Start Your Engines! HCL Domino v12 Beta is Here! Are You Ready?

20. Januar 2021 Posted by Thomas Hampel

If you joined us at Digital Week 2020, you’ve probably heard about the preview of Domino v12. (It was the most popular session of the event!) Now that the release of v12 is around the corner, we would like to provide all current customers an exclusive preview. Today, we’re officially launching the first public beta of Domino v12!  

We are inviting you to join this beta program and take part in shaping the future of our product, helping us deliver the best-ever product experience! All existing Domino customers are automatically entitled and will be able to download the required software packages from Flexnet today. (See below for Q&A.) 

The goal of the Domino v12 Beta Program is for our community of beta participants to conduct an honest, constructive, and thoughtful review and testing of the Domino v12 beta software, which includes HCL Domino V12 , HCL Notes V12 , HCL Domino Designer & Admin V12 and HCL Traveler V12  

 In the first phase of the beta program, we are delivering the following components:   

  • Domino on Docker (English)  
  • Domino for Windows, Linux, AIX (English)  
  • Traveler for Windows, Linux, AIX (Multilingual)  
  • Notes Standard for Windows (English)  
  • Notes Standard for Mac (English)
  • Designer and Admin Client (English)  
     

At a later stage of the beta program, we will be providing Domino and Traveler for IBMi, as well as additional language support. 

Beta participants, please let us know how you think about the product by submitting your feedback in our beta forum. For general input and new ideas or feature enhancement requests, please use the Domino ideas forum here.  

v12 Beta Highlights 

Domino 

 Domino Designer 

  • XPages now Bootstrap 4.4.1 – Thanks to Howard for this idea.   
  • Improvements to build responsive and mobile Domino applications,  
  • Ability to use DQL in Formulas 

 Notes Client 

  • Significantly improved the performance on Windows and Mac, especially on slow networks. 
  •  Improved Search: When searching for a person, an email, or a Notes application, suggestions will now appear in the typeahead. Your recent searches will also be displayed in the typeahead. This is based on this idea.  
  • Multiple email signatures: If you were bothered by the lack of email signature management before, Notes v12 allows you to choose a signature when you compose, reply or forward an email. Based on this idea from Daniel.
  • Choose a different “From” address when composing an email, a feature initially requested by Vlaad in this idea

 These are just a few highlights of the new features of V12. For more details, please refer to the What’s New section of the product: 

Frequently Asked Questions:   

 (1) Do I need to register to get the beta version of v12?  

If you are an existing customer, you are entitled to v12 beta automatically. Please contact your IT admin to get v12 beta from Flexnet.   

(2) How can I submit feedback on the beta and how would HCL handle my feedback?  

Please submit your feedback via our beta forum here.  

We will review all the feedback and respond as soon as we can. Note that not all feedback will be implemented into the product; the final decision depends on various factors. However, we will ensure every comment is heard and being taken into consideration.  

(3) Do I need to register for the beta forum to provide feedback? 
 
If you have not created an account on HCL Partner Connect website, you will need to register for access. It will take around 1 business day to get the approval. Once the registration is approved, you can access the beta forum. The account will be used for accessing any beta forum in the future. For customers who already have an account, you can login and access the forum directly. 

(4) If I am not a current customer, can I be a part of the beta?   
 

Currently, the Domino v12 beta is only open to existing customers. If you would like to try Domino, please contact your HCL sales representative to get access to the trial version of Domino v11.  

 (4) What is the difference between beta and trial?  

A beta is considered as an early access program to our latest version which is not available to the public. The goal of setting up beta is to collect concrete feedback from users so that we make improvements and bring the best experience when the features go live.   

A trial is offered to potential customers who haven’t tried our software before and expressed interest in purchasing the software.   
 
(5) What is the difference between HCL Domino Early Access Program and the beta? If I have already registered for the Early Access Program, should I try the beta too? 
 
The Early Access Program (EAP) is intended to give users a preview of features that are considered for HCL Domino v12. It is feature-driven and iterative, meaning new iterations (code drops) will be made available as soon as they are declared ready for testing by our development team. In the EAP, you are usually be able to test only one or a few features.  
 
The beta is a full-scale preview of features and functionalities considered for HCL Domino v12. Various components including Domino, Notes and Traveler will be offered.  
 
With this beta release for v12, the EAP will be suspended until the official launch of HCL Domino v12.

