Active Directory Authentication – Part 1

8th August, 2014

Today we are deviating away from the more Messaging related threads and we will be looking at authentication. The reason for writing this article is that I am often asked to troubleshoot authentication issues and to my surprise there are not many simple explanations about how authentication works.  Also I find time and again that […]

Migrate from Lotus Notes

1st August, 2014

It’s a stampede… In my humble opinion I believe that IBM could have saved themselves from the juggernaut of Notes to Exchange Migrations. More accurately stated, it is in fact “Domino to Exchange” and “Notes to Outlook” migrations. Why is that relevant? The fact of the matter is that user’s actually don’t care about mail […]

Permissons and Delegations – Lotus Notes vs Outlook

25th July, 2014

Lotus Notes ACL & Delegation versus Outlook Permissions & Delegation – Part 1   By Conrad Murray Introduction Delegate Access is most commonly used between a manager and assistant, where the assistant (delegate) is responsible for processing the manager’s incoming meeting requests or email messages and coordinating the manager’s schedule. Delegate Access can be used […]

Optimizing Autodiscover

18th July, 2014

The Outlook/Exchange autodiscover process has been well documented by Microsoft (  The basic steps are Find Service Connection Points (SCP) in AD check those records where keywords attribute contains site= matching the user’s AD Site check those records where keywords attribute contains no site= at all check those records where keywords attribute contains site= but none match […]

Domino Directory Cataloger (dircat) does not replicate updates

11th July, 2014

In a large organisation I found that a domino directory catalog consolidating about 5 large domino directories did not have all documents replicating and was completely out of sync….   There are a variety of reason why directory catalogues are used. For most organisations it is simply to have a consolidated directory from multiple domino directories to […]

TEN good reasons to keep a Hybrid Exchange Server

4th July, 2014

Numerous companies are now looking at the cloud for their mail system.  Office 365 migrations are happening everywhere, but there are good reasons why you should consider keeping at least one Exchange Server on premise, i.e. Hybrid mode. The first three reasons come into play when migrating either cross forest (e.g. from a Resource forest) or when […]

Avoiding and converting winmail.dat Files

27th June, 2014

Avoiding winmail.dat files in Domino   It’s happened to most Notes users at one time or another: someone who uses Outlook sends you an e-mail, and instead of getting a nicely formatted message with an attachment, you end up with some plain text and a big file at the end called either “Winmail.dat” or “ATT0001.dat” […]

Configuring TLS between Domino and Exchange

21st June, 2014

Introduction In the modern messaging world Transport Layer Security has become the norm and given the ease at which Microsoft Exchange is able to achieve this out of the box, organisations quite rightly demand this when they are on Coexistence mode between IBM Domino and Microsoft Exchange. Up to Domino 8.5.x Domino does not actually […]

Detecting private folders – targeted communications

13th June, 2014

There is a common misconception with the user community that Private Folders in Lotus Notes constitute making emails or calendar secure in some way.     Unfortunately, there is nothing really private about them; only the creator of a private folder can see the folder in the navigator, others cannot. If the owner moves a document […]

Global Address List Not Showing in Outlook

6th June, 2014

We’ve had reports from users who are using Outlook QuickSteps and find that when they look for a contact within the QuickStep they are not shown the Global Address Book. Instead what they see is the Personal Address Book. The reason for this is the registry key HKLM\Software\Clients\Mail\(Default) not being set to Microsoft Outlook.  In […]

Summarizing Message Tracking Logs

30th May, 2014

Exchange does a great job at logging all kinds of information, some by default and some can be switched on or extended. One example of this is the Exchange Message Tracking Logs. These logs can get large and analysing the data can be a bit of a chore. Some of the questions we are often […]