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IBM Domino Mobile Apps for iPad official release. How to install

April 23, 2019 – IBM and HCL released the first official version of Domino Mobile Apps for iPad. The app is available in the Apple App Store

Do you want to know how to easily install the app on your iPad?

What is IBM Domino Mobile Apps

IBM Domino Mobile Apps is a mobile client for the Apple iPad that allows you to work with your Notes Applications. It is available from the Apple App Store. IBM Domino Mobile Apps includes offline replication, touch optimization and extends your Notes Applications with device capabilities.

Limitations

  • The Notes mail application (based on the standard mail template) is not supported.
  • Sharing attachments with other entities such as other iOS applications is not supported.
  • Custom actions that are defined for the drop-down action menu are not available.
  • Importing images into Notes rich text fields is not supported.
  • Domino Mobile Apps network requests are limited to 10 seconds. If latency between the client and a Domino server causes network operations to exceed this limit, then normal operations can fail.
  • The Notes Workspace is not supported.
  • Roaming is not supported.

Requirements

  • iOS 11.4+ or 12.1+ installed on your iPad.
  • IBM Domino 9.0.1 or 10.x or later server that you can access through a virtual private network (VPN) or over the internet.
  • SmartCloud Notes mail users: You must copy your Notes ID file to your iPad. For information, see Setting up Domino Mobile Apps in the cloud.
  • On-premises users: If your ID file is in an ID vault, it is downloaded automatically during setup. If your ID file is not in an ID vault, you’ll need to copy it to your iPad as described

Deployment Domino Mobile Apps on-premises

  • If your Notes ID file is not in an ID vault on a server make a local copy of it on your iPad. The following steps describe how to a copy it from computer using Apple iTunes.
  • Install iTunes on your computer if not already installed
  • Copy your Notes user ID file to you computer
  • Launch iTunes on your computer
  • Connect your computer to your iPad. If PC, use an adapter that allows you to connect
  • From your Mac or PC, select the iPad icon “Tablet” and select Settings/File sharing
  • Select Domino Apps and browse for your Notes ID file and add it
  • Open Domino Mobile Apps on the iPad
  • Use the Client Configuration page that opens and then click Next
  • Enter your name associated with your Notes ID
  • Enter the name of your Domino server. You can use DNS server name
  • Read the Terms and Conditions and click Agree
  • Provide the password for your Notes ID and click Next. If you see a message stating that the ID file can’t be found on the server, browse and select a local copy of the file that you copied to your iPad.
  • Provide the password for your Notes ID and click Next. Wait for the configuration to complete and the Home page to open

Now you can start using IBM Domino Mobile Apps.

You can read about using the app in this POST
Good luck with Domino Mobile Apps

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HCL Factory Tours Milan – Day 2 Summary

After an intensive first day and a great evening followed by an interesting program right from the morning.

The second day I was most interested in the news about Verse 11, Sametime 10, Client Notes 11.

VERSE On-Premises 11…

Barry Rosen and Andrew Davis have demonstrated the functionality that will appear in the near future in VOP 1.0.7 :

  • ICS Import directly from an attachment
  • Allow user to download all attachments at once
  • Allow user to filter search results to show unread messages
  • Allow viewing of messages sent with “prevent copy” turned on
  • Better user experience when type-ahead yields no results
  • Change blank subject line to the name of an attachment
  • Continued enhancements on the modernization of the Calendar user interface
  • and several others

VOP features coming to VOC in Q1/Q2 -Subject to change:

  • 24 hour time setting
  • 30 days data sync for offline
  • Accept button added to Calendar Inbox popup card
  • Allow users to minimize the compose and quick calendar create docked windows
  • Dual Time Zone in Calendar Inbox
  • Extension: 3rd party Files repository integration
  • Extension: Custom name Picker enhancement.TO/Cc/Bcc in one action
  • Extension Enhancement: Hook before on Send: provide attachment name & size and bcc info
  • and many others

VERSE TOP BACKLOG ITEMS:

  • Complete New Calendar React UI
  • Complete effort for supporting Verse Web on Mobile (Mobile web alternative to iNotes Ultra Light)
  • Next Gen Lightweight Client

Notes & Lightweight Client Strategy

Another (for me) expected session was Notes & Lightweight Client Strategy by Adrew Davis

Notes 11 backlog sneak peak – Subject to change

  • Windows 64-bit /JVM 11 support
  • Mac 64-bit installer
  • Modernized Look
  • Stretch Goal: Create meetings beyond 24 hours – for all clients !

