You Are One Quarter Cup Of Coffee Away From SSL/TLS With Domino 12

    Robert Baehr  September 27 2021 03:56:59 AM
    Greetings:

    My SSL/TLS Certificates were due to expire, so I thought - what the heck - let's try the new CertMgr feature of Domino 12.  I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

    Answer:  Nothing!  

    In case you haven't read about it yet, Domino 12 includes full integration with (and a lot of automation to) the Let's Encrypt free SSL/TLS certificate authority.  

    I decided to start off with a cup of coffee - a little cream - a dash of splenda - and the Domino Administrator help database.

    After a quick NOTES.INI modification, and server restart, I entered the CertMgr.nsf database on my server.   After completing two simple forms, and submitting my request, I was amazed that the SSL/TLS certificates that I requested were fully operational.   I mean, I barely got to sip my coffee before the process was completed.

    No KYR - no STH files to deal with.  No KYRTOOL and OpenSSL tools needed.    No copy - no paste - no "retrieve certificate" needed.

    Thank you, HCL, for taking a cumbersome process and making it easy.   It's the little things.....

    Now, where's the rest of that hot coffee?


    Cheers!
    Bob Baehr
    The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino.


      What Domino R12 and ONE Cup Of Coffee Have In Common

      Robert Baehr  September 6 2021 06:28:17 AM
      Greetings:

      "What does Domino R12 and ONE Cup Of Coffee Have In Common"?

      First, if you know me, then you know I love my coffee.  Simple - a little cream, a little sweetener - and I am a happy man.

      Second, if you know me, then you know I love Domino (I didn't get "The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino" title for nothing).

      So, what's the point?

      This morning, I woke up and decided to upgrade two Domino servers from R11 to R12.   Now, I didn't enable any of the new R12 features (yet), but just to get the servers upgraded.    So, I made a cup of coffee, went into my office, and started the process.   From download to INI "tweaks" to completing the upgrade of two servers took less time than it took for me to finish one cup of coffee.  

      Yes - the process was that quick - that painless - and everything works as it did before (mail, apps, web).  In a word, flawless.   And my coffee was still quite hot when done.

      Try THAT with a 'competitive' product!

      As a customer, I really appreciate the efficiency of the upgrade process.  Hats off to HCL - well done!  Next up, since I have the CCB license, I am going to consolidate the servers.    

      I have the consolidation plan done, and I think this may actually take TWO cups of coffee.

      How can I get any happier than that?

      Happy Computing!

      Bob Baehr
      The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino






        Domino and PDF Data Transfer

        Robert Baehr  July 11 2021 01:45:38 AM
        Greetings:

        I am seeking information on bi-directional data transfer between Adobe PDF forms and Domino.   Mail aside, are there any Domino apps that have the ability to:

        - take data from a PDF form and create a document in a Domino application?
        - take data from a Domino application and automatically populate an Acrobat form?

        Of course, there would be "customization" involved (mapping PDF fields to Domino fields, PDF forms to Domino documents, etc.)

        Thoughts appreciated.




        Happy Computing!


        Robert Baehr
        The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

          Seeking Feedback on Domino 12 Upgrade

          Robert Baehr  July 1 2021 02:03:38 AM
          Greetings:

          Has anyone encountered any issues with upgrading to Domino 12?  Environment is Windows.

          I am ready to make the jump, yet, want to be ready for any challenges that lie ahead.

          If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it here.

          Happy Computing!
          Bob Baehr
          The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

            Spell Check Freezing Notes - Interesting Find In The Last Place You Might Expect

            Robert Baehr  April 20 2021 02:45:06 AM
            Greetings:

            Recently, I had a user running Notes 10.0 (Basic) encounter a situation whereas the spell checker would freeze the Notes client.   I mean, complete lockup - task manager style!


            After checking all the usual NOTES.INI settings, preferences, deleting the NDK and local BOOKMARK.NSF file, etc. -- the problem continued to be a pain in the, you know... the thing!


            I took a deeper dive into the configuration, and noticed that the user was a roaming user.    I visited the folder containing the user's roaming files and discovered that BOOKMARK.NSF was a staggering 500GB in size.   Yes, you read that correctly - 500GB!


            I ran the usual maintenance utilities (COMPACT, with file size reduction - FIXUP - UPDALL) on the roaming BOOKMARK.NSF, and got it down to 150GB.   Still large, but a lot smaller than it was before.


            Once done, spell check worked perfectly, and continues to do so to this day.


            Just a simple reminder to check up on those roaming Notes files now and then - they are part of the environment, and, need some love, too.....


            Happy Computing!


