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HCLSoftware continues to simplify its flagship Domino licensing built on the Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) model – a modern, per-user, licensing model comprised of:

  • HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition (CCB) for B2E and B2C users
  • HCL Domino Complete Collaboration eXternal User (CCX) for B2B users
  • HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition (CCB) for B2E and B2C users

In addition, HCLSoftware has introduced HCL Volt MX Go, permitting customers to use all of Domino’s features and extending Domino app dev and modernization options using the multi-experience low-code capabilities of HCL Volt MX.

Customers have the option of Domino CCB and Volt MX Go to meet their needs. Both are future-proof licenses entitling customers to all of Domino’s features, updates, and supporting programs. To realize all the benefits, HCL strongly recommends that customers move to either Domino CCB or Volt MX Go licensing and upgrade to Domino version 12.0.2 as soon as possible.

CCB: Simplifying Domino Licensing

CCB is the cornerstone of our journey to provide a single, user-based license model for Domino,

eliminating Processor Value Unit licensing, an old license metric no longer relevant in a modern Cloud / Kubernetes world:

  • A simple “Per User everything model” – use any client and any protocol for any server capacity to run all applications – including enterprise e-mail.
  • Transparent license compliance management by simple user counting – and the new DLAU tool for simple determination of entitlement requirements, as detailed below.
  • All new Domino features are only included with CCB entitlements – e.g., from V12.0.2 Nomad for Web Browsers and Domino REST APIs.

CCB entitlements are needed for all employees and contractors in your enterprise needing access to your Domino CCB servers – covering all B2E (Business-to-Employees) scenarios. A server licensed under CCB also includes unlimited external web user access as needed for most B2C (Business-to-Consumer/Citizen) scenarios:

  • Guest: unlimited anonymous browser users can freely access your Domino based websites.
  • Known Guest: unlimited registered users with credentials to login for read-only access to applications (see Known Guest Use Cases in this blog Licensing Update: Domino V12 and Key CCX Enhancement).

To determine the volume of entitlements for a CCB (or Volt MX Go) configuration, HCL has introduced the DLAU tool. This tool will count all credentials in Domino directories or other authentication sources used by the enterprise.

The CCB entitlement can be extended with Domino Leap – an add-on for all CCB users providing a true citizen developer capability (see also HCL Leap 9.3.2 and Domino Leap 1.1.1), and the Sametime Premium secure meetings add-on for all designated CCB users (see also Seamless, Flexible Collaboration Delivered with Sametime 12.0.1).

CCX: Covering external B2B or B2C Users

For B2B (Business-to-Business) or advanced B2C scenarios, where the external users must fully engage in applications beyond the read/only access permitted for Known Guests, HCL introduced the CCX entitlement as an add-on for CCB-only environments.

CCX users have full functionality (up to ACL level of “author”) to use Domino and Domino Leap (if installed) applications and workflows but cannot create applications themselves. CCX users do not have a personal mailbox but can use task/functional mail for workflow routing or applications generating mail.

Like the CCB Authorized User (A/U) entitlement, the CCX A/U entitlement is also unique; however, it can logically be reassigned after 30 days of inactivity. Consequently, you need entitlements to cover actual/expected CCX users in any 30-day period, i.e., the high-water mark of active CCX users per month. Hence, some former server-only based B2B/B2C use cases can now be easily supported by CCX as sporadic application use does not accumulate a long range of user credentials which would require entitlement under CCB. DLAU comes in handy to make this determination.

See also CCX Use Cases in Licensing Update: Domino V12 and Key CCX Enhancement.

All use cases supported with older Domino license models are supported by CCB/CCX, so moving to CCB from an older license will not require reinstallation of the currently deployed software components. When the environment is upgraded to V12.0.2 or later, all new V12 features can be deployed and used. E.g., HCL Nomad Web and Domino REST API. To facilitate license and version transition and general interoperability, Domino Servers deployed under CCB entitlements may replicate with any server in- or outside Licensee’s Enterprise.

