I was lucky to visit the #domino2025 Jam in Vienna, this was a pleasant and positive experience. Together with IBM, HCL was also present. We learned a few new things about the future of Domino and about the HCL.
First of all, HCL is a large and stable company with most employees in North America. They have a large revenue and experience in partnerships like this, they worked with Cisco before in a similar partnership. It is clear that this is not Outsourcing but a full partnership.
The development of Domino 10 has already started, and the first package should already be delivered in 2018 Q3. Everything involving Version 10 is called “Project Sapphire” and “Chat” is also part of it. I also like that the HCL does not want to force the customers to cloud.
After we got briefed on the new Partnership and the future of Domino we started brainstorming and presenting ideas for solutions to existing problems and ideas for features we would like to have in long-term. The word “Marketing” was mentioned a few times by every team, marketing was actually discussed most, and all participants wanted it changed from ground up.
All in all, it is clear that a lot is invested in #domino2025 initiative and that it is taken seriously by both IBM and HCL. I think that many good things are going to be produced from the domino jam and I am looking forward to Domino 10.
I recently encountered some issues as I was applying Fix Pack 8 to a Domino Server. These are some common issues which can occur at every Fix Pack update, not specific to Fix Pack 8.
Installation fails with an error: “Lotus Notes/Domino or a Notes/Domino related process is still running. Please close it before pressing OK to continue.”
If you get this error, start the Task Manager and make sure that no Domino related processes are running. If you still get this error then stop Windows Instrumentation Service. If that doesn´t help then download Process Explorer. It runs on Windows Server 2008 and newer. With it, you can quickly find out which process is locking Domino Files. Most of the time some Application will lock “nnotes.dll” or “nsd.exe”, that is why I would search for those two files in process explorer first, it will return the name of the application which is locking these files.
WARNING: JVM was not upgraded. Please, see UPGRADE.log and jvmpatcher.log for details.
This problem was not so “critical” with Fix Pack updates prior to FP8, because even if the update of the JVM component failed you could still start a Domino Server. FP8 Version of the Domino Server needs a JVM Version of 1.8 or Java 8 and will refuse to start with an older version of JVM.
You could analyze the logs or reinstall the Domino Server completely (with existing Data), but the fastest solution for this is by far the following:
Rename the “jvm” folder from the Domino “Program” directory. Example: “D:/IBM/Domino/jvm” to “D:/IBM/Domino/jvm_preFP8”
Copy the “jvm” folder from a working Domino Server already running under the version 9.0.1 FP8, to a Domino Server where you had a JVM Issue.
Start the Domino Server.
Are there any issues which you have encountered when updating Domino? Please mention them in comments. 🙂