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HCL Domino, HCL Domino Volt oder HCL Volt MX? – Das ist hier die Frage

23. März 2021 Posted by Thomas Zeizel, HCL

HCL Domino, der Allrounder

Zunächst einmal möchte ich mich natürlich HCL Domino als unserem Flaggschiff auf dem Gebiet der Anwendungsplattformen widmen. Mit HCL Domino war es von Anfang an möglich, dass Anwender – auch ohne tieferes Wissen um die darunter liegende Technik – eigene Anwendungen gestalten könnten.

Diese Plattform zeichnet sich durch ein paar Eckpunkte aus, die noch heute für Low-Code-Plattformen immanent wichtig sind:

  • Einheitliches Look and Feel – wer auch immer die Fachanwendung erstellt, die Eingabe-Elemente, Aktionen oder Navigation sehen, solange man sich an den Standard hält, über alle Anwendungen gleich aus und funktionieren gleich.
  • Eingebaute User-Verwaltung – eine neue Fachanwendung muss sich nicht um Authentifizierung oder die Verwaltung von Usern kümmern, sondern nutzt die darunter liegende Plattform mit allen Rollen- und Rechtenkonzepten.
  • Workflow und Integration – bei HCL Domino bedeutet dies, wie eigentlich auch in allen anderen Plattformen, dass über Mail nach Freigaben o.ä. gefragt wird. Hinzu kommt aber auch die Fähigkeit, dass man über REST und andere Schnittstellen auf andere Systeme (wie z.B. SAP) zugreifen kann.

Der Vorteil einer solchen Lösung war damals wie heute, dass alle auf ihr entwickelten Anwendungen von der Weiterentwicklung der darunter liegenden Plattform profitieren. So wird mit HCL Domino 12 die Multi-Faktor-Authentifizierung kommen oder Dank HCL Nomad jede Anwendung auch auf mobilen Endgeräten laufen – ohne dass an den Anwendungen selbst etwas geändert werden müsste.

Nichtsdestotrotz sollten auch Domino-Anwendungen von Zeit zu Zeit aktualisiert werden, um gerade am Front-End zum User weiterhin frisch und nicht zu altbacken auszusehen.

HCL Domino ist aber noch breiter aufgestellt als nur als „Rapid Application Development“-Plattform, wie es früher hieß: Man kann auch Enterprise-Anwendungen darauf betreiben von einem internen CRM bis hin zu Web-Anwendungen mit Millionen Endanwendern über mehrere Instanzen. Somit zeigt sich die ganze Bandbreite der Entwicklung von Anwendungen, von Low-Code bis Pro-Code, allein schon in diesem Produkt.

HCL Domino Volt – Low-Code-Entwicklung auf Basis von HCL Domino

HCL Domino Volt

Während Domino-Fans zu Recht anmerken könnten, dass die Entwicklung von Anwendungen auf ihrer Lieblingsplattform doch schon sehr einfach ist, gibt es am Markt aber durchaus auch den Bedarf nach noch mehr Einfachheit. Dem von mir schon oft verteufelten Excel-„Anwendungs“-Wahnsinn kann man hierbei mit HCL Domino Volt begegnen: Mit HCL Domino Volt kann man beispielsweise Canvas-Driven-Apps – also Anwendungen, die sich über ihre Oberfläche definieren – auf Basis von Excel-Listen erstellen. Diese Apps haben dann eine Eingabemaske, verschiedene Ansichten auf die Daten und bieten somit Komfort und Sicherheit bei der Verwaltung. Keine Excel-Formel, die man versehentlich überschreibt, oder Daten, die durch eine unbedachte Sortierung durcheinander geraten.

