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Book Review: IBM Lotus Quickr 8.5 for Domino Administration

April 25th, 2011 by Corey Davis

IBM Lotus Quickr 8.5 for Domino Administration“IBM Lotus Quickr 8.5 for Domino Administration” is the latest Domino related title adding to Packt Publishing’s growing library of amazing Domino related titles. Though the book is a great resource for any Quickr admin, admins running Quickr on WebSphere should be aware that this book is solely centered on running Quickr on IBM’s Lotus Domino platform.

The book begins with a very brief introduction on collaboration using Quickr. It then moves into a discussion on the different deployment architectures — Domino and WebSpehere — and helps the reader narrow down for which architecture their environment would be best suited.

Chapter Three is where the book splits off and begins to focus on Quickr for Domino leaving WebSphere as a potential topic for another book. The author’s begin to dive into the underlying architecture providing the reader with a good understanding of how Quickr is situated atop Domino. Different deployment methods — single server vs. clustered servers vs. expanded deployment — are covered.

Chapter Four, available as a free download from the publisher, is a walkthrough of the installation and configuration process. For readers new to Domino they will be thankful that the first half of the chapter covers installing a Domino server, leaving the last half to installing and configuring Quickr.

Chapter Five is a wonderful deep dive into clustering, while Chapter Six provides a wealth of information on general administration. I believe that once you have Quickr up and running, you will want to keep this book handy just for Chapter Six, if for no other reason.

Chapter Seven discusses upgrade and migrations, as well as other features of running Quickr on Domino such as integration with the Domino Attachment and Object Services (DAOS) and offline services.

Chapter Eight is all about the management of places. From creating, renaming, and archiving, to using PlaceTypes. This is a perfect segue into Chapter Nine which discusses customization from colors, to themes, to PlaceBots.

Chapter Ten outlines the different connectors available (Microsoft Windows Explorer, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Symphony, Lotus Notes and Lotus Sametime) as well as an outline on implementing desktop single-sign on.

Chapter Eleven is all about the devs. It discusses the Quickr APIs and provides some code listing for basic tasks. Then the book wraps up in Chapter Twelve outlining integration of other IBM products such as Sametime and Enterprise Content Management (FileNet P8).

As someone an experience Domino administrator and developer with almost zero knowledge of Quickr, I found the book to be exceptionally approachable. The text is written in a clear and concise manner, which is something we don’t always get from books written for admins. I believe an admin of any level, even those new to Domino, who find themselves with the task of deploying and/or administrating a Quickr environment would be well served by this book.

This book is available now from the following vendors:
Packt Publishing
Amazon

Disclaimer: Packt Publishing provided a free review copy of the book for the purpose of this review.


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