What's new in IBM Lotus Domino 7.0?

The following tables list new features of the Lotus Domino 7.0 server and Domino Administrator client and where you can find more information about these features. For information about Lotus Domino Designer 7 and Lotus Notes 7 features, see the topic "What's New" in Lotus Domino Designer 7 Help and Lotus Notes 7 Help. Or, go to http://www.lotus.com/ldd/doc to download or view the Help databases.

Server install
New featureDescriptionFor more information New InstallShield Multi-Platform server installer. Offers a new method for performing silent server installs as well as a new option to run an express setup. See the topics Using silent server installation to install Domino on Windows systems and Using Domino's express install.

Server administration
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Domino and DB2 on Microsoft Windows systems and IBM AIX systems. Domino 7 with DB2 is released with Limited Availability, as such, it is not available for general usage. For more information about the Limited Availability program and other important information about this topic, see the URL http://www.ibm.com/lotus/nsfdb 2.

IBM Lotus Domino can be configured to run with DB2 databases as well as Notes databases. You can access and view data stored in Notes databases as well as data that is stored in DB2 databases. When working with your data, there is no visible difference between the data stored in a Notes database and data stored in a DB2 database.

See the topic Understanding Domino and DB2. For information about enabling the Domino and DB2 feature, see the topic DB2 key for access to Domino 7 with DB2.

Domain monitoring

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New Domino Domain Monitoring (DDM) feature

Domino Domain Monitoring (DDM) provides one location in the Domino Administrator client that you can use to view the overall status of multiple servers across one or more domain(s), and then use the information provided by DDM to quickly resolve problems. DDM uses configurable probes to gather information across multiple servers. DDM then consolidates and reports that information on speciallydesignated collection servers in a Notes output database (DDM.NSF).

See the topic Domino Domain Monitoring.

Server monitoring

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The Run Program notification method now provides the option to pass event parameters.

The Run Program notification method also provides the option to pass event parameters. You can specify which parameters to pass when the program runs. Optionally, you can specify switches for the parameters. You must have full remote console access in the Server document to issue LOAD commands.

See the topics Passing event parameters using the Run Program notification method and Event handler notification methods.

New event handler notification method sends a console command to the server.

Sends a console command, or commands, to the server according to the Event Handler that was configured. You can specify the server console commands to be run. Any console command can be used with an event handler. You can also use this option to run a console script.

See the topic Event handler notification methods.

New event handler notification method sends a Java Controller command.

Sends Java server controller commands based on an event. The commands that can be sent to the controller are restart Domino, start Domino, and shutdown Domino. You specify the server and the Java controller command. Your username (short name) and Internet password are used by the event task to access the Java controller.

See the topics Setting, modifying or deleting the Java server controller user's ID properties and Creating a Connection document for use with a Java controller command.

Server monitoring tasks

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Shutdown Monitor

This task ensures that Domino terminates when requested to do so, that is, the server does not hang while attempting to shut down.

See the topic Monitoring server shutdown.

Process Monitor

This task monitors the processes that should be running as part of the Domino server environment.

See the topic Monitoring processes running in the Domino server environment.

Fault Analyzer task

Fault Analyzer is a server add-in task that processes all new crashes as they are delivered to the Automatic Data Collection mail-in database. Note This task works with Domino's diagnostic data collection tool.

See the topics, Collecting diagnostic information after a server or client crash and Enabling the Fault Analyzer task on the server.

Writing status bar history to a log file

You can enable logging of status bar messages to the local log file, LOG.NSF, or to an external file that you designate.

See the topic Writing status bar history to a log file.

User administration

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Open Mail File button accessible from an open Person document and from the People view of the Domino Administrator.

Use the new Open Mail File button to open the selected user's mail file.

See the topic Opening a user's mail file.

New client installation options and examples using transform files

Customizing client installations has been expanded to include information on using transform files during scriptable setups and also includes new examples of how to use transform files.

See the topics Applying a transform to a silent installation and Examples -- Applying scriptable setup using a transform file during Notes client installation.

Multiple Notes client users can use the same directory at the same time.

