Darren Duke August 20 2012 08:07:03 AMIn the past few weeks I lamented on Twitter about the lack of a way to control Lotus Notes connection documents. These are kind of important if you access a Domino server and the lack of any way to manage them from IBM is tad near sighted. No doubt that eventually Lotus Live Notes (or SmartCloud for.....well you get it) will force a fix for this at some point but until then I was in rant-mode.
Until I attended MWLUG last week. An astoundingly obvious fix for this dilemma was given by Andy Donaldson in his session "How to use InstallShield Tuner for Lotus Notes" in which he showed a way to include them with new Notes installs. Now this is only fixes 1/2 the issue (new installs), but the fix is pure genius and is so simple that I'm pretty embarrassed I'd never even considered it.
So what is this genius fix I hear you cry?
Well, (and again all credit for this goes to Andy), as part of creating a custom installer for Notes you can add your own files! Get it yet?
No? OK, well that means you can add custom NSF files? Penny dropped yet?
No? Well you can add a pernames.ntf already populated with locations and connection documents!
Yes! You can break open a standard NTF and add your own documents, and when a new database is created those documents are also created (that bit I knew already). What had never occurred to me previously was that with InstallShield and a custom pernames.ntf I can now solve the 20 year problem of Lotus Notes connection documents. Well, for new installs at least. But I'll take that for now.
Ergo, no matter how long you have been doing a job, you will never know everything. This is why, even despite my fame notoriety I still attend LUG's and sessions and continue to learn from others.
There were other excellent sessions at MWLUG and I gained a whole from them (choosing a MDM solution, mobile applications with TeamStudio's Unplugged tool, and many others), but this fix from Andy's session would have justified the cost of attendance all by itself.
If you didn't attended this year I see no reason why I won't see you at MWLUG 2013 in Indianapolis next year. If it's like this years, you will find it worth every penny.
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