Announcing the IBM Domino V10 portfolio beta program: Sign up today

Mat Newman  June 12 2018 16:32:32
Figure 1: Connections Cloud Schema

Today IBM announced the next step in our journey: the IBM Domino V10 Portfolio Beta program.

I am sure you are as excited about this announcement as I am.

The details for participating in the beta are below:

"The beta program will be rolled out in two phases:

Beta 1: We will form an initial group of beta participants, based on the submissions received and then qualify and approve for beta program enrollment. Beta 1 will begin on June 25th, 2018.

What you can test in Beta 1:
  • Domino (Windows)
  • Notes client (Windows)
  • Notes, Designer & Admin clients (Windows)
This beta is English-only.

Beta 2: We will extend the initial group of Beta 1 participants as we get further along in the development cycle for Domino V10, by including additional participants at the Beta 2 stage. We expect the Beta 2 phase to begin the second half of July 2018.  Submissions received up to July 15th, for those not included in the Beta 1 group, will be considered for inclusion in the Beta 2 phase.

 What you can test in Beta 2:
  • Domino (Windows and Linux)
  • Notes client (Windows and Apple Mac)
  • Notes, Designer & Admin clients (Windows)
  • Verse on Premises (Windows and Linux)
  • DominoDB NPM package for Node.js

The goal of the IBM Domino V10 Portfolio Beta Program is for the community of beta participants to conduct honest, constructive and thoughtful review and testing of the Domino V10 beta software, which includes IBM Domino V10, IBM Notes V10, IBM Sametime V10 and IBM Verse On-Premises V10.
We’re seeking people who meet the following criteria:    
  • A business end user, administrator, or developer, who has prior knowledge of Domino, Notes, and Verse.
  • Those who bring diverse (role/industry/geography/company size) attributes to the beta team and, thus, ensure we get the right blend of input perspectives.

IBM is looking for participants to:
  • Share their use case for the beta in their company.
  • Engage in a dialog about Domino V10 and provide timely feedback.
  • Be constructive and professional in all written/spoken interaction with program members, IBM and HCL.
  • Attend the web conferences and meetings pertaining to the beta program.
  • Experience the beta in a non-production environment.
  • Be open to the idea of becoming a reference for IBM Domino V10.

Note: No travel is required.
To participate in the IBM Domino V10 Portfolio Beta simply fill-in and submit this signup sheet."

Looking forward to being part of this exciting next step in the #domino2025 journey!

Enjoy! :-D

Webinar: Node.js and Domino V10 Essentials – What You Need to Know

Mat Newman  June 8 2018 02:00:00
Figure 1: Connections Cloud Schema

Spend this session with some of the Domino community's application development experts, Paul Withers and John Jardin, to learn how they are approaching the creation of new Domino applications using the latest frameworks and languages such as node.js and JavaScript. Also, how this approach works for application modernization too.

What you will learn is:
  • an introduction to node.js, JavaScript, and
  • the use cases, best practices and how best to get started
  • how Domino V10 and Node.js deliver unique value to developers
  • what this means for your existing Domino application investments
This is just the beginning, there will be more information on this exciting innovation in the coming months.  

Andrew Manby
Director of Product Management
IBM Collaboration Solutions

Paul Withers
IBM Collaboration Solutions Consultant
Intec Systems Ltd

John Jardin
Integration & Cloud Architect

Jason Gary
Vice President Engineering and Innovation, Collaborative Workflow Platforms
HCL Technologies

Register HERE:

See you online!

Engage 2018, some HUGE announcements and the OGS Replay

Mat Newman  May 22 2018 23:57:24
Today, the Engage 2018 conference kicked off in Rotterdam at an amazing venue aboard the ss Rotterdam, the former flagship of the Holland America Line. The introduction was given by IBM Lifetime Champion for Collaboration Solutions, Theo Heselmans, who then handed over to IBM Talent and Collaboration Solutions General Manager, Bob Schultz to give the opening address.

Here is the full replay of the Opening General Session:


A HUGE thank you to IBM Champion Tony Holder, who organised the broadcast of the session.

