IBM Lotus Notes : How to Change/Recover ID password

I recently had a user that had forgotten their original Lotus Notes password that was supplied with their ID file.

This user was created before I implemented ID Recovery so there was no copy of the ID file. I downloaded many tools from the Internet, some free and some shareware but they just didn’t work.

I finally came accross Syed Jahanzaib’s post which is a brilliant solution – full credit goes to him 🙂

You have to re-register the user with the same details and a new ID file will be created which will give access to the mail file.

1# Open Lotus Domino Admin Client, on People & Groups, Goto People.
Now search for the user , whom ID password you want to change . Double Click on it.
Note down all the info like email / user name / Short name. After making note, close it.

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2# Now Register a new ID by right click on People and select Register Person.
Register with exactly the same first name, middle name and last name.
Make sure you select Mail System to NONE.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. otherwise previous mail file will be overwritten with new file and all Emails will be lost.

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Now Goto ID Info
In Set ID File, select the destination where you want to save the new ID file. This file will contain the new password and will be used by the user.

As shown in the image below . . .

Now Register it. and you will see the following warning.

An entry with the specified person name ‘First Last/xxx’ is already in the Domino Direcotry. Update the entry?
Click YES to continue.

As shown in the image below . . .

3# Now again take user properties, and in mail tab.

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Save & Close.

Copy the newly created ID file to the users Lotus Notes directory which differs on single and multi installations and different operating systems. Access to the mail file will now be granted by using the new password.

Syed Jahanzaib’s Blog

Windows 8 System Requirements

Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:

• Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

• RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

• Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

• Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:
• To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
• To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
• To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.

From Windows 8 FAQ

System Center 2012 Licensing

Here is a PDF that details the System Center 2012 Licensing model which has been brought in line with Server 2012 Licensing.


Microsoft System Center 2012 is a comprehensive management platform that enables you to more easily and efficiently manage your IT environments, including your server infrastructure and client devices.

With System Center 2012, you get the most cost effective and flexible platform for managing your traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, and client computers and devices.

System Center 2012 is the only unified management platform where you can manage multiple hypervisors, physical resources, and applications in a single offering, versus multiple fragmented point solutions delivered by competitors.”

Key Points
Two editions Standard and Datacenter
Processor based license which covers two processors
All components included in both versions

How to install Windows 8 on VMware Player for free

Here is how to install Windows 8 as a virtual machine in VMware Player. This gives you an opportunity to test and try out the new OS experience and new features.

You will need to download VMware Player from and download a 90 day trial of Windows 8 from

1. Install VMware Player
2. Open VMware Player and select “Create a New Virtual Machine”.
3. Select “Installer disc image file (iso) and click “Browse” then navigate to the location where Windows 8 ISO is downloaded/located, select it and click “Open”.
4. Click Next and insert the “Windows product key” if you have one; if you don’t have one just leave the fields empty and click “Next” and validate the prompt.
5. Type a new name for “Virtual machine name” or leave it as is.
6. Select the location of the virtual machine and make sure you have at least 16GB for the 32-bit Windows 8 and 20GB for the 64-bit Windows 8 free space in the selected location
7. Select “Store virtual disk as a single file” to keep the virtual HDD in a single file and optimize performance then click “Next”.
8. At the next screen click on “Customize Hardware…” go to “Memory” — Microsoft recommends a minimum of 1GB for 32-bit Windows 8 and 2GB for 64-bit Windows 8, but you should double the minimum requirements for a smoother operation.
9. At the “Processors” dialog box select the “Number of processor cores” available for your CPU.
10. Click “Close” then “Finish” to complete the virtual machine creation process and install Windows 8.

I have created a YouTube video of still images at each stage during the build which can be found at

Add Twitter widget to sidebar in WordPress

There are plenty of resources to do this including plugins for WordPress and custom code. I wanted to share the way I did it as its easy and only 8 steps to follow!

1). Log in to your Twitter account

2). Click on Settings

3). Click on Widgets

4). Create New and configure the options

5). Copy the code

6). In WordPress, click on Appearance, Widgets and drag the Text widget to the sidebar

7). Enter a suitable title such as “Recent Tweets”

8). Paste the copied HTML code in to the next field and Save

Go to your site and you should see your Twitter feed.


Windows Server 2012 Licensing Datasheet

Here is another PDF I found very useful. It provides an edition overview, licensing overview, info on CALs and how to transition to the new licensing model.

Key points

Datacenter edition for highly virtualised private cloud environments
Stanard edition for non or very small virtualised environments
Essentials edition for small businesses up to 25 users on up to two processors
Foundation edition for small businesses up to 15 users on single processors

CALs are still required for every user or device accessing a server
Consistent processor-based license

If you are an Microsoft SA customer check your entitlement as you may already have access to Server 2012!