Posts Tagged: ‘domino’

The Countdown to the Newest HCL Domino and Sametime Begins! Join Us for Our Global Launch

15. April 2021 Posted by Richard Jefts

I am thrilled to announce that registration is now live for what will surely be a true, blockbuster event on June 7. This exclusive virtual event celebrates our latest versions of HCL Domino v12 and HCL Sametime. The first 1200 registrants got a free gift (we blew past that number in a couple of days!).

I personally love the amazing video that helps capture the excitement as we could down the days to these “breakaway” releases. (An agenda will be released soon. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest.) 

The launch event will include thought-leading sessions, demos, customer speakers, and more. And, it kicks off an exciting collection of Domino content delivered in a series we are calling the “Domino Dozen” (once you’ve registered for the launch, you will have access to this program). Each day, for 12 days following the launch, we will drop a new, essential Domino-related treasure. These pieces will include webinars, panel discussions, and technical deep dives, early access to special programs, thought leadership pieces, and more.  

Also, join us for the closing keynote and happy hour on June 23 — we are calling “Nerdi Gras,” as a hat tip to the days of Lotus past. We will be releasing a party kit soon, with downloadable favors, so you can join in the fun.

For those of us who’ve been on this Domino journey with us for so many years — and for those of you we will be welcoming as new customers — we can’t wait to celebrate.

Join us.

HCL Notes und Domino 11.0.1 FP3 veröffentlicht

15. April 2021 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

HCL hat das Fix Pack 3 für Notes und Domino 11.0.1 veröffentlicht. Fix List und Release Notes hier. Augenscheinlich hat Traveler aktuell ein Problem mit ein paar umbenannten Binarys und startet daher nicht. Um das zu beheben, müssen wir in der Technote beschrieben ein paar Symlinks manuell erstellt werden. Am Client gibt es mit FP3 […]

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HCL Domino 12 und Sametime Launch Event

6. April 2021 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

Die Veröffentlichung von Domino 12 rückt näher. Aktuell kann man in der Beta 3 Features wie das neue Backup-Tool und die Kennwortsynchronisierung mit dem AD testen. Jetzt lädt HCL am 07. Juni zum globalen Launch Event ein: Und wer darauf nicht warten möchte: Nächste Woche gibt es ein Launch-Webinar zu HCL Verse 2.1.0. Die Veröffentlichung […]

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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

HCL Domino v12: The 4 New Security Features You’ve Been Waiting for

16. März 2021 Posted by Cormac McCarthy

While no platform is immune to the possibility of hacking, the question I would pose is: Has your Domino infrastructure ever been hacked?  Didn’t think so. It’s probably boring to say that the most straight forward answer is HCL Domino is rock solid on security.   When set up correctly and optimised, HCL Domino is the most secure platform of its type.  It’s true though.  Reliable and secure is a good thing. A very good thing. 

The HCL Domino v12 beta is out now.  If you haven’t already tried it, it’s free for all existing licensed Domino customers.  It’s waiting there in flexnet for you to download and try it out!  It’s the first time a beta of this type is in existence and it has multiple interactions (we’re currently on beta 2; beta 3 is scheduled for the end of March. Register here to join us for the beta 3 webinar.

What I really love about it is the almost instantaneous feedback from the beta forum, from those in charge of development.  Domino v12 is scheduled for full release in Q2 of this year.  (June 2021 timeframe is given at the moment).

Read an overview of what’s coming here.

Here’s is a list of all the NEW NATIVE security features coming in Domino v12 and there’s a whole host of them:

  • Automating certificate management 
  • Time-based one-time password (TOTP) authentication 
  • Enforce internet password lockout based on IP address 
  • TLS 1.0 is disabled by default 
  • Support for PEM-formatted TLS host keys and certificates 
  • Two new curves supported for TLS 1.2 ciphers that use ECDHE for forward secrecy
  • New template signing ID uses 2048-bit keys
  • NRPC port encryption supports forward secrecy using X25519
  • Import internet certificates that contain unsupported critical extensions
  • Suppress key rollover alerts during ID vault synchronization
  • New Query Vault command options
  • Support for SameSite cookie 

Also note native support for DKIM is planned in the 12.0.x timeline. (Again natively, you can achieve DKIM with third party mail gateways).