            Robert Baehr

            The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino


              BaehrWare - Still In the Domino Universe

              Robert Baehr  March 1 2021 03:27:56 AM
              It's been a long time comin' ....

              https://www.baehrware.com

              Happy Computing!
              Bob Baehr
              The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

                The Domino 11 Upgrade - Coming Soon

                Robert Baehr  February 18 2020 02:42:52 AM
                Greetings:

                We found the root cause of my previous post of not seeing my Domino Utility Express in the HCL License Portal.

                Somehow, I managed to haveTWO separate accounts with HCL!   These accounts are being merged, and, the Domino 11 upgrade will be happening soon!

                Special shout of thanks to HCL for calling me and resolving the problem.   I don't use their support much, but, in this case, their support team rocked it!

                Cheers!
                Bob Baehr
                The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

                  The Domino 11 Upgrade (or lack thereof)

                  Robert Baehr  February 17 2020 07:04:26 AM
                  Greetings:

                  I went to upgrade to HCL Domino R11 today.  It is not appearing in my list of entitlements.   Is anyone else experiencing this?


                  Oh, and yes - I have the invoice to prove ownership.


                  Feedback appreciated.



                  Bob Baehr

                  The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

                    Feedback Appreciated - Integrating Domino, External Data, and Graphics Engines Like Google Charts and Dojo Charts

                    Robert Baehr  July 13 2019 04:20:02 AM
                    Greetings:


                    I am seeking feedback on something that I have developed that will integrate Domino, external data (SQL, MySQL, etc.), and Google Charts.   And if Dojo Charts are your preference - don't worry, I am integrating those, too.  


                    I call this project DYLYTHIUM.  It is running on Domino 10 (of course).


                    The goal of DYLYTHIUM is simple - to allow you to enter a minimal amount of information and, without coding, generate charts and graphs for inclusion in Domino and non-Domino web applications.  Furthermore, these charts will be updated based on a time frame that you specify.   The results will include:
                    • a link to the chart for web browser display.
                    • embedded code so that the chart can be placed on a web page, even in a non-Domino front-end development environment.
                    • dashboards containing a user-selectable grid of charts that can be displayed in a web browser.  Currently, a 4x4 grid is supported to keep the dashboard layout "readable".

                    A simplified example is shown below:


                    Let's say you have a database containing the popularity of South Park characters.   This data can be almost anywhere - in Domino, SQL Server, MySQL, etc.   This data will change, and, you want to make a chart that will update periodically and display the data in a friendly format to the user.   And... you don't want to take the time to "code" the chart - you want it now!


                    For this example, you decide on a 2D Google Pie Chart.    You open DYLYTHIUM, and create a document, as shown below.  You provide the name, title, size, data source (Domino FT Query), whether you want a 2D or 3D chart, and the data you want displayed on the chart.  Note that we can connect to external data sources to retrieve the data as well (not just Domino).


                    Image:Feedback Appreciated - Integrating Domino, External Data, and Graphics Engines Like Google Charts and Dojo Charts

                    Once you save this document, a link to the following is generated for display in a browser.


                    Image:Feedback Appreciated - Integrating Domino, External Data, and Graphics Engines Like Google Charts and Dojo Charts

                    You will also get the embedded code which can be one-click copied, then pasted into virtually any front-end development environment.


                    Other items of note:
                    • The chart will update, in this example, every 10 seconds.   This will allow the page refresh to have near-time updates of the data.
                    • Since the link/embedded code will reference the chart in Domino, the application containing the link/embedded code will update automatically.
                    • If new data is added to the data source (for example, you add Kyle to the list of characters), he will be included on the chart at next refresh.
                    • Currently supported Google Charts include line (smooth), line (straight), linear regression, column charts, gauges, pie charts (2D and 3D), among others.

                    Would such an application be useful to the Domino Universe?  I'd appreciate any feedback on this concept, even if it is harsh criticism (I'm a big boy,,, I can take it).


                    Thanks - and happy computing!


                    Bob Baehr

                    The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

                      HCL Factory Tour - Chelmsford, MA

                      Robert Baehr  June 24 2019 04:12:48 AM
                      Greetings:

                      I'm all set to attend the HCL Factory Tour in Chelmsford, MA on July 16, 17, 18, 2019.   Airfare... booked!  Hotel... reserved (Raddison)! - Flux Capacitor... Fluxing!  Everything a growing boy needs to feed his curiosity of,  and passion for, the current state AND future of Notes and Domino!

                      If you're going, look me up.  We'll buy each other a beer and get caught up on life, liberty, and our experiences / expectations of the Domino platform!

                      Cheers!

                      Robert Baehr
                      The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino