Archive | February, 2009

Domino Express and Sametime on iSeries

If you are familiar with Domino licensing, you know about theLotus Domino Express license model. Domino Collaboration Express is a license purchased per user for SMBs (under 1000 employees I think). No Domino server license required. You can deploy as many Domino servers as needed to support your user community. There are a few restrictions with the Express license including no Domino server partitioning allowed. Take a look at the details, great offering for your smaller customers.

Lotus Domino Express is entitled to the Sametime Limited Use functionality, just like the normal server license is: licensed users can utilize the imbedded Sametime client in their Notes client with no Sametime license required. An excellent value for SMBs!

The usual implementation, or at least the best practice, is to dedicate a Domino server for Sametime. This gives you scalability, separation of services, separation of configuration options, and easier upgrades. I have several customers that use iSeries servers for other business applications. They love their iSeries! So much so, that some of them will not deploy any additional Windows servers. So with Domino and Sametime being supported on the iSeries, coupled with the less expensive Express license model, they have deployed Domino and Sametime.

Now to the point of this blog entry, finally! Since the Express license model does not allow Domino partitioning, these iSeries customers have used the same server for email and Sametime; that is, one Domino server supporting email and Sametime. From a performance context, this is not a problem as most of them are small customers, 30 to 60 users. But from an upgrade context, it is now an issue. Sametime 8.0 is not supported on Domino 8.5. Sametime 8.5 is announced, but no real details on availability nor system requirements.

If the Domino Express license model would allow for partitioning, problem solved! But it does not, as far as I know. Is anyone aware of an exception to this license restriction? For example, if the other partitioned server is only used for Sametime Limited Use, partitioning would be allowed? Does that make sense? I think this may be a small subset of customers for Lotus, but it is a not-so-small subset for me! They are ready to upgrade to Domino 8.5, but can’t without changing their license or deploying another server.

What do you think?

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And so it begins….

OK, here goes…. something!

I have been intending on starting this blog for a long time, a very long time. Just seems that I always found a reason to not start. Well, with the new year I have decided to just do it.

You can read more about my history in the About page. The short story is I have been working with Lotus Notes/Domino software since 1996 starting with version 4.5. I may have the specific version wrong, but it was the version prior to the name Domino being introduced. Version 4.6 is where I really started in earnest.

Prior to my introduction to Lotus Notes, my background is primarily software development in a corporate setting, starting with Basic, Cobol, C, some Java, and web development.

I have been working as an independent consultant focused on Lotus software since 1999. Starting out with development, extending into administration and infrastructure planning. I guess you could classify me as one of those hybrids (development/admin/customer facing). Maybe that means I am not an advanced expert in any particular discipline, but it does allow me to have different conversations with customers, partners, and peers.

Enough about me, the full story is in the About page. Now onto this blog. The purpose of the blog is to communicate with my customers, colleagues, and peers to share knowledge of Lotus software technologies as well as other business solutions. The focus will definitely be Lotus software, but other topics are possible. Hopefully, you can learn something here from me. More importantly, I expect to learn from you!

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