We could argue about which are the best and more important ones here, but I’m going to concentrate on the 4 new security features in Domino v12 that you’re going to want to implement straight away:

  1. Automating certificate management 
  2. Time-based one-time password (TOTP) authentication
  3. Two new curves supported for TLS 1.2 ciphers that use ECDHE for forward secrecy
  4. NRPC port encryption supports forward secrecy using X25519 

Note: these are all based on current plans at beta 2, some of these will be subject to change (for the better) come beta 3 and GA.

What is it?
Automating certificate management?

What does it give you?

This topic could probably be four killer new features in one on its own, because it includes so much.

The short answer here is it takes something that was a headache to most admins and makes it completely seamless and automatic. It also includes support for ECDSA which is very progressive in terms of offering support for cutting edge security (some browsers don’t even support it yet).

In order to explain the context here, we probably need a short history lesson on cert management in Domino.  Prior to SHA-2 being the supported, Domino managed certs via a Domino database. It did exactly what it said on the tin and was never really updated from the time of release. But it worked. There were only four steps listed in the database. Some customers did find it fiddly.

Then SHA-2 support for Domino came out and admins did not like how this was implemented.  Again, it’s Domino, so it was secure, and it worked, but the process was a headache.  I have to admit for 99 percent of our customers, I just did it for them to save them the hassle so I got used to it.  But you did need a kyrtool, you’d need to install Openssl, you’d have to copy and paste various commands, copy parent and intermediate certs into text files.  It was messy to implement.

Well that’s gone.

What’s in its place is the most straight-forward solution one could imagine.

Let’s Encrypt offers free third-party SSL certs.  They’re currently the most widely used Certificate Authority in the world and work with all major browsers (they’re sponsored by some of them).

You can now get Let’s Encrypt Certs in Domino, by filling in a couple of fields in a form.  In short saying, “I want a cert for my website.  Give me one now.”  And it will give you one straight away. In seconds, your web server will be running with that cert.  A new task called CertMgr manages it all.

“It can’t be that easy,” I hear you say.  Well, in most use cases, it is.

Wildcard certs are slightly different, but again it’s as easy as it can be.  Other third-party certs are still 100 per cent supported, and easier than ever to implement with the Certificate Store.

Another point you might have missed around this is CertMgr supports Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) using the NIST P-256 and NIST P-384 curves.  Not all browsers support this yet (most do), but in short it has the potential to give quicker and more secure TLS connections and shows that HCL are ahead of the curve #badnerdpun.

How do you implement it?

There are a lot of options available here but I cannot over emphasise how straight forward this is to implement.

CertMgr runs as a task. The first time you load it builds a back-end Domino database.  The database has intuitive forms but there’s documentation just in case.  You create a free account with Let’s Encrypt with a couple of clicks within the database.

I don’t want to get too bogged down in the detail here, because you don’t actually need to know the back ground details, but there a couple of ways Let’s Encrypt will verify you’re the owner of the domain, either by HTTP response (the most straight forward I think, but requires that the server can initiate outbound HTTPS requests – even temporarily to Lets Encrypt) or via DNS Response.

The HTTP response in particular is VERY easy to setup.

Third party certs are managed via the database, so you won’t have to fiddle about with openssl and the kyrtool.

ECDSA is a more complex subject, but the steps to implement are relatively straight forward here, the main complicating factor here is managing browser support, there’ll be more of this in beta 3 (thanks to Daniel Nashed for answering some of my basic questions on this.  Follow Daniel’s blog for more expanded detail on these subjects).

What is it?

Time-based one time password (TOTP) authentication

What does it give you?

Firstly, the obvious point here is you’ve been able to do TOTP in Domino for a long time, but it required third party software or appliances.  Here we get TOTP natively within Domino.

What is TOTP? Well, it’s two factor authentication based on a time based password that changes.   You put an app on your device that manages a six figure pin that changes every 60 seconds and it associated with a specific account.

Here you can deploy here with any number of apps (I’ve used Google Authenticator and OpenATP with Domino12 extensively for a couple of months and both have worked perfectly).