Behörden haben in Europa bereits mit Domino Volt Tausende von Corona-Beihilfen bearbeitet und dafür Terabytes an Daten verwaltet. Durch die einfache, aber sichere, Entwicklungsplattform, eignet sich Volt für alle Anwendungen, die eine einfach Datenverwaltung mit leichtgewichtigen Workflows benötigen. Damit ist diese Plattform eine ideale Ergänzung im Arsenal der heutigen Anwendungsentwicklung und ‑bereitstellung. Mit Domino Volt können eine Vielzahl kurzfristiger Anforderungen aus verschiedenen Fachbereichen eines Unternehmens bedient werden, so dass die Entwickler mehr Zeit für die konzentrierte Arbeit an den langfristigen Projekten haben.

HCL Volt MX – Ein Code für jede Plattform

Der große Vorteil von HCL Volt MX, das man in älteren Gartner MQs und Forrester Waves noch unter den früheren Bezeichnungen „Kony“ oder „Temenos“ findet, liegt definitiv bei der Softwareentwicklung für mobile Endgeräte unter Apple iOS und Android, aber auch für Progressive Web Apps.

Die HCL Volt MX Plattform

Egal für welche Plattform eine App entwickelt wird, dank Volt MX benötigt man lediglich einen Quellcode. Das erleichtert nach dem ersten Release auch die weitere Pflege und Erweiterung der Anwendung, ganz nach dem Volt MX Motto „Start fast. Stay fast.“.

Zudem bietet Volt MX zahlreiche, fertige Schnittstellen zu diversen Standardanwendungen (auch zu HCL Domino), die dann auch nicht mehr entwickelt – und vor allen Dingen – nicht ständig nachgezogen werden müssen, wenn der Hersteller der anderen Anwendung an dieser etwas ändert.

Insofern ist auch HCL Volt MX eine Low-Code-Plattform für Pro-Code-Developer, da diese auf viele vorgefertigte Komponenten zurückgreifen und sich auf die Entwicklung ihrer eigenen App konzentrieren können. Damit ist Volt MX ein zusätzlicher Pfeil im Köcher der Anwendungsentwicklung, insbesondere dann, wenn es sich um Apps handelt, die für mobile Endgeräte und für die breite Öffentlichkeit gedacht sind. Unter Anderem hat ein Department of Motor Vehicles in den USA sogar virtuelle Führerscheine im Apple Wallet mit Hilfe dieser Plattform realisiert.

Und was sollte man nun nutzen?

Ich glaube, dass jede der oben genannten Plattformen eine Daseinsberechtigung mit den jeweiligen Schwerpunkten und Stärken hat. Falls Sie für die Anwendungsentwicklung in Ihrem Unternehmen verantwortlich sind, bekommen Sie insbesondere mit Volt MX eine sehr flexible Plattform. Aber auch Volt auf Basis von HCL Domino hat Vorteile – weil man damit einfache Anwendungen, wie Umfragen oder Eingabeformulare, erstellen kann, die dennoch Schnittstellen mit dem HCL Enterprise Integrator und dem SAP Connector günstig nutzen können. Letzteres gilt auch für HCL Domino-Anwendungen, die insbesondere für Unternehmen mit HCL Notes und Verse für E-Mail und Kalender interessant sind, aber auch ohne die Nutzung von E-Mail in vielen Firmen eingesetzt werden. Hier sind oft Zuverlässigkeit, die Sicherheit durch die Verschlüsselung und auch die Replikation von Daten in entlegene Gegenden der Welt gute Argumente für diese Plattform.

Alles in allem deckt HCL Software für die Erstellung von Anwendungen ein breites Spektrum ab. Was in Ihrem individuellen Fall die beste Plattform darstellt, können Sie gerne gemeinsam mit uns oder einem unserer Business Partner herausfinden.

Mit diesem Angebot wünsche ich Ihnen gleichzeitig eine gute Woche und bleiben Sie gesund!

