HCL Sametime 11 FP1 – Send Push Notifications via Web Proxy

As of today, with the current version of HCL Sametime Proxy Server, there is no supported Sametime configuration which will enable you to send APNs or GCM push notifications via Web Proxy server. This feature will be implemented in future releases.

Keep that in mind when planing your Sametime Deployment.

HCL Traveler and HCL Connections support this functionality, as documented in official documentation:

HCL Traveler – Push messaging through a proxy

HCL Connections – Mobile configuration properties for HCL Connections 5.5

HCL Connections – Configure access for the Tiny Editors Services through HTTP proxy

HCL Sametime 11 & SSO via Sametime Embedded Client in Notes Basic Client

On a customer site I had to make sure that users are able to authenticate via HCL Sametime Embedded Clients, inside of HCL Notes 9.0.1 Basic Client, using Domino SSO (LTPA).

After installing the HCL Sametime 11 Community Server, and applying the standard configuration, the login via Domino SSO for Sametime embedded clients inside of HCL Notes standard or eclipse clients worked without any issues. But we had to make some configuration changes in the “sametime.ini” file to make the same work for ST Embedded clients inside the HCL Notes basic clients.

We had to change the “VP_SECURITY_LEVEL” parameter value from the default “7000” to “0”. Furthermore, we added the value “1216” to the “VPS_PREFERRED_LOGIN_TYPES” parameter. If the “VPS_ALLOWED_LOGIN_TYPES” parameter is used in your environment, then you will have to add “1216” value to this parameter as well.

After saving the “sametime.ini” file and restarting the Sametime Community server, the Sametime embedded clients, inside the Notes basic clients, should be able to login via Domino SSO Mechanism.

HCL Sametime 11 – SSO between ST WebClient and iNotes/Verse on-Premises

You can integrate HCL iNotes and/or HCL Verse on-Premises, with Sametime 11 via ST Proxy server, the same way the integration was done with Sametime Version 9.0.1.

But before you can integrate the products mentioned above, you have to configure Single-Sign-On between Sametime WeClient and iNotes/VoP.

With Sametime version 9.0.1, you would export the LTPA Token from Websphere Application Server and import it in the Domino “Web SSO Configuration” document of the iNotes/VoP server and Sametime Community Server. Thus making sure that all components involved are using the same LTPA Token.

But in the Sametime Version 11, we do not have any WebSphere components. So, you just have to make sure that the Sametime Community and iNotes/VoP servers are using the same LTPA Token. Either export the LTPA Token from the old Sametime environment or any other existing WebSphere server and import it in the relevant Domino “Web SSO Configuration” documents. After restarting all components involved, the SSO should be working and you can proceed with integrating Sametime with iNotes and/or Verse on-Premises.

HCL Sametime 11 – Limited Use vs. Standard License

I found that there is a lot of confusion going around which Sametime features are covered in Limited Use License, although I could not find a document or a matrix chart covering this in detail, the following article provides some important insights:

Excerpt of the article:

HCL Sametime 11 Limited Use prohibits the use of the following components:

- File transfer
- Screen capture - Multiple communities - External user - Built-in audio / video function - Integration with external meetings - To ensure compliance with the Limited Use terms, these features must be disabled in policy settings.

Before deploying Sametime 11 Limited Use, make sure that the features important for you are covered in the license. And if one or another function is not working, check with support if it is covered in the Limited Use license in the first place, it might save you some time spent troubleshooting.

UPDATE

My friend, Roberto Boccadoro found the official licensing agreement, thank you very much! You can Access it via the following URL:

Excerpt of the document:

Notwithstanding any provision in the Agreement, Licensee is not authorized to use any of the following components or functions of the Program:

  • Access to File Transfer (of HCL Sametime)
  • Screen Capture (of HCL Sametime)
  • Multiple Communities (of HCL Sametime)
  • External users (of HCL Sametime)
  • Embedded Audio/Video features (of HCL Sametime)
  • External conferencing integration (of HCL Sametime)

HCL Sametime 11 – ST Proxy Server & DNS

Obviously, when deploying any application, DNS is important and the needed DNS entries need to be set.

Before deploying the HCL Sametime 11 Proxy Server you need to make sure that the MongoDB and the Sametime Community Servers are reachable via FQDNs and hostnames.

If you have to work with a “host” file, in DMZ for example, make sure to create separate entries for hostnames and FQDNs mentioned. If you are using a separate DNS Alias to access the Sametime Community server, other than the “real” FQDN and Hostname, make sure to create the entries for the “real” FQDN and Hostname of the Community server, even if you have not used them during the ST Proxy installation. During one deployment I ran into this issue. After enabling the debugging on the ST Proxy Server, I got the following errors:

FINE [White Rabbit (Timer). 2] com.ibm.rtc.stproxy.cluster.ServerLogin.connect Connecting to ST server: Server name: CN=domino-server-name/O=domino-organization, Cluster name: CN=domino-server-name/O=domino-organization, Server URL: domino-community-server.domain.local, serverID: null, Sametime session: null

WARNING [Chuck the postman’s dispatching thread.4] com.ibm.rtc.stproxy.cluster.ServerLogin.loggedOut CLFRX0011W: Unable to log in to the Sametime community server CN=domino-server-name/O=domino-organization. Error message is 80000207

After editing the host file of the ST Proxy server, on which the error was produced, the Sametime Webclient was working as desired and there were no errors in the log file.

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!