How do you implement it?

It’s easy.

You set up a trust relationship with your ID Vault and TOTP.

You enable it on the configuration settings document and then either web site, server or virtual server document.

You’ve to do a once off configure on the login form (but there’s a template for you to use, so it’s two minutes work for a non-developer).

Restart Domino and you’re ready to go.

Each user does a self-enrolment process the first time they connect which is intuitive, and takes no more than a couple of minutes.

There’s more functionality coming on this with Directory Assistance and managing multiple domains so watch this space.

What is it? 

Two new curves supported for TLS 1.2 ciphers that use ECDHE for forward secrecy

What does it give you?

Better performance on Perfect Forward Secrecy.

Perfect Forward Secrecy has been available since Domino 9.0.1 FP3 IF2.  It gives assurances session keys will not be compromised.

This new set of two new elliptical curves (once forward secrecy is set up) can offer better performance.  The two new curves are X25519 and X448. 

How do you implement it?

You do nothing. If you don’t want it you need to actively turn it off with a notes.ini setting. Domino 12 will attempt to use supporting curves in the following order

  1. X25519 
  2. NIST P-256
  3. X448
  4. NIST P-384
  5. NIST P-521 

What is it?

NRPC port encryption supports forward secrecy using X25519

What does it give you?

This sounds very similar to the last one, but there’s a whole lot more to unpack here.  These are for Domino to Domino connections over port 1352 or Notes client to Domino connections over port 1352.

So if you’ve ports with encryption turned on (which nowadays we are recommending to everyone), with Domino 12 the level of encryption increases from:

  • 128 bit AES-GCM for network encryption and integrity protection and 128 bit AES tickets 

 To: 

  • 256 bit AES-GCM for network encryption and integrity protection, X25519 for forward secrecy, and 128 bit AES tickets.

Basically stronger, encryption, better protection for sessions with forward secrecy and a curve that gives the best performance.

How do you implement it?

This is one of those points of different between Domino and Notes clients and ANY other technology.  (i.e. as opposed to the Office365 hacks, which are being put down to weakness in how Microsoft authenticates out of box).  Certs are baked in.  Basically if you have port encryption turned on, this will turn on by default.  If you don’t have them, turned on you can just enable encryption on the ports (for all inter server traffic), and via a policy for Notes clients.

In any other technology this would be so much more complex to do.  You’d need multiple devices to manage the connections, you’d have to change the port numbers, probably have to allow that port in a firewall plus you’d need to manage certs with third parties.  With NRPC, you’re already using certs to connect in so it’s just saying encrypt the port.  The same port (1352) is in use whether encrypted or not encrypted, so no further changes are required on the network or firewalls etc.

Oh and that’s only NEW and NATIVE features in Domino 12.  I just have to mention one more briefly that is no-charge to all entitled CCB customers. It’s HCL SafeLinx.  It is already available and in the wild.  It supports both HTTP and Notes port connections out of the box as a reverse proxy.  If you already user HCL Nomad you’ll probably know about it.  Later this in 2021, HCL Nomad Web will be out and you’ll look into this more then. (It can also be used for Sametime, Traveler and Verse – there’ a webinar on this coming up).  It builds upon the layers of native Domino security and gives you flexibility to add extra layers of security, particularly for external connections.  The main advantage is that it’s got baked in functionality for Domino so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to do a basic set up.

I hope you enjoyed my first blog for HCL.

As always please provide feedback if you found anything interesting here.

Cormac McCarthy – Domino People Ltd

The Low Down on HCL Domino v12 Beta 2 and Beta 3

1. März 2021 Posted by Barry Rosen

A month ago we released the first beta drop of HCL Domino v12 and we’re excited to see such a high level of engagement among our customers, ambassadors and business partners. Two weeks ago, we announced the drop of Beta 2 and hosted a webinar with an overwhelming number of live questions — 118 to be exact! If you missed the webinar, you can catch the replay here. We also picked the most popular questions about our beta program and v12 , and have published those — along with the answers — here.  

