HCL Digital Week – Recap Day 1

Today, Monday 9th 2020, the HCL Digital Week started with a very impressive opening by Richard Jefts and Dion Hinchliffe where they talked about the Digital Transformation and how HCL is going to support YOU on this very interesting journey. During this Opening Session some very interesting facts have been shown by Dion Hinchliffe.

The very important message on this slide is
“Digital Transformation tops ALL priorities, even Cybersecurity”

Also some “Myth vs Reality” comparisons have been shown to disprove opinions from CIOs and also user – go through the slide show and see some statements.

The Digital Transformation is managing the way of the development of the HCL Collaboration Solutions which is shown in the following image:

After this great opening Andrew Manby and Ken Krause showed the vision of HCL regarding the so called Low-Code Manifesto where the new way of developing and deploying smart applications has been shown. Also a comparision of HCL Volt MX and HCL Domino Volt was presented to figure out the differences of those two Low-Code Development Platforms:

One of the biggest announcements of the first day of the DS Imagine Day has been the Preview of HCL Domino V12 presented by Barry Rosen and Francois Nasser !!  The new release is planned for late spring of  2021 and is including a lot of long-time-requestes features like

  • Changes in Certification Management
  • Let´s Encrypt included in the Domino V12 code
  • Active Directory Sync including Password (!)
  • Enhancements of the Search Capability in the Notes V12 Client
  • Domino Nomad Web ( especially for accessing Domino applications )
  • Domino Nomad Mobile including authentication via FaceID
  • 2 Factor Authentication
  • Integration of a Domino application into MS Teams
  • Added the capability of QR codes for Sametime Online Meetings
  • “Auto Deployment” of ID Vault

The best of Domino V12 is the same you could see in the last decades:

HCL is planning that the upgrade to V12 will be the last time you have to upgrade Notes Clients because of the announcement of HCL Nomad Web.

Also the security will be enhanced with some really great features:

And of course HCL is also enabling running a HCL Domino environment on ALL cloud-based vendors:

So Day 1 is finished ( except the HCL Digital Happy Hour ) but great announcements so far.

To the complete Dev Team @HCL: CONGRATULATIONS when we’ll receive all of the announcments !!

Domino Server: Copy Database Commands

Of course there are multiple ways to create copies or replicas of databases either to other folders on the same server or to other servers ( especially when the servers are running in a cluster ).

I always use the following way and it´s working very fine:

First, you have to set an entry in the NOTES.INI of the server where you want to put the commands directly in the console:


You also can set this NOTES.INI setting directly from the console with a
“set configuration Cluster_Admin_On=1” – you don´t have to restart the server, … ! This parameter is taken “on the fly”.

Now to the commands:

cl copy sourcedatabase targetdatabase
> Example: cl copy dev/demo.nsf prod/demo.nsf
> Creates a copy of the database dev/demo.nsf in the directory prod

cl copy sourcedatabase targetdatabase replica
> Example: cl copy Server1!!dev/demo.nsf Server2!!dev/demo.nsf replica
> Creates a full replica of the database dev/demo.nsf on Server 1 on Server 2

cl copy sourcedatabase targetdatabase template
> Example: cl copy Server1!!dev/demo.nsf Server2!!dev/demo.nsf template
> Only creates a template from the database dev/demo.nsf on Server 1 on Server 2 without any data

You also can use this command to create copies, replicas or templates within a program document:

Program name: nserver ( or server on Linux )
Command line: -c “cl copy Server1!!dev/demo.nsf Sever2!!dev/demo.nsf replica”

If you plan to run multiple “cl copy” commands you can pack them into a single text file ( in the example it´s called “command.txt” ):

cl copy demo/test1.nsf demo1/test1.nsf
cl copy demo/test2.nsf demo1/test2.nsf
cl copy demo/test3.nsf demo1/test3.nsf

and then you can create a program document where you run the commands included in the text file this way:

Program name: nserver ( or server on Linux )
Command line: -c “< path/command.txt”

Ponemon Report: Application Security in the DevOps Environment

Ponemon Institute surveyed 626 individuals in IT security, quality assurance or development. All respondents work in organizations that use a DevOps approach that includes application security testing.

You can download the report here: https://bit.ly/34m8ABC

Regarding DevOps Security HCL is offering a Webinar with Larry Ponemon. You can read the complete description and register for the webinar – held on October 29th at 11 a.m. Eastern/ 8 a.m. Pacific – here.

Also there´s a replay available from the webinar – feel free to see what you have been missing: https://bit.ly/36tw1c7

HCL Connections 7.0

Planned for December 2020, HCL is delivering the new version of HCL Connections with some really great enhancements:

Tailored Experience

Save time and achieve better outcomes by building better Communities faster

  • Wizard
    • A step-by-step process takes users by the hand guiding them through the process of creating a Community
  • Templates
    • Whether you want to achieve a consistent look-and-feel across your organization’s Communities or you run repeatable projects that rely on bestpractices as part of every new project – Connections Community templates dramatically shorten the time to get productive
  • Highlights
    • A new Highlights experience that seamlessly integrates standard Connections apps with dynamic and configurable widgets

Microsoft 365 Ecosystem Support

Integration of MS Teams, Outlook, SharePoint and Office

  • Teams Integration
    • One-To-One Chat
    • Share with Channel
    • Messaging Extension
    • Connections Tab App
  • Outlook Integration
    • Save the entire email or just the attachments to where they are useful to others – as a shared File, a to-do in an Activity, as a knowledge article in a Wiki, or simply as a status update to share the good news
    • Send emails with links to Connections files rather than attaching a local file again and again
    • You have options
      • Share via link or as attachment if needed
      • Use the Outlook client integration on Mac and PC or in your browser
  • Sharepoint Integration
    • Single access point
    • Seamless
    • Widget or full-page view
  • Office Integration
    • Round Trip Edit with Microsoft 365

Export to PDF
Print, Archive, Share; export Connections pages for easy re-use

Cloud Native Initiative
Continuing on the path to drive down the total cost of ownership of Connections, specifically for the Component pack, HCL Connections now supports Amazon EKS and Red Hat Open Shift.

Feel free and go through the linked presentation where the single points are shown more detailled overview.


HCL Domino AppDev Pack 1.0.6 available for Download

HCL released a new version of the HCL Domino AppDev Pack – 1.0.6 with the following enhancements and changes:

  • New Java API documentation. See here and here.
  • New Java API support for rich text, agent and Act-as-User operations.
  • New Exclusive OAuth2 scopes for calendar API access. See here and here.
  • Removed support for Domino V10.0.1 FP5.
  • New Node.js API to export a Domino database as DXL. For details see exportDXL.

Release 1.0.6 supports:

  • Domino server V11.0.1 or later
  • Node.js V12
  • (Preview) Java 1.8 or later

Licensing Update: Introducing CCX, External User Entitlements

Today HCL ( in person of Uffe Sorensen ) published a blog entry about the new way of licensing internal and external users.

The blog entry is very helpful and describes the new licensing models

  • CCB ( HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition ) and
  • CCX ( HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition eXternal User )

You can read the complete blog entry HERE.