Wednesday, February 04, 2009

How to disable autorunning SameTime in IBM Lotus Notes 8.5

After I installed LN 8.5 each time when I run LN8.5 the sametime run also. I don't like this because I don't use it. So if you want to disable it you should add/change variable in notes.ini
Please notice 2 variations of IM_DISABLED / IM_DISABLE, it depends of version of LN you have, so if one does not work for you, try another setting.


Tim E. Brown said...

Instead of going thru all of that


should work for you.

More info here -

Tim E. Brown

Dmytro Pastovenskyi said...

I know but it did not switch off IM on my PC. I use 8.5

Dmytro Pastovenskyi said...

from your url

Presently, this parameter will not control the appearance of the Sametime icon within the OS System Tray. An additional SPR has been generated for that review.

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...

did all that, didnt help me much though, the IM_Disable=0 only just hide the client\plugin, NOT disabeling it at all :(

agvd said...

Thanks using all of them I could resolve the issue in my client Lotus Notes 8.


Anonymous said...

Try this one:

Sri said...

The step in the below link works great:

very easy and simple to follow.

Thank u!!!!

J said...

Really helpful tips on this page! Thanks a bunch.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the >>>D<<< (past tense)


Dmytro Pastovenskyi said...

thanks! just updated post

Saurabh S. Gupta said...

place following line in

(withou the quote) in ini file


Anonymous said...

Thanks Sri, the info here worked great!

Anonymous said...

this worked for me as well on RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.2 with Notes version 8.5.1

I changed /home//lotus/notes/data/notes.ini

removed the original IM_SHOW_STATUS=1
and appended

to the file, after restart no more embedded sametime, and notes uses around 40 MB res memory less.

Do not mess around with removing the plugins inside the eclipse settings of notes, it takes forever to disable all sametime related stuff and it has many pitfalls that potentially will mess up your notes.

Now i can finally use the seperate Lotus Sametime client without having the embedded one gets in my way.

Also, i highly recommend increasing the max heap amount (vmarg.Xmx=-Xmx1024m) in the file /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/framework/rcp/deploy/

It greatly increases the responsiveness on machines with enough physical memory,

David Sanabria said...

Disabling Sametime results in the Sametime Meetings client running meetings in the "browser client" rather than within Notes unless you use the embedded browser. Depending on how you are setup, this could result in not being able to share your screen in Sametime Meetings.

Deekman said...

I know this is an old post but I found it when trying to solve an issue on our mac clients: you need to update this post so it says IM_DISABLED=1. The word is disabled, not disable. The D is very important!

Dmytro Pastovenskyi said...

thanks Deekman, updated!

Anonymous said...

It seems like for IBM Lotus Notes 8.5
Release 8.5.2FP3
Revision 20110711.1400-FP3 (Release 8.5.2FP3)
Standard Configuration

It should not have the "D" so it should be

Dmytro Pastovenskyi said...

Thanks, so it could go both ways with/without D depends of version. post has been udpated.

Anonymous said...

Thank you.
IM_DISABLE=1 worked for me. Notes 8.5.

Anonymous said...

IM_DISABLED=1 in user profile directory worked in my case
Notes 8.5.