IBM Lotus Knows how to screw up your day at the office – .provisioning_rc not found

Today I totally wasted my whole day trying to get Lotus Notes re-installed after it suddenly ‘died’ yesterday. The program did not want to start in standard mode, Designer and Adminstrator client ran OK.

During installation I receive the error message ‘.provisioning_rc not found… blabla’ and the installation quits. Cleaning any reference in the registry and files on the system just won’t help.

So a big ‘FU’ to IBM Lotus for destroying my day at the office. What a crappy software that does not allow to be re-installed! I wonder how many iPods Apple would still sell if you could not re-install iTunes.

IBM Lotus Knows how to screw up your day at the office.

Ps any help is welcome, allthough it will do little good right now due to travelling.

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6 thoughts on “IBM Lotus Knows how to screw up your day at the office – .provisioning_rc not found

  1. Chris Miller 2010-April-8 / 5:54 pm

    I think you are missing something if Admin ahnd Designer were able to run effectively. Did you try a repair? Simply uninstall? Delete all the files, even in your Windows profile area? Did you have a plug-in installed?

    There is quite a few things to check

  2. Patrick Kwinten 2010-April-8 / 10:02 pm

    I removed and cleaned everything according to instructions by Nathan Freeman:

    http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd8forum.nsf/7606203117a962e585256c0600470911/dd92b133fb4ae156852572e50050f3eb?OpenDocument

    Then I installed Notes client only, which worked fine. Then I installed the other clients and the composite application editor each after the other.

    Trying to install the clients all at once seemed to cause the problem allthough I can not and rather would not like to check this one more time. But after at least 10 attempts the method above worked 😕

    So all by all I wasted about 8 hours getting everything working again.

  3. Alex Herciu 2010-April-22 / 4:31 pm

    I lost half a day trying to find a workaround. What worked for me:
    – removed all user profiles
    – uninstalled antivirus (symantec)
    – logged in with local Admin account
    – installed using setup.exe from a local partition
    finally no .provisioning_rc not found… error

    Final conclusion:
    IBM should stick to making fine hardware and leaving software to others!

  4. Mayank Johri 2011-September-9 / 9:01 pm

    n some rare cases error occurs when upgrading on windows

    In some rare cases, IBM Lotus Symphony might fail to upgrade from previous release, the error prompts “provisioning_rc not found” or “RCP Base Plug_in not found”. The reason is that: User Data or files of IBM Lotus Symphony are corrupted or locked by other programs.
    Workaround:
    Uninstall previous IBM Lotus Symphony, and then install the new release again. Please also ignore any error messages during the uninstallation process.

    from http://www-03.ibm.com/software/lotus/symphony/help.nsf/ReleaseNotes

  5. Ed 2011-September-23 / 12:40 am

    instead of multi-user, try single-user mode. that worked for me.

  6. Agustin Osorio 2012-May-30 / 2:05 am

    Just Login as local admin, and run it in elevated mode… i wasted a whole day trying to get it working.

    Stupid IBM.

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