How I started managing HCL Nomad via Panagenda MarvelClient

What are my first impressions with HCL Nomad and Panagenda MarvelClient? Yeah, it works! And on the first attempt without a manual.

In preparation for the SUTOL conference, where I will have a presentation on managing HCL Nomad using MarvelClient, I attended the webinar “MarvelClient and HCL Nomad – A match made in heaven”.

Immediately after watching, I updated MarvelClient and decided to try the following steps without preparation:

  • Adding MarvelClient analyze to “Recent applications”
  • Create a replica of this application and add it to the Replicattion
  • Adding mailDB to “Recent applications” at the first position
  • Create a replica mailDB and add it to the Replication

I have beta HCL Nomad 1.0.5 on both iPad and iPhone. So I tried a tablet first. I still need a phone and what if …

Step 1: Adding MarvelClient analyze to “Recent applications”

In MarvelClient configuration application I created new object of application / mailfile action type and named it “Nomad – add app”

“General” tab. I used the button “Paste Database data from Link in Clipboard” to avoid having to search the application in the catalog. The data was loaded into the fields: Title, Server, Filename and Replica ID.

“Recent apps” tab. In the “Action” field, I chose the “Create / Update” option and left “Add a recent apps icon one does not exist”. This is how I added the app to the “Recent” on the iPad.

In the “When” and “Who” conditions, I made sure that this setting was implemented only for the selected user.

Finally, I chose that this setting is only for iOS and Tablet.

Then I logged in on the iPad.

And I immediately appeared MarvelClient analyze application icons in “Recent” …

Step 2: Adding MarvelClient analyze to “Recent applications”

I opened already created document “Nomad – add app” and on the tab “Local replica” I marked “manage local replica on Nomad too”

Chose the options: Create replica, Always replicate and others as needed and saved.

Then I signed up on the iPad and I immediately saw the MarvelClient analyze application in the “replicator”

Step 3: Adding mailDB to “Recent applications” at the first position

In MarvelClient configuration application I created new object of application / mailfile action type and named it “Nomad – mailfile”.
“General” tab. I chose “Server and / or local replica” icon and mainly Database: Usermailfile

“Recent apps” tab. In the “Action” field, I chose the “Create / Update” option and left “Add a recent apps icon one does not exist”. This is how I added the app to the “Recent apps” on the iPad. I also wanted the icon to be placed in the first position.

In the “When” and “Who” conditions, I made sure that only the selected user was implemented again. Finally, I chose that this setting is only for iOS and Tablet.

Then I signed up on the iPad and I immediately got an icon of my mail in “Recent apps”

Step 4: Create a replica mailDB and add it to the Replicator

I opened already created document “Nomad – mailfile”. On the tab “Local replica” I marked “manage local replica on Nomad too”. I chosed options: Standard replica and because I didn’t want to create a full replica, I just chose “Stub only” and saved.

Then I signed up on the iPad and I immediately got my mail DB in the “replicator”

What to write at the end?

Yes, it was a simple test, but I think that’s exactly what you want to set up for your users at the beginning. You do the same on Notes clients.

More about the product can be found on the Panagenda website and come to see my session at the SUTOL Conference


Panagenda MarvelClient starting manage HCL Nomad

Panagenda MarvelClient allows administrators to manage HCL Nomad clients by defining their own settings. MarvelClient is provided with all installations of HCL Nomad starting with version 1.0.4.

HCL has integrated MarvelClient into Nomad, their new Notes client for mobile devices. Manage Notes clients on tablets and phones right out of the box – for free!

MarvelClient allows administrators to:

  • Centrally manage every aspect of Nomad – including Recent Apps, local replicas, Location/Connection documents, and more – without end-user interaction.
  • Ensure Nomad clients are properly set up following initial installation. End-users can be productive immediately without having to think about settings or how to find their Notes applications.
  • Apply settings consistantly, making sure Nomad stays configured correctly – a simple restart of the app automatically fixes mis-configurations without the need for the help desk to get involved.
  • Continuously collect detailed information about all aspects of deployed Nomad installations, operating systems, and hardware to further administrative analytics.

