Posts Tagged: ‘domino’

HCL Domino 12.0.1 IF1 verfügbar

11. Januar 2022 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

Kurz nach dem Release von 12.0.1 hat HCL einen wichtigen Fix nachgeliefert, der ein Problem mit DAOS behebt, das zu Server-Abstürzen führen kann. 12.0.1 IF1 steht für Windows und Linux zum Download zur Verfügung. Kurz nach dem Release von 12.0.1 hat HCL einen wichtigen Fix nachgeliefert, der ein Problem mit DAOS behebt, das zu Server-Abstürzen […]

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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!

I Remodeled My Kitchen and I Joined HCL. (One of These Things Was a Bad Decision.)

9. Dezember 2021 Posted by Henry Bestritsky

My wife and I wanted a new kitchen — even though our ten-year-old appliances were high-end Subzero and Wolf that we acquired when we bought the house last year. So, we paid a ton of money for the most modern and popular replacement appliances that money could buy, and we could control by apps on our phones — and, of course, are Alexa connected.  Two months later, our fridge broke, and when the repairman (after waiting three weeks) came over, he said with a smile, “this kind of stuff does not break with the older ones.” I also smiled because the day before, I had joined HCL and was going to be able to work again on one of the classic technologies of the world — Domino. Another kind of “old stuff” that just doesn’t break. 

I want to be clear, I’m not a nostalgic person when it comes to tech (I do get nostalgic, however, when it comes to people, and over the years I’ve worked with some of the smartest there are.  If you think you are a ten, surround yourself by twelves, I always say.) To demonstrate this, I first worked for many years at Binary Tree, which was a top partner to IBM and helped organizations adopt Lotus (which would later become Domino) for automating their business processes. Once Domino stopped being innovated and invested in, I moved over to Microsoft when Office 365 came on the scene. I probably helped migrate millions of people away from Domino and onto Office 365. After getting many people for years to adopt Domino, I then made a living literally getting people off it. This wasn’t how it should have had to be! 

Frankly, for years, I have tried to find a replacement for Lotus/Domino.  I was like Indiana Jones looking for the Holy Grail.  As time and technology progressed, the words, “low code” and “no code” started popping up onto the scene from companies such as Mendix and Outsystems.  Other players more on the no-code side also appeared, such as Airtable and Formstack.  IMHO, I think that Airtable is an amazing tool and wish that our previous Domino owner could have created exactly the same thing. 

Even though Airtable is an uber spreadsheet on steroids, it is still not Domino.  Frankly, I have concluded that nothing is.  Nothing compares to what Domino can do. That is why companies are still running it, producing products, helping people, and making money.  Ok, it sounds like I am pushing Domino, well, maybe a little.  How could I not?  Don’t you smile if someone asks you what your first car was?   

This is the first installment in a new blog series, called “Henry’s Hot Seat. The Low-Code Lowdown,” which will delve into the low-code/no-code market and the products that support that market — providing cost-benefit analyses, risk analyses, and opinions on security, market trends, and the massive digital transformation companies are experiencing due to the pandemic. And, I will show you why Domino still dominates after 30+ years.  

And I will talk about the low-code companies that are out there, such as Mendix and Outsystems. And I’m going to ask you tough (but basic) questions like: If you think that Domino locks you in and constrains you … why the heck would you want to go with those guys?  I’ll put that question another way in my next blog: “You Want to Migrate from Domino to Outsystems? I Have a Ford Pinto to Sell You (Or, for you Millennials, Let’s Talk About Solarwinds).”

Modernizing Domino Applications

6. Dezember 2021 Posted by Gary Rowan

For over 25 years I have built, administered, and re-engineered thousands of Domino applications. We are now engaging customers and providing guidance on how to modernize these business applications, extending their investment in proven technologies, and doing so in a manner that will not break budgets. 

Why Modernize?

Modernizing applications goes hand in hand with the digital transformation happening in our world today. It provides for greater agility, mobile access, a modern user experience, and a future-ready platform. You must be thinking “how can it be possible for all of those to lead to a reduction in cost?” Not only will modernization do just that, but there is a compelling opportunity to increase the ROI and agility for your applications as well. Modernization extends the lifespan of applications while taking advantage of new technical frameworks, modern programming languages/technology stacks, and infrastructure platforms. Add in the capabilities of the cloud, and we can accomplish all of this while at the same time providing increased efficiency, agility and scalability for future enhancements to applications. And do not forget about the user experience. I have seen firsthand the value modernized applications bring by providing tools that give valuable time back so more can be done with our day. When done correctly, application modernization will take this to a whole new level by adding more flexibility, more functionality and more time for all users.

One of the most important things I have learned is that modernization does not equate to rewriting your applications from scratch. Existing applications contain valuable data, business rules, processes and back-end system integration that must in some form remain in place when deciding on your path to application modernization. These applications are investments that provide underlying cost savings and finely tuned efficiencies that are not easily measured or seen – until you try to replicate that on another platform. Unfortunately, many companies invest down the modernization path only to find it much more difficult and expensive than they initially thought. Taking advantage of what is currently in place is crucial in keeping costs down and minimizing disruptions in your journey to modernization. Having to recreate or losing mission critical features, efficiencies, and already proven application functions must be avoided.

One last, especially important item…. Mobility, Mobility, Mobility! This is at the forefront of modernization. Having the ability to use applications anywhere and from any device is crucial. This is necessary, as being able to get even the simplest tasks done anytime, anywhere, is one of if not the biggest benefit to modernization. It is difficult to rationalize or recommend any application modernization plan without it.

Modernization Expertise: What I have learned

Almost all of my customers have solicited estimates for their modernization aspirations. Some have been guided towards moving to a new platform, or re-writing and re-building apps. In every case they are shocked and dismayed at how large and expensive an effort it turns out to be — and often the effort doesn’t even replicate or improve their existing functionality. Many of these estimates include multi-year engagements where business needs will inevitably change during the modernization process. Still, many proceed down this path, often at significant expense, and only then do they become open to the value of simply modernizing their existing investment to bring it into the modern era. Along with the obvious development costs, IT leaders are tasked with taking into consideration the inevitable ongoing administration and application upkeep. Any modernization solution needs to alleviate all of this and be affordable in both short term and long term. Oh, and by the way, just to make it even more difficult, being able to connect to and integrate with disparate apps and web services from different vendors on different platforms is essential.

