How to create and manage an SSL certificate inside a kdb file from command line  

By Matteo Bisi | 10/21/20 2:56 AM | Infrastructure - Digital Experience | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Today I was working for one of my HCL DX customers and one of the tasks needed was change the SSL certificate used by the IBM HTTP Server. During past days I have generated and tested the certificate directly from Ikeman utility using an IHS 8.5.5.FP16 without issue but on a 8.5.5 OLD FixPack server starting the service I was getting Configuration Failed After checks on IBM docs I saw several upgrades related to KDB during the years and Fixpacks so I decided to try to create a new KDB directly from this 8.5.5 old FP server.

I will speak at CollabSphere 2020  

By Roberto Boccadoro | 10/20/20 11:07 AM | Business - Events / People | Added by Oliver Busse

CollabSphere 2020 is another community event that had to turn from in-person to online due to Covid-19. The bad side of this you already know, the good side is that being online now you can attend all these events without the need to travel, is always nice to save money, and also attendance is free.

HCL Domino SSO with AzureAD  

By Kris de Bisschop | 10/20/20 5:30 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Proving that Domino can integrate with several other technologies is something we do on a regular basis, just to show the customers that Domino is an open platform. For authentication, we did already several SSO configurations between Domino Directory and MS Active Directory by using ADFS and SAML authentication.

Troubleshooting HCL Notes - Debugging Agents Using the NotesLog Class  

By John Oldenburger | 10/20/20 3:30 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

In this blog post a sequel to debugging Agents. A commonly used method for debugging LotusScript and Java background Agents is the use of the NotesLog class. An important point to consider when using the NotesLog class is to ensure that the Agent Log limit is not exceeded. Below is a brief description and example of how to use the NotesLog class in Agents.

HCL Notes Connections Plug-In – Login via SPNEGO not possible   

By Milan Matejic | 10/20/20 3:29 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

If you are trying to use SPNEGO as the means for authenticating HCL Notes Connections Plug-In and you run into an issue, check if "Use the alias host name for the application server" option is used on Websphere Application Server and if that is the case try turning it off.

HCL Domino – Default LTPA Token  

By Milan Matejic | 10/19/20 3:07 AM | Infrastructure - Sametime | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

I came across an HCL Domino environment with HCL Sametime where the Sametime embedded clients were logging in via LTPA but with a different authentication server than the Sametime Community server. As you can imagine, this was important to keep in mind during a Sametime migration. The Domino server used for authenticating Sametime clients is also hosting multiple websites and using multiple LTPA tokens, so the question was, which LTPA token is actually used for authenticating the Sametime clients.

Domino V12 ACME for company CAs using smallstep  

By Daniel Nashed | 10/19/20 3:05 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

The Let's Encrypt CA only works for web servers exposed to the internet (or at least public Domains in combination with your providers DNS). But the smallstep CA does now support the ACME protocol (RFC 8555) -- which is the underlying standard used by Let's Encrypt. I was looking for a way to deploy internal web server test certificates for my lab and ran into this. The whole setup took me like 10 minutes and it just works!

Are You Tired of Domino Designer?  

By NCUG | 10/16/20 9:53 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Poor old Domino Designer. It has received a lot of flak, and let’s face it: It’s very, very dated and not something you want for 2020. HCL now seems to have come up with it’s successor: Volt MX! First of all: Don’t let the Volt part of Volt MX fool you into thinking that this has anything to do with Domino Volt. HCL will be using the term Volt for all their low code products, and Volt MX is something else entirely.

Troubleshooting HCL Notes - Debugging Agents - Using Debug_AMgr  

By John Oldenburger | 10/16/20 8:35 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

In this blog post we will initially look at the NOTES.INI parameter Debug_AMgr = flag. In every Notes Domino environment frequent use is made of Agents which can cause the necessary problems for Administrators. Agents should therefore not be missing in this new blog series.

Big things to come  

By Oliver Busse | 10/15/20 9:40 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Martin Pradny

On Monday this week, I witnessed the future of app development - without a heavy IDE but somewhat "on Domino". There was also another announcement from HCL - HCL Volt MX. Technology-wise HCL Volt MX has nothing to do with HCL Domino Volt. The term "Volt" is just something HCL wants to be understood as their Low-Code idea in general.