A summary of the major announcements regarding IBM and HCL's #domino2025 plans included:
  • A new version 10 of Notes, Domino, Sametime, Verse and the IBM Domino Product Family will be released in 2018,
  • The next version of the IBM Domino Product Family, version 11, will be released in 2019,
  • Domino Applications will be available on iPad - meaning you can natively run Notes Databases on an iPad with zero code changes - this year with version 10 on a new iPad app,
  • Domino Applications on Android and iPhone will be part of version 11,
  • No-cost (as in FREE) access to a Domino server for development/training/self-enablement (IBM Domino Community Server is a free download!),
  • Sametime Mobile is now FREE for all entitled users (including those accessing Sametime through entitled programs like IBM Notes/iNotes/Verse),
  • Sametime multiple device and persistent login (the basis for persistent chat on Sametime mobile),
  • A new container-based licensing model is soon to be available,
  • If you want to be part of the Beta's, you MUST be signed up for the #DestinationDomino newsletters! (more below),
  • Domino Applications on Cloud (DAC) is available NOW on the IBM Marketplace,

To sign up for the #DestinationDomino newsletters and get information on the upcoming Beta's, make sure you're registered:

For more details on the DAC offering, go HERE:

These were just some of the highlights, there were many more that you can review for yourself in the OGS replay.

#domino2025 is a Journey, NOT a destination. There is NO END OF LIFE planned for the Domino Product Family!
The Domino 10 and 11 announcements are just the start of the voyage. We look forward to welcoming you onboard!

It's an exciting time to be a Domino Fan!


Exciting News: Domino IS Cognitive

Mat Newman  March 12 2018 14:01:34
IBM #Domino2025 is COGNITIVE

We all know how powerful Notes search capabilities are, but this takes that to a whole new level.

OH, do I have some EXCITING NEWS: Domino IS Cognitive!

Imagine the possibility of utilising IBM Watson technology to query information across any Notes application! Well imagine no more, fresh from the IBM Japan labs is an fantastic new capability to use Watson Natural Language search to query information across any Notes application, refine the results and even share that data with others through Watson Workspace.

IBM #Domino2025 is COGNITIVE

If you would like to see the possibilities of this amazing new capability, find me next week at THINK. I would LOVE to show you a live demo!

See you next week :-D

Replay NOW AVAILABLE - Let’s Get Real - What’s in Domino v10

Mat Newman  March 1 2018 00:24:24
IBM #Domino2025 Splash

With the recent JAM, there is a lot of interest and excitement about what's new with Domino, Notes, Verse and Sametime Chat and what's coming.

Yesterday, a webcast was held to share the takeaways from the JAM and some exciting news about Domino version 10

Yes, a replay of the webcast is available. Just register at the following link and you will then have access to the event recording.

The feedback from social media has been extraordinary, and we are excited that YOU are excited about the direction in which we are heading for IBM Notes, Domino, Sametime and Verse version 10!


Webinar announcement - Let’s Get Real - What’s in Domino v10

Mat Newman  February 14 2018 16:27:05
IBM #Domino2025 Splash

This really is a CANNOT MISS Webinar for anyone wanting to know more about IBM's directions for IBM Notes, Domino, Sametime and Verse Release 10.


Let's Get Real: What's in Domino v10
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
1 hour


The #domino2025 jams were extremely successful. Your excitement around the future of Domino, Notes, Verse and Sametime was evident. The goal of the face-to-face jams and virtual events was to funnel the collective wisdom of you—our clients, champions, business partners and ISVs—into a strategic plan of action to reinvigorate the Domino platform for application development, mail and chat for the 21st century, so you can conquer the biggest business challenges of tomorrow.

Join Bob Schultz, Richard Jefts and Andrew Manby for this unique webcast to understand what we learned and what we are going to do in 2018 with Domino v10.
We will share the first set of v10 WOW items to "get pumped" about. We will also underscore our commitment to the Domino roadmap with "proof of concept" demos from the HCL labs that will leave you wanting more.

Together, IBM and its strategic partner HCL, are going to deliver on its commitment to a major release in 2018. This hour-long virtual session is the first installment in the story of how you will be able to learn about v10, and where to go to learn more.

This is one webcast that you are not going to want to miss.

Registration Link: HERE

See you online!

edit: Updated link


Hot off the Press - IBM Notes and Domino Feature Pack 10

Mat Newman  February 1 2018 19:20:58
IBM Notes 9.0 FP10 Splash Screen

There are some great new enhancements delivered with the latest release of Notes and Domino with IBM's continued commitment to deliver upgrades, enhancements and fixes with our "Feature Pack" delivery Model. I am particularly excited about the Eclipse platform modernisation and the inclusion of Sametime 9.0.1 as a default installation option.

Notably, this Feature Pack paves the way for the upcoming IBM Notes, Domino and Sametime Version 10 releases coming later this year.

