Here it comes! HCL Domino & Notes v12 Beta 3

Today Luis Guirigay, Barry Rosen and Thomas Hampel showed us the HCL Domino & Notes Beta 3 of the Version 12. Guess what!? It is available on the HCL Flexnet site for download as of now! 🙂

Where to download the v12 Beta.

I will give my best to list the most important takeaways from the today’s webinar in the following.

This is the last of the planed Beta releases before the global launch of the HCL Domino and Notes Version 12.

Timeline and Components of the HCL Domino and Notes v12.

The latest beta release is available in the following languages:

HCL Domino v12 supported languages.

As of HCL Domino version 12, additional Linux server distributions are supported.

Additional Linux Platforms.

HCL Notes 64-Bit Basic Client for Windows is available for download, a release of HCL Notes 64-Bit Standard Windows Client is planned in the future.

HCL Notes 64 Bit Client Beta.

I was especially excited as I have seen the following slide:

The Active Directory Password sync looked perfect and polished in a Demo. It takes less than 5 seconds to sync a user’s password, since it was changed in Active Directory, to Domino.

The Backup Solution also looks great, the whole backup and restore process can be controlled inside one new Domino Database. In a Demo, the restore process certainly looked fast and easy, Thomas restored some deleted Mails and Folders with ease.

New Domino Backup and Restore Database.

The backup and restore process should now be possible with most backup software vendors.

Architecture of the HCL Domino v12 backup/restore solution.

There are also some news about licensing, the CCB/CCX Licenses can now be tracked easily inside Domino, no matter how complicated your environment is.

HCL Domino & Notes Entitlement Tracker Demo.

HCL Nomad Web will also be publicly available with HCL Domino and Notes v12.

If you would like to participate in the Beta program, you can do so, HCL is open about it and they will welcome any feedback. You will need to register for an Account and afterwards you will be able to access the beta forum.

And last but not least, make space in your calendar for the HCL Domino and Sametime Launch Event on June the 7th.

Happy Testing! 🙂

Domino, Designer and Notes v12 Roadmap

During the first day of the virtual HCL Factory Tour we were able to see the roadmap for Domino, Designer and Notes v12. HCL continues to innovate and sets the bar high in regard to product quality. The new release of Domino, version 12, is coming in Q2 of 2021.

HCL Domino Roadmap

HCL Domino v12 release is going to focus on the following three key points.

Basically it focuses on Volt, new possibilities in regard to infrastructure and better overall experience by delivering a new web based client. Rather than that, at a glance the v12 will deliver the following new features:

HCL Domino v12 Features

The version 12 of Domino will be supported on more Linux platforms than the previous release.

New Linux Platforms in HCL Domino v12

AstraLinux support seems to be very important on the Russian market. As mentioned earlier in the course of the HCL Digital Week, the backup process will be redesigned so it could be implemented easily by any third party solution. All major cloud vendors will also be supported.

New backup and cloud possibilities

From the security aspect, the usage of Let’s Encrypt certificates as well as 2FA will be possible out of the box.

With Domino v12, we will get a new client. I am especially excited about that. This may solve many issues that we currently have in terms of support with Windows Terminal clients for example.

HCL Domino v12 will also deliver some new capabilities for HCL Verse on-Premises, currently the focus lies on the following features.

HCL Verse on-Premises – Top priorities

After the delivery of HCL Nomad web client, HCL aims to deliver an all integrated user experience for the desktop clients. I can’t wait to get this, the users would benefit greatly from a UI which connects the HCL collaboration products.

Integrated user experience

HCL Notes client will also get updated and get some long awaited features. The UI (including workspace) will be improved to increase efficiency. Alternate “From” will be introduced, so we can switch on the fly from which mail account an e-mail should be sent or which signature should be used. The Performance of the client will be improved as well. A very welcome addition will also be the inclusion of Language packs as part of the basic installation so there will be no need to install them separately. The Notes Client will also get a new branding and very own icon! 🙂

As expected, the new release of the Notes Designer will focus on mobile devices.

HCL Notes Designer v12

HCL continues to rapidly improve and develop the Domino platform by focusing on its strengths. I am sure that the HCL is going in the right direction!

EngageUG – Implementing Certificate Based Authentication for HCL Traveler Access

I am proud and honored that I was allowed to present this year at Engage in Arnhem. To be frank, I still can’t believe it. 🙂 I held a 25-Minute Session about implementing certificate based authentication for HCL Notes Traveler authentication. If anyone is interested, the Slides is embedded below:

I also took a video of my presentation, I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any errors I have made, so that I can improve my overall presentation skills. Apart from the viewing angle, the video has not turned out to bad. 🙂

Live from Tokyo – In Vienna

My employer, Axians ICT Austria GmbH, is sponsoring “HCL Tokyo Live Viewing Party” and hereby you are invited.

In Addition to the Live Stream from Tokyo, the Agenda is stacked with sessions about HCL Digital Solutions software, which will be held by Axians and other event sponsors. We also have a special guest, Cornelius Granig, the author of “The Darknet”.

If you are still not convinced, check out the cool location we have reserved.

