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HCL Verse On-Premises 1.0.9 offers a new calendar event form design. How to enable it? Caution of the issue.

Verse On-Premises 1.0.9 offers a new calendar event form design. This provides an improved environment for creating and managing calendar events.

The new form opens quickly and is smaller and streamlined. Controls allow users to show just the options that they want to use. This is a preview feature that is off by default. To make this feature available to users, you must add new parameters to the notes.ini Domino server.

While testing this new “feature”, I found the issue that HCL Development will fix in future releases. More on point 2.

There are two options – two parameters:

  1. To enable the new event form for all users and prevent them from disabling it, add : VOP_GK_FEATURE_168=1
  2. To keep the new event form off by default but allow users to enable it, add: VOP_PREVIEW_REACT_EVENT_FORM=1
    Then, to enable the feature, users select the option New Calendar Event Form in Feature Preview section of Mail and Calendar Settings

If you use this setting (point 2) and the user selects a new form, the form will then appear completely blank when in use. HCL Development is implementing a fix for this issue. The fix will be included in a future release of VOP. For now you to use the workaround which has been described in point 1.

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HCL Domino V11 – Authenticating web users against the Notes ID passwords in the ID vault

Starting with Domino V11, you can configure Domino to use an ID vault password to authenticate web users accessing the server.

If enabled uses the Domino server to authenticate users to HCL Verse, HCL iNotes with their Notes ID and passwords stored in IDVault. With this feature, users only can to remember their password in the file ID.

This feature is ignored for authentication of the following users:

  • Notes client users
  • Web-only users without Notes IDs
  • Users who authenticate via SAML federated identity authentication

How to configure?

  • Create or edit a Configuration document in the Domino directory. (Configuration – Servers – Configurations)
  • Open the Security tab
  • In the Internet Password Verification section, select one of the following options

If some web users with registered Notes IDs do not have IDs in the vault or if you are unsure if they do, use “Check vault first, then directory“. If Notes IDs are not found in the vault, Domino will use internet passwords in Domino directory Person documents to authenticate the users.

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HCL Verse On-Premises 1.0.9 released for download – System Requirements

VOP 1.0.9 is available for download only a few days before the release of Domino, Notes and Sametime V11. Do you have to wait for Domino V11 or can you implement the changes already? Complete documentation LINK

There is System Requirements

  • Domino 9.0.1 with Feature Pack 10 or higher on Microsoft Windows (64-bit 2008, 2012) or Red Hat Linux (64-bit 6).
  • Domino 10.0 or higher on Microsoft Windows (64-bit 2012, 2016), Red Hat Linux (64-bit 7), or AIX (64-bit 7.2, TL1 or higher)
  • Domino 10.0.1 or higher on IBM i version V7R2 or V7R3.
  • Domino 11.0 on Microsoft Windows (64-bit 2012, 2016, 2019), Red Hat Linux (64-bit 7), or AIX (64-bit 7.2, TL1 or higher)
  • Mail files require a design derived from the mail9FP9.ntf template or a later version.
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What’s new in HCL Verse 1.0.9

Part of the HCL Factory Tour in Tokyo was the presentation of Verse On-Premise. Andrew Manby had this presentation about Verse. This build can be expected some time after releasing Domino / Notes V11.

What should appear in VOP 1.0.9?

  • Calendar Event Form Improvements
  • New “Change Password” link menu option
  • New Verse version menu action
  • Double click open event in the calendar bar
  • Time zone enhancements
  • Read and open meetings 24-hours or longer
  • Verse can update the iwaredir.ntf template
  • New action that creates a QRCode for calendar meeting URL

At the same time the plans for Verse 1.0.10 were mentioned, which of course can change.

  • Search for emails within a specific date range
  • Implement mail rules from within Verse
  • Message “send and file” capability
  • Attachments and links meet UK Cyber Essentials requirements
  • Preview events contained in ICS file prior to importing file
  • Create a meeting that is 24-hours or longer
  • More Calendar Event Form UI improvements
  • Send mail on delayed basis

Source: Andrew Manby Presentation (HCL Factory Tour 4)

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Shared calendar? From anywhere – no restrictions (via HCL)

I got a clear assignment from the customer:

“We want to use shared calendars and want to access them online. We have Notes clients, web browsers, mobile phones, tablets with both iOS and Android. So why restrain yourself.” Do you have a solution? “

Well, yeah. I think the task is done. Although in a test environment, but here it is:

Shared calendar using Notes client 11



Shared calendar using web browser (iNotes)



Shared calendar using web browser (HCL Verse)



Shared calendar using HCL Nomad iPad



Shared calendar using HCL Nomad Tablet Android



Shared calendar using HCL Nomad iPhone



Do you have group calendars created in your calendar? You can also display it on your mobile device.

Group calendar Using HCL Nomad (iPhone, iPad, Android

Nomad iPad
Nomad iPhone
Nomad Android
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HCL Verse On-Premises 1.0.8.A available – Release Notice and Fix List

As I mentioned in the article “Verse On-Premises 1.0.8 unavailable mail DB archive” so today came out updates, which include other fixes.

