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Thomas Hampel
Director of Product Management, Domino, HCL Software
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Digital Solutions | April 2, 2021
HCL Domino v12 Beta 3 Has Arrived
What a blast! In our webinar hosted this week, we announced Beta 3 is now available for download on Flexnet for all Domino customers. Watch the replay here.  This will be the last beta drop before the v12 release so don’t miss your chance to participate and help us shape the future of Domino! In this third iteration, we are unleashing another set of great features. See the full list here or read highlights below. We’ve also included a Q&A received during our webinar and a special shoutout to all our customers and partners who covered our beta in blogs and tweets below! Notes Client Highlights New 64bit Notes Basic Client For the first time ever, we are releasing a 64-bit Notes Basic client for beta testing. Many of our customers have been voting for this and we’re pleased to deliver. (See this idea from Cormac.) Our main intent for this release is to engage customers, business partners, and third-party vendors to try out 64-bit Windows Basic version and test existing extension integrations. Our plan is to provide several iterations of this 64-bit client in beta and once we feel that we have addressed most of the known and reported issues, we will release the Standard 64-bit client. More Improvements for the Workspace In Beta 2, we introduced a new Notes client user interface for the workspace. Thanks to all your feedback, we have addressed several improvement requests such as reducing excessive spacing between icons and adding the ability to change the font color of workspace database icon (which is also policy controlled). Now you can also partially or completely collapse the workspace navigator and easily identify multiple replicas with the added a visual indicator. Read more here:  Updates to the new Notes V12 workspace design  Collapsible workspace sidebar  Apple M1 Support Good news for customers planning to use Apple’s new M1 hardware with HCL Notes. Beta 3 now also supports those type of CPUs. Domino Server Password Synchronization A new secure method to synchronize password changes from Active Directory to Domino allows customers to reduce the number of passwords that users have to remember. Password changes from Active...
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Digital Solutions | January 20, 2021
Start Your Engines! HCL Domino v12 Beta is Here! Are You Ready?
If you joined us at Digital Week 2020, you’ve probably heard about the preview of Domino v12. (It was the most popular session of the event!) Now that the release of v12 is around the corner, we would like to provide all current customers an exclusive preview. Today, we’re officially launching the first public beta of Domino v12!   We are inviting you to join this beta program and take part in shaping the future of our product, helping us deliver the best-ever product experience! All existing Domino customers are automatically entitled and will be able to download the required software packages from Flexnet today. (See below for Q&A.)  The goal of the Domino v12 Beta Program is for our community of beta participants to conduct an honest, constructive, and thoughtful review and testing of the Domino v12 beta software, which includes HCL Domino V12 , HCL Notes V12 , HCL Domino Designer & Admin V12 and HCL Traveler V12   In the first phase of the beta program, we are delivering the following components:   Domino on Docker Domino for Windows, Linux, AIX Traveler for Windows, Linux, AIX Notes Standard for Windows   Notes Standard for Mac   Designer and Admin Client   At a later stage of the beta program, we will be providing Domino and Traveler for IBMi. In v12 Beta 1, we are supporting English and 15 language translations:  Arabic Brazilian Portuguese Czech Dutch French German Italian Japanese Korean Polish Russian Swedish Spanish Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese  Beta participants, please let us know how you think about the product by submitting your feedback in our beta forum. For general input and new ideas or feature enhancement requests, please use the Domino ideas forum here.   v12 Beta 1 Highlights  Domino  Reduce your total cost of ownership by using DAOS tier 2 objects across servers   A wide range of security improvements including: - Two Factor Authentication (TOTP) - Automated SSL/TLS certificate management with built-in support for Let’s Encrypt - Implementing IP based blocking of failed authentication attempts based on this idea - And many more Automate your Domino server installation and initial...
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Digital Solutions | October 14, 2020
New October Release: Domino Early Access Program
Last month, we introduced the HCL Domino V12 Early Access Program, where we provided customers the chance to test new product features early in the development cycle. Today, our engaged development team has provided a new code drop named "October 2020", now available for download on Flexnet to all current customers.  We are looking for YOUR feedback on the features provided below, please:  Start testing the Early Access Code - details on how to get started can be found here  Vote for the ideas referenced or leave a comment Join the discussion and provide feedback in our forum here. What’s Provided in this Release     Time-based one-time password (TOTP) authentication   When users log on to a Domino Web server, you can now require that they provide time-based one-time passwords in addition to their user names and passwords. These one-time passwords are generated by authenticator apps like Authy, Google Authenticator or similar.   DAOS Version 2   DAOS Version 2 (DAOSV2) is a new version of DAOS that provides a more reliable way of tracking DAOS objects on a server.    Certificate management improvements   A number of enhancements and improvements related to certificate management are provided:   Disable TLS 1.0 by default now   Support for PEM-file format, in additon to *.kyr file format  (Note: This feature is intended as a test bed for future work supporting PEM-formatted keys and certificates)   Support for using CertMgr to import third-party CA keys and certificates - based on this idea (Thanks Martin!)  Support for replacing keys generated by the Let's Encrypt CA    Domino directory enhancements   There are a number of improvements around the Domino directory design (pubnames.ntf) to improve usability for administrators. Some of which were long standing requests. If you like what you see, please vote for the idea(s)s referenced below:  Mail-In Databases and Resources view - based on your input from this idea (Thanks Michael!)The Mail-In Databases and Resources view now displays the internet addresses of mail-in databases that have them and also includes a Go to...
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Digital Solutions | June 23, 2020
Announcing HCL Domino Connector for SAP Solutions
We’re pleased to announce the release of HCL Domino Connector for SAP Solutions. This connector now simplifies integration between HCL Domino applications and various SAP enterprise solutions, specifically, CRM, HR, ERP, and finance applications.   The Domino Connector helps organizations save time by enabling the use of LotusScript to easily access SAP data without specialized or costly SAP training. The SAP connector easily installs over HCL Enterprise Integrator giving your Notes application team easy access to your SAP data. Additionally, with the 32-bit connector installed on Notes clients, you’re able to perform SAP tasks, retrieve SAP data, and initiate SAP actions.   Learn more about HCL Domino Connector for SAP Solutions by viewing documentation here.   Using this connector, you can:   Facilitate data transfer and real-time access to SAP enterprise applications from an HCL Domino v11.0.1 server or HCL Notes v11.0.1 client.  Use one or more HCL Domino servers to centralize connectivity to SAP applications. Use server-based Domino application development tools, such as HCL Enterprise Integrator software, to enable SAP solution access without programming. Integrate SAP solution information and business processes into web enabled HCL Domino applications. Access remote enabled RFC's, BAPI's, and transactions. Run agents from your Notes client, as well as use the LotusScript debugger to troubleshoot applications.  HCL Connector for SAP Solutions supports:   64-bit Linux and Windows systems  SAP 4.6c to ECC6, which allows you to take advantage of SAP's capabilities  HCL Domino v11.0.1  SAP RFC SDK Client 7.2 Have an SAP solution to integrate with your Domino app? Contact sales to find out more about this release and how to purchase your connector.  
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