year’s special guest (OH: Justin Beber) is Seth Meyers!!!

820am – I lost the OGS Guest Speaker contest… I’m not going to say much because I love this guy so much! Sorry…

822am – Comedy writers are checked against their Twitter accounts now… I guess I’ll never get hired…

825am – Back in the day, Facebook was a book with a bunch of faces, but the data was safe.

826am – I just realized I still look at the video screen of Seth Meyers instead of him, and he’s really right in front of me… Some habits never die I guess.

828am – As soon as you say, be cool, be cool, you won’t be cool…

831am – Seth Meyers is the reason that Osama Bin Ladin is dead… per Seth! He finished right now and KILLED IT!

832am – Jay Baer is back to introduce GM of Industry and Cloud Solutions, Craig Hayman

832am – He’s talking about Rhythm… a RHYTHM OF SUCCESS!

835am – The Customer-activated Enterprise – Treat EVERYONE as an individual

837am – Mobile, Big Data & Analytics, Cloud and Social – This is what IBM is investing a lot in right now

839am – I just realized how warm it is up here… I’m sweating… making it hard to concentrate

840am – The Internet of People and the devices that connect us together

841am – Going to hear talks from 3 customers on how they’re making a SMARTER Workforce (Pepsico is one of them…)

842am – Performance Bicycle is mention how they are providing an exceptional client experience

843am – Cloud!!

844am – Jay is back! We’re connected like never before, and we need to collaborate like never before!

845am – Introduce Pepsico , but first a video about all the ways Pepsico affects our lives… AKA COMMERCIALS!

846am – I’m hungry and thirsty now… thanks Pepsico!

847am – The commericals ended with PIPED APPLAUSE and an introduction Fern Johnson from Pepsico

848am – She’s speaking a little fast, and really working the cue cards… Looks like they’re using Websphere Portal or Connections (they call it PEPnet). They’re also using CRM and Entrprise Search and Analytics

8:51am – 25K users using PEPnet now, 100K in the future

852am – Crucial is the Mobile Worker “On the go and always on”

855am – JAY! He called out #IBMChamp Brad – He’s almost got IBM Champion Bingo according to his Twitter feed – Jay gave him BONUS!

8:57am – Someone from Performance Bicycles (Sorry, didn’t get her name because the Bingo thing distracted me)

858am – Sounds like performance Bicycles wants to go toe to toe with small bike shops…

859am – They want to be known as The Authority on Cycling – using their colleagues as experts. Theyre using WCM and other IBM commerce tools. Customers like being able to get the latest info, and their associates like helping by creating over 400 videos and over 200 articles on cycling. Knowledge scores up 22% in the last 7 months.

902am – Keys to Success – Establish a brand voice, Develop specific goals – now commercial for their session (to learn more about them and how they did it)

903am – JAY! Who’s ready for some DEMOS??? Cool.. he’s giving a backstory to the demo scenario! Bank (sounds like [REDACTED] where I used to work, but they didn’t do this…)

906am – They are really working on the backstory… Nice touch! They keep talking about being a small business. I hope this means that this is a market that they want to work on getting.

907am – Greenwell Bank is the demo business… Looks like the bank site is a portal. Creating Contextual Experiences.

909am – Hmmm. I’m not sure if the tablet being used is live… no, I don’t think it is… Demo looks like they’re allowing small businesses to create their own sites. (showing the different IBM pieces and parts including Business Partner brightcove and IBM’s Rich Media support). Also mentioned IBM Worklight. IBM looks like they’re doing geofencing (like Groupon). IBM Interact allows them to target offers to customers.

915am – I’m really freaking hot! Ugh!

916am – Tealeaf, an IBM Company, allows a business to analyze why and how customers have problems with parts of their websites. Exceptional Digital Experience… this is a great story, but it’s just a story right now… I hope that IBM (and IBM Business Partners) go out and sell it…

918am – Two more people come up to continue the story… Now we hear the story from the HR perspective.

921am – IBM Kenexa stuff now… this is really cool stuff actually… ow, awkward comedy moment…

924am – RON!!!! New CEO of Greenwell Bank!!!!! (RON is Ron Sebastian, who is a Connect/Lotusphere legend. I would love to have a drink with him some day…) He was part of the IBM Social Education video demo.

926am – IBM Kenexa Survey… ooh, a mobile feedback app! All this stuff is nice, but how much is it? Can a small business afford it?