Ihr
Tom Zeizel
Associate Vice President DACH

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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

Tom Zeizels Blog – HCL Domino V12 Beta veröffentlicht

30. Januar 2021 Posted by Thomas Zeizel, HCL

Wie Mitte 2020 angekündigt, wird HCL in diesem Jahr die Version 12 von HCL Domino und HCL Notes veröffentlichen. Einen ersten Einblick können sich nun interessierte Kunden und Kundinnen über die, gerade in dieser Woche veröffentlichte, Beta-Version verschaffen, die bereits in Flexnet zum Download zur Verfügung steht. Für diejenigen unter Ihnen, die diesen Blog schon […]

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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: 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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Updates Regarding HCL Notes v11 on Apple Big Sur

16. November 2020 Posted by Agnes Ng

Apple has officially released macOS Big Sur, its latest operating system, on Nov 12. We are aware that customers are unable to run the HCL Notes v11/11.0.1 client on a Mac after upgrading to Big Sur.

Various fixes have been applied to allow HCL Notes to run on Big Sur in the past few months. We introduced FP6 IF1 a few weeks ago for 10.0.1 which is supported on Big Sur GA. HCL Notes v11.0.1 FP2 is currently being tested by the HCL development team.

We understand the urgency of this issue and addressing it is our top priority. The fix pack for v11.0.1 (1101 FP2) is targeted to be released within a week. An announcement will be made when the fix pack is available on Flexnet.

You can read our tech note here.

Stay tuned, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

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Remotely Debugging Java Applications with Domino 11

5. November 2020 Posted by Abhaysingh Shirk

For Domino customers on v9 or 10, you might be familiar with debugging a Java agent remotely on IBM JVM using the following server ini’s and set Port 8000 in Debug Configuration from the Designer client:

JavaEnableDebug=1
JavaDebugOptions=transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=n,address=8000 

This will work up to Domino v10 but not on Domino v11. In fact, doing so will cause it to crash! This article is going to help developers looking for a way to debug Java agents remotely on Domino v11. The pre-requisites are: 

  1. Domino v11 or above on Windows Server 2016 / 2019.
  2. HCL Domino Console.
  3. Notes, Designer and Administrator Client v11 or above.
  4. Java agent to be debugged.
  5. Any Web Browser to run Java agent. 

Domino v11 uses OpenJDK. With the above ini’s enabled, both the JVMs would attempt to bind to same port (8000) and the second process that attempts to bind to this port would fail and crash. To overcome this problem, the idea is to remove the Port 8000 from the Debug and attach it to some other random Port. 

First, you will need to add the below ini’s to the server’s notes.ini.  

JavaEnableDebug=1 
JavaDebugOptions=transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=n 

Note that we are not binding the Debug to Port 8000 by omitting address=8000, as compared to ini which was set on earlier version of Domino. 

The JVM will then pick a random port. To know the random Port number, simply quit and load http or run your Java agent from web browser and check the console from HCL Domino Console Program. You will need to restart http task after adding those ini’s to make it work. 

Note down this Port number somewhere as you would need it in next step. (The server console in the Administrator Client doesn’t show the Port number information.)

With your Port number, you are going to bind to the Debug from the Designer client. Go to Tools menu > Debug Server-side Javascript > Manage Debug Configuration

You should land on the Debug Configuration window. Here you need to mention the Port number which you noted down from the HCL Domino Console in the earlier step and then select Debug. 

You should see this message in Status bar which confirms Debug has connected on the Port number you mentioned.

You are now ready with the Debug configuration and set to debug your Java agent. You’ll need to set the breakpoints in your Java code to debug the same. You can set multiple breakpoints. 

Once you have set the breakpoints in your code, run the agent from the web browser. You should see a Confirmation window on Designer client to open Debug perspective window. Select Yes. 

The Designer perspective will change to Debug perspective which contains views for displaying the debug stack, variables and breakpoint management. 

At this point, the usual Eclipse debugger features will become available (managing breakpoints, stepping, continuing, viewing variable values, etc). 

The steps to debug a scheduled Java agent (AMGR) will remain the same. Instead of waiting until the agent is scheduled, run the agent from server console using “Tell amgr run” command. Get the Port number from HCL Domino Console Program by running Java agent using “Tell amgr run” command and then set the Port number in Debug configuration as we did in the earlier steps.  