Configuring MarvelClient on Nomad clients

MarvelClient does not require any manual configuration if there is a MarvelClient Config database at one of the default Domino paths.
Each time HCL Nomad is started, MarvelClient automatically applies any new configurations after the user login process.

Disabling MarvelClient on Nomad clients

MarvelClient on HCL Nomad can be disabled. When not in use a MarvelClient on your Domino server, MarvelClient will not perform actions to configure your HCL Nomad client. There is no need to disable MarvelClient.
If you are using MarvelClient and want to disable it for HCL Nomad, use one of the options:

  • If you use Desktop Policy Custom settings, set the notes.ini NOM_MC_DISABLE=1 parameter. This will disable the MarvelClient’s configurations from being applied to the Nomad client after the user enters their credentials during setup.
  • If you use an MDM in your mobile environment, navigate to HCL Nomad’s AppConfig definition to set the AppConfig variable enableMarvelClient to false.


My SUTOL Symposium 2019 presentations are download available

At the May SUTOL Symposium 2019 in Prague I had two presentations about Upgrade Notes V10 via Panagenda MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition and Installation and Use of Domino Mobile Apps.

Upgrading Notes clients to V10CZdownload
Upgrading Notes clients to V10 ENGdownload
Domino Mobile AppsCZdownload
Domino Mobile AppsENGdownload


How to create an IBM Notes upgrade package using Panagenda MarvelClient Upgrade Wizard

Immediately after the release of the MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition, I started testing. Here are my first steps with MarvelClient Upgrade Free.

Want to learn how to easily use the MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition?

Detailed information about Panagenda MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition on the product site www.panagenda.com

Minimal prerequisites:

  • You are using either the free MarvelClient Essentials or a licensed variant of MarvelClient.
  • The MarvelClient Configuration and Analyze databases already exist on at least one IBM Domino Server in your environment.
  • Make sure you have the latest MarvelClient components available by running an Online Update in the MarvelClient configuration database. The local mc.dll / pmc.dll version on the user’s computers must be minimal 10.x.
  • Ensure you have all needed installation packages, you plan to deploy, available on your administration computer, e. g. : IBM Notes 10.0.1 English (NOTES_V10.0.1_FOR_WIN_EN.exe), IBM Notes 10.0.1 Multilingual User Interface – Group 1, NOTES_CLIENT_10.0.1_ML_UI_WIN_GP_.exe

MarvelClient Upgrade Free will only support the following installation packages:

  • IBM Notes 10.0.1 English or any other available language
  • IBM Notes 10.0.1 Multilingual User Interface – Group 1, 2a, 2b and 3
  • IBM Notes 10.0.1 Fix Pack 1
  • IBM Swift File 4.2.1

How to create an IBM Notes upgrade package:

  1. If you received a license key must be used from within the MarvelClient Configuration database, Administration\Online Update After entering the license key, run Online Update to download the Upgrade components

2. Open the MarvelClient Configuration database, expand the “MarvelClient Upgrade” section in the navigation, open the “Configuration(s)” view and create a new “Upgrade Configuration” action

3. In the upper part of this Action, specify the “Title” and “Package name
Additionally, options for “Type of Upgrade / Update” and “Wizard mode” must be selected. For this scenario we choose: Type of Upgrade / Update: Full client + optionally Fixpack / Hotfix / other and Wizard mode: Fast Track / Super easy

4. On the Distribution tab you can choose whether the package distribution to your clients will be handled by MarvelClient itself or your very own solution. If MarvelClient is to deploy the package, you must specify from which source the clients will download the upgrade package. You can choose between a file path (UNC or a mapped drive) and a URL (https or http). On the Distribution tab you can also index your installation packages to select them for your Upgrade.
Note: So please choose path one which exists in your environment. For example: \fileserver.local\MCU$

5. To index the “Full Client Installer”, click on “Index Installers)”, select the IBM Notes 10.0.1 installation package and click on “Open”.
MarvelClient will then automatically create the working folder for the build process (“%public%\MCUpgrade\build), detach MCUpgrade.exe and license_upgrade.xml into that folder.
Similar to indexing and selecting the full client install package, we can now also add the other installer packages