To keep up with this exciting momentum, please join us at our next webinar about beta 3 on March 30, at 10AM ET. Register here. Beta 3 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 HCL Domino! In fact, don’t wait for the next beta drop. All existing customers are automatically entitled to download the software packages from Flexnet today. We look forward to your feedback.

Beta Q&A 

Still have unanswered questions about the beta? Submit them in the beta forum.

Q: Is there a way to tell if issues raised in the beta forum are included/fixed in beta 2 or 3? 

A: The list of SPRs fixed in beta2 can be found in the release notes. Please see here.

Q: When can we expect the 64-bit standard client? 

A: Our plan is to start with the basic Notes client first in v12 beta 3, and then release the 64-bit standard client in a beta post v12 GA.

Q: Is the C-API toolkit updated and available as part of this beta? 

A: We released the C-API toolkit for v11 and will update for v12 post release.

Q: Is two-factor authentication available? 

A: Yes, feel free to try it out today! 

Q: If I load the beta on my system, will upgrading to v12 Prod work? 

A: When going from the beta version to the GA version, we recommend uninstalling the beta and installing v12 as a clean new install.

Q: Is there a backlog of undo/redo? 

A: No, but it has been submitted in our Ideas Portal. You can vote for it here.

General HCL Domino v12 Q&A 

Q: Does Domino 12 install VoP automatically as part of the base install? 

A: VOP will be included in Domino v12, but not automatically installed. 

Q: When will Hebrew and Finnish be included in Domino? 

A: Both languages are on the list for v12.0.1.

Q: Is there any chance for DKIM support in Domino in near future? 

This is in our future roadmap and will be delivered in the V12.0.x timeframe.

Q: Is there a future for HCAA ? 

A: From a technical point of view, HCL Nomad Web will succeed HCAA.

Q: What version of Domino will the Nomad Web client require? 

A: It will require a v12 server.

Q: What version of Java is supported by the v12 Domino server? And what is the roadmap for Domino for keeping up with Java versions? 

A: OpenJDK 8, and of course we are going to upgrade this to newer versions moving forward.

Q: Is Certificate Store replacing CertSrv 

A: Yes.

Q: Can I install and configure Domino through Ansible? 

A: Yes, feel free to do that. You can also check out some examples here.

Q: Is the old KYR/STH still supported? Can I push in new certificates by script or automation? 

A: LetsEncrypt will manage certificate renewals automatically. If you do not want to use LetsEncrypt, you can use your own CA. And yes, you can automate it.

Q: Is it possible for a developer to use the LetsEncrypt support to create SSLKeyring for dummy FQDN? 

A: LetsEncrypt certificates are only issued to servers that can be reached via HTTP or where the owner is in control of the DNS record. Creating a self-signed certificate is not possible with LetsEncrypt but will be possible with the Domino Certificate Manager.

Q: What will happen to Xpages going forward?  

A: Domino V12 will include Bootstrap 4. XPages functionality will continue to be enhanced and fully supported, but note that we are shifting to make low code (Domino Volt) our top priority.

Q: Will Bootstrap4 & FontAwesome also be available in XPiNC? 

A: Yes.

Q: Are there still text size limits in text fields or form documents?  

A: Many limits of Domino were raised or will no longer exist in v12. However, if you still need anything to be improved, please submit your idea here.

Q: What is the version of Sametime embedded in Notes v12? 

A: Sametime 11.5.

Q: When will Domino v12 be available to the market and how can I learn more?  

A: We will launch v12 in Q2 this year, around June. Stay tuned as more details to be announced soon. In the meantime, you can read our preview article here and watch our preview demos here

HCL Digital Solution – Lizenzierung & Wartung

16. Februar 2021 Posted by Alexander Kühn

Wir möchten heute auf ein Thema aufmerksam machen, dass bisher noch nicht so recht beleuchtet wurde im Bereich Lizenzierung bei den HCL Digital Solutions – lassen Sie uns über das sogenannte Partial Renewal reden. Wer schon länger Software Produkte aus dem Domino Bereich einsetzt, kennt das Thema zur Genüge. Jedes Jahr zum Renewaldatum steht die Verlängerung […]

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HCL Domino Support Update

3. Februar 2021 Posted by Uffe Sorensen

HCL Digital Solutions would like to take this opportunity to clarify the requirement for offering Support subscription for the various HCL Domino Programs. This blog covers two such cases related to partial renewals that are not permitted.