This completes the steps on how you can debug Java agent remotely on Domino v11. We hope you enjoyed reading this article and you have find it helpful.

Happy coding 🙂 

 

 

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HCL Digital Week 2020

30. Oktober 2020 Posted by Gerda Marx

Vom 09.-13.11.2020 wird HCL erstmalig die "Digital Week" durchführen. Die Veranstaltung gliedert sich in drei Bereiche: DS Imagine mit dem Fokus auf Digital Solutions (u.a. Domino und Connections) DX Inspire  mit dem Fokus auf Digital Experience Factory Tour mit dem Fokus auf Digital Solutions Deep Dive Richard Jefts wird [...]

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Meet HCL Volt MX: A Game-Changer for Your Business

14. Oktober 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

Today, we are thrilled to announce a brand-new, game-changing product in our application-development suite. HCL Volt MX, an industry-leading low-code platform for developers, lets you build multiexperience consumer-grade apps rapidly and empowers you to deliver highly contextualized experiences to reach your customers, employees, and partners with the right information, in the right way, at the right time.  

Using low-code approaches, Volt MX provides the agility to create fast solutions and unified experiences across all channels — as well as improves developer productivity, creates better app experiences more cost effectively, and helps you build innovative experiences that meet the evolution of customer expectations. 

Build once. Deploy everywhere. From native mobile to PWAs to wearables, build once and deploy any app, anywhere — even on kiosks! — on one cloud-native platform. Your internal dev teams don’t have to become experts on iOS, Android, or any available platform. Using a single code base, they can build amazing apps with no limits on user experience, at any scale and complexity.  

Integrations without limits. This means the ability to remove backend complexity and unlock existing data and business processes. Our secure integration capabilities hide any backend complexity, helping developers connect diverse systems and data sets easily and efficiently.  

Innovative interactions. Meaningful engagement. Engage your users in new ways with virtual reality, augmented reality, and voice chat. Add your choice of virtual elements, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing engines with ease. You can captivate users and stay ahead of the competition by incorporating advanced technologies that drive adoption, engagement, and retention.  

Fast app delivery. Our low-code development environment provides rapid, visual assembly and pre-built backend services so you can build robust solutions in weeks instead of months. Volt MX lets you visually build back-end business processes and makes managing complex workflows simple. You can achieve more than a 60% reduction in time to market — giving you faster innovation and lower TCO. Your IT teams can focus on the higher-value organizational opportunities that matter.     

Secure to the core. Volt MX’s security defends against compromise, detects, and reacts to attack. You get data and identity protection with enterprise-grade security certifications.  

Proven success. Volt MX is the result of the license agreement announced in June 2, 2020 to develop, market and support Temenos multiexperience development platform (MXDP) for non-financial services enterprises. Under HCL ownership, we will improve and develop new capabilities of Volt MX. 

Join us for the world premiere. We will showcase Volt MX in all its glory with presentations and technical sessions at Digital Week 2020, our blockbuster upcoming event. This event will be broadcast from everywhere — in 6 continents and 8 languages — with more than 75 sessions. Be sure not to miss the session with Richard Jefts, General Manager and Vice President of HCL Digital Solutions, and me, as we will share an in-depth look at how HCL Volt MX can accelerate your digital transformation initiatives, drive innovation throughout your enterprise, and deliver significant productivity benefits to your developers. 

For more information on HCL Volt MX, click here. Or schedule a demo here.  

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New October Release: Domino Early Access Program

14. Oktober 2020 Posted by Thomas Hampel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

References: 

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HCL bietet Upgrade Unterstützung auf Domino V11 an

1. Oktober 2020 Posted by Gerda Marx

Kunden von HCL, die Domino im Einsatz haben, können sich freuen: HCL bietet zum ersten Mal ein vom Hersteller unterstütztes Upgrade an, vollkommen egal, welche Version von Domino Sie im Einsatz haben. Das "Project Eleven" macht es möglich. Was Sie alles bei einem Upgrade beachten sollten, können Sie im [...]

