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.
If you want the progress of the upgrade Notes client using the Panagenda MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition to be more user-friendly and clearer, you can choose the language in which will see the upgrade progress.
I was honored to be approached for help with Czech localization. I thank Florian Vogler (CEO Panagenda) for giving me this opportunity.
So far, languages are available: English, German, Danish, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Italian and Czech.
So how can you choose the language for the upgrade progress?
First, update MarvelClient. When configuring the upgrade in the “Wizard mode” field, select “Give me all the options“. This will display more options and one of them is the “Language (s)” tab view. Here you can choose one of the available languages.
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
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:
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.
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
Implementation and configuration
Virtual Machine (VMWarevSphere, VMWareWorkstation or Microsoft Hyper-V)
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
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.
And now you can start analyzing your Notes clients. Just open MarvelClient Analyze DB and browse results.
This is a simple description of the Panagenda Marvel Client Essentials installation. Now you can start using PMC yourself.