Monday, 25 June 2018

Domino Domain Monitoring


In my recent role as Domino Administrator I picked up a number of tasks including monitoring our Domino Servers. Last week I watched episode 5 of the great #Perfect10 webcast by Gabriella Davis. In this webcast Gabriella mentioned the use of the Domino Domain Monitoring which is shipped with the Administrator Client. Below some basic information ans some links to useful resources for setting up the Domino Domain Monitoring. During the past few days I have set up the Domino Domain Monitoring further and this works correctly. The Domino Domain Monitoring database provides important information about our servers, the identified problems and possible solution. For every administrator a must to use together with the Domino Configuration Tuner (more information about the Domino Configuration Tuner in my previous blog post Using the Domino Configuration Tuner to Evaluate Server Settings). Domino Domain Monitoring (DDM) provides one location in the Domino Administrator client that can be used to view the overall status of multiple servers across one or more domains and then use the information provided by DDM to quickly resolve problems.


The UI for DDM is made up of two databases, events4.nsf and ddm.nsf.
The Monitoring Configuration (events4.nsf) database is used for configuring probes and DDM Filters and contains all events and formulas for how corrective actions are completed.
The Domino Domain Monitoring (ddm.nsf) database is the database where the results of probes are reported. They can be viewed in several different ways such as by severity, date, etc. This database is also where events can be assigned to administrators.


From the Domino Domain Monitor database administrators can select an event and view detailed information about an event. The administrators can use the Probable cause and possible solution tab to view information about the cause of the event, and, in some cases, use a database link to access the appropriate database from which the administrator can resolve the event. Some DDM Event documents include a Details tab that displays additional details about the event and a Correlation tab that contains links to other DDM Event documents that may be related to the open DDM Event document.
The first time that a Domino server starts, the Domino Domain Monitor database (DDM.NSF) is created from the DDM.NTF template.


Probes are the backbone of Domino domain monitoring and require Domino because they are embedded into the new server and addin task code. Probes are set and stored in individual Probe configuration documents, which are stored in the Monitoring Configuration database (events4.nsf). Probe configuration documents contain Basics, Target, and Specifics sections in the Basics tab. Depending on the probe type there may also be a Schedule tab in the document. All probes are categorized by a probe type. For each probe type, there are one or more probe subtypes. The probe subtypes further categorize the function of the probe.


Finally filters control the volume of Events that appear in DDM.nsf. Filters are used to specify what type of Events should be included in the Domino domain monitor database, not what Events should be excluded.


For more information:
Lotus Education on Demand: Domino Domain Monitoring (DDM)
RedBook Lotus Domino Domain Monitoring
Video Domino Configuration Tuner and Domino Domain Monitoring

Thursday, 21 June 2018

XPages as a Development Platform is Dead!


In the context of #domino2025 I have so far heard little or nothing about the future of XPages in Domino 10 and Domino 11. Everyone is full of praise for the current #domino2025 path taken by IBM and HCL, which is a great path for the Notes Domino community, but we must not lose sight of the current reality including the future of XPages. During the past years we have had little or no major changes , updates or new features regarding IBM XPages. The question of whether XPages is dead as a development platform is therefore again a justified question. Today I followed a short discussion on Twitter about whether there is a future for XPages. As Jason Roy Gary mentiond in this short discussion the majority of the investment in the coming period (V10 - V11) will be in Node.js, Loopback and an open API strategy and not in XPages. This was confirmed by Barry Max Rosen, XPages is over 10 years old and IBM want to focus on new technology.


Below a short summary what we have seen during the latest Fix Packs / Feature Packs regarding changes, updates and new features for XPages.
Fix Pack 6, no fixes and no new features for XPages. Fix Pack 7, no fixes and no new features for XPages. Feature Pack 8, one new feature, document encryption/decryption on the Web and an upgrade to the latests XPages Extension Library. Feature Pack 9, only some fixes and again no new features for XPages. Feature Pack 10, no fixes and again no new features for XPages.
All in all a sad list of what has been invested by IBM in XPages lately.

However, there seems to be hope for IBM XPages if we can believe IBM. XPages is not dead and this will be clearly explained during next week's webinar, Node.js and Domino V10 Essentials - What You Need to Know. See for more information my previous blogpost Upcoming Webinar Node.js and Domino V10 Essentials – What You Need to Know. The content of the webinar: 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.

Well, I will tune in next week to the webcast although I have my doubts when it comes to the future of XPages as a development platform. In my humble opinion there has to be a very good story for XPages in general and for XPages as a development platform in V10 and V11 to preserve XPages as a credible development platform for developers during the coming years. I would say, IBM surprise me with a good story for XPages in V10 and V11 and make me believe again in XPages as a development platform for the future.



