Skip to main content


Notes 12 Fails on Mac after macOS upgrade to the latest version Monterey 12.6 

I don't generally use Macs but other people do. There's a macOS upgrade (Monterey 12.6) in the works and you might find that it's already installed on your system - or that it installs automatically at the next available opportunity. Turns out that this upgrade scuttles Notes 12 (and apparently older versions) in spectacular fashion.  As usual, the good folks at HCL are already on this and have a fix ready.  Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay Fixing the Problem I'm not quite sure when the fix packs are cumulative vs incremental. From memory, the fix packs are cumulative and the interim fixes are not. (please correct me if I'm wrong).  In any case, go to HCL's download site to get them.  In our case, the affected user was running Notes 12.0.0 for Mac so I needed to download 12.0.1 then Fix Pack 1 and then the two interim fixes.  Since Notes was already installed, Installation is pretty quick and there's no post-install configuration to do.  Install Notes
Recent posts

HCL Domino and Security

Yesterday, I posted about attending a Domino Jam for the first time in six years and my feelings on how HCL has turned the product around. Today I want to touch on the security aspect discussed at the Jam and add my thoughts to the mix.  Secure by Design Immediately following the roadmap presentation, the jam looked at Domino's legacy and where it is today. One of the key takeaways from this was a discussion of the incredible security in Domino. We have seen this in our organization but it was nice to hear HCL and other organizations (via quotes and stories) saying the same thing. There are many good reasons for the high security score but two of the best are  Multi-layered security from the very beginning of the product. Domino being "on-prem" rather than web hosted.  There were a couple of interesting stories and observations, including one about a penetration test on one of the new tools (Volt) where the auditors talked about the many layers of security in the Domino

Welcome Back DominoJam 2022!

 If you'd told me back in 2018 that I'd be attending a Domino Jam in 2022, I wouldn't have believed you - and yet, that's exactly what happened.  Even more incredibly, I left the jam feeling reinvigorated and excited for the future of this 30+ year old system. I've talked before about how our departure from the platform was fueled by largely emotional reactions to the dated mail UI and a resistance to change for new users unused to anything but Microsoft Outlook. We picked the low hanging fruit (mail migration to outlook) and we also tried converting a more complex system.  See:  New Year, New Directions (January 2017) Our Domino State of Play 2022 (February 2022) Far from abandonment, our strategy for moving to Azure demonstrated the versatility, reliability, security and ROI of domino and resulted in recognition of its value as a platform and an abrupt U-turn in our strategy.  Fresh out of the Sydney Domino Jam, I want to talk about some of the revelations for t

Large Cloud Systems like Azure are No Guarantee of Safety

We've just emerged from a week of hell in which Azure and Microsoft have completely lost my trust. It's raised a lot of questions about Azure and Marketplace and came very close to making front-page news.  There are obviously certain details that I can't talk about but I'll say this. The upper echelons at Microsoft were made fully aware of the damage they were causing and the impact that our five day outage was having on several very large players and also on hundreds of individuals. They were completely ineffectual and did nothing to resolve the solution.  Image by dexmac from Pixabay A Word About Billing I don't think I've talked about how bad Microsoft's billing systems are, so it's worth spending a little time here. I've dealt with billing from hundreds of companies over the years but nothing has ever approached the complete obscurity of their billing.  It's not just the big things that are obscure either. Even when you obtain a small pay-as

HTTPS Drama on Domino 12.0

I'm not a big fan of HTTPS. Don't get me wrong, I agree with all of the security and comfort that it provides. I just hate the whole renewal process. Domino 12 introduces a new way to do HTTPS and it's apparently much easier going forward.  That's great news. Unfortunately, we hit a couple of snags on the way in, and I wanted to warn everyone about them - especially since the workarounds are so simple.  Domino Needs to Generate the CSR You're probably thinking that that this is pretty obvious but if so, you're not thinking about wildcard certificates. We use a wildcard certificate * - This allows us to use it across multiple systems, including Domino, Azure, some WordPress websites and a Drupal Website. We also use it in conjunction with several hosted services. The wildcard certificate allows us to use the same certificate on different subdomains. For example:

Our Domino State of Play 2022

It's been five years since a decision was made to kill Notes and Domino at our organisation. Like many other organisations, we left for the Azure shores of Microsoft. Several changes of leadership later and Domino is still at the heart of our organisation and we're moving towards tighter integration with it than ever.  It occurred to me that now is as good a time as any to reflect on how our journey went.  The Low Hanging Fruit The low hanging fruit of any domino migration is mail. Email is an easily identifiable application which can generally be swapped out one-for-one. In our case, Notes client (and the lesser used Verse web application) for Outlook and Outlook Web Application (OWA).  We investigated several applications before finding one that worked and converted all of our .NSF mail files into .PSTs, then we imported these into outlook. Along the way, we discovered that Verse didn't safeguard our older mail quite as well as we'd hoped and we discovered that folder

How to Create a Project Dashboard in SharePoint - A Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I could put together a projects dashboard in SharePoint. The projects team just wanted an easy way to list all of their projects in one place with lights indicating the status of major tracking points (Schedule, Budget and Scope).  They also wanted to be able to have links to their status report and project folder.  It seemed like a simple job to in SharePoint Lists -- and it was.  I thought it was good project to demonstrate the power and simplicity of SharePoint lists and how they can make everyday tasks easy without the need for additional software purchasing.  Everyone is a developer. While it's simple; the process is a little long-winded for a blog post, so instead I've created a slideshare.  Enjoy.  How to create a project dashboard using share point lists from Gavin Bollard