Multiple Notes client users can log on and use the same data directory at the same time. Domino creates an autosave database with a unique name for each user to make the data directory available to multiple users.

See the topic Allowing multiple users to use the same data directory


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Alias dereferencing

You can control the extent to which alias dereferencing occurs when searching a remote LDAP directory.

See the topic Configuring alias dereferencing in a Directory Assistance document for a remote LDAP directory.

Domino UNID

The Domino 7 LDAP Service supports Universal Notes IDs (UNID) through 32-character values of the dominoUNID operational attribute, which allows advanced LDAP applications to uniquely identify documents in the Domino Directory even when the directory object's FullName/ListName (LDAP DN), ShortName (LDAP uid), or other normally identifying field values change.

See the topic dominoUNID operational attribute.

Change detection

Domino 7 can detect if entries in certain LDAP directories have changed, allowing Domino subsystems to flush stale search results and conduct another search for current LDAP information. Domino 7 also takes advantage of LDAP servers that support certain change detection mechanisms.

See the topic Special considerations for change detection.


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Documentation now contains information about using policies to assign NOTES.INI settings to Notes client users or to Location documents.

You can use a desktop policy settings document to add or set NOTES.INI variables for Notes client users. This is an easy way to assign NOTES.INI variables to all Notes client users, or to a specific subset of Notes client users, at one time. You can also use desktop policy settings documents to set field values in Location documents for users.

See the topic Using policies to assign NOTES.INI or Location document settings to Notes client users.

New mail policy settings document

Mail policies provide a mechanism for setting and enforcing client settings/preferences for Mail and C&S. Mail policies can be used to manage and distribute message disclaimers, in particular, to push the correct disclaimer for a given mail user down to the client.

See the topic Creating a mail policies settings document.

Instant messaging setup within the Notes application plug-in can be done using the desktop policy settings document.

Use the Domino policies feature to designate how instant messaging services, within the Notes application plug-in, are provided to your users. The Notes application plug-in for the IBM Workplace Client Technology, rich edition, lets Notes users work with Notes applications in the Workplace rich client just as they would in the Notes 7 client.

See the topics Notes application plug-in and policies and Creating a desktop policy settings document.

New client policy lock down feature

Use policy lock-down to specify which policy settings can be modified by end users. The lock-down feature provides a central location from which you can set and lock down user settings. Client policy lockdown is especially useful for implementing company procedures and increasing security.

See the topic Client policy lockdown.


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New private whitelists feature

Use Domino's private whitelist filters to specify exceptions to blacklist filters, that is, to specify the hosts and/or domains to exclude from blacklist processing. Hosts that are specified in private whitelists are exempt from blacklist checks. Whitelisted hosts bypass blacklist filter checks but there are other controls which may prevent the message from being accepted. Members of the private whitelist are still subjected to connection, relay, sender, and recipient controls.

See the topic Enabling private whitelist filters for SMTP connections.

New private blacklist feature

Use private blacklists to specify hosts and/or domains responsible for sending unnecessary, unwanted mail to your Internet domain. For consistency, Domino's private blacklists follow the model currently used by existing anitspam functionality.

See the topic Enabling private blacklist filters for SMTP connections

New DNS whitelist feature

Use DNS whitelist filters as a means to help identify legitimate email.

See the topic Enabling DNS whitelist filters for SMTP connections.

New stop processing action available for mail server rules

The stop processing action See the topic Setting server stops the processing of all rules mail rules . that follow the rule containing the stop processing action. You can use the stop processing action alone, that is, as the only action in a mail rule, or you can use it with another action in a rule, and it can also be in one rule that is in a series of rules.

New message disclaimers

Message disclaimers are notices -- usually short text blocks -- that are added to email messages. They are often used by organizations in an attempt to protect the organization's legal interests.

See the topic Setting up and using message disclaimers.

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Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6) IPV6 is designed to replace supported in Domino 7.0, beta 2 IPV4. IPV6 fixes a number of problems that exist in IPV4, primarily the shortage of IPV4 addresses.

See the topic IPv6 and Lotus Domino. Also see the Release Notes.