Highlights to note in this latest release:

New Features in IBM Notes/Domino® 9.0.1 Social Edition Feature Pack 10

1) The JVM in Designer is Upgraded to use 1.8 at compile time
With this new upgrade, you can launch Designer client and leverage Java 1.8 compile time features in building applications. For full compatibility, apps compiled in FP10 should be deployed on Notes or Domino FP10 and higher. Java apps may run on Notes/Domino 9.0.1 FP8 and higher as that release upgrade to Java 1.8 runtime. However, Application best practice is to compile with the lowest common denominator to the client/server version deployed.

2) Eclipse Platform Upgraded to 4.6.2 - The 9.0.1 FP10 platform is upgraded from Eclipse 3.4.2 to Eclipse 4.6.2. This includes SWT, OSGi, Jface and other re-lated Eclipse plugins. Notes, Designer, Embedded Sametime, and Connections Plugins now leverage Eclipse 4.6.2. The Domino server uses the OSGi bundles from Eclipse 4.6.2 for servlet and XPages access.

3) Embedded Sametime Upgraded To 9.0.1 By Default
The default version of the Embedded Sametime in the Notes Client has been upgraded to the 9.0.1 (previously 8.5.2), which eliminates the need for an add-on installer for Sametime.

4) The GSKit libraries for are upgraded on all client/server platforms except IBM i to Version (which contains FIPS Certified ICC Version: for both client & server. GSKit is used for FIPs support, AES , 1024+ RSA, and Diffie-Hellman. IBM i will be evaluated for a future release.

5) Japanese User Interface Update
An optional Japanese User Interface update includes fixes for high-impact localization defects. The 'IBM Notes Client 9.0.1 FP10 Japanese User Interface Update' requires 9.0.1 Japanese Client/Japanese MUI + FP10.

6) Add-on Installer for Notes CCM (Connections Content Manager)
An add-on installer for Notes CCM eliminates the need for special hotfixes but does require 9.0.1 FP10. This optional add-on allows a Notes client to show Libraries from CCM for use with email and calendar.
Note: The Notes CCM now supports the Dutch language in addition to previously supported languages For more details on CCM, see

You can read all about the detailed fixes and other enhancements HERE in the Announcement Letter.

Upgrade Time :-D


Whats coming in the November 2017 IBM Connections Cloud update

Mat Newman  November 23 2017 19:57:38
Figure 1: Connections Cloud Schema

The next update for IBM Connections Cloud is imminent, here are some of the major highlights:

New card-based homepage: Orient Me

Orient Me is the redesigned home page that brings relevant updates front and center. IBM Connections Cloud Orient Me provides new home page capabilities that apply advanced analytics to deliver updates from people and communities important to you. Pin people and communities to the top for instant access to their updates. Updates are prioritized on cards; multiple updates from a single source are stacked for your convenience, so you can flip through them. Act on content without leaving the home page.

Connections Engagement Center on Cloud

IBM Connections Engagement Center on Cloud is a single, accessible hub for organizational news and content within Connections Cloud, enabling you to create and manage web content efficiently. People get engaged with finding, creating, owning, and promoting content to improve intranet communication. All content can be found in one place. Communication and collaboration are on the same page or one click away. Connections Engagement Center makes it simple and easy for users to create content; there's no need for multiple systems to create and publish content.

Customize the user interface

Easily customize the Connections Cloud user interface with the new IBM Connections Customizer, a proxy service that enables you to modify the user experience. Business partners can leverage this tool to help their customers get more out of Connections, or use it to expand the value of their integrated solutions.

New home page extensions for Connections Cloud

New extensions are available to customize the Orient Me page and Important to Me bar in Connections Cloud.

Search for accented names in SmartCloud Notes and Verse

Let's face it, not everyone is an expert in typing accented characters. When searching for a name that has an accented string, such as "marché", users can search on non-accented search string like "marche" to locate the user. Even if you type in the wrong accented character, IBM SmartCloud Notes and IBM Verse will still be able to locate the user's name.

You can find all of the new capabilities coming in the next update HERE

Cant wait for these enhancements!

IBM Domino - Logging additional information about users and activity

Mat Newman  November 22 2017 20:29:59
A question came in from a customer today which I've heard a number of times recently, so I thought I'd share the quick resolution.

"The customer has a Domino SMTP mail relay server. They have are a lot of external applications using this Domino SMTP mail relay server to receive and deliver the email to users and mail-in databases. From the log in Domino SMTP mail relay server, it only shows the sender IP address info. The customer is asking is it possible to have the sender ID like email address in the log file?"

Short answer. Yes. It's Domino. It can do ANYTHING.

Two things you can do here - Increase the Router logging level, and increase the Session logging level.