This release is a fix pack release that contains changes for the following:

  • Dropping of DST timezone in Brazil: VERSE-57078
  • Suggested Folders feature intermittently fails to show suggestions: VERSE-57346
  • Server side archives should be listed in the folder panel even if the user does not have an Archive Settings policy assigned: VERSE-57616
  • Server side archives should not be displayed in delegation mode: VERSE-57634
  • Policy assigned Archive server is not used when loading archive from Verse: VERSE-57668
  • Japanese translations for alternate name settings need corrections: VERSE-57627
  • Documentation links in the product should point to HCL’s documentation site: VERSE-57547
  • Product name branding should be HCL Verse: VERSE-57623

Source: HCL Support

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How to view the version of Verse On-Premises being use

Can a user find out which version of Verse On-Premises is used to access their mail database in a browser?
Yes, but it’s not quite user friendly. Someone would look for it somewhere in “About”, but you need to click a little more.

I have therefore created a new post in the Product Ideas Forum for which you can also vote LINK

I found it in the HCL knowledge database:

To determine which version of the Verse On-Premises is being used, you can examine the “build-number” in Verse. The “build-number” tag is an identifier that is unique to each Verse On-Premises version.

To view the “build-number” number you should:

  • Open Verse in your browser and right click on mouse to select the option: “Inspect”
  • Go to the “Console” tab and find the line that includes the word “Current Build”.
  • Use the table below to determine which Verse On-Premise version is currently in use.
Build-numberVerse On-premises version
12812-2501.0.0.1
12812-2521.0.0.1 IF1
13853-3251.0.1
14893-3421.0.2
14893-3441.0.2 IF1
15909-3761.0.3
16368-4101.0.4
16368-4391.0.4 IF1
16838-4581.0.5
16838-458
*Note this is the same as 1.0.5 as the client code has not been updated*
1.0.5 IF1
17009-4891.0.6
17394-5061.0.7
17667-5291.0.8
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Upgrading from IBM Verse for iOS to HCL Verse 10.0.7 for iOS

Although already mentioned, I add this important information to my website.
Starting with HCL Verse 10.0.7 for iOS (when it is available), the application is now transferred to an HCL Technologies Apple account and is signed by an HCL-owned certificate.

Expect the following changes:

  • The Verse application is being rebranded to HCL Verse. Not all references to IBM have been removed in this release.
  • The Verse application will no longer be able to access any data that the previous IBM signed versions had stored on the keychain. Therefore, you will be prompted for your password after you upgrade to 10.0.7 and launch the application for the first time. If you choose to remove an existing version and then install 10.0.7, then the user will be required to reconfigure the client. This is not a change in behavior. However, for reasons stated below, we recommend you upgrade over your previous version of the Verse application. Note that the same applies when upgrading from the IBM ToDos application to the HCL ToDos application (when available).
  • The device ID generated by iOS will change (clients managed by IBM Maas360 and MobileIron are not affected). Moving to the HCL account caused a change in the development team ID for the IBM Verse application. This team ID is input to the Apple API that the application uses to generate a unique device ID. The result is a different device ID which will be used when communicating with the Traveler server (in the form HCL_IOS_xxxxxxxxxx). After installing 10.0.7, the client application will look like a new device to the Traveler server. You can see your new device ID on the About screen under Verse settings, the user’s Traveler home screen or in the Traveler Administration view.

    A new device ID will have the following effects:
  • After you install 10.0.7 (either new or as an upgrade), the device will re-sync because Traveler treats the device as a new device because of the device ID change. You will see all mail in the all folders disappear and then start to re-populate. There is no way to avoid this re-sync, so plan accordingly.
  • A new profile document will be created for the new device ID (HCL_IOS_xxxxxxxxxx) by the Traveler server. This means all your preferences (things like days to sync, signature, etc) will be set to the defaults. However, if you take the recommended approach of upgrading (installing 10.0.7 over the top of a previous version), the Verse application will recognize the previous install and push all of your local preferences up to the server so that the new profile document is populated with your device preferences rather than the defaults.
  • If device approval is enabled on the Traveler server, the IBM Verse client may need to be re-approved depending upon the automatic approval settings.
  • The old device id (IBM_IOS_xxxxxxxxxx) will appear in the user’s device list until it is either reaped by the Traveler Server due to inactivity or deleted by the Administrator
  • The user may see duplicate notifications on the device for a period of time, typically 24 hours from the upgrade, because both the old and new device IDs are active on the server. There is no way for the new application to tell the server to stop sending notifications for the old device ID. After that period, the Traveler server will mark the old device as offline and stop sending notifications to the old device ID.

IBM Verse for Android is not affected by this change.

Source: Support HCL

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The Product Ideas Forum for #dominoforever

The Product Ideas Forum for Domino, Notes, Verse, Sametime, Connections has been available for a long time. This is the place where you can submit your product ideas and enhancement request.
You can participation by voting on, commenting on, and creating new ideas.All new ideas are evaluated by HCL Product Management & Engineering teams. Some user ideas have already been included in the new versions, some are in the solution.

So you can be co-creator or visionary of new functionalities, new versions. You may be part of the new #dominoforever era.

Come join, share, vote on the website https://domino.ideas.aha.io

I myself have put in a few ideas and if you are interested, you can vote for them:

  • User ID – default “Not localy encrypt” local DB (NTS-I-951)
  • Export, import, Save as – theme Notes (NTS-I-949)
  • Attachment Viewer (NTS-I-44)
  • Users and devices management DMA (NTS-I-47)
  • Domino Administrator client for Mac OS (NTS-I-25)
  • Domino console for iOS (iPad) (NTS-I-429)