What is the Domino License Analysis Utility (DLAU) tool

Following an adoption rate of over 70% for CCB licensing and with many more customers planning to move to CCB, HCL is making the Domino License Analysis Utility (DLAU) tool available to enable customers to perform a baseline count of the needed CCB/CCX entitlements for any Domino (or Volt MX Go) configuration and, at the same time, to perform a security “health check” on your Domino deployment.

DLAU will assist you in determining the entitlements needed for CCB/CCX or Volt MX Go/CCX licensing of your complete Domino deployment and is a simple to deploy and use, non-intrusive tool:

  • HCLSoftware Support will assist customers (both with and without an active Support subscription) using DLAU for the purpose of creating a baseline.
  • Delivered as a Notes application file (.nsf) to be run from a Notes client. Supports R7 onwards.
  • Does not require any changes to the Domino servers (except ensuring any needed logging is enabled).
  • Does not modify any existing data.
  • Runs in the background – will not “freeze” Notes.
  • Results normally provided within a few hours (dependent on environment complexity).

DLAU only scans log files and configurations, and generated reports are under the control of the Administrator and are fully GDPR compliant. DLAU also offers a range of analyses and recommends best practices updates and remedial actions. Most importantly, DLAU will report on Security Observations.

HCLSoftware has provided the DLAU tool and a comprehensive Users’ Guide
here ==> https://opensource.hcltechsw.com/domino-license-analysis-utility-DLAU/

In addition, DLAU will be included in the HCL License & Download portal over the coming months for any customer with access to the portal and without requiring an active Domino Support subscription.

HCLSoftware Support and DLAU

To facilitate the use of DLAU for Domino CCB or Volt MX Go renewals or restarts, HCLSoftware is now announcing the availability of HCLSoftware Support for DLAU via normal channels. Support is now available for running DLAU with all versions since Domino 7 – even for customers with no active Support for HCL Domino. Support is provided to help all customers obtain a baseline report for CCB (and Volt MX Go) licensing. Customers should engage with their HCLSoftware Business Partner or Seller for the interpretation and use of the report.

Understanding DLAU reports

It is important to note that DLAU is not conducting a license audit, which is always an in-depth hindsight analysis. Instead, DLAU is creating a baseline to help you and HCLSoftware have a meaningful forward-looking conversation for your renewal or restart or move to CCB or Volt MX Go. The baseline must be augmented by the customer in terms of future deployment plans as the customer is continually responsible for license compliance going forward.

The DLAU report includes an overall Authorized User (A/U) count which is the total number of credentials found permitting authentication to the scanned configuration. The count Is further refined into needed CCB and any CCX entitlements for the environment. Due to the difference in metric, a reported CCX entitlement need (based on the 30-day high-water mark mentioned above) will be less than the total number of scanned external credentials included in the A/U total.

Volt MX Go: Extend Domino apps with new mobile experiences and enterprise integration

Volt MX Go uses the same A/U definitions as CCB/CCX with the following exceptions and additions for the use of the Domino servers:

  • A Volt MX Go A/U is entitled to full use of Domino applications and Domino user interfaces and clients, and the full use of the Volt MX multi-experience low-code platform with unlimited Volt MX B2E applications.
  • For external use of Domino applications with a Domino user interface, the CCB Guest, Known Guest, and CCX models are entitled as described above for CCB (CCX must still be acquired separately).
  • For any external user of Volt MX features, each user needs a Volt MX B2C (unlimited applications) entitlement. For any use of a Domino user interface, this entitlement replaces CCX and provides the same entitlements as CCX.

The DLAU tool described above is needed to document Volt MX Go/CCX entitlements as for CCB/CCX.

Licensing per Use Case for CCB and Volt MX Go

Consult the table below for a summary of entitlement needs per use case and constituents.

If you have any questions about this blog post and announcements or have any licensing questions, please contact your HCL product specialist or Business Partner.

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