Lotus Notes 8.5.2 and force local ODS upgrade

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How many times during an upgrade of the Lotus Notes client have you wished you could also force the ODS to be upgraded?  Scheduling the compact task as a local program document was a hack I showed some time ago on SnTT.

But coming in Lotus Notes 8.5.2 (yes the normal wait to see it is there from betas before you get excited) is the ability to have the user's local On Disk Structure (ODS) upgraded.

For most non-essential databases, the ODS upgrade will take place in a background process and while a database is upgraded, the end user will not be able to use the database.

For essential databases that are in use at the point that an upgrade is attempted, the ODS upgrade will be done at the next first time open which will typically occur at client restart.

There is one notes.ini variable to be set

If you do not set the ODS level, Lotus Notes 8.5.2 assumes you meant to go to ODS51.  You can also choose in configuration an older ODS.  Users will be temporarily blocked while the change happens and there is more documented warnings and such that go along with it the user could see while all this takes place.