New October Release: Domino Early Access Program

14. Oktober 2020 Posted by Thomas Hampel

Last month, we introduced the HCL Domino V12 Early Access Program, where we provided customers the chance to test new product features early in the development cycle. Today, our engaged development team has provided a new code drop named “October 2020”, now available for download on Flexnet to all current customers. 

We are looking for YOUR feedback on the features provided below, please: 

  1. Start testing the Early Access Code – details on how to get started can be found here 
  2. Vote for the ideas referenced or leave a comment
  3. Join the discussion and provide feedback in our forum here.

What’s Provided in this Release  
 
Time-based one-time password (TOTP) authentication  
When users log on to a Domino Web server, you can now require that they provide time-based one-time passwords in addition to their user names and passwords. These one-time passwords are generated by authenticator apps like Authy, Google Authenticator or similar.  

DAOS Version 2  
DAOS Version 2 (DAOSV2) is a new version of DAOS that provides a more reliable way of tracking DAOS objects on a server. 
 
Certificate management improvements  
A number of enhancements and improvements related to certificate management are provided:  

  • Disable TLS 1.0 by default now  
  • Support for PEM-file format, in additon to *.kyr file format 
    (Note: This feature is intended as a test bed for future work supporting PEM-formatted keys and certificates)  
  • Support for using CertMgr to import third-party CA keys and certificates – based on this idea (Thanks Martin!) 
  • Support for replacing keys generated by the Let’s Encrypt CA 

 
Domino directory enhancements  
There are a number of improvements around the Domino directory design (pubnames.ntf) to improve usability for administrators. Some of which were long standing requests. If you like what you see, please vote for the idea(s)s referenced below: 

  • Mail-In Databases and Resources view – based on your input from this idea (Thanks Michael!)The Mail-In Databases and Resources view now displays the internet addresses of mail-in databases that have them and also includes a Go to Database button to open mail-in databases from the view. 
     
  • Custom criteria to populate groups – based on your input in this idea (Thanks Vladislav!) 
    When you create a group in the Domino directory, you can now populate the members of the group based on an LDAP search query.  
     
  • HEX codes displayed for TLS ciphers – based on this idea (Thanks Torsten!) 
    As a convenience to administrators, HEX codes are shown next to the symbolic names for the TLS ciphers that can be selected in various fields in the Domino directory. 
     
  • Applets no longer used – based on your input from this idea (Thanks Bill!) 
    Applets are no longer used to display the navigational outline of the Domino Directory or action buttons such as Add Person.  
     
  • Button to see all Configuration Settings documents associated with a server
    From an open Server document you can click the Find Server Config button to see all of the Configuration Settings documents associated with the server.  

     

 
New LotusScript & Java Methods for developers – based on your input from this idea (Thanks Michael!)  
Support transaction-based operations in LS and Java. 

Furthermore, I’d like to mention features that were provided in the previous release (September 2020)  

References: 

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Announcing HCL Domino Connector for SAP Solutions

23. Juni 2020 Posted by Thomas Hampel

We’re pleased to announce the release of HCL Domino Connector for SAP Solutions. This connector now simplifies integration between HCL Domino applications and various SAP enterprise solutions, specifically, CRM, HR, ERP, and finance applications 

The Domino Connector helps organizations save time by enabling the use of LotusScript to easily access SAP data without specialized or costly SAP trainingThe SAP connector easily installs over HCL Enterprise Integrator giving your Notes application team easy access to your SAP data. Additionally, with the 32-bit connector installed on Notes clients, you’re able to perform SAP tasks, retrieve SAP data, and initiate SAP actions 

Learn more about HCL Domino Connector for SAP Solutions by viewing documentation here.  

Using this connector, you can:  

  • Facilitate data transfer and real-time access to SAP enterprise applications from an HCL Domino v11.0.1 server or HCL Notes v11.0.1 client. 
  • Use one or more HCL Domino servers to centralize connectivity to SAP applications.
  • Use server-based Domino application development tools, such as HCL Enterprise Integrator software, to enable SAP solution access without programming.
  • Integrate SAP solution information and business processes into web enabled HCL Domino applications.
  • Access remote enabled RFC’s, BAPI’s, and transactions.
  • Run agents from your Notes client, as well as use the LotusScript debugger to troubleshoot applications. 

HCL Connector for SAP Solutions supports:  

  • 64-bit Linux and Windows systems 
  • SAP 4.6c to ECC6, which allows you to take advantage of SAP’s capabilities 
  • HCL Domino v11.0.1 
  • SAP RFC SDK Client 7.2

Have an SAP solution to integrate with your Domino app? Contact sales to find out more about this release and how to purchase your connector.  

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