The Domino Configuration Tuner (DCT) evaluates server settings according to a growing catalog of  best practices. All servers in a single domain can be evaluated together. DCT generates reports that explain the issues DCT uncovers, suggest mitigations, and provide references to supporting publications.

DCT is intended to provide customers with easy-to-use self-service configuration analysis so that their installations are more robust and experience better performance. A single Domino server includes thousands of configuration options. DCT provides best practice analysis as well as worst practice disclosure. It is our expectation that DCT will help reduce total cost of ownership by assisting in the identification of existing configuration problems.

DCT looks at settings in Server documents, NOTES.INI, and database advanced properties. Configuration settings are flagged when their values are know to cause problems based on prior customer experience. Out-of-range and unexpected values are reported so that undefined behavior can be prevented. Suggested adjustments help administrators achieve known server performance improvements.

Download DCT now! It is available free of charge.  DCT is also available as part of the 8.5 Domino Administrator.

For more information read the IBM Lotus Notes/Domino Wiki entry regarding the DCT.




Lotus Notes Diagnostic (LND) is an unsupported utility that you can download and use to automatically perform repetitive tasks associated with analyzing files from a Lotus Domino server crash, hang, or performance issues.

  • Automatic knowledge base search (10 first results only)
  • Full Notes 8 support (including Notes 8 XML trace logs)
  • Automatic View refresh and embedded host name view fixed
  • Fixes for known issues

You can download the Lotus Notes Diagnostic 2.6 here.




Andrew Pollack has published a paper overviewing the new Domino Designer 8.5 XPages development construct. Originally written to be published on IBM's site, he's released it now as a PDF with IBM's permission.  This PDF is worth a read if you want to understand ne

Andrew Pollack has published a paper overviewing the new Domino Designer 8.5 XPages development construct. Originally written to be published on IBM's site, he's released it now as a PDF with IBM's permission.  This PDF is worth a read if you want to understand new capabilities coming in Domino 8.5, as well as a higher-level thought about the future of Domino development.

The PDF file can be downloaded here .




In Vista SP1, XP SP3, and Windows Server 2008, the Remote Desktop Program has been updated to version 6.1 (6.0.6001) and one of the changes is that the functionality previously associated with the /console switch is now called the /admin switch. 

If you use "mstsc /v:servername /console" in a script file then the /console will be ignored (with no warning) and you will be connected to a normal session that is not the server console.  If you specify the /console switch in the RDC GUI connection dialog then it will tell you "an unknown parameter was specified in the computer name field".  




The people from turtleweb build a nice solution (free at the moment) which can be used to sync a shared Lotus Notes Contact DB with your BlackBerry devices. The basis of the solution is a fairly straight-forward 'persistent store & push listener' model. The idea is that the Notes database can push down contacts data (or other elements when you change the design), which is then stored locally on the BlackBerry. The BlackBerry app allows the user to search for contacts and to make calls and send emails directly from within the app.

 More information can be found here.