So let's hope that also for XPages as a development platform a new chapter will begin in Domino 10 and Domino 11.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Using the Domino Configuration Tuner to Evaluate Server Settings


In my recent role as Domino Administrator I picked up a number of tasks including monitoring our Domino Servers. Yesterday I watched episode 5 of the great #Perfect10 webcast by Gabriella Davis. In this webcast Gabriella mentioned the use of the Domino Configuration Tuner which is shipped with the Administrator Client. Until now we did not use this Configuration Turner. 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. DCT generates reports that explain the issues DCT uncovers, suggests mitigations, and provides references to supporting publications.
DCT comes with easy-to-use, self-service configuration analysis so that installations are more robust and experience improved performance. A single Domino server includes thousands of configuration options. DCT provides best practice analysis as well as worst practice disclosure, and helps reduce total cost of ownership by assisting users in identifying configuration problems. DCT looks at settings in the Domino Server documents, the NOTES.INI file, and advanced database properties. Configuration settings are flagged when their values are known to cause problems based on prior customer experience. Out-of-range and unexpected values are reported so that undefined behavior can be prevented. Suggested adjustments help you achieve known server performance improvements.

I followed the steps below to enable / use the Domino Configuration Tuner on our Domino servers.
1. Open the Domino Administrator Client.
2. Open the Tab Server - Analysis
3. Select Domino Configuration Tuner

4. The openings screen of the Domino Configuration Turner will appear.
5. After the update and the deployment of the updated files the local application will be created.


The final result are generated reports that explain the issues DCT uncovers, suggests mitigations and provides references to supporting publications.

Remark
After selecting the option Domino Configuration Tuner the message below appeared continuously (even after the restart of the Notes Client).


During the first update 6 files were successfully deployed. In the Status Bar the error message 'Unable to deploy one updated file (probably locked and in use)' is shown.
The solution for this problem is to run the Notes Client in Administrator mode after selecting Domino Configuration Tuner in the Domino Administrator Client. The Notes Client can then deploy the dct.jar file into its destination folder: %notes%/jvm/lib/ext.

For more information: Domino Configuration Tuner (DCT)

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Excellent Course Integrate IBM Domino with Node.js


As already indicated, a large part of the Notes Domino XPages community already lives in the Domino 10 bubble. And that's a very good thing. One of the new features in Domino 10 is the introduction of Node.js in Domino. As indicated in my previous blog post, a webinar will be hosted by IBM on June 28, Node.js and Domino V10 Essentials - What You Need to Know.
Yesterday I came across this message from Mark Barton on Twitter.



In order to get a good idea of how to use Node.js in Domino, this is a more than excellent starting point. It is an excellent course that gave me a good insight regarding Node.js in Domino. You can find the course on this website.


For more information about Node.js and Node-Red, see the blog series of John Jardin, Node-RED Blog Series.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

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


At the moment, a large part of the Domino community is already living in the V10 bubble. A few days ago, the IBM Domino V10 Beta Program was announced by Andrew Manby and Richard Jefts. For more information see my previous blog post IBM Domino V10 Beta Program - Domino Applications on iPad Beta Program. In addition, numerous blog posts have been written and webinars have been organized about this new era for IBM Domino. In line with all the latest developments a next webinar for IBM Domino 10 will be organized by IBM on 28 June, Node.js and Domino V10 Essentials – What You Need to Know.

Content Webinar
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 node.red.
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.

Speakers are Andrew Manby, Director of Product Management IBM Collaboration Solutions, Paul Withers, IBM Collaboration Solutions Consultant Intec Systems Ltd and John Jardin, Integration & Cloud Architect Agilit-e.

Registration for the webinar is open on this website.
As indicated by IBM this is just the beginning! There will be more information on this exciting innovation in the coming months.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

IBM Domino V10 Beta Program - Domino Applications on iPad Beta Program


It is testing season! Yesterday Andrew Manby and Richard Jefts announced the IBM Domino V10 Beta Program. 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. 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.
To participate in the IBM Domino V10 Portfolio Beta simply fill-in and submit this signup sheet.
For more information about the Beta Program: Announcing the IBM Domino V10 portfolio beta program.


Next to the Domino Beta 10 program HCL is running a separate beta program for the Domino Apps on iPad offering called HCL Nomad. You can sign up for this program on the following page. The HCL Nomad beta program starts on June 13th and is being managed by HCL.

Fingers crossed and let's hope we will be selected for the Beta Programs for Domino V10 and Domino Application on iPad.