Putting Lotus Sametime 8.5 into Lotus Notes 8.5.1 installation kit

I have found out how to put the Lotus Sametime 8.5 addon into the installkit for Lotus Notes 8.5.1.

Now when Sametime 8.5 CF1 is released,this is a good time to update the installation kit.

IBM Lotus Sametime Connect 8.5.0 Cumulative Fix pack 1 (CF1) Release Notice March 26, 2010:


Sametime Advanced features also got an update recently, maybe these features should be put into the installation package. About Sametime Advanced plug-ins for Sametime 8.5 standard and Sametime 8.5 embedded for Notes 8.5.1 FP2:


To speed up installation process of Lotus Notes, I always expand the updateSite.zip into a folder updateSite. In this way, the installation time is reduced by several minutes. Many customers complain about the installation time, so this is the way to do it! This seems to be a hidden feature. So when I’m done customizing the installation package i expand the updateSite.zip and into a folder updateSite, and then I delete the zip-file.

IBM has a TECHNOTE how to put the zipfile into the installation-kit. But I don’t want this, I want to extract the zipfile and put the content into installation kit, to speed upĀ  installation process.

This is how I did it.

Get the NotesCustomizationKit_1_0.zip from notes installation-kit. Then extract the addToZip.exe and trimUpdateSite. Also get unzip.exe and zip.exe from the web. Put these 3 files into a folder.

1) Use trimUpdateSite to remove old Sametime (and optional Symphony)

2) Create a folder tmp (for example). In here extract the contents of sametime.embedded.add-on.win.20100326-0210.zip

3) In this folder. RenameĀ sametime.embedded.update.site.20100326-0210.zip to updateSite.zip. Then go into deploy/install.xml and update every refernece of sametime.embedded.update.site.20100326-0210.zip into updateSite.zip.

4) Run this command:


Now, there is some more adjusting in installation.xml so that everything is correct. For example removing old Sametime 8.0.2 references. Read the manual how to adjust deploy/install.xml to have all the correct contents. How to add Sametime 8.5 rich client to the Notes 8.5.1 Install Kit:



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