What does it mean to be “Lighter Weight”

  • Simpler Install and Upgrade – No more provisioning
  • Super fast startup – enough said
  • Single native process – No Java, less memory ….
  • Simpler extensibility model – HTML/JS programming – No more Eclipse, Java, SWT
  • and others

The first beta Lighter Weight Client should be in 2019

Sametime 10

What to expect in Sametime 10 showed Pat Galvin.

What´s in Sametime Limited use V10

  • Concurrent online clients – desktop, mobile, browser
  • Messages received immediately on all online client
  • Received queued messages when logging in on a client
  • Runs on Domino 64-bit
  • Fully compatible with Sametime 9.0.1 FP1

What’s next in V10 or V11

  • Server-side Chat History
  • Multi-Device File Transer
  • Multi-Device Voice/Video Calling
  • No More Browser Plugins
  • Docker for Simplified Deployment
  • Get rid of WAS, DB2, Sametime System Console
  • and many others

What to write at the end?

I did not get any more because I had to go back home to work. The journey by car was long enough and I had time to think about what it was like for 2 days in HCL Factory.

It was a great day with lots of interesting information, and it seems that HCL really means “Domino family” seriously.

I’m glad I could be there to meet a bunch of new people.
I’m glad I do not have to end after 25 years of working with Domino / Notes.

Thanks for the invitation, thanks to the all members HCL team.
You do not stop!
!

I look forward to May – engage.ug and sutol.cz conference

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HCL Factory Tours Milan – Day 1 Summary

This week, another HCL Factory Tours is running, this time in Milan. I like to join the others and I’m in place.

Richard Jefts started HCL Factory Tour Episode 2 as Star Wars style. Richard summed up what had happened since the launch of the Domino V10 and introduced the plans for year 2019.

Richard Jefts

Then Russ Holden presented plans for Domino 11.
What did he say?

  • Domino 11 will HCL branded 
  • Domino 11 – more interfaces
  • Domino 11 – selected language kits will be available for betas
  • Domino 11 – re-engineering language kit
  • Domino 11- DirSync feature will pull drama AD, runs on Domino Directory Admin server
  • Domino 11- DAOS shared data
  • Domino 11 – Recall undelivered mail
  • The first beta is planned at the end of June and July.


A new beginning ….

The tours were then split into two tracks. Technical and Business. Information from the parts I’ve been to.

Francois Nasser introduced the BP Connect program. We will still see what this will be for  the current IBM Partners mean.

Francois Nasser and BP Connect Program

Maxx Sutton and Andrew Davis introduced the Nomad Roadmap.

  • will be support for the iPhone
  • language Support Group1 (now)
  • It will open the Beta Nomad program for Android as it is now for the iPad
Domino APPS – Platforms Roadmap

The day was then ended by visiting the center of Milan and the perfect dinner.

Although tired, I’m looking forward to the next day.

Thanks HCL team!




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How to publish Domino 10 statistics to New Relic

IBM Domino 10.0 you can set up Domino to publish Domino statistics to an external monitoring service via New Relic .

You can publish Domino statistics to New Relic, a third-party, web-based monitoring application. New Relic allows you to visually monitor statistics in real time on multiple Domino servers from one dashboard.

This statistics are reported through a New Relic plugin called DominoStats.
Statistics are published once a minute and are retained for 24 hours.
The Domino Stats Plugin New Relic is FREE with limited features.

What you need to do in this case:

  • create a New Relic account
  • add a setting to the server notes.ini file to enable the server to report its statistics.

How to enable Domino statistics monitoring in New Relic :

  • Create an account at www.newrelic.com.
  • Log in to your account.
  • Click the arrow at the top, right of the New Relic window and select Account Settings.
  • Copy your license key in the License key field.
  • On each Domino server that you want to report statistics to New Relic add the following notes.ini setting: NEWRELIC_LICENSE_KEY=
  • Wait a few minutes for the initial metrics to be published.
  • Open the DominoStats plugin, click DominoStats in APM/Plugins

A summary page that you see when you open the plugin reports key monitoring statistics for each server that you have configured to report to New Relic.

New Relic Domino Statistics
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IBM Domino Mobile Apps (IDMA) for iPad

IBM Domino Mobile Apps (IDMA) is access to Notes applications from Apple iPad without the need for re-design Notes applications.