Specifically, HCL Digital Solutions does not permit:

  1. Partial renewal of HCL Domino Programs under Non-Expiring (“Perpetual”) License. I.e., Licensee cannot renew a lesser quantity than the entitled volume to obtain Support.
  2. Separate renewal of Client-only or Server-only licenses where both are needed for a production environment and must be on Support for all users.  

Here are the requirements for the HCL Domino Programs that can subscribe to Support (1) for Perpetual Licenses beyond the initial 12 months:

  1. All-inclusive Per User Licenses (i.e., all server entitlements included with the per user license) 
  • HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition (CCB/CCX)
  • HCL Domino Volt User
  • HCL CEO Communications User
  • HCL Collaboration Express User
  • HCL Messaging Express User 

To receive Support for any above Program, each User must be under Support. Licensee cannot have some Users on Support and others not, which precludes any partial Support renewals of Perpetual Per User Licenses.

2. Stand Alone Server Licenses 

  • HCL Domino Utility Processor Value Unit (“PVU”) 
  • HCL Domino Utility Express Processor Value Unit (“PVU”) 

To receive Support for either of these Programs, all PVUs as entitled must be under Support. This precludes any partial Support renewals of Perpetual Utility Server and Utility Server Express Licenses. 

3. Client and Server Licenses   

  • HCL Domino Enterprise Client Access
  • HCL Domino Enterprise Processor Value Unit (“PVU”) 

As stated in the License Information (LI), each of these parts are interdependent and form one logical Program. Specifically, the HCL Domino Enterprise Server License Information mandates the corresponding Client License for any productive use (for all in-market versions). 

From the HCL Domino Enterprise Server V10.0.1 License:
Use of the Program by any means of Authenticated Access requires an entitlement to HCL Domino Enterprise client access, or a subscription to either HCL SmartCloud Notes or a HCL Connections Cloud S1. (2) 

Further, the most recent Domino v9.0.x and Domino v10.0.x Support Update [KB0085697] documents the packaging and Support dependency for HCL Domino Enterprise Client and Server side as one Program, why these cannot be separated from a Support viewpoint.

HCL Domino Enterprise Client Access is required for productive use of HCL Domino Enterprise PVU, hence both must be on Support to the full volume of Perpetual entitlements for each, i.e. no partial renewals. 

4. Client and Server Licenses for Messaging Only 

  • HCL Domino Messaging Client Access
  • HCL Domino Messaging Processor Value Unit and/or HCL Domino Enterprise Processor Value Unit (3) 

In keeping with the other Client and Services licenses, each of these parts are interdependent and form one logical Program. Specifically, the HCL Domino Messaging Server License Information mandates the corresponding Client License for any productive use (for all in-market versions).

From the HCL Domino Messaging Server V10.0.1 License:
Users of the Program must be covered by an entitlement to either HCL Domino Messaging client access or HCL Domino Enterprise client access. (4) 

HCL Domino Messaging Client Access is required for productive use of HCL Domino Messaging PVU, hence both must be on Support to the full volume of Perpetual entitlements for each, i.e. no partial renewals. 

General Rules for Renewals  

  • If you already own Perpetual Licenses and a compliant Support subscription, you can simply renew Support AS-IS per above rules.  
  • If an organization (i.e., the Licensee) wishes to decrease the number of supported users, it may do so if it relinquishes perpetual license entitlements for such unsupported users. However, remaining entitlements must be fully covered by Support.
  • Conversely, to increase the number of perpetual Client Access License users and/or server PVU License capacity for a currently compliant Support subscription, HCL Digital Solutions requests that you move to the CCB/CCX licensing model to greatly simplify your renewals and compliance tracking in addition to enhancing your value of the licensing. 

If you have any questions about this announcement or have any licensing questions, please contact your HCL product specialist or HCL Business Partner. 

