Posts Tagged: ‘domino’

HCL Domino 10.0.1 FP8 veröffentlicht

27. Juni 2022 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

Kurz vor dem EoS gab’s nochmal ein Fix Pack für Domino 10.0.1. Fix Pack 8 enthält ca. 90 Fehlerbehebungen, aber keine neuen Features. Dies dürfte das letzte Fix Pack für Release 10 sein. Alle Umgebungen mit dieser Version sollten baldmöglichst auf Version 12 aktualisiert werden. Details in der Release Notice und der Fix List. Kurz […]

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Business Users Can Supercharge Their Application Development with the Newest Version of HCL Leap

24. Juni 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Solutions

Our latest HCL Leap v9.3 delivers major improvements to help you automate processes faster than ever and unleash innovation with your business users and citizen developers. This release includes new features and tools enabling continuous process improvements in a secure and sustainable way. Here are some of the new benefits:

  • A modern look, with a flatter UI, to increase user productivity eliminating the need to click into dialogs to discover and set item properties. 
  • Updated visual designer and UX to simplify the building of workflow apps. Sketching out new workflow stages, setting user assignments or sending out email notifications are now more intuitive. 
  • Three new features — App Pages, Data Grid and Navigation — let you build apps, not just forms. It’s now easier than ever to build dashboard-style apps which include non-form pages and item lists for viewing and selection. 
  • A code editor to improve productivity by highlighting and properly formatting the JavaScript you write. The new editor will also allow you to pick from a predefined list of code snippets and provide typehead choices to speed up your work. 
  • Enhanced role and stage-based rules to provide more power for customizing the business logic in your app without having to write code. 
  • Added name-picker widget enables a user to easily choose names or groups, from the apps directory, to engage others in the app-building process.
  • A rich-text widget for app building allowing users to enter and format text — complete with links and images. 

 And that’s not all we are delivering….

Visit the HCL Leap Sandbox to try out our latest features and view ready-made app examples which demonstrate our capabilities.  You can also watch this video on how to build apps with HCL Leap. See how quickly you can turn all your great ideas into real innovative solutions!

End of Support für Domino-Versionen 9 und 10 angekündigt

21. Juni 2022 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

HCL hat heute den End of Support für die älteren Notes- und Domino-Versionen 9 und 10 angekündigt, Mitte 2024 ist es so weit: HCL will cease providing support for these versions effective June 1, 2024. Customers with current entitlements will continue to have access to the recent software Domino and Notes versions to support their […]

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Transformation Awaits: Upgrade to HCL Domino v12 Now

20. Juni 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Solutions

We are deeply invested in the future of Domino, since it continues to be the underlying platform powering core business processes around the globe — for airlines, banks, health-care organizations, and governments. In the past two years, we have delivered two exciting new Domino releases that include new features aimed at improving our software’s usability, as well as important security updates. Our latest release — v12 — has been well-received and many customers have already upgraded. Given our customer’s positive response, we are announcing the end of marketing and support for two of our older releases.

End of Marketing (EOM) and End of Support (EOS) for Domino and Notes v9.0.x and v10.0.x 

We announce today the EOM and EOS for Domino and Notes v9.0.x and v10.0.x effective December 1, 2022 (EOM), and June 1, 2024 (EOS). We wanted to provide ample time for our customers to prepare. 

What Does This Mean for You, as a Domino Customer? 

  • End of Marketing (EOM) – HCL ceases selling the specific product versions in this announcement and removes them from the HCL FlexNet software download site effective December 1, 2022.  This allows our existing customers to download versions 9.0.x and 10.0.x before December 1, 2022, if desired.    
  • End of Support (EOS) – HCL ceases support for the specific product versions in this announcement effective June 1, 2024. Customers should deploy a more recent software version.   
  • No extended support will be offered for the specific product versions listed in this announcement. 

To support your transition, our sales and technical support teams are here to address your questions and help you set up an upgrade plan. For help, contact your local HCL partner or contact us directly.

Get Started with Your Upgrade Planning 

Existing customers will have the option to upgrade to Domino v12.0.1 and all affected customers are encouraged to make this transition. To provide you with more information and additional resources about upgrading Domino, you can browse our Domino Upgrade Webpage.

Upgrading your software allows you to leverage the full value of our extensive new feature set and the latest in mobile and web app development to improve workflow management. Our latest Domino v12 software reduces your security risks, helps protect your data and ensures compatibility with other updated technologies. And, most importantly, it supports innovation to help you stay ahead of the competition.