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Licensing Update: Introducing CCX, External User Entitlements

23. September 2020 Posted by Uffe Sorensen

This year, HCL Digital Solutions has developed a modern per user licensing model for Domino – HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition (a.k.a. “CCB”). CCB has helped facilitate the momentum and growth in the Domino customer base and new user adoption and we’re proud to announce the completion of CCB licensing with the introduction of an eXternal user entitlement – the “CCX” Authorized User.   

CCB: Simplifying HCL Domino Licensing 

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

  • A simple “Per User everything model” – use any client and any protocol for any server capacity to run all applications – including enterprise e-mail (HCL Verse). 
  • Transparent license compliance management by simple user counting. 
  • Adding appropriate capabilities to the core Domino environment under CCB entitlements – like HCL SafeLinx 1.1 which is now entitled for all CCB users.  
  • We recently added a Guest user entitlement to permit web applications to run on CCB licensed servers – vastly improving the value of CCB. (This blog post contains updates to the announcement, “HCL Complete Collaboration (CCB) Guest Licensing” from July 29, 2020)

More capabilities will be provided using a simple “add-on” scheme for CCB licensing, which now includes: 

  • Domino Volt: Can be extended to all CCB users at renewal or new CCB license sale   
  • Sametime v11.5: Can be extended any time after v11.5 becomes available to all CCB users 
  • CCX: Per user add-on for external users 

Introducing CCX  

CCX is an add-on to a CCB entitled Domino environment extending applications to external users at an attractive per user price. Hence, we now distinguish between internal users – who must be licensed under CCB (as always) – and CCX entitled external users.  

Employees or contractors must be CCB users, who cannot be replaced by CCX. CCB is a prerequisite entitlement enabling all code install/download & product support. Use of Domino Volt extends to CCX users at no additional cost, if added to the base CCB license.  

CCX users are functionally restricted to using Domino or Domino Volt applications and workflows but cannot create applications themselves. Nor can a CCX user have a personal mailbox but can use task/functional mail for workflow routing or applications generating mail.  

CCB Guest Users: What’s New 

Since the announcement in July 2020, we have thoroughly analyzed and discussed many customers’ use cases and now enhanced the value of authenticated/logged-in web users to permit a predefined maximum level of Domino application access (ACL) as “Reader.”  

Counting Users for License Compliance  

CCB/CCX require Authorized User entitlements for any user who has credentials to access the system.  For both CCB and CCX, the required license volume for compliance is determined by counting directory entries in the Domino directories and accessible LDAP directories permitting users to log-in. Simple mail routing entries or credentials on the Domino Denied Access list are not included in the counts. 

As of now, you simply count the entries in the Domino Directories/linked LDAPs permitting users to log-in. Any entry or LDAP tagged as “External” will be counted as a CCX user and all other credentials make up the CCB count.  If Guest user log-in credentials are in the same directories/LDAP they must be tagged as “Guest” and excluded from the count.  

No employee or contractor in the Enterprise can be CCX or Guest but must be CCB. It is our intention to automate the counting for Domino v12 by enhancing the included Domino License Tracker tool to produce an internal license compliance report, however, the report is not automatically shared with HCL.  

CCB/CCX Users’ Rights and Capabilities

Access to Domino Servers Licensed under CCB A/U Entitlement 

Effectively immediately, customers with HCL Domino Servers deployed under CCB Authorized User entitlements can be accessed by Licensee’s entitled CCB Authorized Users, CCX Authorized Users and Guest Users under the CCB entitlement. 

In addition, HCL Domino Servers deployed under CCB Authorized User entitlements may participate in mail routing (SMTP), directory lookup and authentication (LDAP) for non-HCL Domino programs and permit access to free/busy time calendar information. 

