How to get Lotus Notes 8.5 work with slow network?
Posted on 2012-09-11
We consolidated our Lotus Notes email servers to central site (Europe) several months ago. We notice steadily increase of Notes traffic on the Asia to Europe WAN link. It consumes now over 60% of total bandwidth.
Since the users have Notes client on their PC working on the local replica, we thought it should be fine to limit the bandwidth for Notes. Last night, we applied traffic police on the WAN router and cap the Notes traffic to 40% of bandwidth.
Unfortunately, it became a disaster. When users send mail, they may fail to connect the server (that is expected) and then stuck, can not do anything in Notes client until times out, and then get the error saying can not connect server. While what we thought when Notes client fails to connect to server, it should drop the mail into the local mailbox and wait for next replication. But it is totally not the case.
The Notes client setting was controled by the central Notes team. We have only one location, and in there the mail file location is 'on Server' un changable. My questions are
1. what if we keep one location but change the Mail file location to local?
2. is there standard or better way to get Notes client work in a 'slow' network environment?