Join Our Beta! Introducing Domino “Danube” Early Access Program

24. Mai 2022 Posted by HCL Domino Team

After the successful launch of HCL Domino v12.0.1 in December 2021, we are approaching the next release milestone: Today, we are happy to announce the new early access program for HCL Domino Danube!

You are invited to join the early access program to beta test our latest release and give feedback to our development teams.

We’re calling on our community to share honest, effective, and thoughtful reviews and testing of our software product. Your input is always essential for developing our products, and we will continue to listen to you every step of the way.

What you can expect from this first drop of Domino Danube:

HCL Domino Server 

For the Domino server, there are several enhancements waiting for you: 

  • Anti-virus scanning for message attachments 
    This will allow you to set up HCL Domino to work with an ICAP protocol server to scan for viruses in mail message attachments. 
  • Windows VSS support in Domino backup 
    Domino now provides a native Windows VSS writer for snapshot backups for use with the Domino backup and restore. VSS writers are designed for application-aware VSS snapshots. 
  • DAOS improvements 
    A new server task, DAOS Encryption Manager (daosencmgr), can be used to ensure DAOS objects on an HCL Domino server use a consistent encryption key.
  • XPages: upgrade to CKEditor 
    CKEditor, used in iNotes, is now version 4.5.6.1. Previously it was version 4.18.0. The new CKEditor version is also used in XPages.
  • New version of OpenSSL 
    HCL Domino now uses OpenSSL version 3.0.1. (it used OpenSSL version 1.1.1a previously).
  • Support for 5.x Linux kernels 
  • “Tell Domino support” console command 
    You can use the new tell domino support command to collect diagnostic files recently created in the IBM_TECHNICAL_SUPPORT directory into a .zip file to provide to support.
  • 256bit AES Encryption for database 
    The new default selection for database encryption is 128-bit AES. Previously it was Strong Encryption.
  • Administration Quick enhancements 
    Administration Quick (AdminQ) has been enhanced in Domino Danube.
  • Domino directory user interface enhancements 
    These Domino directory user interface enhancements are added for improved usability. 

… Plus, several other minor changes and performance improvements.

For a complete list of changes and improvements, please refer to the Domino Danube release notes.

And this is just the first beta drop! We are going to release even more features and Notes client builds in the coming stages of the early access program. We are planning to have monthly drops until the end of September (subject to change).

What’s new in Domino Danube? Find out here.

How to participate in this beta? 

Customers with a current entitlement to Domino can find the software packages for both beta programs on Flexnet. Beta participants, please let us know by submitting any and all feedback in our beta forum. For general input and new ideas or feature enhancement requests, please use the Domino ideas forum, here.

Thank you for your participation and your passion for HCL Domino!

HCL Domino Product Team 

 

Your Questions about Domino’s Latest Release – Answered!

21. Dezember 2021 Posted by HCL Domino Team

Last week, we hosted a webinar about the latest version (v12.0.1), and we have to say, our Domino customers are an engaged bunch! We had close to 200 questions asked in less than an hour and we’ve distilled them down to a Q&A, below.

For those who joined live, we apologize for the audio issues due to GoToWebinar experiencing global tech issues. We’ve since re-recorded the session and you can catch the recording here:

The latest Domino version is now available for customers with a current entitlement on the HCL software license & download portalIf you do not have an entitlement, please reach out to HCL sales and don’t forget to check out resources in our upgrade guide or reach out to our technical experts to start planning your upgrade.

2021 was a big year for us with the major release of v12, and we’re happy to be ending the year on another great release. Thank you, Team Yellow for your support, ideas, and feedback. We look forward to an amazing 2022!

Happy Holidays from the Domino Team and never forget: #dominoforever

UPGRADES & LICENSING

Q: I am running Domino v9 on my server, how easy is it to update to v12?  

A: VERY easy! For more information please watch the replay of this upgrade webinar or speak to an HCL technical expert here 

Q: Can older Notes clients be upgraded directly to v12? 

A: Yes, the fastest option is to uninstall the previous client and install v12 with the same data directory.

Q: Does Domino v12.0.1 work with a v9.01 server? 

A: You can upgrade a v9.0.1 server to 12.0.1. Domino is backward compatible so Notes Clients of version v12.0.1 can access v9.0.1 servers.