Join me for an OpenNTF Webinar on Thu 10/22  

By Michael G. Smith | 10/15/20 6:04 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

On Thursday, October 22nd I will be presenting a webinar for OpenNTF about the Flexible View Control for XPages. Thank you to OpenNTF for the opportunity to demonstrate this content. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit the OpenNTF website. For a primer on the Flexible View Control, see the series here.

Troubleshooting HCL Notes - Common Error and Event Logging  

By John Oldenburger | 10/15/20 4:45 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

In my previous blog posts regarding the new blog series Troubleshooting HCL Notes, the error messages Unable to Read Rollover Values from View, Invalid Collection Data was Detected, DAOS Prune - Deleted 0 objects and completed with error: (685) Document attachment, The address book does not contain a cross certificate capable of validating the public key is invalid, Server Task Agent Manager on Server is No Longer Responding and HCL Nomad - Server is not reachablewere explained in more detail.

HCL Domino V12 Early Access Program - New October release is available now  

By Thomas Hampel | 10/14/20 1:04 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Last month we have introduced the HCL Domino V12 Early Access Program, in which we are providing customers the chance to test new product features early in the development cycle. Our engaged development team has provided a new code drop (named "October 2020") which is available now for download at Flexnet to all current customers. This code drop provides a number of very interesting features that our dev team wants to have YOUR feedback on:

HCL Domino 12.0 on Docker Early Access October 2020  

By Daniel Nashed | 10/13/20 4:29 PM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Matteo Bisi

The new code drop is available with more preview features. One of the highlight features is TOTP. You can now use two factor authentication for HTTPS connections.

Can I use a pre-existing SSL certificate with Domino?  

By Cormac McCarthy | 10/13/20 11:14 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Here’s a common problem that comes up and the documentation on it is pretty non-existent (or more accurately the information is out there but not Domino specific so you really have to know what you’re doing to get it done). An organisation has purchased a SSL certificate, often a wildcard cert. Something like * They use it on other non-Domino web services. Can you use the same cert in Domino (without creating a csr and re-keying the cert)?

Troubleshooting HCL Notes - Domino Configuration Tuner  

By John Oldenburger | 10/13/20 11:12 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

In this blog post a quick look at a very helpful tool for troubleshooting HCL Notes (and Domino), the Domino Configuration Tuner. The Domino Configuration Tuner (DCT) evaluates server settings according to a growing catalog of best practices. All servers in a single domain can be evaluated together. The Domino Configuration Tuner generates reports that explain the issues DCT uncovers, suggests mitigations and provides references to supporting publications.

Do you know Collaboration Today ? | Roberto Boccadoro  

By Roberto Boccadoro | 10/13/20 3:27 AM | Business - Events / People | Added by Oliver Busse

If you are reading my blog, it means you are probably an IT professional working with, or interested in, HCL products. So I have a question for you: to keep up to date with what is happening in this space, what do you do ?

Easy kyr file creation with Early Access V12 in production  

By Daniel Nashed | 10/12/20 2:22 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

The kyr format is a really old propritary IBM format. Since Domino 9 the only way to create kyr files is to use the command-line kyrtool. It can only import existing key pairs + certificates. So the current flow is often to use OpenSSL to create a key pair and a CSR or to import existing key pairs with the matching certificates. That flow is going to change with Domino V12 completely. The CertMgr servertask and the cerstore.nsf will completely simplify the operation and remove the need for kyr files.

Let’s Encrypt Domino Early Access V12 in production  

By Daniel Nashed | 10/10/20 5:13 PM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

We got the first two code drops for the early access program. The October code drop show be available soon. With new features .. This is a great opportunity for an early look and to provide feedback.

October Webinar - XPages Flexible View Control with Michael G. Smith  

By Paul Withers | 10/9/20 11:15 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

If you’ve been building XPages applications for any amount of time then you probably have struggled integrating view data into your apps and thought to yourself “it shouldn’t be this hard”. The Flexible View Control for XPages can simplify this process for you. The FVC is a re-usable XPages custom control built on jQuery and DataTables that sources data from Domino REST Services and xAgents.

HCL Domino SSO with Microsoft Teams  

By Martin Pradny | 10/9/20 10:43 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

Microsoft Teams is probably one of the most used tools this year, it was already quite popular before the pandemic started to spread across the world this spring, but now most of the businesses I work with use it. After using it just like a chat/conferencing tool, many start to explore further capabilities of the platform. When working with Domino data in apps that are web-enabled, it can be quite easy - just add a web tab anywhere you want. The problem is, that you need to deal with user authentication.