We know that some customers could want to consider other HCL options to deliver low-code functionality. We recently announced the launch of Volt MX Go, which combines the power of our multiexperience low-code platform, Volt MX, and Domino. Volt MX Go enables you to extend your skills and investments in your Domino apps and transform them into exceptional mobile, web, and even wearable experiences. Volt MX can also be deployed as a stand-alone solution if desired. Contact us to learn more.

Upgrading Domino is direct, fast, and easy. You can also deploy your Domino environment wherever you want – on-prem, hybrid or cloud — with cloud-native capabilities. Let’s do this together! Start your upgrade planning today. 

Here are the specific Domino and Notes versions 9.0.x and 10.0.x that are affected: 

EOM/EOS Product Version(s)   EOM Effective Date   EOS Effective Date   Current Product Version(s)  
IBM Notes v9.0.x, v10.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Notes v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Domino v9.0.x, v10.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Domino v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Domino Designer v9.0.x, v10.0.x     12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Domino Designer v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Traveler v9.0.1, v10.0.1   12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Traveler V11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM XWork Server v9.0.x, v10.0.   12/01/2022   06/01/2024   *None  
IBM Client Application Access v1.0.x, v2.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Client Application Access v3.0.3  
IBM Domino Connector for SAP Solutions v2.0.1    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Domino Connector for SAP Solutions v2.0.2  
IBM Enterprise Integrator for Domino v9.0.x, v10.0.x*    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Enterprise Integrator for Domino v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Connections Content Manager Plugin for Notes v9.0.x, v10.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Connections Content Manager Plugin for Notes v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Connections Files Plug-In v9.0.x, v10.0x (part of Connections packages)    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Connections Plug-ins for HCL Notes June 2022 release 

 

IBM Mail Add-in (IMSMO Client) v2.0.x IBM Mail Add-on (Server) v2.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Traveler for Microsoft Outlook v3.0.x  
IBM Verse On-Premises v1.0.x     12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Verse 2.0.x  
IBM Sametime Community Server v9.0.x (9.0.1 FP1)    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Sametime Limited Chat v11.x and v12.x Community Server  
IBM C-API ToolKit v9.0.x   12/01/2022   06/01/2024    HCL C-API Toolkit, v11.0.1 and v12.0 
IBM HCL ODBC Driver for Notes/Domino 9.0    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   **ODBC Driver Knowledge Article Links below 

*It is recommended that XWork Server Customers move to HCL Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) which will be done on a case-by-case basis and that Partners move to HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Solution Edition (CCS).  

**ODBC Driver Knowledge Article Links: 

https://support.hcltechsw.com/csm?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0077626 

https://support.hcltechsw.com/csm?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0068692 

Domino Next-Gen Jams Starting Soon (#dominoforever)

10. Juni 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Solutions

At engage.ug in Bruges, HCL announced new Domino Jams for 2022. What’s a Domino Jam (for those new to the concept)? It’s a face-to-face design get-together with product management and development for customers (and BPs) to share their thoughts, ideas, and feedback on what’s right — and what’s wrong — with the platform and the roadmap. Our past Domino jams reached 4,000+ participants including clients, business partners and ambassadors, face-to-face and online.

For our Domino Next-Gen Jams in 2022, we have a packed, full-day agenda for you to enjoy:

Morning session:  Explore the Future of Development on Domino  

After our big announcement of Domino Restyle for Domino “Danube,” we want to hear what you think about the future of Domino Designer. This is a prime opportunity to provide your feedback and make requests directly to the design and product management teams. Don’t let this pass you by … come and help shape the future of Domino!

Attendees will:  

  • Get a first-hand view of Domino Restyle 
  • Give feedback on Domino Restyle
  • Give feedback on Domino Designer
  • Get a one-hour v12 upgrade-best-practices session

Afternoon session: Five Easy Steps to Extend your Domino Apps with Volt MX Go  

There’s a lot of buzz about HCL’s recent Volt MX Go announcement at engage.ug. In this session, you will get insight into how HCL combines the power of our multiexperience low-code platform, Volt MX, and Domino “Danube,” to extend your skills and app investments into exceptional mobile, web, and wearable experiences.   

Attendees will:  

  • See what makes Volt MX Go special for Domino developers to extend their apps – VoltFormula, VoltScript, and more   
  • Understand the power of Volt MX as the market’s leading multiexperience low-code platform for application development and integration 
  • Experience a walkthrough step-by-step of a real customer use case, with the opportunity to discuss your particular use cases and options 

Coming to a City Near You: 

Starting in August/September, the Jams will be coming to the following cities. Exact dates and locations will be posted once they are confirmed.  