928am – IBM Watson Foundations – He combines human insight with analytics

930am – Luis Benitez is pretending to be from Greenwell. He’s with IBM’s Jeff Schick

932am – Mail Next – definitely looks Next Gen

934am – Browser based and has offline access

935am – Luis really looks comfortable up there! “Why does Mat Newman wear yellow?” – Luis types that during the demo! POWERFUL, POWERFUL STUFF!

938am – So we’re seeing IBM Connections in the Cloud! Now, a fake alarm goes off, and Mitch Cohen get’s his acting debut. (Don’t quit your day job!)

940am – Connections Next will be Cloud and On Premises. Now they are talking File Sync and Mobile app. Wow! Great stuff!

942am – Analytics and Personalized Portal pages

944am – Luis just placed on sunglasses and rocked it! Great job!

944am – Announced available beta of exceptional digital experience next

947am – They mentioned SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESS stuff!!!! Woo hoo!

948am – IBM MAIL NEXT is part of IBM Connections??? Hmm…

Sametime is IBM Connections Chat and IBM Connections Meetings

IBM Softlayer – Bring your IBM Domino Applications to the Cloud!

949am CEO of Actiance is introduced Kailash Ambwani – talking about compliance!

950am – I think the name change announcements were a shock to the audience. Message will need to be sold this week!

951am – Alcatraz – the first context-aware archive (single repository for all types of communications). Looks like it includes external social media as well (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), plus Sametime, mail, Dropbox, etc.

953am – Commericals for sessions and Actiance booth in Product Showcase

954am – JAY is BACK! “No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz!” (Sounds like a challenge… gulp!)

954am – Intro video for BR Petrobras – Oil

955am – Intro to their ‘Conecte Project Manager’ – 3rd company with a woman presenting – I don’t care, but I just noticed…

1000am – Honestly, I didn’t pay attention right now… but JAY IS BACK!

1000am – Christian Frey from Sika Services AG is introduced. [I'm sure a few people hit Buzzword Bingo by now... sigh!]

1003am – He’s talking about his SmartCloud Engage project, GECO, a portal.

1005am – He’s talking in monotone, so with the heat and his soothing voice, I’m getting sleepy.

1006am – JAY! Wrapping it up, and introducing Craig Heyman – Craig heard people saying that there wasn’t enough demos… #Truth

1010am – Best of Show and CTO Award = Teamstudio wins!

1012am – That’s the news and WE ARE OUTTA HERE!!!

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Heading to MWLUG 2013? Don’t forget your best homebrew or favorite local brewery’s beer!

It’s not too late to sign up for MWLUG 2013, the Midwest ‘Lotus’ User Group Conference, in Indianapolis. Register HERE now!!!

One of my ‘brothers in beer’, Gregg Eldred, was scheduled to coordinate a new event this year, but due to scheduling/work conflicts, it’s been passed along to me. This gives you an opportunity to show your homebrewing skills! You don’t make your own beer? Why not? Seriously, if you have a beer from a microbrewery/brewpub by your house that you think is awesome, that will count also! Bring some to MWLUG 2o13 and compete. Here is the information from the website:

MWLUG 2013 Charity Brewfest Competition

04:00 PM – 06:00 PM – Conrad Room

Do you think you have created a great home brew or wine!!! Do you think your local micro-brewery beer is out of this world!!! Then bring them with you to MWLUG 2013 and lets find out.

We are happy to announce the MWLUG 2013 Charity Brewfest Competition. It will be held on Wednesday August 21, 2013 4:00 PM just before the MWLUG Wednesday Exhibitor Showcase Reception. This competition is open for all attendees. We would like to thank our sponsor CDW for making this event possible.

Ray Bilyk and his panel of experienced judges will taste the different entries and select the winners of this competition. [Original organizer] Gregg [Eldred] has selected some interesting prizes for this competition.

In order to participate in this competition, the submission fee is $10 with all proceeds benefiting the MWLUG Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund. You can submit as many entries as you would like. For each entry, please bring at least two 12 ounce bottles. All competitors will need to sign a waiver. All nationally distributed micro-brewery beer do not qualify. Registration for this event will be on Wednesday.

For every dollar that we raise in this event, our sponsor Phora Group will match a dollar. We are working with other sponsors for additional matching funds that will all benefit the Oklahoma residences that have been devastated by the recent horrific tornadoes.

Thank you to CDW and Phora Group for sponsoring and matching funds raised from this event! Thank you also to organizer Richard Moy for trusting me with this. I hope to live up to the high standards that Gregg set. Thanks also to Gregg Eldred for getting the prize for the big winner.

Hope to see you all there… Cheers!