Comments: 

  1. “Support” was formerly known as S&S, “Subscription & Support”.   
    Product Support from HCL is described in the HCL Software Customer Support Guide
  2. “HCL SmartCloud Notes” and “ HCL Connections Cloud S1” are obsolete and withdrawn Programs
  3. HCL Domino Enterprise PVUs can constitute the server side for HCL Domino Messaging Client where a high-availability (clustered) environment is desired and/or if add-on applications for mail management need to be installed. Mandates Client and Server Support and preclude partial renewals for any configuration of a Messaging Only deployment.
  4. The use of HCL Domino Enterprise client access in this context is limited to Messaging use 

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 Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multi programming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.

A little side-work: QRCodes in XPages

21. Januar 2021 Posted by Heiko Voigt

Hi there, it has been a while since I had to create my last xpages project. A customer asked me yesterday after seeing our QRCode integration in our IMPRISIS Web Desktop, if it would be possible to ...

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.

HCL Domino Volt: Zero to Hero in 30 Days

12. Januar 2021 Posted by Martin Lechleider

You’ve all heard the HCL Domino Volt tagline, “Build enterprise apps lightning fast.” But what do we really mean when we say “fast”? We recently hosted a webinar to show you what you can build in 30 days or less. You can catch the replay here or read the recap below. You’ll also find responses to our live Q&A during the webinar below.  

If you don’t already know, HCL Domino Volt is a low-code capability for business users and citizen developers to easily build powerful, secure, and enterprise-grade workflow-based applications. From business-process apps to customer-facing mobile apps, you can create solutions for any industry, across different use cases.

What Can You Do in 30 Days?  

So, let’s imagine that you have a solution or app in mind but have little to no knowledge of HCL Domino Volt. How do you go about using it to build an app? Assuming you have a day job and can only squeeze in 1-2 hours a day, this is what a timeline could look like for you:

  • Day 1-3 (3 days): Learn how to use HCL Domino Volt. Sign up for a free sandbox account and get access to a list of training resources.  
  • Day 49 (5 days): Pick a use case and define the requirements. What are you trying to solve and build? Does your app need workflows and approval processes? How will those be mapped out? Your requirements might also require refinements and iterations along the way.  
  • Day 10-17 (7 days): Build the app! Refer to our documentation and wiki pages along the way use our forum to participate in our community and ask questions.  
  • Day 18-25 (7 days): Share, test, and refine the app. Building your app is an iterative process. This is where you’ll build the app, share and gather feedback, and work towards a finalized version.    
  • Day 26-29 (3 days): Style the app. You can either use the current themes provided or add custom themes that align with your organization’s branding. Or use CSS or HTML to fully customize the look of your app. 
  • Day 30: Your app is ready to be deployed and used!  

 30Day App Samples 

Here at HCL, we believe in drinking our own champagne and we’ve gathered some examples of how HCL team members — all non-developers — have been using HCL Domino Volt to build apps of their own.  

Volunteer App 

This app helps organizations recruit volunteers and recommends users with volunteering opportunities based on their preference — time, money, or donation.  

  • Innovation: Use of CSS styling and integrations with QR code generator for online payment 
  • Skill level: Non-developer, intermediate proficiency in HTML 
  • Timeline: 3 weeks 

Sales Support App 

This app helps sales teams manage customer requests by collecting, approving, assigning, and updating customer records.  

  • Innovation: For our HCL Notes and HCL Domino developers, Petr explores the differences between the two (view – form binding) while building this app. Be sure to catch the webinar replay to get the full walk-through.  
  • Skill level: Non-developer with some experience building simple forms on HCL Leap.  
  • Timeline: 4 weeks

Expense Approval, Asset Tracking, and Vacation Requests  

Our services team recently hired a team of university recruits in Vijayawada with the goal of building a scalable app modernization team. To do so, they’ve embraced low-code culture and tasked the team with building sample apps that cover common use cases needed by internal teams, partners and customers. They have since completed three apps that handle expense approval, asset tracking, and vacation requests.  

  • Skill level: Non-developer with intermediate proficiency in HTML.  
  • Timeline: 3 weeks per app. 

We wanted to highlight how they approached building the app. Though like the timeline above, some differences include specifically defining UI/UX standards and following a sprint plan.  