If you set the Router log level to 40 (maximum output), you get everything. Server Connected, IP Address, Sender, Recipient. Everything is captured and every SMTP session is identified (notice in the below sample, I have a mail monitor set up that checks whether my SMTP service is running "monitor.*.*.*", it does nothing other than connect on port 25, but you can see that even a "probe" is captured, even if nothing is delivered; The other is my IBM Protector server "windu.*.*.*" connecting and actually delivering a message. I should really write more about IBM Protector - It's BRILLIANT!).

Set Config Log_MailRouting=40

At the server console to configure this, and have it immediately take effect.

Note: you can also change this setting in the server configuration document, however it will not take effect immediately as it does by setting it using the Console command.
  • Open the Servers Configuration Document,
  • Router/SMTP Tab,
  • Advanced Tab,
  • Controls Tab,
  • Change the Logging Level value to 'Verbose'

TIP: Doing this will get rid of the "Router: notes.ini setting for Log_Mailrouting being used (note - this option may now be configured in a Server Configuration document)" appearing in the server console.

Figure 1: changing the Mail Logging Level in a Configuration document


If you increase the Session log level to the option introduced back with 8.5.1, you get all of the information about a server/users connection: Name, Client Version Number, IP address and access type (eg: C=native client), This works on all versions of Domino after 8.5.1

Set Config Log_Sessions=2

At the server console to configure this, and have it immediately take effect.

Results of above Changes are colour coded and shown below:

** Live console connected to server yoda/iteam **
11/22/2017 18:59:19   Opened live remote console session for Mat Newman/*/*
11/22/2017 18:59:38   Remote console command issued by Mat Newman/*/*: Set Config Log_MailRouting=40
11/22/2017 18:59:39   Router: Updating values from Configuration document
11/22/2017 18:59:39   Router: notes.ini setting for Log_Mailrouting being used (note - this option may now be configured in a Server Configuration document)
11/22/2017 19:00:03   SMTP Server: monitor.*.*.* (192.*.*.*) connected
11/22/2017 19:00:03   SMTP Server: monitor.*.*.* (192.*.*.*) disconnected. 0 message[s] received
11/22/2017 19:02:15   Router: Updating values from Configuration document
11/22/2017 19:02:29   Router: Delivery thread [00000010] searching for work
11/22/2017 19:02:43   Remote console command issued by Mat Newman/*/*: Set Config Log_Sessions=2
11/22/2017 19:02:43   LOG_SESSIONS changed to 2.
11/22/2017 19:03:03   SMTP Server: monitor.*.*.* (192.*.*.*) connected
11/22/2017 19:03:03   SMTP Server: monitor.*.*.* (192.*.*.*) disconnected. 0 message[s] received
11/22/2017 19:03:48   SMTP Server: windu.*.*.* (203.*.*.*) connected
11/22/2017 19:03:48   SMTP Server: Originator: matnewman@*.*.com
11/22/2017 19:03:48   SMTP Server: Recipient: mat@*.com
11/22/2017 19:03:49   SMTP Server: Message 002C4B73 (MessageID: ) received from windu.*.*.* (203.*.*.*) size 4602 bytes
11/22/2017 19:03:49   SMTP Server: windu.*.*.* (203.*.*.*) disconnected. 1 message[s] received
11/22/2017 19:03:49   Router: Delivery to local recipient Mathew Newman/* is ready with 1 messages
11/22/2017 19:03:49   Router: Message 002C4B73, 002C46BA delivered to Mathew Newman/* from matnewman@*.*.com OFB9A38226:D97B106C ONCA2581E0:002C4B73 Size: 6K Time: 00:00:00 Hop Count: 1
11/22/2017 19:06:03   SMTP Server: monitor.*.*.* (192.*.*.*) connected
11/22/2017 19:06:03   SMTP Server: monitor.*.*.* (192.*.*.*) disconnected. 0 message[s] received
11/22/2017 19:06:57   Opened session for 'CN=Mat Newman/OU=*/O=*' (Release 9.0.1) SessId 23C71C9D Ip '120.*.*.*' 'Auth' 'C'
11/22/2017 19:06:58   Opened session for 'CN=iam/OU=*/O=*' (Release 9.0.1FP9) SessId 234A1C9D Ip '203.*.*.*' 'Auth' 'C'
11/22/2017 19:06:58   Closed session for 'iam/*/*' SessId 234A1C9D Databases accessed:     2 Documents read:     0   Documents written:     0   Transactions:      8

So can you show additional information in the server log about Sessions and Mail Routing?

Of course you can - It's DOMINO!


