101 NEW features of Domino 12

Source: https://dominopeople.ie/101-new-features-of-domino-12/
Credits: Cormac McCarthy

So here’s 101 NEW Features of Domino 12 (this includes Domino, Notes, and Traveler) with (hopefully) helpful appropriate links:

1TOTP Natively in Domino
2TOTP securely via second domain and directory assistance
3Automatic free TLS certs in Lets Encrypt
4Manage certs via pem files
5Manage certs via a native Domino task certmgr rather than command line third party tools (openssl and kyrtool)
6For third party TLS certs, managing the chain(i.e. importing root and intermediary) can be done in ANY ORDER, certmgr will figure it out.
7Support for forward secrecy on NRPC, with stronger encryption, meaning faster sessions, which better protection for the session and stronger encryption
8Enforce internet password lockout based on IP address
9New ODS version for more efficient storage of your .nsf files on disk, potentially faster reads and writes (As well as potential to increase ACL sizes)
10Upload multiple IDs to vault with a csv file
11Right click on person document to upload an ID file to the vault
12Active Directory password synchronization
13Two new curves supported for TLS 1.2 ciphers that use ECDHE for forward secrecy (potentially faster connections over more protected sessions over TLS)
14HCL Verse 2.0.1 included with Domino
15Podman supported as a container at runtime
16One touch Domino setup
17You can use one .exe to install English and all MUI language packs.
18Language dictionaries don’t require a separate install
19DOTS(Domino OSGI Tasklet Service) is available again
20Manage third party backups via database native in Domino
21Manage backups via file server backups via native database in domino
22Manage DAOS Restores (via third party backup) in Domino on Corrupt or missing .nlo objects.
23Multiple options to Restore documents to original folder location or another folder
24Restore individual or deleted documents into their original database
25Manage point in time restores via database native in domino using transaction logs
26New Java Runtime Environment
27Sophisticated Entitlement Tracking
28Improved Marvel Client Essentials Integration
29Complete Overhaul on look and feel on names.nsf (person documents)
30Adminp support for update names in Verse user profiles
31Custom criteria to populate groups (populate groups based on LDAP query)
32Indirect files are supported with replicate command
33Database quota settings replicate
34Nomad Web (Notes client in a browser!)
35TLS 1.0 Disabled by default
36Improved DAOS Container Management
37Stronger DAOS Object Encryption
38New TLS Cache – Certs available immediately rather than requiring a http restart
39Improved logging details and advice for corrupted databases
40ECDSA crptopgraphy support for keys in TLS certs allowing for faster and more secure sessions.
41TLS Session Resumption
42Health Checks on Certs with CertMgr
43Shared key for DAOS Tier 2 storage across servers.
44Internet address is now included in the mailin database/resource view in the NAB
45Older less secure options are gone
46HEX Codes for TLS ciphers are displayed
47Applets are no longer used
48Calculating tool to find all Configuration Settings associated with a server 
49Granularity when selecting methods to use within Web Site documents
50New Template signing ID uses stronger keys (2048 bit)
51Import internet certificates that contain unsupported critical extension
52Suppress key rollover alerts during ID vault synchronization
53Reactive and inactivate user ids using query vault commands
54Support for SameSite Cookie
55Web server GET /names.nsf?Login requests prevented by default
56New Web Server Login
57New look for the Rooms and Resources Database
58Outgoing mail limits via Mail Policy Settings 
59Change how view actions on individual mails are displayed
60Improved Network Performance for Notes clients
61Rendering of HTML buttons that use exact positioning
62Find Groups Button appears in Person Document rather than “just” groups view
63Significant Performance Improvements in Notes client (particularly on Startup)
64Search Improvements on the Notes client
65Enable shared mailfiles to send mail using internet address
66Select an alternative “From” address in a shared mailfile
67New inbox settings enabled by default
68Import from Office products works pertfectly!
69Swiftfile intelligent suggestions on which folder to move to
70Override default signature (without replacing it)
71HTML Rendering is perfect!
72Improved interoperability on calendar invites created in Outlook
73Improved rendering of MS Teams invitations
74New simplified, cleaner higher resolution UI across Mail, Calendar and To Do
75New Workspace
76Reduced footprint on Notes client install kit
77Copy formatting of selected text and apply to other text in a document
78Right click support on URL Links
79New transaction methods for LotusScript and Java Database classes
80Formula Language can be used in DQL Search Terms
81New NotesQueryResultsProcessor class
82XPages Support for Bootstrap 4
83Hide Columns of fields from smaller resolution fields
84Column properties in narrow views honored
85New traveler on docker deployment options
86Removed support for Traveler on Domino servers running old versions of Java
87SAML authentication for HCL Verse Mobile clients
88TOTP for HCL Verse Mobile clients
89Smart Forward and Smart reply with Traveler 
90Full support for features on Android 10
91Web-based administration interface and Traveler administration API management of HTMO Clients
92Removed support for APNS legacy binary protocol in Traveler
93Updated APNS P12 files for Traveler
94Warning status for expiring or expired APNS certificates
95Updated Warning status if the Traveler server system time differs from the enterprise database server time
96Updated Default Logging level in Traveler
97Changed Default Value for NTS_PUSH_READ_CHANGES_IMMEDIATELY in Traveler
98Renamed statistics for the HCL Traveler for Microsoft Outlook client
99Insecure template webadmin.ntf no longer included
100SAML upgrade prompts reduced drastically in Notes client
101Support for Notes Federated Login Upgrades (i.e. users not prompted to select ID file after upgrade)

Congrats to everyone at HCL and the community who contributed in the mammoth task of getting all of that over the line. I’m looking forward to all the content next week, I hope you are too!

V3 of Notes and Domino V12 Beta is out – now!

Source: https://ncug.org/

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


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


You can download it from Flexnet:


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


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 = COOL!

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 licenses you have, and what level of access each user have on the server.

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.

Domino Release 12 Beta 2 is out – now

HCL Notes, Domino, Traveler V12 Beta 2 is available

The speed with which new features are being added here is stunning fast.
We have been really impressed with the first beta and we are looking forward to getting stuck into all
the new stuff here.

  • What’s new in Domino 12? LINK
  • What’s new in Notes 12? LINK
  • What’s new in Domino Designer 12? LINK
  • What’s new in Traveler 12? LINK

Here’s a flavour of the new look!

improved workspace interface

Get it now on flexnet it’s available for all current customers.

Explore the HCL Domino v12 Beta Program

HCL Domino V12 Beta 1 is here!

HCL started the public beta of HCL Notes/Domino V12 and is offering the following packages
in the first phase:

HCL Domino ( Docker, Linux, Windows and AIX ) – english
HCL Traveler ( Linux, Windows and AIX ) – multilingual
HCL Notes Standard Edition ( Windows and MAC ) – english
HCL Designer and Admin Client – english

Feel free and participate in the V12 Beta Program where you also can post questions and other stuff on the
HCL Domino V12 Beta forum.

Take a look at the highlights of Phase 1:
HCL Domino V12 – What´s new
HCL Notes V12 – What´s new
HCL Designer and Admin V12 – What´s new
HCL Traveler V12 – What´s new

In upcoming phases there will also be support for IBM i and of course multilingual support.

See the full story in the HCL Domino V12 Beta 1 on the official blog of HCL.