Creating an LTPA Token – Without WAS Network Deployment Server  

By Milan Matejic | 10/9/20 5:50 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Recently I was installing an HCL Sametime 11 environment from scratch. I always tend to implement a single LTPA Token across the Domino, Sametime and/or Connections environment. It is also a very good idea to use only the LTPA Token version 2, as it is more secure, but this also means that the LTPA Token has to be created by a WebSphere server.

A Notes-Client-Friendly Way To Access JWT-Protected Resources  

By Jesse Gallagher | 10/9/20 2:31 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Martin Pradny

I recently had call to access the Zoom REST API in a Notes client app so I figured it'd be as good an opportunity as any to use the HTTP and JSON classes added in V10 and 11. The basics there are fine enough - though those classes aren't featureful, they can get the job done. However, the Zoom API needs specialized authentication, beyond the username/password.

Elasticsearch index creation problem  

By Christoph Stoettner | 10/9/20 1:43 AM | Infrastructure - Connections | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Today I activated Elasticsearch Metrics and Typeahead Search on my demo HCL Connections cluster. To my surprise the indices weren’t created and I got errors on the commands. SearchService.createESQuickResultsIndex() I checked the Elasticsearch pods which showed a running state, but the logs showed following messages: [es-master-c9cc5d877-trwsd es-master] [2020-10-08T12:11:13,708][WARN ][o.e.c.r.a.DiskThresholdMonitor] \ [es-master-c9cc5d877-trwsd] high disk watermark [90%] exceeded on [sqwY58MtRa2MoPkHr1o70Q][es-data-2][/data/data/nodes/0] \ free: 2.7gb[5.4%], shards will be relocated away from this node So even with 2.7GB free space it does not generate the needed shards and indices. This is default behavior of Elasticsearch, but can be changed:

Domino AppDev Pack 1.0.6 released  

By Ales Lichtenberg | 10/8/20 12:22 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Matteo Bisi

Release 1.0.6 includes the following 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.

HCL Sametime 11 – WebClient stuck on Loading  

By Milan Matejic | 10/8/20 1:37 AM | Infrastructure - Sametime | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

If you experience the issue with HCL Sametime 11 Proxy, where the WebClient just loads endlesly after a user logs in, and the following error is present in "catalina.out" log file (of the Sametime Proxy component): CLFRX0049E: Failed to query the user info: <username>, reason 80000005 Check the "UserInfoConfig.xml" file, on the Sametime Community Server,

Why we need SSL, and how Domino 12 helps us get it  

By Oval | 10/7/20 12:56 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Over the past few years, the world and their dog has been drumming into web server administrators that they need to use SSL, and now web browsers are not-so-passively-aggressively throwing up warning messages if a site isn’t being accessed over HTTPS. In the past, SSL has only really been enforced for login screens, or payment screens – but this is no longer considered sufficient, and there are very good reasons for this:

Let’s Connect to the Latest News  

By Hogne B. Pettersen | 10/6/20 9:08 AM | Business - Events / People | Added by Matteo Bisi

Another virtual conference is over, this time with the focus on HCL Connections. Here’s the latest about Connections 7.0 and related products and strategies! As most other user groups have had to do this year, Let’s Connect (previously Social Connections) had to go virtual. The conference took place on September 29th and 30th, and it was chock full of news from HCL regarding Connections.


By Maria Nordin | 10/6/20 2:24 AM | Business - Events / People | Added by Matteo Bisi

Let’sConnect Virtual 2020 is over! The event was a real success and we are very happy for all the good feedback we have received from the attendees and speakers. It feels great that the community showed up, took part, asked questions and participated in polls from the speakers. A real good feeling to see so many familiar names in the attendee list, and also so many new ones! We are also pleased with the content that our speakers provided, we know it can be tough. Especially now in these times! We have been working fast to get all presentations and replay videos published. Please also see our other blog posts where we share poll results, and the Q&A from the sessions.

XPages and more: Troubleshooting HCL Notes - ID Vault - Unable to Read Rollover Values from View  

By John Oldenburger | 10/5/20 5:42 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Matteo Bisi

As indicated in my previous blog post, Troubleshooting HCL Notes - Notes Error Invalid Collection Data was Detected, I have been asked repeatedly to start a blog series about the most common Notes Domino errors and the corresponding solutions. As an HCL Ambassador I am happy to comply with this request and start a new blog series, Troubleshooting HCL Notes.