HCL Domino v12 Beta 3 Has Arrived

2. April 2021 Posted by Thomas Hampel

What a blast! In our webinar hosted this week, we announced Beta 3 is now available for download on Flexnet for all Domino customers. Watch the replay here.  This will be the last beta drop before the v12 release so don’t miss your chance to participate and help us shape the future of Domino! In this third iteration, we are unleashing another set of great features. See the full list here or read highlights below.

We’ve also included a Q&A received during our webinar and a special shoutout to all our customers and partners who covered our beta in blogs and tweets below!

Notes Client Highlights

New 64bit Notes Basic Client
For the first time ever, we are releasing a 64-bit Notes Basic client for beta testing. Many of our customers have been voting for this and we’re pleased to deliver. (See this idea from Cormac.)

Our main intent for this release is to engage customers, business partners, and third-party vendors to try out 64-bit Windows Basic version and test existing extension integrations. Our plan is to provide several iterations of this 64-bit client in beta and once we feel that we have addressed most of the known and reported issues, we will release the Standard 64-bit client.

More Improvements for the Workspace
In Beta 2, we introduced a new Notes client user interface for the workspace. Thanks to all your feedback, we have addressed several improvement requests such as reducing excessive spacing between icons and adding the ability to change the font color of workspace database icon (which is also policy controlled). Now you can also partially or completely collapse the workspace navigator and easily identify multiple replicas with the added a visual indicator. Read more here: 

Apple M1 Support
Good news for customers planning to use Apple’s new M1 hardware with HCL Notes. Beta 3 now also supports those type of CPUs.

Domino Server

Password Synchronization
A new secure method to synchronize password changes from Active Directory to Domino allows customers to reduce the number of passwords that users have to remember. Password changes from Active Directory are instantly being applied to the Domino IDVault.

Domino Backup
An integrated backup solution that allows you to manage backup and restore processes from within a Domino application. It provides a simple backup client for Domino. (See this idea from Sean.)

Entitlement Tracker
This new entitlement tracker will help to take an inventory of your environment to identify the entitlements needed under the new CCB/CCX license model. 
For more details about the license model please refer to the following articles on CCB Licensing and CCX Licensing or review documentation here

Other Enhancements 

Questions and Answers 

We received more than 300 questions in our Q&A earlier this week. We’ve answered some of your key questions below. However, if you have an unanswered question about the beta, please submit them in the beta forum

Q: How do I join the beta program?
A: If you are a current customer, then you already have access to the beta. More details here.   

Q: Does the new Domino Backup allow for backing up NSF and NTF files? 
A: Yes.

Q: Does it need a new volume to be mounted in Docker? 
A: You need a volume because you want your backup to be preserved, you can use the same volume as for your data directory or a different one.

Q: Do unread marks get lost when restoring? 
A: No, for a full restore the unread marks will be recovered. When merging individual documents back into the original database, merged documents will have a new UNID and so unread marks will be different.

Q: Is the backup system compatible with IBM Spectrum Protect? 
A: It is possible to integrate with a variety of backup vendors, however for Spectrum Protect there is no need to change as there is an existing backup agent for Domino.

Q: Will Verse support updating photos in the Domino Directory instead of Connections? 
A: Yes, Verse will release a new version in April, so in just a few days, which will support this.

Q: Will Nomad Web be available with v12 beta or do we need to get access to another beta program? 
A: Nomad Web runs its own beta program. If you want to participate, register here.

Q: Is it possible to sync passwords back to AD? 
A: No, a Domino server does not have a copy of the Notes UserID password.

Q: Is there a chance we’ll see Sametime Community, or Traveler also on Docker? 
A: Yes, Traveler on Docker is part of this beta. Sametime to be provided later.

Q: Can I have page 25 of the handouts? I am a guitarist and server names are EPIC.  
A: You can find the slides here – Domino v12 Beta 3. Rock On!

Q: Can I use any TOTP application? 
A: Yes, any TOTP application of your choice will work.

Q: Who can I talk to for some sparring of upgrading a customer from R7.03 to 11.0.1FP2 or version 12? 
A: Please reach out to Luis Guirigay, luis.guirigay@hcl.com. 

Q: Where can I provide feedback on a feature or report a problem? 
A: Please use our Domino v12 beta forum.

Q: When is Domino v12 be released? 
A: v12 is scheduled to be released prior to launch but mark your calendars for the live announcement event on June 7th 2021.

Customer Feedback So Far 

We’re so excited to hear your experiences with the beta so far! Please keep them coming and don’t forget to tag us on Twitter, @HCLDigital, for a retweet.

Special thanks go to Haruyuki Nakano for deploying Beta 3 and testing the new Domino Backup solution just a few minutes after the webcast.

Ales Lichtenberg also tested the new Backup solution backup in his test environment to and he seems to like it!

Marc-Oliver Schaake saying (translated): Thomas Hampel is showing features we have been waiting for since 1989.

Please read and share Rainer Brandl’s blog about Beta3 containing “a great surprise”. 

Milan Matejic nicely summarizing what he likes the most in this iteration of the Beta.

Oliver Busse being has been actively blogging about v12 testing the Domino 12 backup feature and highlighting UI changes here and here.

Great note from our Nordic Collaboration User group about our Connections Plugin

Past Beta Blogs

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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