The documentation now contains instructions for changing a server's IP address.

Provides detailed information describing issues and problems that can be associated with changing a server's IP address.

See the topic Changing a server's IP address.


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128-bit encryption

Domino 7 supports larger Notes document encryption key sizes than in previous versions, and users have the option of using a stronger key to encrypt them.

See the topic Using 128-bit ID file encryption.

User name mapping in the SSO LTPA token

Domino administrators can now map the user name that appears in a Domino-created LTPA token to the name expected by WebSphere, to ensure that the name is recognized in a mixed Domino and WebSphere environment where Domino and WebSphere do not share the same directory.

See the topic Configuring user name mapping in the SSO LTPA token.

Custom password policies

Information protection and data privacy laws include specific requirements for the selection of secure passwords for identity verification. The new feature enables administrators to enforce password requirements that will fit almost any set of corporate or government security requirements.

See the topic Custom password policies.

User and server key rollover

Key rollover is the process used See the topic User and server to update the set of Notes key rollover. public and private keys that is stored in user and server ID files. Triggers for key rollover can be configured in policies and in the Server document (for the server ID).


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Smart Upgrade kit recognition

Smart Upgrade can determine whether to install a Notes client only kit or All clients kit for each particular user.

See the topic Adding update kits to the Lotus Notes Smart Upgrade database.

Smart Upgrade server cluster failover to another server

Smart Upgrade server failover is available with clustered servers. When the Notes client user logs on, the user's home server's Configuration Settings document is checked to access the link to the Smart Upgrade database. If the server containing the Smart Upgrade database is not available, Smart Upgrade searches, by database replica ID and database name, for a replica server within the cluster and tries to open the database on a replica server. If it locates and opens the database, that Smart Upgrade database on that replica server is used.

See the topic Smart Upgrade server failover to another clustered server

Smart Upgrade failover from Shared drive path kit to Attachment kit.

The Smart Upgrade process See the topic Adding update checks whether a "Full Path Kit" kits to the Lotus Notes Smart is available. If the Full Path Kit Upgrade database. is available, it is used; if it is not available, the attachment kit is used.

New Smart Upgrade fields added The desktop policy settings to the desktop policy settings document now has a Smart document. Upgrade tab that contains the Smart Upgrade settings. Fields are now available to enforce Smart Upgrade Tracking.

See the topic Creating a desktop policy settings document.

Smart Upgrade Tracking reports

The Smart Upgrade Tracking Reports database is a repository for storing Smart Upgrade Tracking Reports that contain detail information about the status of the attempts to run Smart Upgrade on Notes clients in your domain.

See the topic Smart Upgrade Tracking Reports database.

Server commands
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DB2 server commands

Domino server console commands for use with Domino and DB2 provide you with information about your Domino and DB2 configuration.

See the topic Domino and DB2 server commands.

Show Schedule - DDM

The argument, -DDM, has been added to the Show Schedule server command. Show Schedule -DDM shows the Domino Domain Monitoring (DDM) probes that are scheduled to run.

See the topic Show Schedule.

Sucache refresh

Forces a dynamic reloading of See the topic Sucache refresh. the Smart Upgrade configuration information, displays the state of the Domino server's Smart Upgrade cache information, and displays Smart Upgrade statistics gathered when the Domino server was restarted.

Sucache show

Displays the current state of the Domino server's Smart Upgrade cache as well as some statistics gathered since the Domino server was restarted.

See the topic Sucache show.

Administration Process Requests

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Modify DB2 Access Connection

Administration request generated when you choose "Edit DB2 Access Connection" from the Tools panel in the Domino Administrator client.

See the topics Modify DB2 Access Connection and Editing the DB2 Access server Connection document.

Set DB2 password in server's ID file

Administration request generated when you choose the Set Server's DB2 ID menu item to modify the password and user name that the Domino server uses to communicate with the DB2 server.

See the topics Set DB2 password in server's ID file and Setting, modifying or deleting the Domino server user's DB2 ID properties.

Store DB2 information in Server document

Administration request generated when you enable a Domino server to communicate with a DB2 server.