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LotusBeers / IBMSocialBeerz – Detroit

Detroit Notes ProfessionalsI cross-posted this at SocialBizUG.org‘s Detroit Notes Professionals Community… If you haven’t joined the community (or SocialBizUG.org), now’s the time to join! (SocialBizUG.org is the website formerly known as LotusUserGroup.org)

The concept for ‘LotusBeers’ (now IBMSocialBeerz… thanks Stuart McIntyre!) is simple… we get together at a central (or near-central) location after work one day and have a couple of beverages… notice I did not say “have a presentation”, “workshop”, “seminar” or even “conference”. I’m just talking about the concept of ‘social’ in its purest and original form… SOCIALIZING!

If you are interested, let me know where you work so a ‘near-central’ location can be picked via emailDM or by leaving a comment.

Hopefully this can be the rebirth of DNP!

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How to fix Message Tracking in Lotus Domino

There have been times that the Message Tracking (MTC) functionality on my Domino servers have gone south. It’s rare but it does happen. When it does, it needs to be deleted and recreated. Fortunately, IBM has created a Technote (Reference #1221830) for just such an occasion.

Question
What are the steps to recreate the Message Tracking Store (MTSTORE.NSF) database and its associated MTDATA subdirectory?

Answer
To recreate the MTSTORE.NSF and MTDATA subdirectory, do the following:

1. Shut down the Domino Administrator client.

2. Issue Tell Router quit on the server console.

3. Delete the MTDATA subdirectory at the Operating System level*. MTDATA is a subdirectory of the Domino data directory.

*If you receive a message that the directory is in use, issue the following command on the server console:

dbcache flush

and then try to delete the directory again.

4. Issue Load Router on the server console.

5. Launch the Domino Administrator client and select the Files tab. You should see a MTDATA folder, which contains the new MTSTORE.NSF.

Restarting the Router task also restarts the MTCollector task. The MTDATA subdirectory is created when Message Tracking is enabled in the Configuration document and the Router task is restarted.

If you’re not sure what Message Tracking is, take a look at IBM Technote #1165592 for more details. (This also has a chart with associated tasks and commands! Thanks IBM!)

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SNTT: Thank you, IBM! Sometimes it’s the little things…

Yup… it’s been a long time since a Show-n-Tell Thursday Wednesday, but this is a quick one.

From time to time, I need to know what version of the template is installed with a version of Notes/Domino. For that, I can take a look at the database properties (usually). IBM made life simpler for some of us when we need information on multiple databases.

IBM Technote: Template versions shipped with Domino 8.5.3 (Reference #1620941 – dated 2012-12-19)

Thank you, IBM!!!

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IBM Connect and Lotusphere 2013 – Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended to November 7, 2012!

Received an email this morning:

News from IBM Connect 2013!

Be more than an attendee at IBM Connect 2013. Be a speaker! The Call for Abstracts deadline has been extended to Midnight ET on November 7, 2012. Act fast to submit your abstract for consideration! Learn more about submitting an abstract.

For any of you last minute types, get it in QUICKLY!

Also, they still have a $100 discount for Lotusphere ‘Alumni’…

Please enter promotion code ICFHJN when you register as a full conference attendee and receive an additional $100 USD off the prevailing rate. Register now to save!

If you have registered yet, now’s a good time (especially since you’ve already voted…. You DID vote, right?)

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SNTT: Lotus Notes–How to prevent return receipts from being sent in Mail

This is a quick tip, but a nice one. Thanks to my colleague, Jessica Daniels, for showing me.

We had a situation where we had to look at a test mailbox, but all of the messages inside had the ‘send return receipt’ flags enabled. We didn’t want to send out all of these receipts when we opened the mail messages, but we still needed to open and see the contents of the message. (Previewing wouldn’t work in this case…)

To accomplish this, all that needed to be done was to add the user (ourselves) to the ACL with READER ACCESS but with NO privileges or roles (especially the ‘Write Public Documents’ privilege.)

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Make sure you close and open your Notes client (just in case)…

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Goodbye Lotusphere!

This just in… courtesy of Tom Duff (aka Duffbert):

Looks like nobody will be going to “Lotusphere” ever again…  http://t.co/nnRsEFsP

Lotusphere is dead… Long Live Connect!

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MWLUG 2012 – My perspective

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Midwest Lotus User Group (MWLUG) 2012 Conference, which was held in Pittsburgh, PA. I was also honored to speak at the conference this year. My presentation was entitled “How to Be a Domino Administration Superhero”. My slides and video can be found here.