Q: For a Domino server dedicated to SMTP messaging, what are the considerations for migrating from version 9 to version 12?  

A: It’s easy. We cover more on that in this upgrade webinar or you can speak to an HCL technical expert here.

Q: I am running v9 Domino servers with mission-critical apps that are nearly 25 years old. I need to update my servers, but I also need to update my apps so they can be available via web without Java requirement. Is there a good path to update the web interface of these older applications that rely on java for the web interface?  

A: We’re excited to learn more about your specific case but short answer is yes, that can be done! Please talk to a technical expert who can guide you through this process here..

Q: Is there a trial version of HCL Domino v12.0.1? Or is it possible to buy a single license for server and client (Notes, designer, admin)?
A: Yes, please contact your HCL sales representative for a trial or single license.

Q: As a consultant, can I access a test version for customers?  

A: Yes, you have a few options.  

  • Business Partners have free access to the PartnerPack which allows you to set up demo environments for customers  
  • You can use our sandbox environment here 
  • You can get trial licenses issued by HCL sales 
  • You can talk to an HCL technical expert.

Q: Is HCL Nomad a separate product or does it come with Domino?

A: HCL Nomad is available for iOS, Android, and also for web browsers. It comes with your Domino CCB license.

Q: How does licensing work? Do you charge per user or per server? 

A: Different license models are available. What we recommend is the “per authorized user” licensing called “CCB.” Please read more about it here.

Q: I am unable to locate 12.0.1 in my account.  

A: Please reach out to HCL support to check your account. Your license might have expired.

DOMI 12.0.1 FEATURES: DOMINO ONLINE MEETING INTEGRATION

Q: Can I integrate MS Teams and Zoom into Notes 12.0.1 calendar at the same time? 

A: Yes, however when hosting a meeting you will need to decide which meeting platform you want to use for that meeting.

Q: Are other online meetings such as Teamviewer, RingCentral, or Google Meet be integrated in DOMI? 
A: DOMI is open-source. You can add support for more vendors here.

Q: Regarding DOMI, do you need a new token for each meeting? 

A: No, the token only needs to be obtained once. Based on the platform used, it expires 90 days after the last time it was used.

Q: Will DOMI be included in the new release version’s repository, or do we need to have separate exe for it?

A: Customers with Notes 11.0.1 need to apply a mail template modification. Starting with Notes 12.0.1 those improvements are already part of the mail template shipping with the product.

Q: Is there any plan to extend DOMI to also be used in Verse on-premises and Traveler? 

A: Yes, it is on the roadmap for Verse Web and expected to be delivered next year.

Q: Is DOMI a user self-configuration only, or is a global configuration for a specific meeting service possible? 

A: The meeting services can be configured (enabled/disabled) by the administrator.

PROJECT RESTYLE

Q: Is “Project Restyle” available for all users? 

A: Not yet, but if you like it, please vote for it here.

Q: Does the restyler work for Domino apps developed in early versions? e.g. v7, v8, v9? 

A: Yes, the main purpose is to quickly update the look and feel of applications that were developed in previous versions. It even works for apps developed in V3.

Q: If you restyle a database, is this compatible with older versions of HCL Domino? 

A: Yes, the design that is applied is using standard technologies that are compatible with any supported version of Domino.

SECURITY AND BACKUP

Q: Does Domino 12 have multifactor authentication?

A: Yes, Domino 12 supports two factor authentication. TOTP is the supported standard. Read here for more details.

Q: For security, does Notes client support 2-factor / multi-factor authentication?

A: The Notes ID file itself is already a two-factor authentication. (You need to have the ID file and know the password.) 2FA (TOTP) is available in Domino for web applications, and we are working on TOTP 2FA support for Notes clients. Vote for this idea for Notes client.

Q: We are currently testing domino 12.0.1 for MFA. We are using the Authy App as the authenticator to authorize web login. Will you have any HCL web authenticator apps available in near future?

A: Since we are using TOTP based on RFC6238 there is no need for an HCL branded 2FA app. Any existing app which supports this standard will work.

Q: Are there options for two-factor authentication using Phone/SMS code? 

A: You can get SMS 2FA support from business partners like Cyone.