  • Berlin 
  • Delhi 
  • Düsseldorf 
  • Johannesburg 
  • London 
  • Madrid  
  • Milan  
  • Mumbai 
  • New York  
  • Paris  
  • Prague 
  • Rio de Janeiro 
  • Sao Paolo 
  • Singapore 
  • Stockholm  
  • Sydney 
  • Tokyo  
  • Toronto  
  • Vienna 
  • Warsaw 
  • Zürich 

Register Here:  

If you’re interested in having a say on the future of Domino, along with insight on HCL’s roadmap for our Domino “Danube” release and beyond, we strongly suggest you attend one of the jams. To get started, please use this form to reserve a seat (here). You will be notified when the date of the Jam you’ve selected becomes available. Since each venue will have participants, please register ASAP to avoid disappointment.

If you can’t attend a jam, don’t worry, there will be online ones coming, too. Plus, you can always submit your ideas online and here’s a handy blog that explains our explanation of our methodology and the relevant links to our ideation portals.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

HCL Digital Solutions Product Management Team 

 

HCL Domino 12.0.2 Early Access veröffentlicht

25. Mai 2022 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

Die Version 12.0.2 kommt Ende des 2. Halbjahres. Aktuell wurde die erste „Early Access“-Version veröffentlicht. Das aus unserer Sicht wichtigste Feature wird der Support für die Windows-Volumenschattenkopien (VSS) sein. Damit wird ein Backup durch darauf aufbauende Tools – wie z.B. Veeam – ohne Unterbrechungen des Betriebs oder den Umweg über den Backup-Task möglich. Weitere Features […]

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Domino Mail Product Strategy Update

24. Mai 2022 Posted by Agnes Ng

Providing a secure enterprise mail solution trusted by governments and regulated industries has always been an essential mission for HCL Domino. Trusted by 40% of the Fortune 500, Domino is the backbone of corporate communications and powers our customers’ workflow applications that run their business.

In every Domino release, we have continued to invest in the core platform for apps and mail. This includes our own desktop, web and mobile clients, plus open client options such as Apple Mail. Here, we provide an update on the progress we’ve made and what’s coming.

User Experience  
Here are examples of the improvements we’ve made to both HCL Verse and HCL Notes. If you’ve not seen these before, please contact your BP or HCL sales representative for more information on upgrading so you can take full advantage of this more modern experience.

Capabilities Recently Delivered and What to Expect Next

Based on feedback from our community, here’s a summary of our Domino mail portfolio and our product plans for the next 3 years: 

Product/capability    Delivered recently   HCL roadmap & strategy 
Domino 
  • Improved security by introducing “Let’s Encrypt” and TOTP for web clients. 
  • Simplified admin management by streamlining cluster replication experience and introducing one-touch server setup. 
  • Cloud-native — flexible and scalable deployment on various platforms such as Azure, Google, and AWS 
  • Enhancement for mail security — including ICAP support, DKIM Inbound and SPF checking.  
  • Introducing Domino App Restyle — to make your existing apps UI look more modern with just a few easy steps.  
HCL clients for mail and apps 

  • Notes 
  • Nomad Web 
  • Verse Web  
  • Verse Mobile  
  • iNotes  
HCL Verse  

  • PWA for Verse 
  • Photos from NAB 
  • New calendar event interface 
     

HCL Verse Mobile 

  • Dark Mode Support 
  • Smart forward/smart reply 
     

HCL Notes 

  • Workspace UI Improvement 
  • Improved mail usability experience – sent from, copy formatting 
 

  • Introduce Verse 3.0 — new user interface for contacts & find availability visual scheduler. 
  • Nomad Web — printing and offline support.  
  • Notes Standard — continuous improvement of workspace and client performance. 
  • End of Support for iNotes — replaced by Verse with comparable functionality and much more. 
  • Our goal is to deliver a unified web experience that enables users to get work done more easily across today’s separate Verse, Nomad Web, Sametime and Domino Volt web experiences.  
Open clients 

  • HCL Microsoft for Outlook – (HTMO) Outlook on Windows *  
     
  • Project Quattro – Outlook on Mac and mobile *  
     
  • Traveler – Apple mail and calendar on iOS  
HTMO 

  • Delegation (full access) 
  • x.509 certificate authentication/ signing and encryption 
     

Traveler (Apple Mail) 

  • Room and resources updates in Apple calendar 
  • HTMO – improve performance, stability, and calendar features. 
Interoperability  
  • Directory Sync — External LDAP sync with Domino directory including password synchronization. 
     