After thinking all of this through I asked myself, “how can we take a rapid design environment and rock-solid run-time like Notes and Domino and turn those strengths into modern, browser-based and mobile solutions for our customers?” As detailed in this previous blog entry, the economic benefits and ROI of Domino are well-documented. However, with all the tools and technologies in the market over the last few years, customers often become overwhelmed in selecting and adopting an entirely new platform, let alone having to recreate years of business logic, processes and data. What many do not realize is that when properly used, the modern Domino server already has these tools that can provide for this new modern environment.

Personally, my focus is always to provide solutions that are quick, impactful, and at the lowest cost possible. I take into consideration the impact on the users, as familiarity and processes need to be accounted for as well. Any modernization offering must enable customers to modernize in a swift, cost-effective way that provides minimal impact on users and IT staff. The main requirements of app modernization we produced were: 

  • Modern, browser-based user experience 
  • Mobile ready: access anytime, anywhere, and from any device
  • Flexible deployment (on premises or customers cloud of choice)
  • Future ready and scalable
  • Low code options to easily deploy new business functionality
  • Ability to integrate existing data
  • Ease of onboarding
  • High user acceptance, low user impact
  • Ability to integrate via APIs with other applications and web services 
     

Modernization: What we have built

We leveraged all those attributes and created a platform that will modernize Domino applications. That platform is called Compass. With Compass we are now able to provide a modernization path for our customers that takes advantage of existing design, and brings applications into the modern browser and mobile. And modernizing with Compass has proven to be 70%-80% less in time and cost when comparing with other platforms. Compass takes existing Domino applications and: 

  • Modernizes the UI into both web and mobile experiences (see below) 
  • Eliminates the need for the Notes client 
  • Redesigns your application layout and flow, if desired 
  • Moves the Domino environment to the cloud of your choice or on-premises 
  • Provides a rapid, low-cost modernization
  • Integrate HCL Domino Volt and HCL Volt MX applications in the Compass Workspace

Guiding your organization

App Modernization is an essential element of the digital transformation. There are so many different routes one can choose. But do not get overwhelmed. We as service providers must assist our customers in choosing what is the most cost-effective way forward with app modernization. Keeping in mind all the above, and trying to take advantage of existing processes will make this path easier to navigate. As you and your teams work through this process, I hope that sharing my experiences and insight will assist in what you can look for in taking this step in the most cost-effective way. 

Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss your environment and where I can help.

How to Create Application Icons in Domino 12.0.1

23. November 2021 Posted by Mary Elizabeth Miller

In the Notes and Domino release of version 12.0.1 (coming soon!), we have updated the ability to display 64 x 64 px application icons in the workspace. You will have the ability to upload icon files that are larger than that, but on workspace they will display as 64 x 64 px. If you have older application icons that were created with the 32 x 32px icon specification that existed prior to this release, then those will still display at the smaller size. The Notes Domino design and development teams are working to update existing template icons for HCL provided templates; you will also see these icons updated in the v12.0.1 release.

If you have seen some of the new template icons, you might be thinking, “How can I update my application icons to look like that?” Follow along with the tutorial below or watch the webinar replay on how to update your Notes application icons. The default application icons are available to download from the forum here.

For applications using HCL-provided template such as mail, calendar, rooms and resources, and directory, etc., these will automatically update when the user opens these applications. For the custom applications that you have created for your clients or company, these icon files will need to be updated and deployed in Domino Designer by the owner of the application.

Examples of HCL provided template icons:

Guide to Creating Application Icons 

The following documentation explains how to design new application icons that match the style of the HCL Notes app icons but are tailored to the purpose of your application.

There are two different approaches you can take, review the following documentation, and decide which approach is best for you.

Option 1 

Use one of the provided icons and upload to Domino Designer. In this package, there are some default app icons that you can use out of the box and there is no design needed. These icons map to some of the templates that are provided with Domino such as Teamroom, Discussion, and Document Library. For these, all you will need to do is download the icon you would like from the folder titled “Option 1 – default Icons,” and upload it to designer.

Available Default Icons:

Option 2 

Note: For this option you will need to have access to an image-editing tool, such as:     

  • Microsoft Paint: Installed on Windows Machine 
  • GIMP: A free software available for Windows and Mac 
  • Adobe Photoshop: I would suggest to only use this one if you already have it installed on your machine  

You can create an application icon using a foreground and background image provided in this package.

Within this package there are many foreground and background images to select from. Select the ones that best match the intention of the application. For example, if the application is focused on scheduling and uses calendar views, then you might want to choose one of the foreground icons that represents events or time. While for the background color you might want to choose a color that is also represented in the color of the application.

Example Application Icons:

GIMP: Step by step 

The following instructions describe how to create these icons in GIMP 2.10. Other image editing software would have similar steps.

Step 1 

In the zip file provided you will see a folder titled Option 2 – Foreground and Background > Background Images. Within this folder select the background image that you would like to use. Then select a foreground image from the folder Option 2 – Foreground and Background > Foreground Images.

Step 2 

Create a new document and set the image size to 64 x 64px.

Step 3 

Drag or import the background image from the downloaded zip file. The background image was created specifically for a 64 x 64px background. Be sure that the background image is centered on the artboard.

Step 4

Follow the same steps for placing the foreground image. Be sure that the order of the layers has the foreground image on top of the background image.

Step 5 

If the background of the artboard is not transparent, then delete the white background that was created by default.

Step 6 

Export the image as a PNG file and upload the image to the Application Icon section in Domino Designer.

What’s New in HCL Domino Volt

5. Oktober 2021 Posted by Martin Lechleider

The latest release of Domino Volt, v1.0.4, is available for customers to download from the HCL license and download portal and to try out in the Domino Volt Sandbox. New features include the data grid and rich text items on the palette, in-place editing of text in design, a new overall design, and a new Link design client and SAP adapter.