Q: In previous versions, the way to install SSL licenses was done through OpenSSL and KYRTOOL. Is the way to apply SSL keys still the same in v12 version? 

A: SSL certs is now much easier with the new Certificate Manager that is built into Domino. See this article for details.

Q: Are there any plans for an external caution warning for email users to recognize external threats or spoofing emails? 

A: Yes. Vote here and receive a notification when its available.

Q: Any chance of implementing blockchain framework within Domino security in upcoming releases?  

A: Vote for this idea.

Q: Is there any third-party backup solution supported by Domino 12.0.1?

A: Yes, there are several vendors who backup solutions for Domino. If you can’t find one to your liking, start with the integrated Domino Backup and hook it up to your existing solution. Read more here.

MAIL

Q: Any news on the Domino Open Mail client strategy?

A: We are working on it and expect to share a clearer timeline in the coming few months.

Q: When are we going to see support for Apple Mail (as a supported mail client for Traveler)?

A: Apple Mail (iOS) is already supported for Traveler. Support for other mail clients will be part of the ‘OpenMail’ initiative.

Q: Can HCL Verse be configured to be my default email client? 

A: Yes!

Q: When is Domino 12.0.1 available with DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail)? 
A: It is currently available.

Q: I’ve heard about a Notes Client in the future build on Electron. Is this true, and can you give us some insight on this please? 

A: In addition to the Notes Client, we have released HCL Nomad Web. A client that provides the functionality of Notes within a web browser with no plugins to be installed. Read here for more details or to try it out.

OTHER DOMINO FEATURES: NOMAD, HEI, DESIGNER AND MORE

Q: Can we use HCL Nomad with v12?

A: Absolutely, YES!

Q: Is Nomad available on SoFy?

A: No, but you can try Nomad by using the Nomad Sandbox here.

Q: Will there be a Linux client? 

A: There are no plans for a native client on Linux, however you can use HCL Nomad Web, which is a progressive web app (PWA) on Linux.

Q: Is there a scope for other OS platforms or does HCL emphasize more to browser / mobile-based application development running on Domino Servers? 

A: Major operating systems and platforms are supported for client, server, mobile and browser. You have the full freedom of choice!

Q: I use Enterprise Integrator v11, which is not compatible with Domino v12. How can I leverage the new v12 features (i.e., Nomad Web) while also running the critical HEI piece we use for many of our applications? 

A: We have just released a new version of Enterprise Integrator 12.0.1. Note that it is not part of your Domino license but is included in Domino Volt.

Q: Do you plan to add Bootstrap 5 support for Xpages? 

A: Yes, vote for this idea to be notified on updates

Q: Is it possible to only show field values in the properties box to managers and designers and not to every user? Hiding the design is possible, but it also makes debugging more complicated. 

A: We agree on this enhancement. Please vote for this idea.

Q: Is there an update for Domino Designer?

A: Please add your ideas for improvement here.

Q: Is there a community edition of Domino Designer v12 to try it out? 

A: There is no longer a community edition. For a trial license please contact your HCL sales representative or use our Nomad sandbox for testing.

Q: Are there any updates in the Domino Designer client? 

A: Yes, a new Domino Designer 64bit is available with more features. Read here for details.

Q: Will there be an admin or designer client for MacOS?

A: You get to help decide! Vote for this idea here.

Q: Is the new “Notes_Designer_Admin_12.0.1_Win_English.exe” 64-bit, or still 32-bit?

A: Both 32bit client and a 64bit client are now available on HCL Software License & Download Portal.

Q: When will DCT get an update for definition rules in Template 12?

A: Definitions are being updated at present. An improved DCT version will be provided soon. Vote for this idea to receive a notification when it’s done:

Q: Does 9.0.1FP10 run under W2K16? 

A: Yes, for details see the system requirements for Domino v9.0.1FP10. However, it is highly recommended to upgrade to a newer version of Domino

Q: Does v12.0.1 support Windows 2022? 

A: Yes, Domino v12.0.1 supports Windows Server 2022.

Q: Is Microsoft ending support for MS Windows 2016 in Jan 2022? 

A: Yes, please see the documentation here.

Q: What is the status of Domino Rest API?

A: Domino Rest API is currently in beta.

Q: What is the next major step you have for Domino in 2022?  

