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Digital Solutions | June 11, 2021
Announcing the Domino REST API Beta Program  
Today, we’re announcing the start of the beta program for our new Domino REST API, formerly known as “Project Keep.” This is the latest addition to our ongoing Domino Early Access Program. The Domino REST API will introduce hundreds of new APIs that aperture to information on Domino — further extending access to your Domino data. It’s a modern take on the REST API for opening Domino access to a world of standards — and API-first developers. What is it?   Domino REST API is a new feature that runs alongside the server and allows you to expose your Domino data in the form of standardized Open-API-based methods securely and easily. Using a browser-based admin UI, application owners can define which data will be made available for view or update on a REST API. It extends the Domino principles of reader/author document access definitions into the world of Internet protocols.  It also includes Swagger UI which allows the visualization and interaction with APIs without having any of the actual implementation logic in place. The APIs are automatically generated from an OpenAPI (formerly Swagger) specification with visual documentation, making it easier to later implement the back-end code.  What is special about the new Domino REST APIs?  Secure by default, with fine granular controls per form, field and user basis  Implements latest open standards  HTTP/2-ready, for server-to-server or client-to-server communication API-first design with full interactive documentation  Low barrier to entry as it runs on a Domino server and/or your Notes client  Admin UI and Postman samples included  State-of-the-art JWT access token integrated with your existing IdP infrastructure What can be accessed via the Domino REST APIs? You can access content like views, documents, and fields, as well as database design, agents, and ACL settings. And, of course, featuring DQL queries to quickly access the data you are looking for.  Built-in declarative security ensures the API will only allow access to fields the caller is authorized to see or update. This can effectively prevent computed fields to be overwritten and limits participants in a workflow to update their fields only.   How to participate   The Domino REST API is now available as a...
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Digital Solutions | June 7, 2021
HCL SafeLinx 1.2 is Live with Nomad Web
We are pleased to announce the release of HCL SafeLinx 1.2 for general availability. Starting today, customers can try out new features by downloading the package from Flexnet. In the past few months, we have been focusing on providing you a more user-friendly enterprise VPN platform with reverse proxy capabilities which aims to boost your middleware security at work.  SafeLinx and Nomad web  As part of the Domino v12 launch, this version comes with improved functionalities for Nomad Web Proxy:  New resources container specifically for Nomad, inherited from the generic http access service but only providing attributes needed for NWP  Modified initial configuration wizard to streamline NWP creation as part of initial setup  Ability to serve the Nomad web application static files directly from SafeLinx (event driven), without the need for an additional http server  Support for HCL Verse application integration when the Nomad app launches from a mail link  SAML as an authentication option  Configurable buffer size for NRPC flow  Configurable attribute for querying the User CN to use in Nomad client configuration.  Nomad-branded login screens  Other new features of this release include support for Mac OS administrator, MS-SQL Linux, and My SQL (Linux and Windows), and a new splash screen. To see the full list, please refer to SafeLinx 1.2 release notes.  Getting started: pricing and licensing For Notes/Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) customers, SafeLinx is now available as a FREE entitlement and will be listed under supporting programs. CCB customers can use SafeLinx’s server component without the need for an additional VPN client to securely access their Domino apps from mobile. With this release, we’d like to provide our customers the opportunity to evaluate SafeLinx VPN for broader usage. Please contact your HCL Software representative or HCL Business Partner for more information on how to get SafeLinx 1.2.  SafeLinx is also available as a standalone to non-Notes-Domino Complete Collaboration customers. Contact us for more details. Our team has put in many hours turning your ideas into reality and we’d love for our customers to continue submitting ideas and improvements in our Ideas Portal. (Make sure you select “SafeLinx” under the Workspace before submission.)  Domino v12 Launch Missed the v12 live event yesterday? The launch is not over! We’ve just started rolling out the Domino Dozen which includes 12 days of...
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Digital Solutions | June 3, 2021
Making a Smooth Upgrade to HCL Notes v12
The big day is coming soon! HCL Notes / Domino v12 will be launched  globally on June 7th (it’s already available for download on HCL FlexNet since May 27th). For those customers planning to upgrade, we have some great news. Whether you have been keeping pace with the rollouts of new HCL Notes client versions, or are WAY behind, there is a path for a seamless and smooth transition to v12. The MarvelClient Upgrade solution empowers organizations to optimize their HCL Notes client management and standardize all client versions with a consistent configuration during the automated upgrade process.  Common Upgrade Challenges What we have heard consistently from organizations around the world is that they want to reduce the complexity of their HCL Notes client installations and lessen the administration support tasks required. It is an ongoing challenge for IT support groups to keep pace with the upgrade cycles provided by their vendors. The following list is a showcase of some challenges that organizations face during an upgrade process:  Creation of Notes Client Install Package (with standard configurations)  Upgrade Package Deployment for Remote Users (with or without VPN)  Installation / Upgrade Process Execution Trigger for Automation  Migration of Notes Data Folder  Automated Upgrades for Different Deployment Models (Laptops, Desktops, Citrix, VDI, different OS versions, etc.)   The MarvelClient Upgrade solution handles all those requirements and more. The centralized tracking and reporting environment allows administrators to monitor the client deployments for all employees. And if any modifications are made through user error, they will be rectified and reset to the standard, supported settings on the next restart of the HCL Notes client. These automated, self-healing functions enable any organization to ensure a consistent environment for their users and reduce the number of IT support calls from HCL Notes client installation issues.  In addition, the MarvelClient Upgrade automates the entire process. This makes it easy to perform regular upgrades in the future as new software versions become available. If your organization is preparing to upgrade HCL Notes/Domino in the near future, please access this best practices list to avoid common project pitfalls.  Review of HCL Notes / Domino v12 We recently hosted a co-webinar with an expert from HCL on April...