Watch our latest webinar showing how these features enable marketing business users to create their own apps — Be an IT Hero: Empower Your Marketing Teams with Domino Volt.

The release delivers on the promise of “building apps … not just forms.”  The data grid in combination with app pages and navigation make it a much easier to address many application scenarios.  Think of the new release as allowing you to build apps which include forms – vs – building forms that look like apps. Many apps can be created in half the time and in many cases without writing a line of code. On top of that, they’ll have improved function and user experience.

Here’s a rundown of the new features and you can view the features in action here.

The data grid is the star of the release. It gives you a way to build views of form data on app pages or forms that can be used for all kinds of scenarios such as: 

  • Display the contents of a catalog for purposes of making a selection   
  • Show a task list or a summary of “my requests” 
  • Provide a dashboard summary which you can filter and sort
  • Create a list which allows you to conveniently select and update the underlying records 


    Example of the Data Grid used for catalog selection and my requests

Rich-text data input lets you build forms that allow users to enter and format text, tables and links. They can also paste content directly from sources like Microsoft Word.


Adding a rich text field in design mode 

Also, Domino data services can fetch rich text from Domino and put it the new rich text data field.

In-place text editing frees designers from the properties panel and makes it easier to add and format text content in-place in their apps.


  In-place editing of text 

The new design provides a modern, streamlined experience, with the tabs that were on top moved to the left to be more intuitive. 


New modern design

An updated Link client provides a simpler experience for the Domino Volt admin to build and manage integrations for Domino Volt designers. Plus, the addition of a new SAP adapter makes it possible to set up integration with SAP BAPIs. 

Check out the Domino Volt Showroom for new apps that you can download and import into the Domino Volt Sandbox to see what the new release can do. 

 

Domino v12.0.1 Beta 2

5. Oktober 2021 Posted by Ketan Godhaniya

Almost a month ago, we introduced the first Domino v12.0.1 beta program and we received a lot of participation from customers, ambassadors, and business partners.

Now, we are pleased to announce Domino V12.0.1 Beta 2 Program.

Your input is essential to how we develop our products — and we will continue to listen to you every step along our roadmap. 

Highlights of Domino v12.0.1 Beta 2 Program: 

Domino 

Domino Designer  

  • New methods for DQL named results
  • New method to saved sorted QRP results to a results view
  • New methods for named documents 

Apart from above highlights, we have made minor changes and performance improvements.

To see the full list, please refer to Domino v12.0.1 Beta 2 release notes.

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.

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

HCL Domino Product Team 

Try Out HCL Nomad Web for Free in Our Sandbox

29. September 2021 Posted by Luis Guirigay

HCL Nomad Web allows you to run your Domino applications on a web browser or mobile device, without having to first install any software. We are happy to announce this feature is now part of the HCL Digital Solutions sandbox and available to everyone to try out for free.  In this Sandbox environment you can test your existing Domino apps — in minutes — and see how they look and function on a browser. 

You can try out our sandbox here: https://start.myhclsandbox.com/ 

https://start.myhclsandbox.com/

When you test out Nomad Web in the sandbox, you will get the following benefits:

  • Test how applications look and behave in HCL Nomad in minutes and self-service 
  • No need to install anything in their environment during testing  
  • You will find a secure and easy-to-follow process to upload and test as many applications as you’d like
  • In general, HCL Nomad for web removes the need for a Notes client and reduces complexity and TCO 
  • You can go to a zero-footprint application deployment model and move all existing Notes/Domino apps to a web browser 

Come try it out and experience the power of your Domino apps — anywhere you want. The world is Powered by Domino.  

Introducing Domino v12.0.1 and HTMO 3.0.3 Beta Program!

23. August 2021 Posted by Ketan Godhaniya

After the successful launch of HCL Domino v12.0 in June 2021, we are approaching the next milestone: We’re happy to announce two new beta programs at onceHCL Domino 12.0.1 and HTMO 3.0.3 have both launched a Beta Program today!

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

We’re calling on our community to share open, effective, and thoughtful review and testing of our software product. Your input is essential to how we develop our products, and we will continue to listen to you every step along our roadmap. 

What you can expect from this first beta of Domino v12.0.1:

HCL Notes Client

Domino Online Meeting Integration

The Notes Client 12.0.1 is providing native integration of online meeting platforms like ZoomWebexGoToMeetingTeams and of course Sametime Meetings. So, from within the Notes calendar users can now more easily schedule online meetings on their preferred platform without having to install a plug-in.

Improved Workspace Design with High Resolution Icons

The new Notes client is finally allowing 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 old style 32×32 pixel database icons anymore.

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

Advanced Properties Box

You have asked for it, we have delivered: 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 the requested ability to copy to clipboard or export to a CSV file:

What’s new in Notes v12.0.1?

https://help.hcltechsw.com/notes/beta/12.0.1/whats_new_01.html

HCL Domino Designer

We have already provided a 64Bit Notes client (in beta as of now), and based on your request are now providing a 64Bit Domino Designer client.

Also, Domino Designer v12.0.1 provides the ability to include high quality 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 (see this idea).

What’s new in Domino Designer v12.0.1?

https://help.hcltechsw.com/dom_designer/beta/12.0.1/basic/whatsnew1201.html

HCL Domino Server

For the Domino server a number of enhancements are waiting for you:

  • One-touch Domino setup with the ability to register users automatically
  • Certificate Manager is now integrated and does not require the DSAPI filter configuration anymore
  • Domino Directory template was cleaned up based on your request
  • Updates to the QVault tool for better manageability of ID’s in the Vault
  • Compare DB’s – a new template for developers to compare the design elements of two apps with each other
  • Entitlement Tracking now providing monthly reports 

This is just the first beta drop! We are going to release even more features in the next stage of the beta program.