A: The next milestone is Domino v12.0.2. In addition, the next major version is also being planned! Stay tuned.

TRAINING

Q: Is there any free training on setting up Domino and how to use it from scratch? 

A: Yes, training is available on the HCL Software Academy. More training will be coming soon!

Q: We have new engineers interested in Domino admin training, where can they start? 

A: We’re excited to have new engineers join our community! A good place to start is the HCL Software Academy, check out resources such as knowledge articles, product documentation, and the ideas portal here, and we even have a book on Domino 12 administration (in German) available on Amazon.

OTHER

Q: Where I can find an HCL Domino t-shirt?  

A: Ask your friendly HCL representative or join one of the next conferences, e.g. https://engage.ug/

Q: Did you know that NCUG showed cool Domino-based solutions that look great? Check them out here.

A: Thanks for sharing, amazing content indeed!

Why You Need to Be on the Latest Version of Domino (v12.0.1)

15. Dezember 2021 Posted by HCL Domino Team

This has been a big year for Domino! In June of 2021 we released v12, which includes mobile- and web-ready app capabilities, a low-code citizen development app builder, and cloud-native deployment options in addition to our on-prem install. We are continuously working to modernize this time-tested and proven platform, and we’re excited to announce the latest version – 12.0.1. 

With Domino’s new improvements, and more to come, there are three areas where Domino really shines and are the reasons why Domino continues to power 40% of the Fortune 500 and large enterprise businesses around the world.

>> Watch this webinar to learn more about the latest release and the following three key values that Domino delivers better than anyone else:   

  • Low Total Cost of Ownership: Real cost savings come from the fact that Domino is an all-in-one solution with everything built-in: app-building capabilities, messaging, server, database, directory, and rock-solid security. You don’t have to buy, maintain, or worry about all those separately. Not to mention, migrating core business applications to new platforms can be risky and expensive and yield no net-new value.  
  • Secure to the Core: Security is built into the DNA of Domino. Domino keeps information available (no downtime) and safe, while ensuring smooth business operations.  
  • A Strong, Future-Proof Roadmap: You need to make sure you are choosing IT infrastructure decisions that make sense for your future roadmap. HCL has committed to supporting your ability to run and deploy where it makes sense for you on a cloud of your choice — so you can evolve your application and process investment at the pace you want. 

What’s New in v12.0.1 

The latest version is now available on the HCL Software License & Download Portal  and is the foundation for what’s to come with Domino in 2022.  

HCL Notes Client 

Domino Online Meeting Integration 

The Notes Client 12.0.1 provides native integration of online meeting platforms like Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Teams and, of courseSametime MeetingsFrom within the Notes calendar, users can more easily schedule online meetings using their preferred platform without having to install a plug-in.

 

 

 

Improved Workspace Design with HighResolution Icons 

The new Notes client allows to use high resolution icons for your databases, which makes a big difference to the look and feel of your workspace! No need to stick to small and oldstyle 32×32 pixel database icons anymore. 

We have already updated our standard templates with new icons, will you update yours?

 

 

 

This new workspace design is based on a number of ideas, e.g. this one, thank you for submitting this request, Fredrik 

Advanced Properties Box
You asked for itand we are delivering an all-new and resizable document property box:

 

 

 

 

Thanks to panagenda, the new advanced properties box allows to search for field names or values, it also provides a requested ability to copy to clipboard or export to a CSV file:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But wait, there’s more! We also managed to deliver a few more features, such as: 

Furthermore, we are introducing support for Microsoft Windows 11 and Apple MacOS Monterey.  

HCL Domino Designer 

We have already provided a 64Bit Notes client in betaand based on your request (thanks, Yunus), we are now providing a 64-bit Domino Designer client.

Domino Designer v12.0.1 provides the ability to include highquality icons for rendering and enables developers to optimize the database full text index by defining which fields to be included in the index  a feature that many customers were requesting (this idea was originally posted by Tom).

Another key feature is a new method that allows you to sort search resultsa feature based on this idea from Christopher. The new QueryResultProcessor enables to build views that display data from multiple databases (thanks to Jimmy for this idea).

Several smaller issues in our bootstrap implementation were also fixed in this release. 

