For a BFSI Customer, I recently implemented IBM Verse Hybrid deployment as a PoC. The major requirements were as follows:
- No Internet connection to be provided at each individual machine.
- Internet Proxy license not available for majority of users. If needed for Mailing, the cost of Proxy license to be added to TCO.
- No direct connection from any Domino Server in MZ to Internet
IBM Verse Hybrid deployment System requirement clearly states that Internet connectivity is required from each machine for Notes Client configuration. Also, each Domino Server should be able to reach to Cloud Servers for Mail routing.
We addressed the challenge in two parts:
1. Configured On-premise Domino Servers to reach Cloud Servers via Pass-thru.
- To achieve the same, create Connection document to Cloud Server OU via Pass-thru server.
- In Pass-thru server, allow “*/CLOUD/<CUSTOMER_ORG>” as Allowed Destination via Pass-thru server. Also, allow all users to access the Pass-thru server by adding “*” to the “Who can access the Server” field.
- Once done, trace the Cloud Servers from On-premise server. The connection should get established via Pass-thru server.
2. Configure Notes Client to connect to Cloud servers via Pass-thru:
- In this scenario, default method of downloading config.nsf and running won’t work, as config.nsf require internet connectivity over port 1352 NRPC to connect to Cloud servers.
- To overcome this challenge, I created below script, which creates one Connection document to Pass-thru Server, one connection document to Cloud Servers using Pass-thru server.
- Also, it modifies current location to ensure that Cloud Server is now configured as Home Mail Server in Notes Client. This information is available in On-premise directory (replicated via Directory Sync).
- Additional Location doc can be created as well to allow users to connect directly to Cloud servers from Home using Internet connectivity from their Laptops.
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