What’s new in Domino 12.0.1?

https://help.hcltechsw.com/domino/beta/12.0.1/wn_12.0.1.html

HCL Traveler for Microsoft Outlook (HTMO) 3.0.3

HTMO in version 3.0.3 is providing the following new features:

  • Full support for delegated access (mail, calendar, contact)  
  • Improvements to the out-of-office user interface 
  • Performance improvements 

What’s new in Traveler 12.0.1?

https://help.hcltechsw.com/traveler/beta/12.0.1/new_server_features_12_01.html

What’s new for Microsoft Outlook support

https://help.hcltechsw.com/htmo/beta/3.0.3/whats_new_outlook_support.html

…and a number of minor changes and performance improvements.

For a complete list of changes and improvements, please refer to Domino v12.0.1 release notes.

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 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. 

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

 

 

New Tech Updates for HCL Domino, Notes, Traveler, Verse, and Connections

18. August 2021 Posted by Thomas Hampel

While you may have been on a summer vacation, we at HCL have been busy improving our products! Here is a small overview of what happened in the last couple of weeks and what you can expect soon from your most favorite collaboration platform. 

Group 3 Language Translations for Notes and Domino 11.0.1 

Good news for many of our customers: HCL Notes 11.0.1 is now available in more languages.  

You asked for it (DOMINO-I-831 and NTS-I-842) – In addition to the 16 languages the Notes client was already providing, we are delivering the following language translations: 

  • Danish 
  • Finnish 
  • Norwegian
  • Catalan
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Slovenian
  • Thai
  • Turkish 

Install kits for the HCL Notes Standard and Basic Client V11.0.1 in those languages can be found at our License and Download Portal under the Notes/Domino version 11.0.1.  

Of course, we are also providing the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) kit for those languages, as well as the Install Shield Tuner files to customize your installation. 

Group 3 language translations for the Notes Client v12 are being worked on.

Level up for our Domino Rest API 

In June, we started the beta program for our new Domino Rest API. Now in August, it’s time for the next iteration. Shifting gears to Beta 2 will introduce several improvements customers were asking for: 

  • ODATA support was added for reading/writing from/to Domino, which is especially of interest for e.g., Salesforce customers who want to store data in Domino
  • A new Domino server add-in task is provided to start/stop/reload the Domino Rest APIs and show its status from the Domino server console
  • An installer is now allowing to install the Domino Rest APIs on a Domino Linux server. Previously only a docker container was provided 

For more details, about the new features please refer to the changelog of this project. 

Please note: The Domino Rest APIs are still in beta — the first eGA release is scheduled to be shipping with Domino v12.0.1 later this year. Customers interested in joining the beta program can find the required files available for download at our License and Download Portal

HCL Traveler 12.0 updated with Fix Pack 1 

Fix Pack 1 for HCL Traveler 12.0 is also available for download at our License and Download Portal. This update is especially recommended for customers using Android devices due to a bug fix that is addressing an error connecting to Firebird Cloud Messaging servers via proxy. (Ref: KB0092130 ). It also fixes a bug that caused Traveler to crash (Ref. KB0091495 ) and addresses two other issues that customers have reported. 

For more details on HCL Traveler 12.0.0 Fix Pack 1 please refer to this technote.

Housekeeping for Notes/Domino v10.0.1 

For customers running on HCL Domino 10.0.1 we have shipped Fix Pack 7 in mid-July. This fix pack is a collection of 136 low-risk, high-impact fixes to help customers safely avoid known issues, e.g., resolving several UI issues for Notes Clients on MacOS Big Sur and on Windows 10.  

It also provides 25 fixes for the Domino server, resolves 33 problems that customers have reported with iNotes, and is addressing about 20 issues around development and programmability.  

HCL strongly recommends that customers running Notes/Domino 10.0.1 apply this Fix Pack since it addresses a small percentage of defects that impact the broadest set of customers. 

For details on the individual SPR’s addressed in this fix pack please refer to this article or check the Fix List database.

New features for Domino AppDev pack 

Version 1.0.9 of the Domino AppDev pack was released end of June is providing Node.js and Java developers with new features such as: 

  • Ability to export individual design elements and other non-data documents into DXL 
  • Retrieve the list of files in a given directory on the Domino server 
  • Work with Access Control Lists and Roles in Domino databases, allowing to get / update / replace entries in the ACL. 

Furthermore, the user interface improvements for the Identity and Access Management (IAM) server have been updated and is providing tools to leverage the new Domino 12 Certificate Store for Proton and domino-db clients.  

More information can be found in the What’s New section of the Domino AppDev Pack.

What’s Next? 

In the next few weeks, we have lined up the following releases and updates for you: 

HCL Domino C-API Toolkit v12.0 is going to be released end of August, so developers, partners and third-party vendors can upgrade their products to leverage the latest compiler and take benefit from new capabilities of Domino 12 

HCL Verse 2.2.0 will be providing new features like an updated Sametime integration as requested here, and the ability to restore documents from an archive. Furthermore, this release is adding support for Connections 6.5 and 7, provides an enhanced preferences page to manage your availability and other calendar settings and provides updates to freetime search and is improving the PWA capabilities.

We are also looking forward starting the first beta release of HCL Domino 12.0.1 later this month and have a new release of HCL Nomad 1.0.1 waiting for you in early September. However, details for those two are subject of a future blog post, so please stay tuned for more!

Announcing the Domino REST API Beta Program  

11. Juni 2021 Posted by Barry Rosen

Today, we’re announcing the start of the beta program for our new Domino REST API, formerly known as “Project Keep.” This is the latest addition to our ongoing Domino Early Access Program.

The Domino REST API will introduce hundreds of new APIs that aperture to information on Domino — further extending access to your Domino data. It’s a modern take on the REST API for opening Domino access to a world of standards — and API-first developers.

What is it? 

Domino REST API is a new feature that runs alongside the server and allows you to expose your Domino data in the form of standardized Open-APIbased methods securely and easily. Using a browser-based admin UI, application owners can define which data will be made available for view or update on a REST API. It extends the Domino principles of reader/author document access definitions into the world of Internet protocols. 

It also includes Swagger UI which allows the visualization and interaction with APIs without having any of the actual implementation logic in place. The APIs are automatically generated from an OpenAPI (formerly Swagger) specification with visual documentation, making it easier to later implement the back-end code. 

