IBM Workplace Services Express

Thursday 27th January, 2005
After all the talk of IBM Workplace at LotusSpere this week (wish i was there) I thought I'd have a look and see how easy this thing was to setup.

It seems you need to download 3 CD's worth of data if you don't have them already. A search on the IBM Download site for the words workplace and express displayed the right files. For me on Win/32 it was packages C80DXML.exe, C80DYML.exe and C80DZML.exe.

I downloaded these packages, unzipped them all to the same folder and then ran the setup batch file. Setup took AGES (albeit on a P4 desktop machine) and takes 3.3GB of disk space.

After install I tried to start services but ended up with an abnormal program termination. One reboot later and all is working fine, but the memory consumption is immense. On my preliminary test desktop box with 768MB of RAM I could just verify that it wanted about 2GB of RAM and that it worked without issue albeit slowly. I'll now allocate space for an installation on some proper test hardware.

This isn't Workplace Express Services 2.5 (only 2.0) and doesn't have the Notes/Domino plug-in just yet. I just thought it made sense to get acquainted with Workplace Services before dabbling deep into Notes/Domino integration.

If this product is as good as it looks I may well be considering a Workplace client roll-out for my Domino 7 backend instead of Notes 7.

  1. 1) Wild Bill Said: (30/01/2005 07:08:47 GMT) Gravatar Image
    IBM Workplace Services Express

    I can confirm that they recommend 4GIG of ram, and it requires at least 2gb. So dont mess around trying to install it on sub-2gb of ram, you'll just get disappointed.

    (We installed it in an 800mb VMWare partition one night in the pub. It ran, but the hard drive light was ON all the time. One pint between clicks. Hell, I'm surprised it ran at all!)

    ---* Bill

  2. 2) Runing Said: (01/03/2005 22:03:06 GMT) Gravatar Image
    IBM Workplace Services Express

    Hi there....could U plz. throw me a link to the download site of this product? Iâ– mhaving a lot of trouble finding it?


  3. 3) Andy Dennis Said: (20/03/2005 13:40:41 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    I've been doing some searching around for Workplace, and building a new test machine just to run workplace on!

    Workplace in Development Mode (???) can run on Windows XP

    At the Lotus Labs, at Lotussphere they got away with 2GB of RAM with I understand XP Professional.

    IBM recommend 4GB of RAM per processor..

    Linux appears to be the best OS to run Workplace on, as you can customize whats started at runtime!

  4. 4) M Ramasamy Said: (23/03/2005 09:10:45 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    Run's fine with 4Gb RAM, As of now WSE 2.0 can be configured only with Domino 6.x not Domino 7

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