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Panagenda Application Insights – how to deploy

Application Insight is one of Panagenda’s products, one of the tools for analyzing Domino environments. This is not a new product that is closely related to Domino 10 but is certainly capable of helping in deciding on the transition to Domino 10. In addition, customers who have valid IBM support can get this product for free.

At this time a license is available until April 2019.

What do you get?

  • detailed analysis of the Domino environment, application utilization, and used code in selected Notes applications
  • which applications are most used
  • which applications are not used and can be archived
  • which applications are read-only and can be archived
  • number of documents per application
  • when the application was last used
  • what applications are used by individual departments
  • which applications are used from web browsers
  • do applications with the same templates have the same code?
  • do the replicas have the same design?
  • information about the number of design elements per application
  • analyze LotusScript code, @Formula, Java, and JavaScript in each application

Implementation and configuration

  • Virtual Machine (VMWarevSphere, VMWareWorkstation or Microsoft Hyper-V)
  • 4 Cores, 8GB RAM, 120GB disk (up to 10,000 users)
  • generated license
  • AI ID and Domino Server Configuration

Application Insights Virtual Image

  • CentOS 7.3
  • Docker 17 CE
  • Docker Compose 1.11
  • Tomcat 8 Application Server
  • Node JS6 Application Server
  • Nginx 1.11 Reverse Proxy Server
  • Java 8 Virtual Machine
  • PostGre SQL9.6 Relational Database Server
  • Domino 9.0.1 Linux 64 Bit binaries

How to deploy Panagenda Application Insights

Open the product web page https://www.panagenda.com/applicationinsights-panagenda. Click the button “Download now”. Make a registration and then download the virtual machine you selected. Then download license “ai_entitlement_IBM_official_valid_until_04_2019.xml“. In the picture on the bottom left “Key File”. You can also download the license from this link: http://tinyurl.com/y9cxs2f5. You need an IBM ID.

Panagenda Application Insights website

I chose VMWare. In a few steps, we will implement our ESX server.

Deploy new virtual machin
Select the downloaded file with the virtual machine
You can leave the default settings. Just check the disk settings. Disk Format: We recommend to choose “Thick Provision Eager Zeroed”

After creating the virtual machine, start it and configure the server to your network environment. This means setting the IP address and hostname.

Log in as “root” with the password listed in the documentation.
In order to start the GUI locally, enter the command “startx”
Select “Network Connections”
Select “Wired connection”
Set the Method: “Manual” and IP address, Gateway, DNS server. Then restart the virtual machine to make configuration changes.

After you restart the server, start your web browser. Enter the server name or IP address with Application Insights. We configure AI.

Prepare your AI license, and then generate a ID for the Application Insights user on the Domino server. Using this ID, the app will scan your data from your Domino servers.

The user needs these permissions:

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  • Single Notes ID file with access (cross certification) to all servers in scope
  • Reader access to at least one Domino Directory per Domain
  • Reader access to all servers’ log.nsf databases
  • Reader access to all servers’ catalog.nsf databases
  • Reader access to all servers’ domlog.nsf databases where enabled
  • “Full Remote Console Administrator” access on all servers
  • Designer access to all databases where design should be analyzed

Domino server requirements:

  • Statlog task scheduled on all servers
  • Catalog task scheduled on all servers
  • INI file entry LOG_DISABLE_SESSION_INFO must not be set to 1
  • “Domlog.nsf” enabled and “Access log format” set to “Extended Common” (names.nsf > Server Document > Internet Protocols… > HTTP)
  • MIME types “image/*”, “text/css” and “text/javascript” can be excluded
Select “System Setup & Scope Definition” for setup
Log in as “config” with the password listed in the documentation
Insert an AI license file
After validating the license, continue with the settings
Step through the next steps
Upload user.id file
Domino Server Settings. Start new Domino Server Discovery – this option provides a comfortable way to add several servers to the ApplicationInsights analysis
The Domino server discovery starts at the server that you enter in the Entry server host name/IP field. This server’s Domino Directorywill be scanned for further server documents. You will get a notification in case the ApplicationInsights Notes ID doesn’t have sufficient rights to access the defined entry server.
Check Server Access. Clicking on the link Check Server Access on the Domino Server Settings Result page leads to results.