More Information 

HCL has made the following changes to the CCB license based on customer and partner requests to facilitate: 

  • A read-only external or internal web site for Guest Users.
  • A simple way of providing tailored content to specific Guest Users. 
  • Eliminating the need for server capacity (PVU) based licensing through the introduction of a specific External User license. 
  • Permitting External Users in the Enterprise B2B value chain to participate in Domino based applications and workflows. 
  • Using Domino Volt for External Users in general, as well as for data collection through surveys for anonymous Guest users.  
  • Clarifying licensing for mail and calendar interoperability in multi-vendor scenarios involving our partner’s solutions.    
     

HCL plans to update the formal CCB/CCX V11.0.1 License Information can be found here when CCX becomes available later in September 2020. This announcement reinforces CCB/CCX as the licensing platform for Domino customers, allowing more customers to upgrade to CCB and the model for all new customers. 

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

Useful Links:  

Related Blog Posts: 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: How are CCB/CCX users counted? 

A: You simply count the entries in the Domino Directories/linked LDAPs permitting users to log-in. Count entries/LDAP tagged as “external” as the CCX user count and deduct this number from the total number of entries which becomes the CCB count. The Denied Access List is excluded from the counts.  

CCB and CCX can reside on same server or as administrator decides – counting is always across all Domino Directories in Licensee’s enterprise.  CCB includes an unlimited entitlement for Guest users. If logged-in Guest user credentials are included in the Domino Directories tagged as “guest” they are excluded from CCB/CCX counts. No employee or contractor in Licensee’s Enterprise can be CCX or Guest.  (The current Domino License Tracker tool for v12 will produce an internal report to assist you with license compliance, but it is not automatically shared with HCL.) 

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

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

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

A: Mail routing is intrinsic to Domino and to many apps that run on the platform. For simplicity, full mail functionality is included with CCB and functional/workflow mail is included with CCX. You don’t have to use the mail functionality but it is part of your entitlement. 

Q: Can I still just license mail? 

A: The mail-only licensing of Messaging CAL/PVU, Messaging Express will remain as such. However, you can fully replace your mail entitlements with CCB/CCX and include Domino Volt to gain significant additional value for your users. 

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

A: CCB licensing includes entitlement to HCL SafeLinx 1.1 for all CCB servers and CCB/CCX users as well as limited use Sametime and Connections Files & Profiles for all CCB users.   
Add-ons include:   

  • Sametime Premium when v11.5 becomes available around November 2020 
  • Domino Volt for all CCB users at a simple uplift (also extend to all CCX users for no additional charge).  Domino Volt includes HCL Enterprise Integrator and HCL SAP Connector which is entitled for all CCB servers when upgraded with Domino Volt ! 
  • CCX on a per External User basis 

Q: What is a CCB user permitted to do? 

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

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

A: We use the Domino “Access Control List” (ACL) – all Domino databases/applications has an ACL which map access levels to users. The access level is a classification limiting which tasks a user can perform in the database – Manager, Editor, Author, Reader, Depositor, No Access – these classes are just labels, not verbatim. To fully understand permitted use cases, refer to the product documentation of ACL. (Note: Existing applications and standard templates may need customisation to fully support Guest users.) 

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

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

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

A: Anonymous Guests are web users, who beyond browsing a web site are permitted actions like submitting a contact form, participating in a web survey, posting anonymous blog content, etc. “Author” access is typically assigned to users who need to contribute documents to a Domino database just like CCX users, however, being anonymous they cannot edit any content, nor access individualised content. 

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

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

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. 

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Project Eleven: Get the Most Out of Domino with Easy Direct Upgrades

15. September 2020 Posted by Luis Guirigay

HCL is fully committed to enabling you and your organization to maximize the value you get from the Domino and Sametime platforms today and in the future.  