HCL Domino Server 

With Domino Server 12.0.1, we are introducing support for Windows Server 2022 (as requested here by Kunio) as well as a number of enhancements. Highlights include: 

In addition to all the features announced above, we’ve also included:  

This v12.0.1 release includes 227 bug fixes, more than in versions 11.0.1 and 10.0.1 combinedFor details see our fix list database.

When planning to upgrade your DAOS enabled servers, please review the knowledge base article KB0095401 and request the hotfix available for SPR # SSARC8LEQB if applicable to your environment. 

>> Watch the Replay

Happy Holidays from the Domino team!

Introducing HCL Domino Early Access Program

8. September 2020 Posted by HCL Domino Team

We’re proud to announce the HCL Domino Early Access Programa new program that gives our customers and business partners a chance to test new product features early in the development cycle. This program provides a preview of features and functionality that may be shipped with a future version of HCL Domino and gives us the ability to incorporate your valuable feedback. At this stage, we are providing early access to features that contribute to HCL Domino v12. 

The Early Access Program aims to get feedback on specific features, with a more formal traditional beta program planned at a later stage to receive feedback on the overall release quality and language packaging. 

The Early Access Program is feature-driven and iterative, meaning new iterations and code drops will be made available as soon as it is declared ready for testing by our development team. New code drops can be provided in just a few weeks after the previous one, on short notice, without sticking to a fixed release cycle.  

Based on your feedback we may proceed, improve or adjust the feature, or in some cases withdraw the feature from the code stream. The following graphic illustrates this concept:

Each code drop is provided in the form of a Docker image which enables us to ship new iterations faster and to minimize the time to upgrade from one code drop to the next. You can expect us to deliver code drops at a fast pace as we want participants to have exclusive access to our latest product feature set. Please note that only the newest code drop will be available for you to download.

How to Participate

HCL Ambassadors who have registered Domino v11.0.1 Beta Preview will automatically be added to Domino Early Access Program. Customers and partners with a current Notes/Domino entitlement will also have access to the Early Access Program as of today. There is no need to register separately to participate.

For overall documentation of the Early Access Program, the specific testing scope, system requirements and instructions for deploying the Domino server on Docker, please refer to the release notes or see the online documentation here.

Upcoming Code Drop: Automating Certificate Management

The focus of this first code drop is testing a new feature planned for Domino v12 that allows administrators to automate the creation and management of SSL Certificates for Domino Web servers through the Let’s Encrypt® certificate authority.

Including support for Let’s Encrypt was a feature that was requested on the Domino ideas portal some time ago. We are using this idea as a starting point to modernize the handling of SSL certificates in Domino in general, e.g. by moving away from having to create and manually distribute *.kyr files to your servers.

  • For details about the new automated certificate management feature, please refer to the online documentation here.
  • If you like what we have done, vote for this feature in our Domino ideas forum here.
  • To provide feedback on this code drop, you need to have an HCL account to join the discussion in our forum here.

For general input and new ideas or feature enhancement requests, please use the Domino ideas forum here.

Next Code Drop: TOTP

In the next iteration of the early access program, we intend to provide TOTP (Token based One-Time Password authentication). Stay tuned for more information about the next code drop.

We want Domino to be built for you and by you! We’re excited to include customers and partners as part of the feedback loop as we work towards the release of Domino v12. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Best Practices for Upgrading to v11: Webinar Replay and Q&A

18. August 2020 Posted by HCL Domino Team

Last week, our team of global support advisors hosted a webinar on best practices for upgrading to Domino v11. If you missed the webinar, feel free to watch the replay hereIn this session, we covered several topics on how to prepare for a successful upgrade including:

  • Baseline monitoring: Know your current workloads  
  • Evaluating your environment: Should you upgrade in-place, or do you need new hardware?
  • Deployment sequence: See the order of steps to upgrade your environment 
  • Preparing your environment: What to do before your upgrade 
  • Application upgrades: Learn how to handle your custom apps  

 We received a lot of questions during the webinar and you can find the Q&A recap below.  

 Want to learn more about what’s new in Domino v11 before planning your upgrade? Download this deep dive to see newest featuresFor our technical folks, check out this support article which provides a guide on how to plan your upgrade and a step-by-step guide for Domino install, setup, and upgrade tasks 

Q: Regarding Notes.ini, are there any tools we can use to check the values used in our Notes.ini to identify redundant ones  

A: DCT would be a good place to start, however there is no such tool available for the same. DCT will not detect duplicates. It is a best practice to start with a new notes.ini file. 