What is special about the new Domino REST APIs? 

  • Secureby default, with fine granular controls per form, field and user basis 
  • Implements latest open standards 
  • HTTP/2-ready, for server-to-server or client-to-server communication
  • API-first design with full interactive documentation 
  • Low barrier to entry as it runs on a Domino server and/or your Notes client 
  • Admin UI and Postman samplesincluded 
  • State-of-the-art JWT access token integrated with your existing IdP infrastructure

What can be accessed via the Domino REST APIs?

You can access content like views, documents, and fields, as well as database design, agents, and ACL settings. And, of course, featuring DQL queries to quickly access the data you are looking for. 

Built-in declarative security ensures the API will only allow access to fields the caller is authorized to see or update. This can effectively prevent computed fields to be overwritten and limits participants in a workflow to update their fields only.  

How to participate  

The Domino REST API is now available as a prepacked ready-to-use Docker container to all current Domino customers. The download can be found in the “Domino Early Access program” category on Flexnet. Please visit documentation here to learn more and to set up your test environment.  

You are invited to join our Domino Early Access program forum here, to provide your valuable feedback and suggestions on the Domino REST API beta program.

Please note, the Beta program will run from June 7 until the REST APIs are shipped with the next Domino release, post v12.

The Domino v12 launch

Missed the v12 live event? The launch is not over! We’re half-way through rolling out the Domino Dozen which includes 12 days of exciting Domino content consisting of panel discussions with customers, demos, new thought leadership and more. Register now to get access to announcements like these and watch the live event on replay!   

 

HCL SafeLinx 1.2 is Live with Nomad Web

7. Juni 2021 Posted by Ketan Godhaniya

We are pleased to announce the release of HCL SafeLinx 1.2 for general availability. Starting today, customers cantry out new features by downloading the package from Flexnet. In the past few months, we have been focusing on providing you a more user-friendly enterprise VPN platform with reverse proxy capabilities which aims to boost your middleware security at work. 

SafeLinx and Nomad web 

As part of the Domino v12 launch, this version comes with improved functionalities for Nomad Web Proxy: 

  • New resources container specifically for Nomad, inherited from the generic http access service but only providing attributes needed for NWP 
  • Modified initial configuration wizard to streamline NWP creation as part of initial setup 
  • Ability to serve the Nomad web application static files directly from SafeLinx (event driven), without the need for an additional http server 
  • Support for HCL Verse application integration when the Nomad app launches from a mail link 
  • SAML as an authentication option 
  • Configurable buffer size for NRPC flow 
  • Configurable attribute for querying the User CN to use in Nomad client configuration. 
  • Nomad-branded login screens 

Other new features of this release include support for Mac OS administrator, MS-SQL Linux, and My SQL (Linux and Windows), and a new splash screen. To see the full list, please refer to SafeLinx 1.2 release notes. 

Getting startedpricing and licensing

For Notes/Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) customersSafeLinx is now available as a FREE entitlement and will be listed under supporting programsCCB customers can use SafeLinx’s server component without the need for an additional VPN client to securely access their Domino apps from mobile. With this release, we’d like to provide our customers the opportunity to evaluate SafeLinx VPN for broader usage. Please contact your HCL Software representative or HCL Business Partner for more information on how to get SafeLinx 1.2. 

SafeLinx is also available as a standalone to non-Notes-Domino Complete Collaboration customers. Contact us for more details.

Our team has put in many hours turning your ideas into reality and we’d love for our customers to continue submitting ideas and improvements in our Ideas Portal. (Make sure you select “SafeLinx” under the Workspace before submission.) 

Domino v12 Launch

Missed the v12 live event yesterday? The launch is not over! We’ve just started rolling out the Domino Dozen which includes 12 days of exciting Domino content consisting of panel discussions with customers, demos, new thought leadership and more. Register now to get access and watch the live event on replay! 

Making a Smooth Upgrade to HCL Notes v12

3. Juni 2021 Posted by Christoph Adler

The big day is coming soon! HCL Notes / Domino v12 will be launched  globally on June 7th (it’s already available for download on HCL FlexNet since May 27th). For those customers planning to upgrade, we have some great news. Whether you have been keeping pace with the rollouts of new HCL Notes client versions, or are WAY behind, there is a path for a seamless and smooth transition to v12. The MarvelClient Upgrade solution empowers organizations to optimize their HCL Notes client management and standardize all client versions with a consistent configuration during the automated upgrade process. 

Common Upgrade Challenges

What we have heard consistently from organizations around the world is that they want to reduce the complexity of their HCL Notes client installations and lessen the administration support tasks required. It is an ongoing challenge for IT support groups to keep pace with the upgrade cycles provided by their vendors. The following list is a showcase of some challenges that organizations face during an upgrade process: 

  • Creation of Notes Client Install Package (with standard configurations) 
  • Upgrade Package Deployment for Remote Users (with or without VPN) 
  • Installation / Upgrade Process Execution Trigger for Automation 
  • Migration of Notes Data Folder 
  • Automated Upgrades for Different Deployment Models (Laptops, Desktops, Citrix, VDI, different OS versions, etc.) 

 The MarvelClient Upgrade solution handles all those requirements and more. The centralized tracking and reporting environment allows administrators to monitor the client deployments for all employees. And if any modifications are made through user error, they will be rectified and reset to the standard, supported settings on the next restart of the HCL Notes client. These automated, self-healing functions enable any organization to ensure a consistent environment for their users and reduce the number of IT support calls from HCL Notes client installation issues. 

In addition, the MarvelClient Upgrade automates the entire process. This makes it easy to perform regular upgrades in the future as new software versions become available. If your organization is preparing to upgrade HCL Notes/Domino in the near future, please access this best practices list to avoid common project pitfalls. 

Review of HCL Notes / Domino v12

We recently hosted a co-webinar with an expert from HCL on April 22nd.  To see what treasures await in Notes / Domino v12 and learn how you can automate a smooth upgrade process, please use this link to view the recorded webinar. 