I took ‘my pride’ (family) with me, as they didn’t really get a vacation this year due to my change of employers this year. In reality, my wife and kids really enjoy attending MWLUG… everyone that attends the conference are really nice to them, and it gives them a chance to see in person all of ‘Daddy’s Lotus friends’. My kids especially look forward to seeing Richard Moy… a quote from one of my kids, “He’s so nice!” – I agree!

We drove to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and started bumping into friends even before checking in. The hotel, the Omni William Penn, is beautiful, and the staff was very nice. They even provided the kids milk and cookies each night, plus a ‘Kids Pack’ that normally cost $8 each for free. (That’s goes a long way to insure repeat business!) Once we checked in and unpacked, we ran to a nearby Arby’s for a quick bite, and then came back so I could attend the Welcome Reception. Thanks to Sherpa Software for sponsoring this! The beverages and hors d’oeuvres were very tasty! I visited some of the vendors that were in attendance and bumped into more and more friends, especially “Uncle” Devin Olson. After a quick walk and a cigar, a few of us went to the hotel bar, where I enjoyed more of everyone’s hospitality. Before I knew it, I was back in my room getting a few minutes of sleep.

On Thursday, I came down to get breakfast and attend the opening general session. Kathy Donatelli and Louis Richardson did an outstanding job! (Lindsay Patross spoke at lunchtime, and was great as well!) All of the keynote speakers kept me entertained and informed. Many times, you leave a keynote not getting anything out of it, but this was not the case for any of them! I hope to see them speak again. After the opening session, I attended BP102 – NOTES.INI Secrets, presented by my new friend, Jalpresh “JT” Tailor, which was had some overlap to the session I was presenting on Friday, but with more than enough differences to be informative. (I even took a few notes for my presentation. Thanks, JT!) Right after that, it was back to the main hall for lunch and Lindsay’s presentation. The rest of the day seemed a blur, but before I knew it, it was over, and I was back in my room tweaking my presentation for the next day.

On Friday, I got up early and lead a BOF (Birds of a Feather) for the Detroit Notes Professionals User Group (DNP), which unfortunately had only a couple of people attend due to the time and other BOFs going on at the same time. (It was noted that there was not a lot of people from the Michigan region at the conference, which is a shame.) Following the DNP BOF, I swallowed some more coffee, and then got ready to present my session. What started out as a couple of people turned into a full room. After my session, which was well received by those in attendance, I attended Kim Greene’s session, “Be a Domino Detective – Tackling Your Toughest Performance Issues”. If you have a chance to attend any session Kim gives, do so… you won’t regret it! Next, I attended a session on IBM SmartCloud for Social Business presented by Rupert Clayton from CDW. I honestly didn’t expect to get a lot out of it, but not only did I learn a lot, but there was some great discussion during the session. Due to a work commitment, I had to grab the pride and our luggage, and head back to Detroit early, but not before dropping off some gifts, courtesy of just a few of Michigan’s finest brewers.

I want to thank Richard Moy, Gregg Eldred and the rest of the organizing group that made MWLUG 2012 possible. There were over 180 attendees, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I’ve organized conventions and other major events before, and it seems to be a thankless job, but believe me, I appreciate all of your efforts! I also want to thank the committee for selecting me to speak. I always enjoy speaking in front of people and sharing what I know. I hope to be able to do more of that in the future!

I also want to thank the sponsors of MWLUG 2012 who spent their hard earned money to give us a first class conference for next to nothing. Take a look at these companies, and check out their services. You will be glad you did!

I want to thank my employer and colleagues for allowing me to attend this conference. Without them, it would not have been possible.

I also want to thank my family for coming with me to this event and giving me the time prepare for my session and to meet up with friends (even until the wee hours of the night). I know that they had a great time in Pittsburgh, and know that they are already planning a trip back there soon. (Maybe this time, I can see the sights with them… LOL!)

Thanks go out to the conference hotel, the Omni William Penn Hotel, for treating my family with class. This hotel is beautiful, and that staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. If you are planning a stay in Pittsburgh, try to stay here.

Finally, thanks go out to those of you that attended the Detroit Notes Professionals BOF and my session. I hope that you got something out of it, and just remember that ALL OF YOU ARE SUPERHEROES!

Next year’s conference, MWLUG 2013, is scheduled for August 13-16, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana. I admit that a few of us were campaigning for the conference to come to Michigan (#MWLUGinMI), but I trust the committee with their decision making process. (It also doesn’t hurt to have Sam Bridegroom wanting to quarterback.) I’ve already got it on my calendar, and you should too! I hope to see you all there!

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