IBM Domino - The absolute definition of elegance in architecture and operation

Mat Newman  May 9 2017 23:12:53
Figure 1: a Data Centre

Today I had the pleasure of discussing an upcoming move of data-centre and Domino upgrade with a customer. They have a population of around 8,000 users, hosted on two clustered IBM Domino servers, utilising iNotes and sitting behind a proxy and load balancer, with a single Traveler server hosting their growing mobile population.

They are moving the location of their data-centre to a new purpose built facility, upgrading Domino to the latest version and Feature Pack, deploying some of their additional entitlements for the first time, and implementing a Traveler "High Availability" configuration. Obviously Traveler in HA is an absolute necessity in this modern era of mobile.

Oh. And they are truly a 24/7 operation. There is to be no down-time during the move. Zero. Nothing. Nada.

And did I mention that one of the requirements is to move from an existing IBM operating system to Linux?

And did I also mention that we are in a situation where the old foe is offering to do an implementation, migration, co-existence and go-live in a 5 month time-frame? For "Free"?

... Any-hoo

Out came the whiteboard makers and it was time to reiterate one of the true benefits of IBM Domino: It's architecture.

Possibly one of the most brilliant features of Domino is that it's configuration has nothing to do with OS, no dependency on registry entries or other Operating System integration, and the actual data is completely separate from the application, meaning a Domino application server on the latest software version easily copes with data created several versions ago. Seamlessly. Add to that, a Domino servers configuration is almost entirely confined to an .ini file, and the configuration databases located within it's "Data" directory. Regardless of OS type or version. Regardless of File system. It's beautiful in it's simplicity and durability.

So the discussion and project plan about the cut-over to a new Data-Centre, OS, Software Version and new capabilities went something like this:

  • Register the new HA Traveler servers in the Domain,
  • Configure The new Proxy/Load-Balancer,
  • Implement a new IBM Protector Server,
  • Set up and configure the new Traveler servers in HA, working with the existing servers, behind the new Proxy/Balancer,
  • Test the new Traveler server configuration, and
  • Install and configure the OS and Software for the soon-to-be-new Domino Servers.

Implementation part #1:
  • Change the network configuration to point to the new Proxy/Balancer/Traveler HA,
  • Wait a day to make sure everything is working,
  • Shut down 'Server B",
  • Copy it's data from the old SAN,
  • Move it's data to the new Data Centre and point the new "Server B"'s configuration to that data location,
  • Change the network configuration so that DNS points to "Server B"'s new location
  • Bring up the NEW "Server B"
  • (Contingency plan: If anything goes wrong, just change DNS again and turn on old "Server B", fix problem, proceed to next step)

Of course, at this point, "Server B" comes on line, connects to "Server A" and cluster replicates any of the data that has changed since the original "Server B" was shut down.

Implementation part #2:
  • Again, Wait a day (we're a conservative bunch!)
  • Shut down 'Server A",
  • Copy it's data from the old SAN,
  • Move it's data to the new Data Centre and point the new "Server A"'s configuration to that data location,
  • Change the network configuration so that DNS points to "Server A"'s new location
  • Bring up the NEW "Server A",
  • Wait a day,
  • (Contingency plan: If anything goes wrong, just change DNS again and turn on old "Server A", fix problem, proceed to next step)
  • Switch the inbound MX to point to the new Protector server.

Post Move Enhancements:
  • Performance tuning Domino to take advantage of the latest features,
  • Implement IBM Sametime,
  • Implement IBM Connections Files and Profiles,
  • Implement IBM Docs,
  • Enable IBM Verse on Premises for the users

Drive adoption with IBM's #NewWayToWork

Project complete.

Shave 4 months off the competitors time-line. Provide ZERO down-time.

We're conservatively estimating the "preparation" phase to last 4 weeks, and the Implementation phase of moving the existing Domino servers to the NEW data centre at 6 days (double the actual time to implement, because we're being conservative and allowing a day in between for contingency at each step of the cut-over.

The thing that makes this transition so simple - so elegant - is the fact that Domino separates OS and Application and Data. Oh, and Replication. What an absolutely magical thing that is in a Domino world. Bring up the new "Server B", which has all the data that the old "Server B" had when it was shut down, and it just pulls the changes from between those two points in time from the old "Server A". And then the same thing happens when the new "Server A" comes up.

And then there's Domino Clustering. Oh Domino. You are a thing of beauty. Downtime ... Zero!

This. Stuff. Just. Works!

IBM Domino - The absolute definition of elegance in architecture and operation.

Mat Newman

THE IBM Notes (formerly Lotus Notes) Guy. Productivity Guru. Evangelist. IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions, 2011/2012/2013. IBMer. Views are my own.

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