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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

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What do you need to test HCL Nomad for Android?

If you want to test the first HCL Nomad beta for Android, have these minimum system requirements:

  • Android 10.0″ class tablet
  • Android 8.0 (Chrome OS 73 for Android 9)
  • Arm64 or x86_64 architecture
  • 2GB RAM

The following features are not complete:

  • Search
  • Import and export of attachments
  • attachment viewing
  • Copy/Paste
  • Scrollbars in document views

Limitations:

  • Domino policies are not fully supported. Policy settings are applied during first installation and setup of Domino Mobile Apps. Changes made to policy settings after the initial setup may not be applied, however. In addition, not all policy settings have been fully tested. Full support of policies is planned for a future release.
  • AES GCM encryption is not supported. HCL Nomad falls back to AES-128 CBC mode when communicating with Domino servers configured to use AES GCM.
  • Java™-based applications (JavaAgents, XPages) are not supported.
  • Web services design elements are not supported.
  • Use of application management framework such as Android Enterprise is not supported.
  • The Lotus Script ODBC Extension is not supported.
  • Custom actions that are defined for the drop-down action menu are not available.
  • HCL Nomad 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.
  • The Create menu is not available.
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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.

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HCL Nomad 1.0.4 for the Apple iPad available from the Apple App Store today

HCL Nomad 1.0.4 was released today. What can you expect? Here is the article Update: Strategy and Release of Nomad 1.0.4 for Apple iPad.

Domino Mobile Apps is now HCL Nomad! We have a new look and exciting new features with this release. 

HCL Nomad now includes panagenda MarvelClient at no additional cost, allowing seamless configuration of your HCL Nomad client. 

HCL Nomad 1.0.4, requires connectivity and login to your Domino home Server once, before offline use can be used. This process helps ensure that your client is properly configured

New Features:

  • panagenda MarvelClient integration – MarvelClient comes installed with 1.0.4 to help administrators manage their HCL Nomad clients.
  • MDM AppConfig Support –Administrators can now use most MDM providers to deploy, configure and manage their HCL Nomad clients.
  • Personal Mail File Access – Users can now access their personal mail file using HCL Nomad. Administrators please reference the Management doc for feature configuration details.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where with iPadOS unexpected white lines are painted across forms.- Fixed an issue where the Recent Apps page would fail to load.
  • Fixed an issue where the error “You cannot add a directory to your workspace” would repeatedly be appear when opening applications.
  • Fixed an issue where the Toolbar actions were not translated.
  • Fixed an issue where double byte characters, using the default font, did not support font styles such as Italicize.
  • Fixed an issue with multi-stage text input that prevented the user from using the space bar to select candidate strings.
  • Fixed usability issues with the initial setup dialogue.

Limitations new to version 1.0.4:

  • Mail file usage does not currently support rendering of MIME type emails.
  • Mail file action “Forward as Attachments” is not supported in HCL Nomad.
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New beta HCL Nomad 1.0.4

Today I received an invitation to further test Nomad for iPad.

Domino Mobile Apps is now HCL Nomad! We have a new look and exciting new features with this release. 

New Features:

  • panagenda MarvelClient integration – MarvelClient comes installed with 1.0.4 to help administrators manage their HCL Nomad clients.
  • MDM AppConfig Support –Administrators can now use most MDM providers to deploy, configure and manage their HCL Nomad clients.
  • Personal Mail File Access – Users can now access their personal mail file using HCL Nomad. Administrators please reference the Management doc for feature configuration details.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where the Recent Apps page would fail to load.
  • Fixed an issue where the error “You cannot add a directory to your workspace” would repeatedly be appear when opening applications.
  • Fixed an issue where the Toolbar actions were not translated.
  • Fixed an issue where double byte characters, using the default font, did not support font styles such as Italicize.
  • Fixed an issue with multi-stage text input that prevented the user from using the space bar to select candidate strings.
  • Fixed usability issues with the initial setup dialogue.

Limitations new to version 1.0.4:

  • Mail file usage does not currently support rendering of MIME type emails. 
  • Mail file action “Forward as Attachments” is not supported in HCL Nomad.