6. On the Conditions tab you can easily choose the required conditions for upgrade configuration.

7. Elevation Tab. To be able to install software on a user’s computer, MarvelClient allows you to choose from the following options:
• Run via MarvelClient → using a local or domain account with local administration rights
• Run via MarvelClient → using the MarvelClient Upgrade Windows Service
• Deploy and configure the upgrade with MarvelClient and run via your own solution
• Static configuration and deploy and run via your own solution

We will use “Run via MarvelClient → MCUpgrade as Admin” = “using a local built-in administrator account”, because most users do not have Windows administrator rights.. To ensure that the Upgrade is exclusively done with your provided Admin user credentials.

To create the needed keyfile with administrative credentials (.mcu file) click to “Launch KeyfileEditor”

8. Enter the account name (Administrator) and corresponding password on the following screen.

9. Save the “MCUpgrade.mcu” file. After saving your MCUpgrade.mcu file and closing MCKeyfileEditor, your .mcu file will be attached to your upgrade configuration automatically.

10. During the Upgrade process, MarvelClient Upgrade will show a Splash Screen with progress bars. MarvelClient Upgrade Free customers can choose between 10 different designs, which can be configured on the User Experience Tab.

11. One of the most important tabs of the MarvelClient Upgrade Wizard is the (Un)Install tab, which controls whether the current client will be uninstalled before the new installation gets executed and the exact command lines for the full client and/or additional install packages and their order of execution.
Recommendation: If you are not just installing a Fix Pack and/or other additional packages, but a full client package you uninstall the current IBM Notes client using NICE

12. Tracking tab. MarvelClient Upgrade is able to send so called “interim progress messages” during an upgrade, as well as final “success” or “fail” reports at the end of an upgrade via SMTP.

13. The last thing we need to do now is to publish “Upgrade Configuration”. The “Prepare or Publish Upgrade” button will first prepare all necessary components in %PUBLIC%\MCUpgrade\stage. Upon completion of preparation, it will ask you whether you want to publish the upgrade into MarvelClient Action that will take care of the rest.

We choose YES for publishing, which then creates all needed MarvelClient Actions automatically, so that all corresponding Notes client are automatically upgraded to Notes 10.0.1.

IMPORTANT: Once again, please make sure to configure your test scope and respective target users on the “When” and the “Who” tab before going for “all users at once”:
If you do not configure any of the above tabs, then ALL USERS will get the client upgrade.

14. Upgrade process.
If the user logs in to the Notes client, a window with the client upgrade information appears. The client then closes and the upgrade starts.

15. The upgrade progress will then be displayed. At the same time, you will be notified by email as we configured on Tracking Tab

The installation and configuration was very intuitive and in a very short time I reached the upgrade of the first Notes client.
Yes, it was in a test environment.

I also tested FP1 installation and I think it was even easier.

And what about you?


Panagenda MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition

What Is MarvelClient Upgrade?

MarvelClient Upgrade is one of several additional modules available for MarvelClient. It allows you to perform Notes client upgrades fast, easy, and from within your Notes client infrastructure.

Panagenda released for free: MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition.

MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition limitations:

 MC Upgrade Free
Upgrade from any Notes version from 6.x and any install type/ configuration
Install IBM Notes (Standard and Basic)to 10.0.1 only
Install Language Packs (MUI)to 10.0.1 only
Install Fix Packsto 10.0.1 FP1 only
Install SwiftFile
Install ICAA – IBM Client Application Access 
Install additional components (CTI, new versions of Sametime, Connections Plugins, JVM Patch etc.) 
Install IMSMO – IBM Mail Support for Microsoft Outlook 
Install any Windows Software 
Customize Splash Screen 

How do I get MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition?

  • If you are a MarvelClient customer, you should already have access to Upgrade Free Edition: Just perform an OnlineUpdate.
  • If you only have MarvelClient Essentials, go here to request your free license.
  • If you don’t have MarvelClient yet, sign up here or read the following link

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