We are also hosting an HCL Notes v12 unboxing webinar on June 10th that reviews some of the new features and showcases real-world usage scenarios for organizations. Use this link to register for the webinar hosted by HCL Ambassadors Christoph Adler and Marc Thomas.  

Smooth Upgrade Promotion 

We are currently running a special offering to help customers with their HCL Notes Client upgrades to v12.  If you are interested in finding out more about our MarvelClient Upgrade solution and how it can help streamline your upgrade processes, please visit our promotion page online. 

Join the Global Launch  

Come join us at the global launch of Domino v12. There’s a ton of great content and announcements that await you.  

Licensing Update: Domino V12 and Key CCX Enhancement

2. Juni 2021 Posted by Uffe Sorensen

Over the past yearHCL Digital Solutions has been on a journey to consolidate our customers’ HCL Domino licensing around our modern, per user, licensing model – HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition (a.k.a. “CCB”) including unlimited Guest Users, and the additional external user capability under the HCL Domino Complete Collaboration eXternal User (a.k.a. “CCX”) entitlement. 

The majority of our customers are now licensed under this model. With the upcoming HCL Domino V12 release, we are further enhancing the CCB/CCX entitlements as described below.  

Additionally, with the release of HCL Domino V12 we are aligning all Domino products on consistent license termswhich will be available imminently and include the compliance rules outlined in “HCL Domino Support Update” from February 3, 2021. 

CCB Recap: Simplifying HCL Domino Licensing

CCB is the key step in our journey to provide one license model for HCL Domino, eliminating the uncertainty of server capacity and sub-capacity (PVU) licensing and ambiguous entitlement rules. 

  • A simple “Per User everything model” – use any client and any protocol for any server capacity to run all applications – including enterprise e-mail. 
  • Transparent license compliance management by simple user counting. 
  • Adding additional capabilities to the core Domino environment under CCB entitlements from V12 – for example HCL Nomad for Web Browsers and HCL SafeLinx. 

CCB entitlements are needed for all employees and contractors of your enterprise needing access to your Domino CCB servers – covering all B2E (Business-to-Employees) scenarios. All CCB entitlements include unlimited external web user access as needed for most B2C (Business-to-Consumer/Citizen) scenarios: 

  • Guest: unlimited anonymous browser users can freely access your Domino based websites. 
  • Known Guest: unlimited registered users with credentials to log-in and access applications limited to being a “Reader” with permission to “write public documents” (controlled by Domino application access [ACL] – see Known Guest Use Cases later in this blog post).

For B2B (Business-to-Business) or advanced B2C scenarios, where the external users need to fully engage in applications beyond the access permitted for Known Guests, we introduced the CCX entitlement as an add-on for CCB licensing. (See Introducing CCX, External User Entitlements“ from September 23, 2020.

Extending CCX entitlement to address additional use cases

CCX users have full functionally to use Domino or Domino Volt [see below] applications and workflows but cannot create applications themselves. CCX users do not have a personal mailbox but can use task/functional mail for workflow routing or applications generating mail.  

The CCX Authorized User entitlement is unique, however, can be reassigned after 30 days of inactivity.  Consequently, some former Domino Utility Server B2C use cases can now be easily changed from trying to manage/throttle server PVU consumption, to simply ensuring adequate CCX entitlements for actual/expected external users in any 30 day periodwith little or no change to existing apps.  See later in CCX Use Cases. 

CCB Recap: Add-on features for CCB licenses

HCL will continue the “add-on” scheme for CCB licensing, which now includes: 

  • HCL Domino Volt can be licensed to all CCB users.  Licensing HCL Domino Volt as an add-on, includes all CCB and CCX users, as well as enabling use of HCL Enterprise Integrator, HCL SAP Connector and HCL Link on all HCL Domino servers under CCB entitlements. 
  • HCL Sametime Premium: special add-on price for CCB users to upgrade from HCL Sametime Premium Limited Chat to full capabilities.  

CCB Recap: Access to Domino Servers Licensed under CCB

HCL Domino Servers deployed under CCB Authorized User entitlements can only be accessed by the Licensee’s Enterprise entitled CCB Authorized Users, Guest Users, and CCX Authorized Users. No other user access or Domino Client Access Licensing are permitted access to CCB licensed servers.  In addition, the Servers may participate in mail routing (SMTP), directory lookup and authentication (LDAP) for non-HCL Domino programs and permit access to free/busy time information. 

Known Guest Use Cases (general B2C)

Known Guest, as seen from an application, is an authenticated (must be identified) external user listed in the application access control list (ACL) with Reader permission and permitted to write public documents.  This access is either granted on a named user basis or by the user being a member of a group or generic association in the ACL. 

Content tailored to individual users, subscribing to information

Any Known Guest in an application can read all non-restricted documents in the database and download any attachments from these.  Access to specific documents in the database can be controlled by adding users/groups in the ”Reader Name Field” for the document(s). As a result, only the appropriate Known Guests can read/download content. If you have a special Interest Profile or similar for the users, this can be used to filter the information available to relevant individuals. 

Submitting a form, starting a workflow, creating content

If a Known Guest is flagged as permitted to “Write Public Documents” this user will be able to see all Forms/actions in the application which are enabled as “Available to Public Access Users”.  
For example, using a Form called “Create Interest Profile”, which the user would complete and save to create a special Interest Profile or tailor a mailing list.   

Hints for the Admins/Developers: The Save Process can turn off the “$PublicAccess=1” flag to prevent the Interest Profile from being visible to all users of the appbut still available for the app and the originator to access appropriate content. 

 If/when the Known Guest wants to “Update Interest Profile” later, another Form will be used presenting the update options, maybe pre-populated with some of the existing information, and then processed as above. 

Hints for the Admins/DevelopersThe Known Guest cannot update the initial document directly (being “Reader”), but the app could include a background Agent to manage updating/merging the content. 

When B2C requires higher level of access than the Known Guest

The above simple rules should permit implementation of most B2C use cases, however, HCL have found a number of existing B2C apps hosted on Domino Utility Server which do not adhere to the above rules. HCL has decided to enable the reuse of these apps rather than mandating a rewrite (which you can of course always do). This is accomplished by relaxing the usage requirements for the CCX entitlement and permitting an entitlement to be reassigned after 30 days of inactivity See examples below. 