See the topic Store DB2 information in Server document.

Certify new person key request

Administration request generated when you modify the key-related fields on the Notes Certificate tab of the user's Person document. This request can also be generated by the user initiating the Create New Public Keys action and choosing Authentication Protocol on the User Security panel in the Notes client.

See the topic Certify new person key request.

Certify new server key request

Administration request generated when you modify one of the key-related fields on the Administration tab of the Server document.

See the topic Certify new server key request.

Calendaring and Scheduling

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Rooms & Resources Manager is enhanced and is now available directly to users for scheduling rooms and resources

Room & Resources Manager enhancements prevent overbooking of rooms and resources.

See the topic Rooms and Resources Manager.

Resource Reservations autoreminder feature

The Resource Reservations See the topic Creating Site autoreminder feature allows Profile and Resource documents you to specify whether you . want autoreminders sent to a meeting chairperson a specified number of days in advance of the reservation.

Resource Reservations limit future reservations feature

Use the Resource Reservations limit future reservations feature to specify how far in advance reservations can be created for single meetings and for repeating meetings.

See the topic Creating Site Profile and Resource documents .


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Server.Load script command SetReplID

The SetReplID command sets the replica ID based on date and time.

See the topic SetReplID command.

Server.Load script command DBClose

The DBClose command closes the open database.

See the topic DBClose command.

Server.Load script command CheckForNewMail

Checks for new mail on the specified mail database.

See the topic CheckForNewMail command.

New Workload Data Collection script

While a workload runs, the Workload Data Collection script, shstat.scr, collects the data that is generated by the workload. This is a custom script.

See the topic Workload Data Collection and Workload Data Rollup Scripts

New Workload Data Rollup Feature

The Workload Data Rollup feature is adapted from the NotesBench data rollup feature and allows test data from a group of test drivers and a SUT to be combined into a single datafile for analysis. When a workload is complete, the Workload Data Rollup script rolls up the performance data that was collected by the Workload Data Collection script.

See the topic Workload Data Collection and Workload Data Rollup Scripts .

Domino Web Access

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DWA Configuration settings

The DWA tab of the Configuration Settings document includes new settings to: •Prohibit access to Rooms or Resources and online meetings •Set up Sametime with Domino Web Access • Synchronize the user's online and offline Internet passwords •Prohibit access to attachments

See the topic Editing the Configuration Settings document for Domino Web Access

Domino Web Access Redirect

Domino Web Access users can access their mail files using Domino Web Access Redirect. With Domino Web Access Redirect, users do not need to know the name of their mail file and mail server, they need only know the name of the Domino Web Access Redirect server.

See the topic Using Domino Web Access Redirect to access mail in Domino Web Access

Mail usage indicator

Domino Web Access provides a mail file usage indicator so that users can view what percentage of their mail database is in use. You enable this feature when registering users.

See the topic Enabling the mail usage indicator

Monitor DWA users

You can monitor the number of active Domino Web Access users on a system and log Domino Web Access request information.

See the topic Monitoring Domino Web Access activity

Browser Cache Management

Use Browser Cache Management to improve client performance and security of Domino Web Access sessions on Internet Explorer. Control which entries are stored in the cache and which are removed when the Domino Web Access session ends.

See the topic Using Browser Cache Management

Reuse child windows

Globally enforce reuse of windows that are already open, thereby reducing the time it takes to perform certain actions.

See the topic Reusing child windows

Sametime configuration

Many of the NOTES.INI settings required to set up Sametime are now Configuration Settings document fields.

See the topic Editing the Configuration Settings document for Domino Web Access

Calendar details

Allow Domino Web Access users to view detailed information on each time slot when creating group calendar entries or meeting invitations.

See the topic Making calendar details available to all users

S/MIME support

S/MIME is now supported in Domino Web Access. For more information about S/MIME support in Domino

See the topic Secure mail for Domino Web Access

Customize forms using Domino Web Access agents

Use agents to process or manipulate data on forms or subforms in Domino Web Access.

See the topic Using Domino Web Access agents