All apps featured in the webinar are now available as sample apps and can be found here. If you are not an HCL Domino Volt customer, you can play around with these sample apps in a free sandbox environment.  

Webinar Q&A 

Q: How do you put an application into production?
A: Deploying an app is as simple of clicking deploy. This generates the runtime app and database (nsf file).  

Q: Do you have a production-ready HCL Domino Volt environment?
A: For guidance on setting up your environment, please view this webinar.  

Q: Can we use Java-based REST API in the services?
A: Yes. You can integrate with any REST based services. 

Q: Which license do I need to purchase HCL Domino Volt?
A: Please check out this blog for more information. 

Q: Are there plans to provide a graphical tool to design a workflow?
A: Yes. We plan to enhance HCL Domino Volt’s workflow with a more visual approach to design. 

Q: Is it possible to allow anonymous user access to an HCL Domino Volt app for submitting forms which are then sent through a workflow process that would require authentication?
A: Yes. You can specify anonymous access for an app. A typical use case is an anonymous access form that is filled out on a public-facing website which then starts a workflow in which authenticated users inside the organization are then involved.

Q: Will it be possible to access HCL Domino app data from other domino-servers?
A: This is possible today using HCL Domino Access Services (REST). In the future, we will consider adding remote server support to HCL Domino Volt’s out-of-the-box Domino services.

Q: Currently, the members field in unavailable when you look up a group. Are there any plans to make that available in a service?
A: This is a great idea that we will consider adding to the product!

Q: Does the sandbox include the new December release?
A: Yes! You can sign up here.

Q: Does HCL Domino Volt work behind a custom HCL Domino authentication built with an DSAPI-Filter?
A: This should work but is something we have not yet tested or issued a support statement on.

Q: Can we trigger document creation to another NSF from HCL Domino Volt?
A: That’s a great idea! Please add your feedback to our Ideas Portal here.

Q: Are we able to build multilingual apps?
A: Yes. This can be done by either by adding language translation services to your app, or by adding and managing different language text strings. In both cases you could have the browser detect the user’s locale and provide the appropriate language strings. 

Q: Are HCL Domino Volt apps cluster-aware for high availability?
A: HA and cluster support should work. This is something we plan to test and provide support guidance on with the next release. 

Q: Are we able to re-use information collected through HCL Domino Volt in other systems?
A: Yes. There are many ways you can do so. You can export the data in Excel or XML format. Data collected is also available via a REST API. And lastly, services can be used to push the data to other system or PDF documents. 

Q: I might use HCL Domino Volt to collect information which has to be stored in an ECM system. How would I “link” these two worlds?
A: You can tell Domino Volt to store the information in ECM using REST or make ECM “read” the data in Domino Volt using REST as well. 

Q: Is there full text search?
A: Yes. The December release includes an option for full text index your app. Doing this then allows you to use the “contains” search operator against documents in the app.

Q: Any plans in the roadmap to use agents to do tasks such as send periodic reminders to a set of users?
A: Yes! We plan to make it easier to leverage agents to do background processing. Sending reminders is something we have on our list of workflow related features to address. 

 

 

HCL Domino Volt: The December Release is Here!

8. Dezember 2020 Posted by Martin Lechleider

While the holiday season is upon us, we’re not slowing down! Including the launch earlier this April, we’ve had three releases of HCL Domino Volt — with many more to come in 2021. Starting today, customers can access v1.0.2 on the HCL License Portal and updated documentation here.  

To learn more about building apps with HCL Domino Volt and what new features are in the latest release, please join our webinar next week, “Zero to Hero in 30 days,” where we’ll demonstrate apps built across different use cases, industries, and skill levels. You will learn what you can realistically deploy in 30 days.  

Highlights of this new release include: 

  • Improved user experience
  • Standardize the look of your apps
  • More ways to use HCL Domino to get things done  

Improved usability: With a new properties panel and no modal dialogs, we’ve eliminated extra steps and hidden settings. These changes have made the tool more intuitive and requires fewer clicks to get things done.  

Standardize the look of your apps: Drive brand consistency and standardize the look of your apps​. You can now add custom themes that align with your aesthetics and your organization’s branding. Users will be able select the themes you add when designing their apps. 

