Lotus Notes 8.5.1 Support

Course Code: DSCS851
Product: Lotus Notes/Domino R8.5.1
Duration: 3 days
Topics/Pages: 20 topics / 426 pages
Price (US dollars):
$65 per user


This course is designed for help desk personnel responsible for supporting Notes 8.5.1 Standard and Basic configurations users, whether they are connected via the network or modem.

The course starts with a technical discussion of how Notes and Domino work together. The course provides a very practical approach to fulfilling most user requests and solving many workstation problems, but at the same time helping you understand when to escalate problems to the Domino or Notes administrator or to a custom application developer.

  • install and configure Notes Standard and Basic configuration clients
  • configure Notes for multiple and roaming users
  • troubleshoot network connectivity, Domino Server access, and database access problems
  • understand and troubleshoot Notes User ID problems
  • configure Notes Mail and make it easier for users to correctly address messages
  • troubleshoot mail transfer and delivery problems
  • solve Mail database issues, including accidental database and message deletion, reducing file size to meet its quota, and redesigning the database
  • create private views and folders
  • solve and prevent document-related problems
  • export data from a view and create a mail-merge output file and import data into a view to create documents
  • create simple agents to automate Notes
  • configure Windows and Notes to use a modem to connect to Domino and support mobile users who use Notes while disconnected from the network.


This course is designed for help desk workers responsible for direct Notes user support. These people do not typically have Domino Administrator or administrative rights to the Domino Server but are responsible for installing, configuring, and supporting Notes users.

Before taking this course, it is recommended that you have met these prerequisites:

  • are proficient using Lotus Notes 8.5.xand have mastered all of the Topics in the Lotus Notes 8.5.1 User Essentials and Lotus Notes 8.5.1 User Essentials PLUS Pack courses
  • understand the principles and operation of personal computer networking using TCP/IP in LAN/WAN/Internet environments
  • have installed and supported the operating system used in this course (Windows XP Professional), as well as applications used by those systems
  • know how to configure network interface cards and modems.

This course is part of a series of help desk staff training courses.

Courses later in the series assume that you have mastered the content of earlier courses. Depending on your job responsibilities, you may need to follow this course with the Lotus Notes Administration course. That course is designed for administrators responsible for registering Notes users and developing Policies, and who have at least limited administrator rights to the Domino Directory. 


To cover all topics in this course, you will need at least 3 days.

Course design

This is an intensely practical course, combining thorough conceptual training with significant hands-on experience using and configuring Notes. As you learn about various aspects of how to support Notes, you will immediately apply the concepts and techniques.

Please consult the Set Up document for this course to make sure the correct environment is in place before starting the course.


Topic 1: The Domino Client Support Landscape 

Notes client and Domino Server
Clients that connect to Domino
Defining technologies
Support roles in an organization
Support resources
Create a support database

Topic 2: Install Notes 

Installing a new Notes user
Notes software installers
Obtain the installer kit
Ways to run the installers
Windows security
Offsite installation is OK
Demonstration: Install Notes Standard configuration software
Step 1: Start the Notes Standard configuration installer
Step 2: Customer information
Step 3: Choose directories
Step 4: Client features
Step 5: Ready to Install and set default Internet clients
Step 6: Reboot computer
Results of the installation
Step 7: Ready to start Notes Client Configuration wizard
Customized installers
Update Notes Software and applications

Topic 3: Configure Notes 

Exercise: Client Configuration wizard
Exercise: Check Notes configuration
Setup Settings document
Scripted setup
Information needed when Notes starts
Summary: What Notes needs to access Domino
Start Basic configuration from Standard installation
Exercise: Create Shortcut to start Basic configuration
Notes character display sizes
Notes Standard configuration startup sequence
Notebook application

Topic 4: Notes-Network-Domino 

Notes connectivity overview
Network configuration overview
Basic network connectivity
Operating system configuration
Protocol-level connectivity testing
Network statistics
Router paths
Connection problems at startup
Port settings in Notes
Connection document
Role of Home/Mail Server
How Notes locates a Domino Server
Trace Connections from Notes
Exercise: Network connectivity
Proxy and firewall servers
User connections to servers in other Domino Domains

Topic 5: Troubleshoot Notes

Notes Log
Debug variables
If Notes crashes
Manually kill Notes
Re-run the Client Configuration wizard
Reconfiguration wizard
How to back up user files
Reinstall, modify, or repair Notes
Completely uninstall Notes and data files
Eclipse error logging
Eclipse problems

Topic 6: Alternative Ways to Install and Operate Notes

Strategy 1: Shared executable files (Basic configuration only)
Strategy 2: Multiple users on one computer
Strategy 3: Roaming between computers
Strategy 4: Data directory on a file server (Basic configuration only)
Strategy 5: Virtual desktop
Strategy 6: Switch locations
Strategy 7: Browser access to mail
Strategy 8: Notes on USB flash drive (Basic configuration only)

Topic 7: Access Errors

Sequence of access errors
Error 1: Contacts not found
Error 2: Wrong Notes password
Error 3: Cant find path to server
Error 4: Failure to authenticate
Error 5: Server Error: You are not authorized to use the server
Error 6: User cant create a new or replica database on a server
Error 7: You are not authorized to access that database
Error 8: User cant create a document in database
Error 9: User cant delete his/her own document
Error 10: User accidentally deletes his/her own document
Error 11: User cant edit or delete others documents
Error 12: Certain custom database features are not visible
Error 13: User cant create local replica of server-based database
Error 14: User cant open locally encrypted database
Error 15: User cant open encrypted document
Exercise: Server and database access
Notes Basic configuration: Sametime
Notes Standard configuration: Sametime
Both Notes configurations: Sametime
Execution Control Lists