Q: Can we get a list of Notes.ini obsolete parameters? 

A: We are working on a consolidated article and will be publishing it soon. 

Q: Is there a URL for recommend new Notes.ini settings to help weed out old Notes.ini settings? 

A: Starting with a new Notes.ini file is the best way to ensure your file does not contain outdated settings.  

Q: Can we have mix of both Domino 9 for applications and Domino 11 for email servers? 

A: Yes, you can upgrade your mail servers to version 11 now, and the application servers can remain at Domino 9.0.1. As mentioned, make sure that you are not mixing Domino versions in a cluster. Use a test pilot to see how well your Domino 9.0.1 applications work in the Notes 11 client. 

Q: Is Domino 11 still restricted to 3 or 4 HTTP headers (via Internet Sites and Rules)? 

A: The limit is now 20 HTTP headers in Domino 11. 

Q: Will HCL be bringing back and upgrading the Domino Configuration tuner (DCT.nsf) 

A: Please vote and comment for the idea here 

Q: Is there a trial of Domino 11 to test the migration? 

A: If you are entitled for Domino, you can download V11 from the HCL License and Delivery Portal and can test your upgrades without needing a trial version of Domino. If you are not entitled to Domino, we provide a free trial as a Docker container (several products are pre-installed and ready to test)More details here.  

Q: Is there a procedure to migrate Domino 9.0.1 to a Domino 11 on docker? 

A: You cannot convert a non-container Domino server to a container-based server. You’ll need to bring up the Docker instance and migrate the data. 

Q: Is LEI (IEI) supported on Domino 11?  

A: Yes, it is now HEI v11.0.1 (HCL Enterprise Integrator) which is supported on Domino 11.0.1 

Q: Is there a specific setting for Infoware UMT tool running on 8.5.3? 

A: Infoware is not an HCL product, please direct this question to your vendor. 

Q: Should I re-install Traveler if upgrading from 11.0.1 to 11.0.1 FP1? 

A:  When you upgrade from 11.0 to 11.0.1 a re-install of Traveler is needed. Simply applying FP1 does not require re-running the Traveler installer. 

Q: Are there special considerations of IBMi and/or Sametime limited use 

A: Sametime 11 is not supported on IBMi  

  • Sametime 11 now supports 64bit Linux as well as Windows. See this requirements article for full details
  • Sametime 11 Limited use has some post installation steps that are important, they are described in this article 
  • For Domino on IBMi, there are some specific hardware requirements in addition to the OS version that you should be aware of. Please see the system requirements for more details 
  • For guidance on installing Domino 11 on IBMisee this article.  
  • For IBMi there is also this post-installation step you should be aware of 

Q: If we’re using Sametime limited use on IBM i, do I suppress nab upgrade? 

A:  Sametime 11 is not supported on IBM i.  Sametime 9.0.1 has not been tested with the Domino 11 NAB design. You can prevent replication of the design in the Advanced Replication properties. 

Q: This will be our first time working on a move and upgrade from mainframe to power. Do you have a guide that we can follow? 

A: From the hardware standpoint, the vendor should be able to provide some guidance. From a Domino standpoint, you can follow the guidance in this Upgrade guide 

Q: How do you manage DAOS encryption on an upgrade using a temporary Server ID? 

A:  You can specify an alternative id using notes.ini setting“DAOS_ENCRYPTION_ALTERNATE_SERVER_ID=otherserver.id” 

Q: Does Domino 11.0.1 require more resources compared to former versions? If there is a performance improvement, how many users can a given Domino server handle now? (Notes Standard vs. iNotes vs. IBM Verse 2.0 vs. HCL Nomad.) 

A: The number of users a given server can handle will vary depending on several factors. The amount of resources, disk, etc. plays a large role. The user behaviors (how they use their mail or applications), policies (like mail retention) all influence server capacity and server sizing.  

Baseline monitoring should give you an idea of how well your server performs today. We expect it to be at least the same or improved in version 11. Some examples of performance improvements (over 9.0.1) include tier 2 DAOS support (less disk I/O), Full Text Indexing and ODS. Vast improvements to NSF (larger ID Tables, larger folders), improvements to TXN logging. Your current OS and new OS may perform differently if you are upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit for example.  No official benchmarking data is available at this time. 