CCX Use Cases

CCX Authorized User as seen from an application is an authenticated (must be identified) external user listed in the application access control list (ACL) with a maximum permission of Author. 
This access is either granted on a named user basis or by the user being a member of a group or generic association in the ACL. Any of these authenticated users can contribute documents to a Domino app/database, and edit own or other designated content. 

Some CCX B2B users will have a permanent, continuous, use of applications under the CCX entitlement.  
In B2C scenarios, with full use of app capabilities, user access is more sporadic. HCL have found that many customers with Domino Utility Server licensing, largely ignored the volume of users that were created as the user count was not a factor in licensing. These same customers struggled with server sub-capacity PVU management under fluctuating capacity needs and often had to throttle use to stay within licensed capacity (PVU) limits for their B2C apps, resulting in reduced customer satisfaction. 

Most applications written to work on a Domino Utility Server (using Author access) are now viable to deploy under CCX licensing, unchanged, by licensing the maximum volume of expected/planned users for any 30 day period. HCL still recommends that you optimize your B2C apps for the Known Guest model, which is included, with no limits, with even a single CCB entitlement. 

 Two examples of how to use short term/occasional external user engagement apps under the CCX model

Example 1: Job Postings

New Applicants register for web credentials and submit an initial Job Application Package.  They then: 

  • Update Packages during interview cycles and eventually progress into on-boarding workflows 
  • If not on-boarded, Job Application docs still exist and can be resumed/updated later by Applicants 
  • When there is no activity with a particular Applicant for 30 days, the CCX entitlement can be reassigned to another Applicant/External user – effectively, you need entitlements for any active/expected users within any 30 days period. 
Example 2: Citizen/Government Interactions 

Many countries are creating authentication facilities for citizens based on government issued individual credentials.  Any user based licensing counting all permitted users, would be totally prohibitive for using these public IDs.  However, many apps exist or are being written to submit public forms, to obtain information from Government/Municipalities, etc under the Government ID: 

  • The revised CCX is perfectly designed for many existing apps coded for user permission as Author. 
  • The app must use the Government provided means of authentication, and then have appropriate ACL set-up to allow these external users access up through Author for the app.  Data can be kept around as app scenarios dictate, and user affiliation with the app likewise.   
  • If there is no activity with a particular CCX Citizen for 30 days, the entitlement can be reassigned to another Citizen/External user – effectively, you need entitlements for any active/expected users within any 30 day period. 

 Both of these scenarios could, generally, be written/updated to work within the Known Guest model.

Aligning all Domino V12 Licenses

HCL Domino V12 products will be provided to customers on active Support consolidated under the four categories and License Information documents below.  Note, that all current entitlements, support subscriptions and part numbers remain unchanged. 

Program Name:  HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition 12.0 includes: 

  • HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition 12.0 
  • HCL Domino Complete Collaboration External User 12.0 
  • HCL Nomad for Web Browsers (eliminating desktop upgrades for the future) is a supporting program uniquely provided with the CCB entitlement from V12. Any customer needing this feature must migrate to the CCB/CCX license model. 

 Program Name:  HCL Domino Enterprise 12.0 consolidating the following 3 models: 

  • HCL Domino Enterprise 12.0 Client Access 
  • HCL Domino Enterprise 12.0 Processor Value Unit  
  • HCL Domino Collaboration Express 12.0 

 Program Name:  HCL Domino Messaging 12.0 consolidating the following 3 models: 

  • HCL Domino Messaging 12.0 Client Access 
  • HCL Domino Messaging 12.0 Processor Value Unit  
  • HCL Domino Messaging Express 12.0 

 Program Name:  HCL Domino Utility 12.0 consolidating the following 2 models: 

  • HCL Domino Utility 12.0 Processor Value Unit  
  • HCL Domino Utility Express 12.0 Processor Value Unit 

Acquiring Entitlements and Support for above products is fully supported for CCB/CCX and for all other products as described in “HCL Domino Support Update” from February 3, 2021, under the following rules: 

  • No partial renewals permitted for any licensing. 
  • For HCL Domino Enterprise Client/Server:  If the current configuration is compliant for both client and server side, Support can be renewed as-is, or you can migrate to CCB, cost neutral.  In all other circumstances, to renew or adjust volumes, HCL require that you negotiate a migration to the CCB/CCX license model.  
  • For HCL Domino Collaboration Express:  A compliant configuration can be renewed as-is, or you can migrate to CCB on attractive terms.  HCL also recommends migrating to CCB to increase footprints, or to take advantage of HCL Domino Volt, however, you are permitted to acquire additional perpetual entitlements for a compliant configuration. 
  • All compliant standalone Utility Server entitlements can be renewed as-is (use of Domino Designer requires appropriate Domino Enterprise Client Access licences). To increase footprints, HCL require that you migrate to the CCB/CCX license model, which now supports all Utility Server use cases. 
  • For HCL Domino Messaging product models: A compliant configuration can be renewed as-is.  Also, you can increase the footprint for a compliant configuration by acquiring appropriate new entitlement parts. 

 HCL has updated all formal HCL Domino V12 License Information Documents now available here

Managing the upgrade/coexistence scenario from Domino Utility Server to CCB/CCX

An existing Domino Utility Server PVU or Utility Express PVU configuration with appropriate Domino Enterprise Client Access licenses for app maintenance can be renewed as-is.  However, many customers want to grow their application volume (hence, deployed server capacity) or want to take advantage of moving to CCB/CCX and the CCB add-on capabilities.

If you replace your Utility Server Support Subscription with appropriate CCB/CCX Authorized User volume to cover the current users, you can leave the installation as-is and just use your new CCB licensing.