  • Domino online meeting Integration (DOMI) in the Notes client — allows users to schedule meetings using Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Teams and Sametime. 
     
  • Simplified backup experience – integrate with third-party backup solutions to restore your data reliably.  
  • A built-in free time busy look up feature — that works across both Domino and Exchange/Outlook-based systems.  

 

  • Migration tool — an intuitive UI for importing mail and calendar data from any third-party vendor such as Microsoft or Zimbra.   

 
Note:*
Recently, Microsoft announced an initiative to consolidate its Outlook clients and mail protocols. In addition, they announced the deprecation of the Exchange Web Services (EWS) protocol and API and its M365-based replacement that even Exchange on-premises customers will need to use.  

Due to the change in Microsoft’s protocol, and since most of the Domino customer base are Windows users, HCL has decided to invest in HCL Microsoft for Outlook (HTMO) to provide the open mail experience rather than continuing to develop EWS support. Specifically, our plan to deliver support for Outlook on Mac and Mobile under Project Quattro has ended. Consequently, in subsequent HTMO releases, we’ll focus on improving the ease of installation, performance, stability, and provide calendar feature parity with Notes and Verse where applicable.  
 
As always, HCL Digital Solutions is fully committed to the Domino community and our customers.  We value your feedback, so please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or submit your ideas to Aha. Thank you for your support.

Domino Product Team

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 like those stated here.  

 

 

Early Access to New Domino REST API Beta Is Now Available

24. Mai 2022 Posted by Adam Gartenberg

As part of the Domino Early Access Program, we are pleased to announce the first beta of the Domino REST APIs (formerly known as “Project Keep”). We heard from our customers that these APIs play an essential role in allowing you to extend your Domino applications. These APIs are on the roadmap for delivery for Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) and Domino CEO Communications customers on active support along with the Domino “Danube” release coming in the fall of 2022. Note: The REST APIs only work with Domino v12.0.1 and higher (if you haven’t upgraded yet, now’s the time!). 

 

What is it?   

The Domino REST APIs allow for pro-code development through secure access to HCL Domino servers and databases, allowing you to use the programming language and framework of your choice — while maintaining the reliability and deployability of your Domino data and applications. They run alongside the server and allow you to — securely and easily — expose your Domino data in the form of standardized Open-API–based methods. Using a browser-based admin UI, application owners can define which data will be made available for view or update on a REST API. The APIs extends the Domino principles of reader/author document access definitions into the world of Internet protocols.

The Domino REST APIs also includes the Swagger UI, an API explorer that 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’s special about the new Domino REST APIs?  

  • Secure by 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 samples included
  • 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 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 is this different than the previous beta program? 

The Domino REST APIs are now focused on application-based data. We will not be providing APIs for mail-related data and tasks. In addition, participation in the beta and access to the shipping release will require a Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) and Domino CEO Communications license.

How to participate

The Domino REST API is now available as a prepacked, ready-to-use Docker container to Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) and Domino CEO Communications customers on active support. The download will be available in the “HCL Domino” product line category on our License and Download Portal. Please visit the 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 Early Access program.

Please note, the Early Access program will run from now until the Domino REST APIs are shipped with the Domino “Danube” release coming in fall 2022.

Digital Solutions Product Team  

 

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

24. Mai 2022 Posted by HCL Domino Team

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

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

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

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

HCL Domino Server 

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

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

… Plus, several other minor changes and performance improvements.

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

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

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

How to participate in this beta? 

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

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

HCL Domino Product Team 

 

What Do My Kitchen, Bruce Willis, and Microsoft Power Platform Have in Common? (And Why You Need HCL Domino.)

17. Mai 2022 Posted by Henry Bestritsky

About three weeks ago, my entire new and expensive kitchen went dark. I gave my wife a confident smile, said, “I got this,” and went to the basement to flip a few breakers. As you can probably gather, I didn’t “got” this, and the stubborn breakers kept flipping back as if mocking me. I took the walk of shame upstairs and called my friend Rebecca, the electrician. 

