Client provisioning - IBM Lotus Notes

The shifting of Lotus Notes to the Eclipse platform has a significant impact on the end user community. Overview of New Lotus Notes 8.5.3 Client Features, the new look and feel of the client and the underlying Eclipse foundation enhances the end user environment. Eclipse-based plugins in Lotus Notes extend the user's ability to work in a collaborative environment. Unfortunately, the management of these new features may require a higher level of user interaction. Lotus/IBM has recognized this issue, and has leveraged the native Eclipse provisioning architecture to allow for the management of plugins and the desktop environment. The introduction of these provisioning features does not replace the Smart Upgrade feature; this utility can still be used to deploy versions of the client.

Server-managed provisioning

Lotus Domino 8 offers functionality that allows for the deployment of the full Lotus Notes client, Eclipse-based plugins, and applications (native Domino, composite, or Expeditor based). The following diagram shows the different models for managing the end user environment:

Server-managed provisioning

Smart Upgrade

The traditional Smart Upgrade feature within the Lotus Domino server can be used to deploy Lotus Notes to the end users. The Smart Upgrade feature will assist in pushing the entire set of client code to the Lotus Notes user community

Eclipse-based provisioning

Lotus Notes 8 is built on the Eclipse foundation. Composite applications are considered as features within the Lotus Notes architecture, so their deployment and management is handled through the same process as other Eclipse-based features. The management of Eclipse-based clients such as Lotus Notes and Same time Connect 7.5.x has now shifted to the native provisioning model. When the end user or administrator wants to push out a new feature to Lotus Notes, they will be directed to a site.xml, which contains the information for installing the feature. The feature that is being installed within the Eclipse framework will have dependent plugins required for the feature to function properly.

Starting in Lotus Domino 8, the update.ntf template leverages the native Lotus Notes replication and security features, to provide and manage access to new and updated features, as shown in the following diagram:

Eclipse-based provisioning


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