If you need to maintain coexistence between Utility Server and CCB environments, you need to observe the following guidelines: 

  • Any entitlements included with CCB are only available to the CCB environment, e.g. Safelinx/Nomad Web. If HCL Domino Volt was added to CCB, the HCL Enterprise Integrator, HCL SAP Connector, and HCL Link are only available for the CCB environment.  
  • Any existing HEI/SAP Connector in the Utility Server environment must be continued/renewed as-is and cannot be replaced by the CCB entitled programs.  
  • Users defined on Utility Servers must be on the Denied Access List for all CCB servers to separate them from CCB licensing counts, whereas any CCB user is permitted access to the Utility Servers. 
  • The V12 Entitlement Reporting Tool provides a report for all of your Domino Domains, however, you can drill down on specific servers or groups of servers to understand user volumes by server. 

This announcement further enforces CCB/CCX as the licensing platform for Domino customers, allowing all customers to upgrade to CCB and with CCB as the only model for all new customers.

If you have any questions about this blog post and announcements or have any licensing questions, please contact your HCL product specialist or Business Partner. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated since September 23,  2020, “Introducing CCX, External User Entitlements 

Q: How are CCB/CCX users counted?

A: The Domino V12 Entitlement Tracker Tool produces an internal report to assist you with license compliance. (This report is not collected by HCL) 

  • You simply count the entries across all Domino Directories and Authentication Sources permitting users to log-in.  The count of credentials permitting log-in equals the number of Authorized Users. 
  • Keep separate track of “external” users and exclude from the CCB count.  A user on all Denied Access Lists are excluded from the counts. 
  • CCB includes an unlimited entitlement for Guest users. If logged-in Known Guest user credentials are included in the Domino Directories identified/separated out as “guests”, simply exclude from CCB/CCX counts. 
  • Needed CCX entitlements are established from the maximum number of log-in’s used or to be used in any 30 day period.  
  • CCB and CCX can reside on same server or as administrator decides – counting is always across all Domino Directories in Licensee’s enterprise.   
  • No employee or contractor in Licensee’s Enterprise can be a CCX or Guest user.   
     

Q: am using an earlier Domino license model. How do I switch to CCB/CCX?  

A: CCB licensing is a superset of prior Domino licensing. When CCB licensing is established replacing active Domino licensing, CCB can provide the entitlements that were in place for the Domino Servers and various clients. To support the user constituents, you may need both CCB/Guest and CCX entitlements to match your current use cases, but you can continue to use deployed software. In most cases, if you have a compliant installation, the move to CCB is cost neutral. 

Q: I just need Domino apps, no need for mail or other features. 

A: Mail routing is intrinsic to Domino and to many apps that run on the platform. For simplicity, the full mail application is included with CCB and functional/workflow mail is included with CCX – both HCL Verse, the traditional Notes user interface, and mobile access. The mail function is always part of your entitlement, whether you use it or not. 

Q: Can I still just license mail? 

A: The mail-only licensing of Domino Messaging CAL/PVU, Messaging Express is still available. However, you can fully replace your mail entitlements with CCB and include Domino Volt to gain significant additional value for your users. (See also Aligning all Domino V12 Licenses in this blog.) 

Q: What is included with CCB and what are add-ons? 

A: The CCB license includes entitlements to  

  • HCL Nomad for Web Browsers for all CCB/CCX users 
  • HCL SafeLinx  for all CCB servers and CCB/CCX users  
  • HCL Sametime Premium Limited Chat 
  • You must have a CCB license to enable any code install/download & product support for the above functions. 

Add-ons include:   

  • Full HCL Sametime Premium at a special, reduced, price 
  • HCL Domino Volt for all CCB users at a simple uplift (which is also extended to all CCX users for no additional charge).  The HCL Domino Volt add-on includes HCL Enterprise Integrator, HCL SAP Connector and HCL Link which are entitled for all CCB entitled servers with Domino Volt 
  • CCX on a per External User basis as described elsewhere in this blog. 

Q: What is a CCB user permitted to do? 

A: CCB users are entitled to all aspects of Domino applications and enterprise e-mail and purchased add-ons per above, without license restrictions on what users are permitted to do. CCB users can create and participate in apps and workflows to any level set by their Domino Administrators. 

Q: How do you restrict CCX and Guest users’ access to an application? 

A: Based on your settings in the Domino “Access Control List” (ACL) – all Domino databases/applications have an ACL which maps access levels to users. The access level is a classification limiting which tasks a user can perform in the database  – Manager, Editor, Author, Reader, Depositor, No Access – these classes are just labels, not verbatim. To fully understand permitted use cases, refer to the product documentation on ACLs found here  
Learn about Domino Access Control Lists (ACL)

Hints for the Admins/DevelopersExisting apps and standard templates may need customisation to support Known Guest users (free with CCB), whereas CCX users should have appropriate support with no changes to apps. 

Q: Why is a CCX user permitted ACL level up to Author? 

A: CCX users can fully participate in, and use (not create) Domino apps and workflows (including Domino Volt if added to CCB.)  The maximum ACL level allowed is “Author” access, which is typically assigned to users who need to contribute documents to a Domino database – and authenticated users can edit their own and other designated content.  
CCX is for authenticated, external users only and not permitted for any employee or contractor in the Licensee’s Enterprise. 

Q: Why is an anonymous Guest permitted ACL level up to Author? 

A: Anonymous Guests are web users, who beyond browsing a web site are permitted actions like submitting a contact form, participating in a web survey, posting anonymous blog content, etc. “Author” access is typically assigned to users who need to contribute documents to a Domino database just like CCX users, however, being anonymous they cannot edit any content, nor access individualised content and no details are retained as to who contributed to the database. 

Q: Why is a logged-in Guest only permitted ACL level up to Reader? 

A: Under ACL control, “Reader” access allows controlled creation of documents by using public access forms. Logged-in Guests authenticating with HTTP/LDAP are typically a dynamic, ever increasing volume of users visiting your web site, registering to gain access to community content, special interest forums, initiating workflows, etc.  “Reader” access is typically assigned to users who are only permitted to read documents in a database and/or using public forms to create documents. This case is for authenticated, external, limited use only, and not permitted for any Employee or contractor in the Licensee’s Enterprise.  
For external users needing any higher level of access, you must purchase CCX entitlements. 

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