My kitchen was not part of the original house and was an addition done later, so Rebecca was able to get behind the wall and take a look. This is where the Bruce Willis part comes in. Having watched The Fifth Element the night before, I made a joke by imitating Chris Tucker playing Ruby Rod in the scene where he discovers the bomb that’s about to blow up the entire place. I said, “Corbin, Corbin, my man, you know how to stop this, right?” The look Rebecca gave me was exactly the look on the face of Bruce Willis, right as they started running to the escape ship just before the big explosion.

Here is the scene from YouTube. You will love it! 

The wiring was a complete mess and obviously not to code. Rebecca said that the kitchen could’ve easily caught fire, and, unlike Bruce Willis, I did not have an escape ship to run to. 

So how does this relate to Microsoft Power Platform? 

As you probably know, Microsoft Power Platform consists of four parts, Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents. If you want to build any business app that is beyond just a simple form, you need at least the two main parts of the platform, Power Apps to build the UI and Power Automate to build the workflow and automation. (Oh, and let’s not forget the data sources such as Dataverse and other data connectors.) 

For example, if you just want to send a simple email, you need to create a form in Power Apps and then pass the values into Power Automate a.k.a. Microsoft Flow to execute it. Here is an example of the process in Automate after something gets filled out in a form. (Please pay attention to the title of each box.) 

Click Here for the Above Example

This is just a simple flow, but you get the picture. We all know how incredibly easy it is to do this in HCL Domino. These flows can get extremely complex, split many ways, and integrated into multiple SaaS products. Imagine dozens of them for just one app, and that’s where things get really tangled up (like the bad wiring behind the wall in my kitchen), and things could go wrong (boom, big bada boom). 

In my previous life, when I used to run a marketing technology company, I integrated an ancient twenty-five-year-old Microsoft Access database with Facebook Ads using Microsoft Flow. I created very complex processes that worked well and even got my company a case study on Facebook.com. 

What the case study didn’t mention is that six months later, just like my kitchen, everything went dark. No leads were coming through right in the middle of the busy season. I went back to the code and had the exact same terrified look that Rebecca  and Bruce Willis had in their movie. I figured it out eventually, but it took a few sleepless nights and a lot of anxiety. Now that I am gone, I don’t know what will happen if there is a next time and things go dark again.  

To achieve a viable solution with Microsoft Power Platform, you need to learn four overly complicated products that are nothing like one another. They were four different products until some Microsoft marketing head decided to lump them together (I admit that this is conjecture). One of Microsoft’s taglines about the Power Platform is: “Give everyone the ability to create solutions that accelerate business.”  Really? Seriously? At What Cost? Risk? Real, business-critical solutions come from technology that is not cobbled together that changes every six months. With Microsoft, to debug something, it really is like looking at a mess of wires behind a fifteen-year-old kitchen wall!   

Now you can see what my kitchen and the Microsoft Power Platform have in common. 

They all might just go down if one thing goes wrong. And how does this all relate to why you need Domino? Customers always tell me how they have been running Domino Apps for YEARS with no problems. Simply nothing goes dark. Ever! I am not saying that Domino can’t be complicated, but what I am saying is that the code has already been written and simply works. And what we are trying to do here at HCL is to expand and modernize Domino while minimizing risk, time, and the expense of a traditional rip and replace process that can be fraught with so many pitfalls and unforeseen costs (just like my new kitchen).   

In today’s crazy world, is it really a good idea to try something new and unproven? 

All I ask is that you go past the marketing hype and really, really look at what really drives your business and how you can make your workflows even better with minimal disruption and risk. 

I am not preaching Domino here (well, a little), but what I am saying is that we at HCL are very much aware how critical business continuity is…and how Domino plays a huge part in that process. We are doing everything possible to make sure that your existing Domino investment like existing code, data, security and management can be leveraged within any new tech you add to your stack, instead of being ripped out and replaced by a set of electrical wires that can burn down not only your kitchen but the entire house. (Dramatic music, please.)

After all, none of us won’t end up like Gary Oldman in the end of The Fifth Element, do we?

Thank you for letting me geek out!  😊 

 

1-2-3: Free Your Apps with the New Releases of HCL Nomad

11. April 2022 Posted by Thomas Hampel

Not one, not two, but three new releases of HCL Nomad in just one week! This is a new track record delivered by our development teams op lease our customers.