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Digital Solutions | June 2, 2021
Licensing Update: Domino V12 and Key CCX Enhancement
Over the past year, HCL Digital Solutions has been on a journey to consolidate our customers’ HCL Domino licensing around our modern, per user, licensing model – HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition (a.k.a. “CCB”) including unlimited Guest Users, and the additional external user capability under the HCL Domino Complete Collaboration eXternal User (a.k.a. “CCX”) entitlement.  The majority of our customers are now licensed under this model. With the upcoming HCL Domino V12 release, we are further enhancing the CCB/CCX entitlements as described below.   Additionally, with the release of HCL Domino V12 we are aligning all Domino products on consistent license terms, which will be available imminently and include the compliance rules outlined in “HCL Domino Support Update” from February 3, 2021.  CCB Recap: Simplifying HCL Domino Licensing CCB is the key step in our journey to provide one license model for HCL Domino, eliminating the uncertainty of server capacity and sub-capacity (PVU) licensing and ambiguous entitlement rules.  A simple “Per User everything model” - use any client and any protocol for any server capacity to run all applications – including enterprise e-mail.  Transparent license compliance management by simple user counting.  Adding additional capabilities to the core Domino environment under CCB entitlements from V12 – for example HCL Nomad for Web Browsers and HCL SafeLinx.  CCB entitlements are needed for all employees and contractors of your enterprise needing access to your Domino CCB servers – covering all B2E (Business-to-Employees) scenarios. All CCB entitlements include unlimited external web user access as needed for most B2C (Business-to-Consumer/Citizen) scenarios:  Guest: unlimited anonymous browser users can freely access your Domino based websites.  Known Guest: unlimited registered users with credentials to log-in and access applications limited to being a “Reader” with permission to “write public documents” (controlled by Domino application access [ACL] – see Known Guest Use Cases later in this blog post). For B2B (Business-to-Business) or advanced B2C scenarios, where the external users need to fully engage in applications beyond the access permitted for Known Guests, we introduced the CCX entitlement as an add-on for CCB licensing. (See “Introducing CCX, External User Entitlements“ from September 23, 2020. Extending CCX entitlement to address additional use cases CCX users have full functionally to use Domino or Domino Volt [see below] applications and workflows but cannot create applications themselves. CCX users do not have a personal mailbox but can use task/functional mail for workflow routing or applications generating mail.   The CCX Authorized User entitlement is always assigned to a unique person or role,...
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Digital Solutions | May 27, 2021
Customer Success Case Study for Nolte Küchen, GmbH
A new customer success story was recently released by panagenda and was subsequently published by the HCL marketing team. The story outlines the dramatic improvements of the HCL Notes client management and improved upgrade processes for a German manufacturing company, Nolte Küchen. Below is a quote from their team lead who manages the Notes and Domino environment for the company.  “With panagenda's MarvelClient solution, a version upgrade for our entire organization took a fraction of the time — weeks instead of months — that it used to take.”  —Dr. Dirk Kirchhoff, Nolte Küchen The company has been a long-time Domino shop, first deploying the collaboration and communication platform in 1997. However, by 2010, they had a sprawling set of inconsistent client deployments across the organization. This was causing issues with IT support troubleshooting and making subsequent client upgrades a nightmare. After deploying the MarvelClient solution the IT group was able to successfully identify the non-standard HCL Notes client configurations on all computers and quickly implement a fixup campaign to push out a common install.  Helpdesk calls were reduced, and client performance improved for all users. As stated by their team lead, “MarvelClient suddenly provided us with full visibility into the current Notes client environment and highlighted the potential problems cause by a mixed bag of inconsistent installs.”  To download a copy of the customer case study from panagenda, click here.  The case study has also been published on the HCL website  for your reference.  Enabling a Smooth and Speedy HCL Notes Client Upgrade  For those customers who have not upgraded their HCL Notes clients in years, and are subsequently out of practice with the processes and procedures to ensure a smooth experience for their end users, we can help. The MarvelClient Upgrade solution empowers organizations to optimize their HCL Notes client management and standardize all user installs with a consistent configuration. If any client settings or modifications are made through user error, they will be rectified and reset to the standard, supported configurations on the next restart of the HCL Notes client. These automated restore functions enable any organization to ensure a consistent environment for their users and reduce the number of IT...
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