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ing certain actions. There also seems to be a problem with the viewer. Not sure if it's the way that R5 has been setup on my machine but if I activate an MS Word document in the viewer I get a blank grey screen? Lotus have also removed the ability to view folders if a navigator has been added to the database. The only way to get to views not on the navigator is through the 'View...GoTo' menu. A little aggravating if you need to view several 'hidden' views. After changing jobs I went back to Notes R4.6 and it's been really difficult to lose the extra features of R5. Thankfully I'm currently part of an R5 testing program so it shouldn't be long before I'm happy again!
Lotus Notes admin is a big chunk of my job at the moment and has been for a couple of years. I 'grew up' on version 4.5, migrated to 4.6, changed jobs to roll out version 5, changed jobs again and now use 4.6! You might say a whistle stop tour of Notes admin! Now being CLP R4 and R5 I think I have just about got a good grip on Notes. There is a BIG change in store for you from R4.6 to R5. My experience of R5 is on AS/400 and a little NT with 1200 users, R4.5/4.6 NT and a little AS/400 for about 3000 users. The most significant change in R5 by Lotus is the push for legacy platforms like AS/400. If you have ever installed and configured R4 on AS/400 you will know what I mean when I say death to AnyMAIL! R5 has broken free of all the R4 problems and natively runs SMTP on OS/400 (V4R3 only!) Lotus sold more OS/400 installs in 4/1 than NT to date! The reliability of the 400 and Notes is a force to be reckoned with in the current platforms world. Installing R5 is very simple, even on 400's. Your first server is simple enough, as per R4, second server the same to. Connection documents are very similar and need very little research from R4 to get working properly. The real benefits come from user management, PKI and web services. User management can now be drilled down and reversed, i.e. what groups is this user a member of (God send compared to R4!), activity logs and so on. If like me you have 30 odd servers to monitor daily around the globe, server stats are on one pane for all your NNN servers. This significantly reduces time trawling through logs and mail.box for dead mail. Replication errors can be reported on to avoiding digging through statrep.nsf. SMTP mail has been greatly enhanced with mail router power. R5 gives mail delivery and routing stability the punch of a V8! Web integration is the real power behind R5. Collaboration with extranet and intranet through Lotus Script and Domino Web Server has leapt i
nto 21st century. The user fron tend is also very different. Lotus have really gone for the web integration here as well. If you need to manage multiple databases, the traditional workspace is still there but the new workspace loses this flexibilty I feel with hyperlinks to calendars and no 'buttons'. Mail file templates have changed to. Calendaring is much much easier to use and configure and can span a workgroup or a whole business without falling over like R4. The only comparable system on the market is Microsoft Exchange. Having used 5.5 quite heavily, I do prefer Notes. The major downfall of Exchange is the directory replication. I can only say I have found cirectory replication on Exchange lacking in reliability especially for large databases across organisations. Notes has always won hands down here on replication across diverse networks and remote users. If you have R4, upgrading to R5 is a logical step. Lotus are dropping support of R4.6 3/4 of next year so the pressure is on! If you are considering Win 2K as well, good luck! If you are planning R5, it is a good oppurtunity to lay out Utopia before you start, I would consider R5 probably capable of getting you there.
I am an Administrator at a university business school. We have been using Notes Version 4 for a few years, a reliable, stable platform. We have implemented R5 recently, here's a few observations. R5 needs considering at the server and client ends separately. At the server level, there is a new Administrator's interface. It is loaded with more functions, and allows easier access for setting account details, creating users, moving accounts etc. A clever feature. The actual server install is similar, but there are lots of new options, especially regarding Internet mail, to use. A word of strong advice: don't rush into using R5 server, research how it uses native SMTP and such like, a real change from R4's methods! Overall, it is good, and makes Admin easier and more efficient. At the user end, the client I have mixed feelings about. Lotus have redisigned the GUI, using a bookmarks and link interface, with a feel similar to a web interface. To be honest, the idea is good, the execution a little ropey. It is easy to wrongly set up a client, and spend a good while finding problems. Also, when an account is created, there is now an Interent Address field to fill, make sure you are completely aware how this works for external mail, it is a dog if you do not set it up correctly. As with other Notes versions, it also uses a lot of space on PC, and R5 mail files seem to use a lot extra. Overall, as with previous versions, a good product once acclimatised, but a nightmare if wrongly set up, and seems hard for MS Outlook users to understand!!