Q: Is there a command line option to avoid the machine reboot on AIX/Windows if upgrading from Domino 9.0.1 that is enforced by the installer and cannot be interrupted by the installing user? 

A: If you choose a Silent Install it will just perform the necessary reboot if one is needed.  Manual installs you should be given the option to Reboot now or wait until later. 

Make certain you had a clean shut down before you try performing an upgrade. If any Domino files are still in use at the time of installation usually dictates if an OS Reboot will be needed before starting the Domino Server. Domino should not be restarted until the reboot occurs as that is what usually triggers the updating of the files that were in use and then Domino can be started. 

If you shut down Domino and it does not come down cleanly, you can run nsd –kill. With Domino server down, run a Domino maintenance task against a non-existent database name. (For example: “nflxup.exe doesnotexist.nsf”). This step flushes the transactional logs to disk and essentially simulates a clean shut down. 

Q: Will an updated version of the Domino Configuration Tuner Tool be available 

A: Please vote on that idea here 

Q: Can Domino 9.0.1 servers run the pubnames 11.0.1 template while we are upgrading the environment? 

A: Yesof course 

Q: Are there considerations from going from version 9 to version 11, specifically around http services? 

A: Specific to HTTP, there are security improvements. If you had configured sslcipherspec= in notes.ini, those settings have been moved back to the server document in Domino 11. New Domino security features in version 11 may interest you, such as SNI, SAN certificates, http password authentication to the ID in the ID vault, and more.  

Also, we changed the JVM from IBM’s JDK to OpenJDK. You should test any custom applications that rely on the JDK. Many of our customers are making the move to SAML authentication, which was supported in version 9 but we have made continuous improvements in this space since then. In Domino 10 and higher we are now auth-N capable, which removes the IdP limitations we had in version 9.0.1. Any SAML 2.0 compliant IdP should work with Domino 11. 

Q: Is Domino 11 NAB template also compatible with 9.0.1? 

A: Yes, it is.  

Q: Why does ODS need to be updated at the end (especially after the clients)? Shouldn’t it work to have ODS 53 on the server, with an 9.0.1 client using it? 

A: You should upgrade the ODS in order to use the benefits (especially in performance) of the new on disk structure. The ODS version is independent from the clients that are accessing the server. 

Q: ODS Upgrade is the last on your recommended list. Can it be done earlier? 

A: You can upgrade the ODS only after the server has been upgraded, however you can upgrade the ODS with the server if you want. 

Q: Why do you recommend using compact -C to upgrade ODS but not compact -ODS -* -upgrade option? 

A: Either command will work for upgrading ODS (we just left off the other one on the slide).  

Q: Is a Notes 11 Client a requirement for using AD sync? 

A: You must use the Domino 11 administrator client and have a Domino 11 names.nsf design (pubnames.ntf) on a Domino 11 server. 

Q: Can we get more detail on “switching Domino server identity”? Is that as simple as changing the server ID 

A: The easiest way is to keep first 5 lines in notes.ini, start server, and do the server setup again. however, use option that you already have an ID at each step. 

Q: Is AdminP design backward compatible? 

A: Yes, it is. 

Q: If we are currently on 9.0.1, do we need to upgrade the names.nsf design to the latest template?  

A: Yes. Otherwise all the new settings are not available to you. The 11.x design is backward compatible with 9.0.1 servers. 

Q: How would Domino 11 affect applications running on XPages 

A: The JVM changed from IBM to OpenJDK. If you are using JavaScript, be sure to test your application on Domino 11 prior to upgrading. 

Q: Must the Traveler Server be upgraded with the Web Servers? 

A: No, the sequence is a recommendation. You do not have to upgrade traveler servers at the same time as your web servers if they run on standalone machines. If Traveler and HTTP server runs on the same machine, then you have to upgrade both at the same time. 

Q: Will there be issues moving to hyperconvergent environment (nutanix or syneto or …) with disks tiering? 

A: Domino is blind to the lower layers of the stack – we only “see” what the operating system provides.  There are no particular Domino tuning or configuration required for HCI environments like VMware, Nutanix, et al.  (Note that your OS of choice may require configuration/tuning for the HCI platform.) 