Make sure not to miss the Live Stream from Tokyo, we will be especially delighted if you would watch it together with us in Vienna, to do so, make sure to register.

HCL Domino v11, Connections v6.5 and more – Live Keynote

It’s that beautiful time of the year again, we get to play with the new Software. The HCL has announced a Live Keynote, this time from Tokyo. The keynote is going to be streamed live, and we will be able to see the version 11 of Domino/Notes, Connections and Sametime. This event is rather short, set to last for one and a half hour, during which we are going to hear about the most important facts of the new Software Version and how to start using it right away. Take a look at the Agenda below:

9–9:15 a.m.: Live from Tokyo Keynote: A Major HCL Milestone.
Presenter: Richard Jefts, General Manger, HCL Digital Solutions

9:15–9:30 a.m.: Domino V11: Why Modernizing Beats Migrating.
Presenter: Andrew Manby, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Domino

9:30–9:45 a.m.: Domino V11 Demo: One Vendor, One Solution, One Stack. The Only Stack You Need.
Presenter: Andrew Manby, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Domino

9:45–10 a.m.: We Hear You: HCL Connections 6.5 = More Value from Your Investment.
Presenter: Danielle Baptiste, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Connections

10–10:15 a.m.: Boost Engagement with HCL Connections 6.5: We’ll Show You How.
Presenter: Danielle Baptiste, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Connections

10:15–10:30 a.m.: Get Started with Domino V11 and Connections 6.5 Today.
Presenter: François Nasser, Global Sales Leader, HCL Digital Solutions

You can register for the Keynote using a GoToWebinar.

So what’s my take on this? HCL has proven that they are all about getting work done. Maybe even more important, they focus on doing the work that matters most for the customers, delivering much awaited Features. This shows in the Agenda, it is short and fully “packed”. I like this, this is a most welcome change.

I have been working with Notes V11 Beta 1 for two months or so, although this is the first beta Version, which is not publicly available, it is stable and looks very promising.

I can’t wait to see Connections 6.5, the IU should be cleaner, and along new features, we will get a lot of complementary software, free of charge. Like HCL Connections Invite and Connections Toolbar.

By the way, the new Digital Solutions Product Branding looks awesome!

Notes Shared Login/Notes Federated Login and Smart Card Support

One of our customers wants to implement Single-Sign-On for Notes Clients on Windows Operating Systems and in the future they plan to implement Smart Cards as a Login mechanism on Windows PCs.

Due to some misleading official articles, I was not sure if Smart Cards are supported with NSL or NFL. After a check with IBM Support, it turns out that Smart Cards are supported with Notes Shared Login and Notes Federated Login, as long as you do not use “Smart Card Protected ID” Feature.

So, as long you use Smart Cards solely for OS access/login you are good to go to use NSL or NFL for Notes SSO.

Engage 2019 – Part Two – Notes 11, Future of Connections and more!

After the exciting first two days, we continued at the same pace, the first sessions started at 8 o´clock. So after grabbing a few cafe cups and making some hard decisions on which Sessions to visit, I started going toward the presentation rooms. Just like in the previous post, I will list the Sessions I have visited and add some Information, which from my perspective is most important.

IBM Engagement Center Quickstart: Get your first Intranet pages up and running in minutes – by Martti Garden

In this Session, Martti unleashed the full power of ICEC and showed some tips and tricks, like resizing YouTube videos automatically, in order to “rock” any Connections Environment.

Notes 11 – by Ram Krishnamurthy

This got pretty interesting, by the way, as you can imagine, the room was completely full. Ram presented us the new Notes 11 Client. The Session consisted from three parts, first we got to see what HCL is striving to Achieve with the new release. We basically got a glimpse of how it should look at the end.

After that, we got to see the current state of the pre Beta release.

After the Design was presented, Ram explained us some technical differences and improvements which are going to be available on the new Notes 11 client.


IBM Connections: The Future is Bright – by Danielle Baptiste and Martti Garden

In this Session Danielle confirmed that HCL is going to continue to invest into Connections Platform, because of a strategic importance for HCL. Martti also showed us some new features which are going to come with the new CR Releases, like Integration with Slack! We also got to see what is coming with Connections 6.0 CR5, which is going to be released in the next two weeks. After the CR5, we should get at least two more CR Updates this year.

Domino on Docker Bootcamp – by Daniel Nashed and Thomas Hampel

Interested in running Domino (including Traveler) on Docker!? If that´s the case, then this was the session to be. Daniel and Thomas explained everything you need to know to “kick-start” your Domino deployment on Docker.

Domino and SSO – New Ways for secure collaboration – Round Table by Daniele Vistalli

In this Round Table Daniele presented his own Application/Solution for generating SSO Tokens, meant for environments or Use Cases where you can’t use SAML. The application is great, it is based on Domino and it shows just how versatile the platform is.

IBM Connections Customizer – Have it Your Way! – by Miki Banatwala

Miki showed us the true power and flexibility of IBM Connections Customizer. What I liked the most was the possibility to show different content based on different user groups.

Sadly could not visit all Sessions, every track had at least two or three sessions which were interesting to me, so it was always a tough call which session to choose.
Like always, the organization of the Conference was brilliant, many thanks to Theo!