In the latest release of Domino v11.0.1, we’ve delivered innovative new capabilities such as low-code app dev and integration with Microsoft Active Directory. We’ve also launched a brand new Sametime meetings solution over the last two yearsThe response from customers and business partners has been unanimously positive  

Today, we’re excited to announce, “Project Eleven,” a new program designed to help every Domino and Sametime customer running on releases prior to v11 have a smooth upgrade experience. As part of the HCL Digital Solutions Academy, Project Eleven’s goal is to enable you to 

  • Go straight to Domino v11.0.1HCL now supports direct upgrades from any of Domino version prior to v11. Whether you’re on v8, v9, or older, you can go straight to v11.0.1 with no additional steps necessary.
  • Experience the latest version of Sametime risk-free: Secure meetings and data privacy are the most important features in today’s environment. Sametime meetings runs on Cloud Native technologies allowing you to auto scale as needed. Experience our brand new, highly secure, scalable video meetings and enterprise chat risk-free.
  • Augment your skills todayAttend our online training sessions and get best-in-class support and training from a technical advocate in your local language. We’re rolling out more than 40 webinars and workshops and new articles, cookbooks, and help guides.
  • Speak to a technical expert: Schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled technical advisors to understand your options and create an upgrade plan that’s right for you 

 Check out the new Project Eleven webpage to find all the resources you need to make your upgrade worry-free. 

 

                                         

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Introducing HCL Domino Early Access Program

8. September 2020 Posted by HCL Domino Team

We’re proud to announce the HCL Domino Early Access Programa new program that gives our customers and business partners a chance to test new product features early in the development cycle. This program provides a preview of features and functionality that may be shipped with a future version of HCL Domino and gives us the ability to incorporate your valuable feedback. At this stage, we are providing early access to features that contribute to HCL Domino v12. 

The Early Access Program aims to get feedback on specific features, with a more formal traditional beta program planned at a later stage to receive feedback on the overall release quality and language packaging. 

The Early Access Program is feature-driven and iterative, meaning new iterations and code drops will be made available as soon as it is declared ready for testing by our development team. New code drops can be provided in just a few weeks after the previous one, on short notice, without sticking to a fixed release cycle.  

Based on your feedback we may proceed, improve or adjust the feature, or in some cases withdraw the feature from the code stream. The following graphic illustrates this concept:

Each code drop is provided in the form of a Docker image which enables us to ship new iterations faster and to minimize the time to upgrade from one code drop to the next. You can expect us to deliver code drops at a fast pace as we want participants to have exclusive access to our latest product feature set. Please note that only the newest code drop will be available for you to download.

How to Participate

HCL Ambassadors who have registered Domino v11.0.1 Beta Preview will automatically be added to Domino Early Access Program. Customers and partners with a current Notes/Domino entitlement will also have access to the Early Access Program as of today. There is no need to register separately to participate.

For overall documentation of the Early Access Program, the specific testing scope, system requirements and instructions for deploying the Domino server on Docker, please refer to the release notes or see the online documentation here.

Upcoming Code Drop: Automating Certificate Management

The focus of this first code drop is testing a new feature planned for Domino v12 that allows administrators to automate the creation and management of SSL Certificates for Domino Web servers through the Let’s Encrypt® certificate authority.

Including support for Let’s Encrypt was a feature that was requested on the Domino ideas portal some time ago. We are using this idea as a starting point to modernize the handling of SSL certificates in Domino in general, e.g. by moving away from having to create and manually distribute *.kyr files to your servers.

  • For details about the new automated certificate management feature, please refer to the online documentation here.
  • If you like what we have done, vote for this feature in our Domino ideas forum here.
  • To provide feedback on this code drop, you need to have an HCL account to join the discussion in our forum here.

For general input and new ideas or feature enhancement requests, please use the Domino ideas forum here.

Next Code Drop: TOTP

In the next iteration of the early access program, we intend to provide TOTP (Token based One-Time Password authentication). Stay tuned for more information about the next code drop.

We want Domino to be built for you and by you! We’re excited to include customers and partners as part of the feedback loop as we work towards the release of Domino v12. We look forward to hearing from you!

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