Leverage Domino to get things done: The following features provide more ways for you to get things done by leveraging Domino’s capabilities: 

  • ‘Contains’ search operator (uses full text indexing): Quickly find information you need by searching for data by text string. It works with data view and services.  
  • Sort by app-specific fields ​(uses DQL): Easily analyze data you’ve collected by sorting your fields in the data view. 
  • Name-picker item on the palette (uses Domino directory): Easily find and select people and groups in the Domino directory and assign them to roles or to receive notifications.

Workflows and other improvements 

  • Map internet email to role and notifications: You now have the flexibility to use any internal email address when assigning roles and notifications, not just Notes addresses. 
  • Email attachments:  Now you can include files that have been attached during the form fill process in email notifications. 
  • Application history: You can now view past changes made to your app.  

Not an HCL Domino Volt customer yet? Try it out in our free sandbox, which includes all the latest features in this release. Find out more about HCL Domino Volt here.

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Ausblick auf Domino V12

20. November 2020 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

Auf der HCL Digital Week gab es einen Ausblick auf die Pläne für Notes und Domino 12. Ich spare mir jetzt mal die ausführlichen Details und die Wiedergabe der Folien, da die NCUG das bereits getan hat. Ein paar Highlights: Synchronisation des AD-Kennworts in das ID-Kennwort Zweifaktor-Authentifizierung Integration von Let’s-Encrypt-Zertifikaten Unterstützung sämtlicher Backup-Lösungen Nomad Web […]

Der Beitrag Ausblick auf Domino V12 erschien zuerst auf n-komm.

HCL Notes und Domino 11.0.1 FP2 veröffentlicht

18. November 2020 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

Neben der neuen Traveler-Version wurde heute auch ein neues Fix Pack für Notes und Domino 11.0.1 veröffentlicht. Das ursprünglich für Ende November avisierte FP2 bringt vor allem den Support für Mac OS 11 Big Sur inklusive einiger Bugfixes mit. Vor allem sollte der Notes-Client jetzt nicht mehr direkt nach dem Start abstürzen. Der ID Vault […]

Der Beitrag HCL Notes und Domino 11.0.1 FP2 veröffentlicht erschien zuerst auf n-komm.

Digital Week 2020: Oh, What a Week It Was!

17. November 2020 Posted by Richard Jefts

Something big just happened. And it was amazing. Our very first truly digital mega event, Digital Week 2020, just wrapped in the Americas and EMEA. For those of us who joined us live, we hope you felt as invigorated and inspired as we did. We had 2,225 people sign up to participate. We had 75+ unique sessions of content — from thought-leading discussions with analysts and influencers to zippy, quick tech roundtables and coffee chats, we covered a wide range of topics, trends, and technologies.  

We had more attendees at our keynotes — and more meetings and conversations — than ever before. Dion Hinchcliffe (from Constellation Research) and Wayne Kurtzman (from IDC) both signalled to the market that we are a low-code powerhouse. We had major product releases — including the world premiere of our new game-changer, HCL Volt MX (that session had more than 500 attendees to show up for this exciting news). In addition, we launched new, exciting versions of HCL Digital ExperienceHCL Sametime PremiumHCL Connections v7, and gave a preview of HCL Domino v12 and our vision for the future of the digital office. 

For data geeks, check this out: We had 2+ terabytes and 35 hours of content plus almost 50 hours of breakout HCL Sametime meeting rooms. Oh, and only 5 instances of “can you hear me?,” 7 of “is this on?” and 27 of “you’re on mute.” Plus 11,250 beverages were consumed at the coffee chats and happy hours. Oh, and ZERO miles were traveled.   Watch this video, which captures the buzz and energy of HCL Digital Week 2020.  

Thank you for joining us. You helped us achieve bigger conversations, bigger sessions, and bigger releases. Thank you for making our first truly digital event as possible and powerful as it was — and we have another great lineup for the first week in December for our customers, partners, and friends in APJ.   

We are poised and ready to be the partner of choice for digital transformation. Let’s transform the future — together. See you at the next great event! 

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