Please ensure that columns SrV (Server Access), LA (Log.nsf Access), CaA (Catalog.nsf Access), NA (Domino Directory Access), StA (Statlog.nsf access) and CA (Console Access) are showing “OK”.
Content Packages. ApplicationInsights contains the following Content Packages: Domino Server Basics, Database Catalog, Session Activity, Domino Web Log, Directory/NAB Content.
Follow the steps below
To configure the Content Packages Domino Server Basics, Database Catalog, and Session Activity you only have to choose your desired servers from the list of Available Servers
Select server with Database Catalog
Configure Directory/NAB Content. This content package collects all Person, Group and Mail-In documents from selected Domino directories.
Once you’ve finished, you can review or change the previous settings.
Then, the data collection analysis is automatically initiated.

Now you need to wait at least one day before the first data analysis results are displayed

We will look at the results in the next post.

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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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Do you need to change the font size in the Notes client?

If you need to use larger or smaller fonts at all times, close Notes client, open notes.ini file in a text editor and add the following setting as a new line anywhere in the file:
Display_font_adjustment=n

“n” is the number of points added to the default size and is a number between -1 and 25. For example, if you want to increase the font size by 3 points, you would type: Display_font_adjustment=3

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How to create multiple Notes DB replicates from Domino console command

You can create multiple commands in txt file and then launched from a single command in the server console.

  1. Create a text file and name it c:\replica-commands.txt.
  2. Enter the following information into the file and save it:
    cl copy Server1!!DB1.nsf Server2!!DB1.nsf replica
    cl copy Server1!!application\DB2.nsf Server2!!application\DB2.nsf replica
    cl copy Server1!!DB3.nsf Server2!!application\DB3.nsf replica
  3. At the Domino console, type “< c:\replica-commands.txt >”
    The Domino console will execute thecommands listed in the text file sequentially.
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Notes 10 – Pushing a custom color theme to Notes clients

The Notes 10 client allows users to change the color theme.
You can also set this up by using the Desktop Settings policy for all or some users.

This You can apply through the new notes.ini setting CUSTOM_THEME_COLOR=<R>,<G>,<B>
<R>,<G>,<B> represent the red, green, and blue values to use as the basis for the theme color.

For example: CUSTOM_THEME_COLOR=128,0,128

To push a notes.ini setting to clients, use the Custom Settings tab in a Desktop Settings policy.

To evaluate different colors for the theme and to see color RGB values, from Notes, click File – Preferences – Fonts, Colors, and Themes. With the IBM Theme selected, click Customize Theme. Next to Choose your theme, click the color box.

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How to make a copy of Notes DB directly from the Domino console

Sometimes you need to make a copy of the database (not a replica) to another server or an existing server.

Most of the Notes client uses an option in the File – Application – New Copy. You select the location of the DB name and start creating a copy.

However, when creating a copy from a server to a server, all of the data first goes to your local Notes client and then back to the server. The whole operation will take a lot of time, and your computer and local network will be busy.

You can use the command on the Domino console.

First, add a parameter to the server notes.ini: CLUSTER_ADMIN_ON=1
Servers do not need to be a part of a Domino Cluster

You can now use these commands:
CL copy server1!!dbA.nsf server2!!dbB.nsf
This would create a regular non-replica copy of dbA.nsf on server1 as dbB.nsf on Server2

CL copy dbA.nsf dbB.nsf
This would create a regular non-replica copy of dbA.nsf as dbB.nsf on the same local server

CL copy server1!!dbA.nsf server2!!dbB.nsf REPLICA
This would create a replica copy of dbA.nsf on server1 as dbB.nsf on Server2

CL copy server1!!dbA.nsf server2!!dbB.nsf TEMPLATE
This would create a template copy (only design, no data) of dbA.nsf on server1 as dbB.nsf on Server2

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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!