Take a look at what’s new:

  • HCL Nomad for Web Browsers 
  • For HCL Nomad Web, version 1.0.3 provides usability enhancements and is delivering functionality that customers have been waiting for.
  • A new application switcher enhances the user interface with an optional dropdown menu displayed in the navigation bar of HCL Nomad for Web. This allows administrators to define shortcuts to specific applications. A very handy feature for customizing the user experience!
  • Replication a key feature of the Domino platform to take applications offline is now also available to Nomad Web users. Released at this time as a “Tech Preview” feature, due to an issue in the Chromium browser engine. For more details please refer to our documentation.
    Please vote here if you like the feature!
  • If Printing documents is important to you? Now you can. This is the first stage of delivering the full functionality our customers have requested.
  • We have also added the ability to switch users and clearing user data on shutdown. The details of this feature can be configured by the administrator to tailor it to your environment.
  • More Languages are available! Folks in the Nordics will enjoy this release because it now provides support for Danish, Finnish and Norwegian. Additionally, support for Turkish was also added.

For further information about this HCL Nomad for web browsers release, please refer to the What’s New page and the also Release Notes.

HCL Nomad for iOS 

For mobile users with Apple iOS devices, HCL Nomad 1.0.20 is available in the app store now!

This release provides the ability to scan QR codes, a feature requested in this idea, which enables building new mobile applications, e.g. for inventory management and more. And, it offers improved text input support and numerous bug fixes.

HCL Nomad for Android

For users on Android devices, HCL Nomad 1.0.28 has just been published to the Google PlayStore and Flexnet.

In this release we are providing administrators refined Biometric authentication options to handle removal of fingerprint data gracefully.

Updates für HCL Domino 11.0.1, Sametime 11.6 und ein neues Mail-Template Version 12.0.1

22. März 2022 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

HCL hat ein paar Updates veröffentlicht: Für die Domino-Version 12.0.1 stehen neue Mail-Templates in verschiedenen Sprachen zu Verfügung. Sie beheben diverse Fehler zum Antwort-Indikator und bei der Online-Meeting-Integration Für Notes und Domino 11.0.1 steht das FP5 zur Verfügung, auch dies mit einer Reihe von Fehlerbehebungen. Release Notice Und zu guter Letzt gibt es das FP2 […]

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HCL Domino 12.0.1 IF2 mit wichtigen Fixes für DAOS

10. März 2022 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

HCL hat den Interim Fix 2 für Domino 12.0.1 veröffentlicht. Er enthält wichtige Fixes für Probleme und Abstürze in Bezug auf das DAOS: Fix introduced in release SPR Description Additional information Domino 12.0.1 Interim Fix 2 (12.0.1 IF2) DCKTCARNVR Fixed an issue where error may result in long held locks on daoscat.nsf during replication SPPPCAMM6Y […]

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Tutorial: How to Secure Domino Using Certmgr Task (letsencrypt)

28. Februar 2022 Posted by Sreejith Ramachandra

With the stunning increase in security breaches and ongoing changes to regulations, Domino continues to provide a rock-solid, extremely secure platform to power your business. Today, I’m excited to share that with v12, we have a more secure and straight-forward way to implement TLS in Domino Server using “Let’s Encrypt.”  

Before getting into that, here’s a brief background about Let’s Encrypt. Let’s Encrypt is a non-profit certificate authority run by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) that provides X.509 certificates for Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption at no charge. It is the world’s largest certificate authority, used by millions of websites. 

To have a secured website, you need to have https enabled on the server. To enable https, we need a certificate from a certificate authority (CA). Let’s Encrypt is one such CA, which also uses advanced encryption techniques at zero cost. 

Prior to Domino v12, OpenSSL and kyrtool tools were used to enable HTTPS for webmail. With the latest version, the certmgr task is now used to perform the same without creating any kyr files. 

With Domino V12, the certstore.nsf database is used to create and generate TLS certificates using Let’s Encrypt. You can also import the certificates into the database to manage them. 

Main requirements include Domino v12 server and a valid DNS (A-record) which can be accessed by the internet. The certstore.nsf, created on the admin server with the certmgr task running on the admin server, will act as a web agent which interacts with the Lets Encrypt to generate the keys. Let’s Encrypt will verify the domain name that is requested and issue one or more sets of challenges to provide the certificate. 

From the Domino end, we must make sure that the DNS and port are accessible on the open internet to perform the challenges.

Below is a tutorial on creating a new certificate using Let’s Encrypt.

Prerequisite:

  • Domino V12 and above. 
  • a valid DNS nameA record 
  • Ports 80 and 443 should be open for access.

First, you need to have a certificate store database (certstore.nsf) – it will be created by default, or you can create the same using certstore.ntf. Make sure that the certificate store (certstore.nsf) is created on the admin server. Open the certificate store and you will see the existing TLS certificate details as shown below.

