IBM Lotus Notes Interview Questions & Answers

  1. Question 1. What Is Acl ?

    Answer :

    Access Control List

  2. Question 2. What Are The Different Types Of Acl Access?

    Answer :

    Manager, Designer, Editor, Author, Reader, Depositor, No access

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  4. Question 3. Difference Between Manager Access And Designer Access?

    Answer :

    Manager : can create the Database with manager access, delete, encrypt and compact the documents

    Designer : can access designer elements like view ,forms…

    can create the FT index , he can delete the documents with manager access.

  5. Question 4. Difference Between Editor Access And Author Access?

    Answer :

    Editor : He can create , read and modify the document, he can delete the document with Manager access.

    Author : He can read the document and delete the document if author is the owner of the document.

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  7. Question 5. What Is Clustering?

    Answer :

    Group of two or more server provides the users with constant access.

    Domino cluster continually communicate with each other to keep updated on the status of each server and to keep database replicas synchronized.

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  9. Question 6. Transaction Log Problems – Troubleshooting?

    Answer :

    Invalid transaction log path : Check the log path – path is correct – restart the server

    Not solved, edit TRANS LOG – PATH setting in notes.ini to point to different log path – restart the server

    Transaction log damaged or corrupted : We can see the error message “Transaction log damaged or corrupted “ on the console prompt – restart the server

    If continues – delete the transaction log file – restart the server- server create the new log file- load fix up – perform the database backup.

  10. Question 7. Resource And Reservation Databases, Busytime Databases?

    Answer :

    Resource reservation database : Users can schedule and manage meeting resources. User can select the resource and reserve the time for it ( RESRC60.NTF )

    Busytime databases : When not in a cluster, each server contains a database that includes scheduling information for all users who use that server as their mail server.

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  12. Question 8. Components Or Tasks Involved In Domino Clustering?

    Answer :

    Components : Server : Domino 6.5 or Domino 6 enterprise server or Domino 6 utility server

    Cluster with LAN or WAN – Tcp IP, It should be with same domain and share a common domino directory, Server should have adequate CPU and Memory capacity.

    Client : Notes client must run notes release 4.5 or later.

  13. Question 9. Port Used By Notes?

    Answer :

    NRPC – Notes remote process call ( 1352 )

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  15. Question 10. What Is Ecl?

    Answer :

    Execution control list

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  17. Question 11. What Is Replication?

    Answer :

    Replication is the process of synchronizing documents from the same databases on different workstations or servers.

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  19. Question 12. Different Types Of Replication?

    Answer :

    1. server – to – server replication
    2. workstation – to – server replication

    Pull – pull

    Pull – push

    Pull – only

    Push only

    In pull – push, the initiating server replicator pulls changes from the called server and the pushes data to the called server, only the initiating servers does te work writing in both servers.

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  21. Question 13. If Replication Between 2 Databases Does Not Work, Then What Are The Troubleshooting Steps Taken?

    Answer :

    Check replication history and log,

    Replicate with server ……not responding : check network communication

    Check cross certification for the database

    Miscellaneous event log

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  23. Question 14. If Users Receive Error “unable To Find Path To Server” – What Would Be The Problem ?

    Answer :

    DNS issue or host entry or connection document problem.

  24. Question 15. Smtp Routing ?

    Answer :

    To sending mail to internet users.

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  26. Question 16. Mail Routing ?

    Answer :

    A server base task that allows users to exchange mail via a LAN, WAN , Gateways.

  27. Question 17. Difference Between Replica And New Copy?

    Answer :

    New replica have same replica ID, New copy will not the same.

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  29. Question 18. Transactional Logging?

    Answer :

    Transaction logging captures all the changes made to a database and writes them to a transaction log. Transactions are reordered sequentially in the log files, which is much quicker than database updates to random.

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  31. Question 19. Difference Between Refresh Design And Replace?

    Answer :

    Refresh : Refresh page contain up to date information

    Replace : Change the existing one to new one

  32. Question 20. Compact Tasks And Types?

    Answer :

    Types :

    In-place compacting with space recovery

    In-place compacting with space recovery and reduction in file size

    Copy-style compacting

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  34. Question 21. Difference Updall And Update?

