Notes & Domino V12 Beta 3 is Out – With Working Connections Plugin

Explore the HCL Domino V12 Beta Program

The road to the full release of V12 keeps getting shorter. Here are all the new improvements, including a working Connections plugin! And you get to try it! Read on! 

Before we start this blog posting: Have you signed up for our NCUG Spring Seminar, yet? If not, go do it! You will get a ton of news like this, with even more details!

Ok, here we go:

V3 of Notes and Domino V12 Beta is out, and anybody who is a Notes/Domino customer can download it and try it out, just like with Beta 1 and Beta 2.

Beta 3 Highlights

  • Notes Client
    • New improved Workspace
    • Mac M1 Compatibility
    • 64 Bit Basic Client
    • Improved HTML rendering in Email
  • Domino
    • Active Directory Password syncing
    • Adding Verse to Domino installer
    • Entitlement Tracking & Reporting for CCB/CCX
    • Back up Solution
  • Domino Designer
    • Addressed beta feedback

Elements

The latest release includes:

  • Domino on Docker
  • Domino for Windows, Linux, AIX, IBMi
  • Traveler for Windows, Linux, AIX, IBMi
  • Notes Standard for Windows
  • Notes Standard for Mac
  • Designer and Admin Client
  • Connections Plugin for Notes 12
  • Notes Basic 64 bit

Download

You can download it from Flexnet:

Languages

Here are the languages that are supported, thus far:

  • Arabic
  • BrazilianPortuguese
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Spanish
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese

No Danish, Finnish, Icelandic or Norwegian yet. But I’ve been told this most likely will happen with V12.1 towards Xmas. Fingers crossed!

Notes 64 bit

I’ll just quote HCL directly from today’s webinar, where they marked the launch of Beta 3:

Our Goal is to engage customers, business partners, and 3rd party vendors to try out 64-bit Windows Basic version and test their existing extension and integrations.

Lifecycle: Ongoing and will last beyond v12 GA. There will be multiple drops. Once we feel we have addressed most of the known and reported issues, we will release the Standard 64 bit client in Beta.

We expect all the incompatibilities will likely to be with basic client only. The Java version client should not cause any incompatibilities

So yes, there will be a 64 bit version of Notes, but it won’t be from the first release of V12.

Workspace

In the previous Beta version, HCL changed the workspace for the Notes client. The reactions from the HCL community were mixed. Here are the changes since then:

  • Cleaned up the fonts on chicklets (modern)
  • Reduced excessive spacing
  • Changed the font color of workspace database icon-policy (WorkspaceTextColor) – End user can change
  • Added mechanisms to partially/ completely collapse navigator
  • Added indications to identify multiple replicas
  • Keyboard Navigation

Here’s a picture of my workspace, so that you can see some of the new stuff:

HCL Notes Workspace V12 Beta 3

Here’s what will be coming after general release of V12:

  • Modern hover on workspace icons (complete database name/server name/more info about application)
  • Rearranging the pages (Workspace tabs)
  • Grouping
  • Search bar for workspace

Apple M1 Support

M1 is Apple’s latest hardware offering, which was released in January.

HCL have tested and confirmed that v12 Notes Standard client Beta 3 does work on the following hardware:

  • M1 Mac Mini: 8-core CPU, 16GB unified memory
  • New Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

They would like customers to try it and give them feedback

Forum and feedback

Register for new Account: https://registration.hclpartnerconnect.com/betasignup.nsf

Beta Forum: https://registration.hclpartnerconnect.com/d12betaforum.nsf

Active Directory password sync

You will no longer have to remember one password for your PC account and one for your Notes account. You will now be able to set up syncronisation so that whenever a user’s password is changed in Active Directory, it will automatically also be changed for Notes.

AD password change events are sync-ed to Domino in less than 5 seconds. This change can be either admin or user-initiated.

More information.

Backup

You will from now on be able to run backup of your Notes/Domino environment in a much better way than before.

A new backup solution is embedded in Domino. It will come preinstalled but you will have to activate yourself on every Domino server where you want it to run. You control the backup from a Notes application:

Domino backup

Multi restore nsf files

 

You can run this with a backup provider of your choice. There’s no longer any need to run Tivoli next to your regular backup environment.

Domino Database

  • Backup Configuration
    • Destination: (local/cloud storage, backup vendor)
    • What to back up? Directories/file names to include / exclude
    • Schedule
  • Restore jobs to be processed
    • Side-by-side / Replace
    • Who will have access to restore
  • Logs
    • Backup/restore logs
    • Transaction log backup history

Domino Server Tasks

  • Backup
    • Invoke Domino Backup C-API to put NSF/NTF file in backup mode
    • Notify configured backup subsystem to start backup
    • Wait for backup to finish and reactivate Domino databases
  • Restore
    • Process data that is made available by backup environment and make available to Domino. (Disable agents, change filename, change ACL, change ReplicaID, etc.)
    • Replay transaction logs (if requested)

Here’s the technical bit:

Domino Backup setup

 

License tracking

You will now also be able to keep track of how many entitlements you need by access levels for each user.

A user needs a license (entitlement) when:

  • They have the ability toaccess the server§
    • Server Access Security Settings
    • Ability to authenticate with the server
  • They have ACL access to at least onedatabase on the server
    • Explicitly named in an ACL
    • Member of a group named in an ACL
    • Match a *wild card in an ACL
    • Database has a –Default-access level of READER or higher

Domino will now come with a Notes application called Entitlement Tracking:

Entitlement Tracker for HCL Domino

User entitlement form on Domino

 

You can also generate a report and email it to HCL or the powers that be:

HCL Domino entitlement tracking report

 

New HCL Connections plugin

The HCL Connections plugin for Notes have famously been completely broken since V10. Windows close at whim, you risk your workspace being ruined and you haven’t been able to upload files into Connections from Notes.

In the same directory where you find the files for downloading Notes V12 Beta 3 and Domino V12 Beta 3, you will also find a file called ConnectionsAddonInstallerforNotes12_Beta.zip. Do yourself a favour and donwload it. You can once again integrate Notes with Connections.

Let us know

What do you think of Beta 3? Have you tried it? Let us know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Notes & Domino V12 Beta 3 is Out – With Working Connections Plugin”

  1. Nice post ! However, one comment on License Tracking, where you write “You will now also be able to keep track of how many licenses you have, and what level of access each user have on the server.”
    There is no link into the HCL CRM or FlexNet repositories where we track the licensing for customers! The tool, keeps track of how many entitlements you NEED by access levels for each user …
    … U

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