Topic 8: Configure Notes Mail 

Message transfer protocols
Message flow
Notes Mail configuration
User Mail database ACL
Create a Message
Message format
Send Message
Deliver message to user
Read messages
User Preferences vs. Mail Preferences
Make Notes the default mail program
Mail security
Exercise: Sign and encrypt message
User cant open Notes-encrypted message

Topic 9: Address Messages

Accurate addressing
Local Contacts
Contact documents
Exercise: Add contact
Recent Contacts view
Public Keys for Notes message encryption
Mailing Lists (Groups)
Exercise: Contact and Group documents
Mobile Directory Catalog
Exercise: Create replica of the Mobile Directory Catalog
LDAP Account documents

Topic 10: Troubleshoot Message Transfer and Delivery

Message flow
Exercise: Mail configuration
Transfer failures
Delivery Information
Exercise: Read delivery information
Delivery failures
Delivery options
Exercise: Delivery options
Internet mail delivery failures

Topic 11: Manage User Mail Databases 

Problem 1: Accidental Mail database deletion
Problem 2: Accidental message deletion
Problem 3: Exceed size quota
Help users slim down mail
Use a shared attachment database
Message archiving
Calendar Cleanup
Database compression
Domino Attachment and Object Service
Problem 4: Wrong or obsolete design

Topic 12: Private Views and Folders 

Why create a private view
Security and storage
Where is my private view?
View characteristics
View restrictions
Create a private view
Customize private view
Understand the data
View selection options
Simple Search
Conditions options
Select by formula
Time-based selections
Select by document property
Selection by exclusion
Columns show data
Column Value
Example formulas
Column properties
Column Info tab
Column Sorting tab
Format tabs
Advanced tab
Exercise: Create private view
Create private folder
Delete private view or folder

Topic 13: Document Issues 

Problem 1: Changing forms to read a document
Alternate forms
User manually changes forms
Automatically change forms
Potential user confusion
Problem 2: Replication conflicts
Manual reconciliation
Prevent conflict documents by design
Automatic document locking
Long term document locking
Document locks and mobile users
Exercise: Replication conflicts and document locking
Problem 3: Phantom documents return
Problem 4: Document reader lists
Recover private documents
Exercise: Private document
Problem 5: Removing document from folder versus deleting it
Problem 6: Copied and pasted documents

Topic 14: View-Level Export and Import 

Copy Selected as Table
Print calendar to document
View-level export
Export to Calendar File (ICS)
Export to Comma Separated Value (CSV)
Export to 1-2-3 file (.WK4)
Export to Structured Text (.TXT)
Export to Tabular Text (.TXT)
Export Contacts
Other reporting products
View-level import

Topic 15: Simple Agents 

omponents of every agent
Agent considerations
Agent List
New Agent dialog box
Add (simple) actions
Document selection
How Simple Actions operate on documents
Simple Action actions
Exercise: Newsletter agent
Safe agent testing
Running agents locally on a schedule

Topic 16: Notes-Modem-Domino 

Offline use
Ideal pre-configuration for user
Ways to connect via modem
Install modem hardware
Exercise: Simulate adding modem in Windows XP
Network Dialup overview
Information you will need for Network Dialup
Notes Port settings for Network Dialup

Topic 17: Network Dialup Connection and Location 

Connection documents
Create a Connection using the Notes Client Reconfiguration Wizard
Create a Connection from a Location document
Location documents
Common location dial modifiers in Location documents
Proxy servers and HTTP tunneling
One connection, multiple locations
Exercise: Simulate Network Dialup configuration of connection
Test your location and connection
Prompt for time/date/phone in Location documents
Travel across time zones
Phonebook database
Domino Passthru Servers
Passthru topology
Client-side Passthru configuration
Server-side configuration
Server-side security
Passthru authentication

Passthru logging

Topic 18: Prepare Notes for Mobile Use 

What mobile users need
Two ways to work remotely
Create replica copy
Make application available offline
Exercise: Create replica copies and replicate
Setup/Desktop Settings policy documents
Choose replica to open from a Bookmark
Replicate databases
Replicas and the database ACL
Exercise: Replicate databases
Replication and Sync page
Database replication tasks
Call Entry/Hangup Entry tasks
Schedule task
High priority databases
Enable the replication schedule
Exercise: Scheduled replication
Force Replication and Sync page tasks
Replication settings
Easy selective replication
Local free time information
Local Free Time database
Add Free Time to the Replication and Sync page
Drawbacks of disconnected schedule lookups
Replication and Sync page options
Replication folders
Replication History
General replication troubleshooting

Topic 19: Additional Mobile Security 

User responsibilities
Encrypt existing local databases
Database security and replication
Enforce consistent ACL
Replicate or copy documents ACL attribute

Topic 20: Take Notes on the Road

iNotes alternative
Two ways to work remotely
Before you leave the office
Other things not to forget
While you are in transit
When you arrive at your destination
Replication and Sync page
When you receive messages
When sent messages are transferred to server
Keep replication times short
Back in transit
When you return to the office
Exercise: Simulate travel
Schedule replication
Replication and accidental document deletion