    Answer :

    Update : Update is loaded at server by default and runs continually . It will update view index.

    Updall : Updall doesn’t continually or work from queue, run updall when it is needed, It will update view index.

  35. Question 22. Can External Ldap Directory Be Used In Domino ?

    Answer :


  36. Question 23. What Is Directory Assistance?

    Answer :

    Directory assistance : Directory assistance is a feature a server can use to look up information in a directory other than a local primary Domino Directory (NAMES.NSF)

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  38. Question 24. Where Can I See The Recertify Id Notification Period, And How Can I Change This?

    Answer :

    A Go into the ‘Domino Administrator’ and to the ‘Configuration’ tab, and then choose ‘certification’ on the right hand side. Choose ‘ID properties’, select the ‘ID file’, enter the password, and then it will display the expiration date.

    To recertify, choose ‘Certify’ then you must choose the ‘certifier id’ file. Usually ‘certifier id’ enters its password, then choose the ‘ID file’ you wish to recertify. After that, enter its password, amend the expiration date and hit ‘certify’.

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  40. Question 25. When A User Logs Into ‘lotus Notes Web Browser’, It Opens With The Following Error “done But With Errors On Page”. He Cannot See His Mail. When He Tries It On Another Machine, It Works. This Tells Me That It Has Something To Do With The Settings On The Machine. What Could It Be?

    Answer :

    A If possible, try another browser from the same machine (e. g. ‘Firefox’). You should take note that ‘IE’ often creates ‘strange’ things due to security settings. Since you have one working and the other doesn’t, try to compare the 2 sets of settings. I recommend ‘Firefox’ if possible for this use. It is compatible with ‘iNotes’ 5 and 6 or default mailboxes.

  41. Question 26. I Have A User That Uses Both A Laptop And Desktop Computer. He Was Able To Replicate Just Fine But Encountered A Weird Issue. The User Reads A Message On The Desktop, And Then Switches Back To Laptop And Does A Replication On It. The Problem Is That The Message He Just Read On The Desktop Was Still Marked “unread” On The Laptop, Even Though He Just Read It On The Desktop And Did A Replication. Is It Possible To Have The Messages Read On Either The Desktop Or Laptop To Be Marked As Read On The Other Computer, After He Completes A Replication?

    Answer :

    A You can add “REPLICATOR_SYNC_UNREAD=-1” to the ‘Notes. ini’ file. You can set it in the database preferences as well with the ‘replicate unread marks’ to all servers.

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  43. Question 27. I Have A User Who Is Getting ‘doc Links’ To The Notes In ‘db’, But The ‘doc Link’ Doesn’t Come Through. It Is Replaced By The Following “document Link Db Name, View”. I Have Replaced Her Mail Template, But It’s Still Not Working. Other Users Are Getting The ‘doc Link’ Just Fine. What Am I Missing?

    Answer :

    A Check the field ‘format preference for incoming mail’ in the main directory first. It will probably work best with the setting ‘Keep in sender format’, unless there are some strange routings via ‘SMTP’ or others that might change the original format.

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  45. Question 28. We Keep A Replica Of The ‘domino Directory’ (address Book) In Our Local Machine Along With The Mail Database. It Is For Use While Outside The Office. Recently, I Started Getting Complaints From The Users That Some Addresses Are Missing From The Address Book. I Checked And Found That With Every Replication (set For Both The Mail And Address Book), Around 10 To 12 Entries Were Deleted. Currently, I Have Disabled Replication Of The Address Book But That Didn’t Solve The Problem. Is There A Way To Fix This?

    Answer :

    A Check if there is no ‘enabled archiving’ on the db in any server, and if there is any single/’standalone’ users replicating only which can pull the data from the main directory. Check the replication history on the (each) server, as a minimum to identify who replicates where and the directions.

