True Domino blooper #20: How do you tell the boss he's a moron?

This Domino maven found out first hand what happens when an unqualified exec runs riot with AdminP. This story is a perfect example of when a little knowledge combined with a lot of authority can be a dangerous combination.

I once had a short contract at a company where a senior IT manager with no Notes/Domino knowledge had been given manager access to the organization's global address book.

He liked the look of the AdminP function so much that he decided to test it out by deleting the LocalDomainServers group from the directory. Unfortunately, the organization was also enforcing a consistent ACL on its address book, so as the AdminP request ran, it removed each successive server from the ACL of its own address book.

Fortunately, a small group of fellow managers retained their manager access, but were forced to manually dial up all the far-flung African and Asian region servers (30 plus calls) and force a manual replication across the 28k modem links.

It did the job, but took a long time to fix!



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This was first published in July 2003

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