The access to the application is only for registered beta testers for now.

I was lucky because I was included in the IDMA beta program.

I received an email with a link to the application in the “TestFlight app”, which was automatically installed on the iPad. Through iTunes I needed to copy my ID file from the Notes client to the application.

When I open IDMA, I enter the password for my ID file as for the Notes client. Then I can open an application from my server or from local iPad (local) .

IDMA open application

Opened apps will show “Recent applications” as Home by default.. The last 12 are displayed.

IDMA – Recent applications

However, I can open my Workspace. Open / On My Device / Bookmark.nsf

IDMA – open Workspace

For now, Workspace options are limited, but you can, for example, change the background, arrange icons, and so on.

IDMA – Workspace options


Most of us appreciate the ability to replicate applications. This means I can run offline applications just like I am used to from your Notes clients.

Just set the application to be offline. You will see the replication setting screen and you can start replicating.

IDMA- offline settings app

Replication can be found in the replication server as in the Notes client.

IDMA – Replication

The application is in beta. So far with limited functionality.
The iPad does not support Java (JavaAgents and xPages that you used in your applications).

IBM Domino Mobile Apps also supports older versions of servers.
I tested Domino 9.0.1 FP9.

I think this is a good thing from HCL and I look forward to the next version. A lot of users will certainly welcome this access to Notes applications.

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How to install Panagenda Marvel Client Essentials for Domino/Notes

Panagenda MarvelClient Essentials (PMC) is officially a part of IBM Notes 10.0.1 and available on Passport Advantage.

The solution helps Administrators collect information on end user installs of IBM Notes. Example can identify which user is running single vs multi-user clients, who is using ICAA, who is on a Mac, along with which Notes client versions and fix pack users are running.

What you get with PMC:

  • Improve upgrade path, reduce risk, and help desk tickets
  • Continuously analyze and visualize IBM Notes client configurations, operating system details, and desktop icon
  • Improve upgrades by identifying pitfalls upfront, such as insufficient resources or nonstandard installations
  • Deploy files such as your Notes 10 upgrade package, run programs, and manage the Windows Registry
  • Everything FREE

Let’s look at how easy and fast you can implement MarvelClient Essentials.

From the passport advantage, download the installation file for PMC.
Open the DB “MC Essentials Install Wizard” (PMCInstaller.nsf) and start the installation step by step.

Open PMC Wizard DB
Start PMC install
Click”Next” to continue .. on Welcome page
Select a server to install PMC
Rename the PMC Setup and Analyze DB or leave the default names
Click “Install” for next step
The next screen shows the progress of the installation. Click “Finish” to complete the installation
Open PMC Config DB
Click Admins / Instalations to distribute PMC settings to other Notes clients
PMC setup mail
PMC setup mail
After completing the configuration, send the mail to the user
The user will receive the mail. When opened, PMC automatically installs.
A few lines will be added to notes.ini and will be added to the Notes “pmc.dll”

And now you can start analyzing your Notes clients. Just open MarvelClient Analyze DB and browse results.

For example a View of the Notes client version
….or you can view each user’s Notes Workspace
…. or you can leave the results in the graph

This is a simple description of the Panagenda Marvel Client Essentials installation. Now you can start using PMC yourself.

Link PMC documentation

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The Year 2019. New Era Domino/Notes comes. My decision to run my blog.

I dedicate myself primarily to administration, implementation, consultation, training and support of the “Lotus family” for 25 years.

I’ve been through versions Notes 3.0 to today’s V10. I implemented a lot of products but nowadays some are forgotten, for example Lotus Quickr. I have experienced ups and downs. But I am still faithful to the Domino/Notes.

At the end of 2018, when the news came that HCL Technologies buys everything related to Notes, Domino, Connections and more from IBM,  I was hesitated for a moment to keep going.

But I have been keeping an eye on the whole year 2018 and I participated in various beta programs (for example Domino 10 or iPad Client for IBM Domino applications), I personally met with people from HCL Technologies at the conference Engage 2018 in Rotterdam and I saw the other activities of HCL Technologies, I find out that new era of „Lotus“ comes. I would still like to be a part of it.

With this situation came my decision, which I have been thinking for years, but I have never realized, I mean – to start my own blog, where I will push ahead to my knowledge, ideas and tips.

That’s why I’m starting with the 2019 upcoming website and I have New Yearˇs resolution that I will actively use the blog

Although my English is not perfect, I will try to publish in English and also in my native Czech language. Please be patient to my speech in English language.