  46. Question 29. I Have A User That Is Receiving E-mails In The ‘inbox’ Which Are Already “read”, Or “black”. I Tried ‘replace Design’, ‘upgrade Folder Design’, And Checked To Make Sure That The Flag “mark Documents Read When Opened In Preview Pane” Was Not Checked. We Are Using 6. 5. 2 Version. What Can Be The Solution To This?

    Answer :

    A From the ‘Workspace’, ‘right click’ the mouse on the database and select ‘Database’, then ‘Properties’. Under the fourth tab, make sure the “Do not mark modified documents as unread” is checked. Under the seventh tab, make sure the “don’t maintain unread marks” is not checked.

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  48. Question 30. I Am Working In Notes Version 6. 5. 2. When I Archive The User’s “notes . Nsf Files”, Sometimes The Folder Does Not Get Created In The Archive, And All E-mails That Were In The Original Folder Get Dumped Into The Archive’s ‘all Documents Folder’.

    I Have Tried Running The “fix Up”, And “upgrade Folder Design” On Both The Original And Archive Files. That Didn’t Seem To Do Anything. Even After I Manually Created The Folder In The Archive Area, Future Archiving Does Not Copy The E-mails Into The Folders. Is There Something Else I Can Do To Correct This?

    Answer :

    A Check if the ‘not processed folders’ are “private”. If it is, the server will have trouble reading them. Hence, there will be no transfer of the folder info. The documents on the other hand will be transferred if the terms are there, but then it’s located in ‘ALL DOCUMENTS’ view.

  49. Question 31. We Are Migrating To Exchange And Include Several Users With Local Archives On Their Mailboxes. Most Of These Users Need The Archives, But I Can’t Seem To Figure Out A Way Of Doing It At All. Is There A Way Of Doing This Or An Application Someone Else Has Used That Works? Is There Any Way Of Migrating Archives?

    Answer :

    A The ‘exchange migration wizard’ (free with exchange) can read the mail in archive and create a “. pst” file. It was done as a test one time by putting the archive on the server and then changing the ‘person doc’ that was the user’s mail file. This was done on a test system that wasn’t running the live mail.

  50. Question 32. I Have A User That Tried To Delete An E-mail. She Got A “type Mismatch” Error. The E-mail Then Gets An “x” Next To It And If She Refreshes The Screen, It’s Deleted. Why Did She Receive The Error Message?

    Answer :

    A It seems like a typical “refresh design” issue. In the mailbox, go to “File/Database/Design/Refresh Design” and choose the ‘mail server’, then ‘validate’. If that does not solve the issue, repeat the manipulation but choose “Replace Design” instead, choose the ‘mail server’ and the proper ‘mail template’, and then ‘validate’.

    You can also do it in another way. Go to ‘Tools’, ‘preferences’, ‘calendar’ and ‘To Do’, and then to ‘Auto process’. The ‘Automatic Inbox’ management will be blank. Choose an option in there again and it will work fine.

  51. Question 33. I Am Trying To Send An ‘ical’ File Using Lotus Notes 6. 5. 4 And Made It Work, But It Does Not Appear In The Calendar As An Entry. I Have Tried To Boot An Event And A ‘to Do’ Item, Both Worked Fine In The Mail Sending And Receiving, But When I Look In The Calendar I Didn’t See It. Is There A Trick To This Or Is It Simply That Lotus Notes Calendar Is Not Compatible With ‘ical’ Files?

    Answer :

    A Lotus notes version6 (or higher) is ‘iCal’ compatible and can exchange calendar information over the internet with other ‘iCalendar’ compatible applications such as MS Outlook 2000 (or higher). If you are exchanging calendar information with a user over the internet, you would receive an e-mail message containing an ‘. ics’ file attachment. That ‘. ics’ file attachment is an ‘icalendar’ standard file, and it contains calendar information for an event. To process this ‘. ics’ file attachment, you can do the following:

    Open the e-mail containing the attachment;

    Right-click the attachment;

    Select view from pop-up, this will display a “Scheduling Notes in ‘iCalendar’ File” window;

    Select ‘Import all’, this will generate a Lotus Notes meeting invitation that you can process, to add the event to your personal Lotus Notes calendar.

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