Wednesday, April 18, 2018

So you're moving your mail off Domino - want to do the data transfer up to 60% faster?

So you're moving your mail off Domino -  want to do the data transfer up to 60% faster?

The decision has been made, and it's now time to make it happen. But these migrations take time, and most of the time the Domino server's NSF files haven't seen any 'love' for a long, long time.

Unless active steps have been taken, the server's NSF files will be suffering from significant fragmentation - and that alone can impact data migrations by up to 60%.

The solution is rather simple. Purchase a copy of Defrag.NSF, let it optimise the NSFs, and sit back and watch everything run faster and more smoothly.

Click here to find out more and give it a try.

PS. It does not matter if your servers are on premises, in the cloud, running a SAN, etc if they use NTFS - this will make a difference.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Domino 10 database maintenance enhancements

IBM has begun to talk up some of the new features coming in Domino 10, and it sounds like some significant changes are coming to Domino and its NSF files.

To quote IBM, they plan to make "Domino more Bullet Proof" with:

"New – Automate NSF/database repair – can be used to easily add new cluster members, add new databases, recovery from media failure or any other loss of content – all automatically.

New – Replica sync-up – provides tooling to reconcile any differences between database replicas automatically and without disrupting on-going usage and replication.

Remove the 64GB limit on NSFs and remove folder limits – folders will be able to hold millions of documents and NSF can be 256GB in size.

New – Full text auto-update on search and resilience – auto/scheduled rebuild, crash prevention… Set of different things: (1) auto-updating will insure that all searches return all content, (2) 

Automatic FT rebuilds will be triggered if Domino detects any integrity issue with an index. (3) Periodic, scheduled FT rebuilds will be made easier in Domino tools and encouraged to help improve performance and stability."

All this while still maintaining Domino’s legendary backwards compatibility – it will be a great effort.

Automatic optimization of Domino was the prime driver in the development of our Domino Database Optimizer. We added features like:

- automatically enabling DAOS for an application that require it
- automatically selecting databases exceeding a specified free space limit for inclusion in the next DBMT run, and excluding those below that limit. This can reduce DBMT runtimes by up to 90%
- automatic scheduling of DBMT through a UI
- auto tuning DBMT based on the last time a database had maintenance
- automatically defragmenting databases that had recently been compacted (We have built Defrag.NSF into DDO)
- automatically enabling Document Compression on databases
- automatically enabling LZ1 compression on databases
- automatically monitoring DAOS Synchronization
- automatically perform Index separation for databases based on a template design
- scheduling system database maintenance via a UI. Configure time-saving online compacting and scheduled/automated server "health/maintenance" restarts.

We are looking forward to Domino 10 to see what else we can add to DDO.

In the meantime, while you wait for Domino 10, why not take a look at what automatic optimizations  are available today with DDO?
Maximize your Domino investment now and into Domino 10.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Can you make this slower ?

Recently overheard from an Office 365 project manager to a lead Domino Administrator… 

Can you make Domino email slower?  It's too fast, can you throttle it? The users are going to hate how slow Office 365 is.... 

Gold... Pure Gold.

Nothing will stop the juggernaut. 






Monday, November 20, 2017

Get those Domino System Databases back in shape with Defrag.NSF

We often see Domino servers with bloated System databases that never seem to get compacted/maintained (you know the ones.... log.nsf, etc) because.....well it's just always been a hassle for many admins to shut down and manually do it. As a result, these databases are missing out on some much needed maintenance and can get pretty huge and often respond sluggishly when they do need to be opened. Usually with many GB of disk space trapped inside they are just wasting disk space too, it all adds up costing time and money, not to mention it can be aggravating for admins or users when they do need to work with these databases and again watch the spinny thing go around upon trying to open one.

By customer request a new feature in Defrag.NSF makes it so easy to apply best practice maintenance, get these back to a manageable size and give Domino a nice scheduled "Health Restart".

Now Defrag.NSF makes this as simple as ticking a few boxes, set and forget, and if this is scheduled once a week the difference it makes to Domino is quite amazing.

During this phase of scheduled maintenance Defrag.NSF integrates with Domino's own maintenance processes by using Compact Replication on the System Databases (and other databases you might want to add) with the Domino server up and running and therefore minimizing down-time, a -Restart is then initiated to complete the rename process.


We see below the system databases are compacted and upon restart the rename process is completed:


Learn more about Defrag.NSF or take it for a free trial here.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Domino Database Optimizer Health Check

One of the first things we suggest you do when you install the Domino Database Optimizer is run a Health Check and below is a typical example of what we find.

These screenshot shows a selection of some of the less than optimal results revealed on a Domino 9.0.1 server during the initial DDO Health Check.




A simple button click in DDO will activate the optimizations with no further administrator effort.





Then on schedule, DDO performs tasks according to the administrator's configuration for:

- DBMT automation/Compact/Updall
- Database properties settings
- Automatic DAOS checking and enablement
- NSF files defragging
- Perform an automatic Domino restart and perform System Database maintenance/compacts run
- NIF enablement/View Optimization
- Backup time reduction
- Minimise server I/O and improve performance for the entire system

It's ridiculously simple to do, so why not get a trial from here

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