eProductivity Weekly Tip: February 19, 2010   

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Weekly Tip: Optimizing the performance of your Lotus Notes software (Part 1)

You're familiar with Lotus Notes, since you probably use it every day. But perhaps you don't know about the many things you can do to speed up the performance of your Lotus Notes software. Speed boosts make you more productive and keep you sane.

This is Part 1 of a small series of tips on shaping your Lotus Notes into a trim, productive machine. Since eProductivity runs on Lotus Notes, these tips will also improve your eProductivity experience.

We will not go into details on how to actually make these changes to your Lotus Notes system, since it can vary widely depending on your version of Notes. We recommend discussing your desired changes with your Lotus Notes administrators and asking them for configuration steps.

3 Ways to Configure your Lotus Notes setup for Speed (Sharpening the Saw)

Sharpening the Saw

Local or Server Replica? - The IBM recommended best practice for Lotus Notes and Domino performance is to use Local Replicas. With few exceptions, our experience has shown that a local replica will almost always outperform a server replica. When you use a local replica you are not constrained by the speed or congestion of your network or internet connection. This becomes even more relevant if you are using WiFi, a wireless WAN card, or a VPN connection.

Bottom line, for maximum performance, we always recommend using a local replica. The good news is that you can set this up in 2 minutes and then forget about it while Lotus Notes handles the details. It is also possible for the Notes administrator to enable this via a policy setting for all users.
Network Compression Enabled? - Current versions of Lotus Notes support network compression. If you do not have this turned on, DO IT NOW. It will greatly boost your overall Lotus Notes performance. In Eric Mack's personal experience (Eric is the creator of eProductivity), it doubled the performance of databases that he accessed on his server. It also dramatically reduced his replication time.
Full-Text Index, or Not? - Lotus Notes can build a full-text index of all of the information in a Notes database, including information contained inside most file attachments. This is an easy way to speed up performance. When full-text indexing is enabled, Notes has less work to do to find the information you seek.

Bottom line: for faster performance, always turn on full-text indexing, especially on your mail file.
This was part 1 on how to optimize your Lotus Notes performance. Part 2 coming your way next week.