Run Server Utilities on the client

Many System Administrators have figured this out already, but many have not.

IF you're Domino Server runs on a Windows NT or Windows 2000 platform AND if you're Lotus Notes clients are installed on Windows 95, 98, 2000, or ME computers, you can do the following:

Copy the files nfixup.exe AND ncompact.exe from your R5 Domino servers LotusDomino directory (or R4's notes directory) to a floppy or network folder.

Then paste these files into any of your users R5 Notes Clients Lotusnotes directories (or R4.x's notes directory).

ONLY do this with similar platform versions of Domino and Notes. For example, it would be fine to copy an R5 Domino Server's copy of nfixup.exe and place it in an R5 Notes client program directory. But it would NOT be alright to use this with an R4.x Notes client.

With Lotus Notes closed, navigate to the program directory, and run


NCompact.exe -B (the -B switch is in R5 only . . . it uses In-Place compaction and reduces the file size)

NUpdall.exe -R (Updall does come with the Notes client. Using the -R switch will rebuild all full text indexes).

After you've done this, if you really want to go the extra mile for your end users, run Windows Defrag, or Norton Utilities Speed Disk.

When all is said and done, your end users should now have more room on their computers hard drive. They should also notice significant improvement in their local Lotus Notes client performance.

Run these utilities on average once a month or as desired.

Good Luck!
REMEMBER, this is for Windows based Servers to Windows based Workstations. Other Operating Systems or mixed Operating Systems (UNIX servers / Windows workstations) should not be tried.

This was first published in April 2001

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