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Domino Administrator 8.5 - Blank Server Tasks Showing

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Hi,

I have a wierd problem on one of my main Domino mail servers.  If you look at the screenshot, you will see a whole bunch of tasks that show up with a [ as a task name without the bottom right part of the bracket.  Its not an available key as far as I know, so you'll have to see the screenshot to look at this.  My other 4 domino servers do not have this.  When looking at the console or log, there doesnt appear to be any problems.

I am running a 64 bit - Win 2003 Server and this is Domino 8.5.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks! Blank tasks
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Sjef Bosman earned 125 total points
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I can only suggest you upgrade to R8.5.2: R8.5 sucked, R8.5.1 wasn't all that, but R8.5.2 is a real good release.
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Hmm, we dont have the software assurance anymore, so we're stuck with 8.5.  Im hoping for an explanation on what those tasks are and how to clear them out if they are not needed.

Thanks!
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by:Sjef Bosman
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Try to connect to the server's console, and type Show Tasks. The console will list all tasks, hopefully in a more meaningful way. You'll find the text in the log.nsf database as well, in the Misc section.

The tasks might just be bogus, or maybe IMAP tasks.

You might contact your IBM partner to "fix" you some kind of upgrade. In these times, where they are glad to keep every client on-board, it might not be too expensive...
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One easy way to access the code is to buy one (1) IBM Lotus Domino Collaboration Express Authorized User License, about 160 USD.

Then you have acces to the latest code, while sorting out your licensing payments.  Note that depending on the makeup of your organization, there are several opportunities to save a lot of money on licensing!

You can license by server, by server and user, and by user.  Also, the express licensing has been recemtly widened, so as to allow Express licensing users to use Directory Assistance and clustering.

For instance, for a small number of users it is very advantageous to use per user licensing, giving you the option to use an unlimited number of servers. Ideal for a dispersed organization!
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Thanks for the idea on checking the log after a "show tasks" sjef.  Unfortunately, it shows blank spaces in the log too!(Screenshot attached)  Very wierd.  I recently just upgraded from 8.0.2 to 8.5 to have the ability to use DAOS.  So that has been enabled on 2 databases and on this particular server.  Is it possible that is the problem?

Thanks again,

Tasks in log shows empty spaces
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Frankly, I don't know. I've seen dozens of spurious IMAP tasks, but no label at all... It's puzzling.
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does it also do that in a live server console?

try the command:
show tasks -xml

and report output here
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Hi Lars,

Ran the task and it shows the task name as " " for everything under the legit task names.  Goes as far down as the blank space that was showing in the log.  See attached.


 Show Task XML Screenshot
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wow. I say restart the domino instance asap
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Well its been like this for at least 2-3 weeks.  Besides seeing these tasks, everything is running perfectly.  I may down the server at lunch-time today so I will let you know if the problem resolves itself. after that.

Thanks!
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check for agents scheduled for lunchtime first...

tell amgr sched
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Thanks for the heads up.  All of our scheduled agents run at night...

Will update this in about an hour...
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Change of plan, will reboot after hours, will update after.
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Sorry for the late update on this, however, rebooting the server fixed this..... for a day or so.

Then the blank tasks came back up.  I believe we're going to upgrade to 8.5.2 to fix this issue.

Thanks for the help...
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