Q: Say we have a 4-server environment. When we’ve upgraded the first server, dwe need to worry about the new names.nsf replicating to the other 3 servers? 

A: You should upgrade the Domino directory template, but all the content will remain the same. The Domino 11 names.nsf design is backward compatible with versions down to 9.0.1. If you wish to prevent the design from replicating, uncheck the design box from the Advanced Replication properties. 

Q: Does the “smart upgrade” feature still work for the Notes users upgraded to version 11.x? 

A: Yes, it does. However, we have added an advance AUT feature which is better than Smart Upgrade. 

Q: I am interested in the licensing of Domino 11. Is there more information on the actual cost per user?  

A: Please reach out to your local HCL Product Sales Specialist or HCL Business Partner for licensing questions. Submit a request to have HCL sales contact you here.    

Q: Do you offer remote help to do the upgrade from 9 to 11 as part of our ongoing support? 

AYou can submit a request online to inquire about our professional services, as well as technical support here

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Low and Behold: Why Low Code Development Matters. Insights into a modern way to build applications

11. August 2020 Posted by HCL Domino Team

Low code is a software development platform that gives non-coders and coders alike the chance to develop applications through visual interfaces instead of traditional hand-coded programming.  

In plain English, it’s the power to create processes without the technical experience or hand coding background application development once needed.  (It’s like suddenly being able to sing, dance, and generally dominate like Beyoncé without having to undergo 25+ years of endless practice and constant performing.)   

Comparing application development to pop stardom may not be the most common way to highlight the potential benefits of low code. But by not requiring a background in coding expertise, low code allows a wider audience to create applications, making for a faster and potentially more innovative environment that companies can benefit from. (It’s like turning lemonade into even better lemonade. Ok that’s the final reference to Queen B, promise). But we’re just getting started diving into the upside of low code.

Develop Business Software at Incredible Speeds
Low code development should be fast.   

Unlike the laborious line-by-line hand coding process that is traditionally associated with software programming, low code can go from concept to reality in a flash.  Low code allows developers to execute apps up to 60-70% faster than handwritten code, bypassing the time-consuming steps of repeatedly writing, testing and debugging code until it works correctly. 

Lowcode development can give designers drag-and-drop features through a visual user interface, making it easy to build intuitively while cutting down on complicated obstacles that only expert coders can spot and fix.  By making the process more visual and less repetitive, low code brings a newfound velocity to a typically slow undertaking.  

Increase Enterprise Productivity 

When you increase the speed of app building, and you save designers and developers time, you open new space up for productivity throughout the entire enterprise. But it’s not only the efficiencies that companies benefit from. 

Those closest to a problem can fix it without a drawn-out drama that drains weeks of time and energy from the IT department. Solving challenges and automating processes can take minutes not hours, ensuring workflow doesn’t suffer. And, when more people are involved in the design and deployment process, it empowers employees and raises the level of collaboration across the entire organization. 

While Non-Coders Build, Professional Coders can Enhance Enterprise Software 

While a major feature of low code is the inclusion of developers and business users with mixed backgrounds into the app-building process, professional coders also benefit. They gain more flexibility to customize and enhance their work by not getting tied up with repetitive coding.   

Freed from the more tedious aspects of coding, experienced developers can focus on tech strategy as well as making apps as creative and distinct as possible.  By avoiding the complex and painstaking handwritten procedure their talent to create can be fully realized. Getting the best from your most skilled programmers means giving them a lowcode platform enhances your organization’s overall tech-development quality 

Easier Integration and Automated Workflow 

The complexity involved in combining legacy systems, formats and applications makes data integration crucial.  Low code integration is fast and efficient, allowing for faster development cycles and a pronounced focus on outcomes and not production bottlenecks.  

It also allows you to automate business workflows within your app that would otherwise have to be performed manually, a result of working with spreadsheets and long paper trails.  Low code boosts automation and eliminates what can be an error-filled slog through those processes.  

Whether it’s speed, productivity, efficient integration and workflow or enhancing your employees best skills, low code can benefit any enterprise company looking for workflow solutions.  And you don’t have to suffer through decades of coding school to get there.   

Simplify and accelerate your enterprise software development today with Domino Volt by HCL.

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