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How to make the Lotus Notes 8.x Standard client run faster.

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For users on the Lotus Notes 8 Standard client, this article provides information on checking the Java Heap size and adjusting it to half of your system RAM in attempt to get the Lotus Notes 8.x Standard client to run faster.  I've had to exercise this setting many times in my job and have seen noticeable improvements.  The basic client version doesn't use Java; as a result, this setting won't impact client performance for users that are utilizing the Notes 8 Basic client.

You can find if you're using the Standard or Basic Notes client by opening Lotus Notes, selecting Help > About IBM Lotus Notes.  You'll see the current configuration cited on the 5th line down.

Now, getting back to the Standard client Java Heap Size, here's how to check the size and make adjustments.

Navigate to the following file on the computer running Notes.  

{NotesProgramDirectory}framework\rcp\eclipse\plugins\com.ibm.rcp.j2se.{Version}  


Often, the directory and file will be similar to this:

C:\program files\ibm\lotus\notes\framework\rcp\eclipse\plugins\com.ibm.rcp.j2se.win32.x86_1.6.0.20080709-200808151631  

In this folder, look for the file "jvm.properties".  Edit this file in WordPad.

One of the first lines that aren’t commented out (preceded by #) is:

vmarg.Xmx=-Xmx256m

Change that line to roughly half of your available ram.  For example, a computer with 2GB of RAM would have a setting like this:

vmarg.Xmx=-Xmx1024m

Make sure you close the Lotus Notes client before you do this, and that all the Lotus Notes client processes have stopped.
Notes:  !!!You might find several \com.ibm.rcp.j2se.{version} directories under the plugins folder; I recommend just editing the jvm.properties under each directory as you may not know which directory the client is using.



Refer to this link for information about the Lotus Notes 8 Standard and Basic client.
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21264877

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