To generate a new TLS certificate, navigate to the certstore.nsf and select “Add TLS Certificate.”

You will be prompted with the window below where you will be providing the required details to create the certificate. 

You must provide the Host names (mostly your host server name). 

In this example, we set the ACME account as “LetsEncryptStaging”, a non-production server performing the challenges. 

You can either choose RSA or ECDSA based on your requirement. Based on your environment provide the certificate attributes.

Once the required attributes are provided, you can submit the request.

After the request is submitted, you can see the new certificate request in the database which is yet to be processed as shown below. 

The certmgr task will initiate the request and perform the challenges with the Let’s Encrypt server. 

If the challenges are performed and completed, you will see the status as below. 

Since you have used the staging account, you may receive a warning message as the certificate is self-signed as shown below. 

Now you need to perform the same on the production ACME server – edit the document and change the ACME Account to “LetsEncryptProduction” and submit the request.

You will see the status below and it should allow the certmgr to process the request. 

You can check the status in the database once the request is processed—the status should be green. 

If there is any error message or if any challenges failed, you will see the status as red. You can also verify the error message in the request. 

The processed request will be as shown below, where the status will be issued and valid as shown below. 

You can validate the certificate as shown below. 

By default, the certificates are valid for 3 months – and certmgr will automatically renew them before they expire. 

Here’s how they appear in Android and Apple mobile devices:  

Leave us a comment if you would like to see more tutorials like these on our blogs!  

How Domino v12 Improves an Administrator’s Life

17. Februar 2022 Posted by Heather J Hottenstein

As someone who has spent almost 28 years working around HCL Notes and Domino administration, my mind was blown with the number of new features that were delivered when v12 shipped in May of 2021.  And HCL kept the pedal pressed to the floorboard, introducing many more enhancements with Domino v12.0.1 in December of 2021. 

Considering the primary goal of a systems administrator is to protect the service, these new offerings make obtaining that goal easier.  When it comes to simplifying configuration, boosting security, and ensuring data integrity, Domino sets you up for success.

Nomad Web 

For years you have had the option of letting your end users access their Domino data from the Notes client or a web browser.  The Notes client provides various UI features, and the web browser offers mobility.  Nomad Web gives you the best of both worlds – a Notes client that is accessible from anywhere with zero local install required. 

By deploying Nomad Web, you no longer manage Notes client deployments.  The binary files supporting Nomad Web are on a single server.  In just a few minutes you can upgrade thousands of users to a new Notes version, apply a fix pack, etc. 

And, when migrating Notes users to Nomad Web, they can take their Notes desktop with them.  Out of the box, they have all their same databases available.

CertMgr  

Just like you wouldn’t send a letter in a non-sealed envelope, you should take the same safeguard and put a lock on your system’s network traffic.   

Domino v12 has a new Certificate Manager feature, which provides an easy and effective way of managing TLS credentials used for securing Domino server communications.  From within the Certificate Store database, you can create certificate requests, add trusted roots, upload received certificates and configure automatic renewal of Let’s Encrypt certificates.   

In v12.0.1 you can import PEM/PKCS12 certificates, export TLS credentials to PEM/PKCS12 certificates and create your own Domino based certificate authority.

Backups and Restores 

Mistakes, failures, and disasters happen.  Your ability to respond to these events is a keystone in data management.   

Domino v12 has a native backup and restore offering.  The configuration, processing and logging is all part of Domino.  As a result, the Domino administrator has complete control over protecting Domino’s data.   

Additionally, you can use third party backup software and integrate it with the native feature.  Domino v12.0.1 allows you to reliably restore data from a third party.  Full integration with Veeam snapshots are possible, too.

DKIM 

Domain Keys Identified Mail, DKIM, is an email security standard used to guarantee email messages are not tampered with during transit.   

Domino v12.0.1 supports DKIM by adding an encrypted signature to the messaging header of outbound emails.  DKIM signatures not only assure message contents but also confirm the originating point, meaning your sender addresses cannot be forged.  Adding DKIM to the Domino configuration allows recipients of your domain’s email to trust your communication’s authenticity.

Time-based One-time Password (TOTP) Authentication 

Domino v12 delivers 2-Factor authentication, requiring web users to provide both their user name/password credentials and a unique six-digit token.  The token is unique for the user, generated by the TOTP application and the user’s Domino ID Vault server.  While a third party may obtain a user’s credentials, they will not have access to the device running the TOTP application.  Hence, they cannot provide the required code and the access attempt fails.