The year 2019 Comes  and  I expect a lot of news, amazing announcements both from IBM and especially HCL and I believe that will help to perform my blog.

Lots milestones are coming. I have been working with Domino / Notes for 25, Notes will celebrate 30 years anniversary in 2019 and “Domino family” will be completely taken over by HCL company in a half a year.

The new era of Domino / Notes begins!
I’m so excited and I’m looking forward and I want to be a part of it!

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Some components no longer included Domino/Notes 10

The following components are no long part of Domino/Notes 10:

  • IBM HTTP Server. IBM HTTP Server (IHS) has been removed as an install option for Domino on Windows and is no longer supported as a tightly integrated HTTP replacement for Domino HTTP on the same machine.
  • Older IBM Lotus file types for import and export. Lotus 1-2-3 file type is no longer available, by default, for view import or export.Use the notes.ini setting IncludeOldFileTypes=1 on clients if you want to enable these file type options again.
  • The IBM iNotes ActiveX installer. The IBM iNotes ActiveX installer is no longer provided with Domino for iNotes. As of Internet Explorer 11, standard users can install ActiveX controls themselves and administrator access is no longer required.
  • RSS feed reader
  • Domino Offline Services (DOLS)
  • The Open Social components
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What’s new in IBM Domino 10.0

A few tips for Administrator Domino 10.0

  • ODS 53 supports larger databases and folders. The maximum size of databases allowed in IBM Domino 10 has increased to 256 GB; previously it was 64 GB.
  • ODS 52 is the default ODS level. he default On-Disk Structure (ODS) for databases is now ODS 52, the ODS for IBM Domino and Notes 9.0.1. Unless there is a Create_Rx_Databases=1 notes.ini setting on server or client that specifies another ODS (for example, Create_R10_Databases=1).
  • Publishing statistics to external services. A Domino server is preconfigured to publish Domino statistics to the New Relic service using the New Relic Plugin API.
  • Dynamic indexing of high-usage views. IBM Domino now dynamically assigns dedicated view indexing threads to views with content that is frequently updated. This feature keeps busy views up-to-date and enables them to be opened more quickly.
  • Symmetrical clusters. Symmetrical clusters is a feature that ensures that Notes databases remain identical across all servers in a cluster. Any missing or damaged databases are repaired (replaced) with good copies from a donor cluster member.
  • Improved streaming cluster replication during server restarts. IBM Domino 10 implements streaming cluster replication improvements that help preserve the state of the SCR queue after Domino server restarts.
  • New way to synchronize database replicas. IBM Domino 10 provides a new argument for the Replicate command, -F, to force a full database replication when replicas of a database get out of sync. The replication occurs on the side and allows users to continue to see replication updates during the full replication.
  • Document deletion logging. A new compact task option is available to enable logging of data about deleted documents in databases that you specify. The data is logged to entries in deletion log files added to the IBM_TECHNICAL_SUPPORT directory on a server. For example, you can log when documents are deleted from mail files to help troubleshoot if users report missing documents.
  • Automatic dead mail processing. Dead mail occurs when the router can’t deliver or transfer a message to the intended recipient or a non-delivery report to the sender. Prior to Domino 10, if administrators wanted to retry sending dead mail, they did it manually. Also, dead mail stayed in mail.box until an administrator deleted it. In Domino 10, administrators can configure the router to automatically retry delivery of dead mail and if unsuccessful delete it from mail.box after a specified number of retry attempts.
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What’s new in IBM Notes 10 – Calendar

What interesting news can you find in IBM Notes 10 Calendar? Here are few helpful features.

  • Team calendar. A team calendar enables everyone on a team to see the availability of team members and schedule meetings with team members. To use a team calendar, you create a mail file that is configured as a mail-in database.
  • Add calendar categories and assign colors at the same time. You can add calendar categories right from the Category colors preference tab.You need template Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf)
  • Allow attendees to invite others. A meeting chair can allow attendees to invite or propose other people to attend a meeting. You need template Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf)
Allow attendees to invite others
  • Delegate calendar but not Contacts. You can delegate your calendar to someone while keeping your Contacts private. You need template Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf)
Delegate calendar but not Contacts.
  • Apply Sender Colors to meetings. If you use the Sender Colors feature to assign colors to particular people you receive mail from, you can now apply those colors to the meetings chaired by these people, too. You need template Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf)
Apply Sender Colors to meetings