IP Address Lockout 

The ability to control Domino resource access by IP address has been part of the SMTP and Router configuration for several releases.  With v12 you can also define which IP addresses are allowed to access the Domino server from a web browser.  Addresses outside of the allowed list will be denied access.

iNotes/Verse and User IDs 

A cornerstone of Notes client security is the ability to sign and encrypt email.  With the move to accessing email from a web browser, iNotes and Verse support document signing and encrypting by requiring a copy of the Notes ID be contained in the mail file.   

With v12.0.1 iNotes and Verse can use the ID stored in the ID Vault.  This enhancement continues the trend towards leveraging the ID Vault for security operations.  Using the ID Vault provides a secure, centralized and sustainable ID file storage strategy, which improves the formidability of the Domino deployment.

Domino Directory Enhancements 

The Domino Directory is where administrators do most of their configuration work.  Domino v12 adds new features to improve the directory’s usability. 

  • Auto group population: Groups can now be automatically updated based on a pre-defined criteria.  In a group document select Custom for the Auto Populate Method field and use the Selection Criteria field to define a LDAP search query, which will search the Domino Directory.  For example, have a membership list based on department name specified in person documents.
  • Mail-in database usability: The Mail-in Databases and Resources view now displays the Internet email address of mail-in databases. Also, there is a Go to Database action button available.  Pressing this button, opens the respective mail-in database of the document in focus.
  • Find Groups button: The Find Group action button, located on the Person document, shows all groups the user belongs to.  This is for both groups where the user is listed as a member and nested groups.
  • Find Server Config button: The Server document has a new Find Server Config action button, which displays a list of Configuration Settings documents associated with the server.  From the document list you may select one and open it. 

 AdminQ 

The Administration Process in Domino automates user renames, updating a locally stored ID, group listings, access control lists and Names fields in documents.  However, if a user does not log in from a Notes client, the rename process fails to complete. 

New to v12.0.1 is Admin Quick, which is a Notes database, adminq.nsf, AdminP uses to process user renames automatically.  While this feature is intended for iNotes and Verse users, the administrator can extend it to all users.

Cloud Native 

Cloud computing provides a means to be flexible and scalable without having to internally support an expensive infrastructure and respective IT staff, which equals the ability to stay competitive at a reduced cost. 

Your Domino v12 servers can be part of your cloud journey.  V12 is fully supported to run on all major platform vendors, including Google, Azure and AWS.  Domino servers are certified for Docker, Kubernetes, and Red Hat’s OpenShift.  As always, Domino provides you with options.

One Touch Setup 

Part of a modern DevOps strategy is the ability to quickly deploy servers using a script that defines configuration settings.  Additionally, re using a script ensures your standards are applied to each install. 

Domino v12 allows you to use a JSON when building new servers.  The JSON can be used for the first domain server or additional servers.  When deploying Domino on Docker, Windows and UNIX platforms a JSON can set up the Domino server, an ID Vault, register users, configure directory assistance, create/update applications/documents and enable agents.

Advanced Properties Box 

The document properties box is a valuable troubleshooting tool when it comes to reviewing document contents, specifically field values.   

With the Notes v12.0.1 client you now have an Advanced Properties box that allows you to search for field names and values, copy rows of data as a CSV, view profile documents and compare documents.  And, the advanced properties box can be resized, making the text easier to read.

AD/Domino Password Sync 

The Domino Directory, also known as the Public Address book, has existed since v1 was released in 1989.  And while it is great for managing a Domino environment, most often it is not the only system directory you have.  You wind up duplicating efforts with user life cycle processing. 

To reduce administration efforts Domino v11 introduced the ability to synchronize the contents of AD to the Domino Directory, which includes both user and group documents.  User creations, renames and deletions are performed in AD and then flow to the Domino Directory. 

Domino v12 now includes password synchronization with AD.  When a user’s password is changed in AD, the password for the respective user ID in the ID Vault and Internet password in the Person document are updated to the same value.

Conclusion 

Domino v12 and v12.0.1 offer several new features that the administrator can use to improve the security and operations of the Notes and Domino infrastructure, all while decreasing total cost of ownership.  Most important, these are all included as part of the entitlement, no additional cost required.  There has never been a better time to upgrade!   

And I can assure you that HCL is not backing off the commitment to continue delivering powerful administrative features as we look to Domino v12.0.2 and beyond.