Installing and configuring

To install and configure HCL Verse on a Domino® mail server, complete the following steps.

Before you begin

Make sure that your Domino server meets the system requirements. For configuring a proxy, see Configuring a proxy to provide high-availablity.
Note: As of release 1.0.8, VOPDesign.nsf has been removed from the kit. Ensure your user's mail files are on the mail template from Domino 9.0.1 FP9 or later.


  1. Enable HCL iNotes on the Domino® server. Make sure that you run the HTTP server task and that you configure iNotes® settings. See the topic Configuring iNotes in the Domino documentation.
  2. Register users as iNotes® users. See the topic Registering iNotes users in the Domino documentation.
  3. To ensure that international characters are displayed correctly, configure the Web server to use UTF-8 for output:
    1. In the Domino® Directory, open the Server document in edit mode.
    2. Click the Internet Protocols tab and then the Domino Web Engine tab.
    3. In the Character Set section for Use UTF-8 for output, select Yes.

    Or, if you use a Web Site document, see the topic Specifying the character set to use when retrieving Web pages in the Domino documentation.

  4. Create full-text indexes on mail files, if they don't already have them. For information, see the topic Full-text indexes for single databases in the Domino documentation.
  5. Configure the following notes.ini settings on the Domino® server:
    If the settings don't exist, add them. If they exist, make sure that they have these values.
    Note: Make sure INOTESDISABLEXPAGECMD=1 is not set or set to 0 in notes.ini as that will disable the OSGI framework.
  6. Enable TLS on the Domino® server. Verse requires HTTPS and a valid certificate. For Domino® 12.0 and later follow the instructions on Generating TLS certificates using CertMgr and enabling TLS in the Domino documentation. For older versions of Domino® follow the instructions Generating a keyring file with a third party CA SHA-2 cert using OpenSSL and KYRTool on a Windows workstation in this article on the HCL Customer Support site.
    • If you are using a proxy server in front of the Domino server, it is the proxy server that needs to support HTTPS and have a valid certificate.
    • Domino 11 ships a version of KYRTool. For other versions of Domino, you can get a version of the tool from here on the HCL Support site.
  7. Make sure the TLS port status is enabled. For more information, see the topic Modifying Web server Internet port and protocol settings in the Domino documentation.
  8. Make sure that you configure the ID vault on the Domino® server and that you assign Verse users to the vault. An ID vault is required so users can read and send signed or encrypted messages. For information, see the topic Notes ID vault in the Domino documentation.
    Note: In the ID vault tab of the Security Settings document that you use to assign users to the vault, select the option Allow Notes-based programs to use the Notes ID vault.
  9. Make sure that users have valid Internet addresses in their Domino® directory Person documents:
    1. Open the Person document.
    2. On the Basics tab, verify that the Internet Address field contains a valid address for example,
  10. Extract the files from the Verse package. The package contains the following files:
    Note: For Domino v12.0.x, the Verse package is included in <ProgramDir>/addons/verse directory.
  11. Stop the Domino server. From the server console, enter:
  12. If a previous version of Verse is installed, delete the existing Verse jar files from the following directory:
    <Domino data directory>/domino/workspace/applications/eclipse/plugins 

    Delete the following files: ats-*.jar, sequoia-osgi-*.jar, core-*.jar, servlet-*.jar, servers-lookup-*.jar.

  13. Extract the contents of the file to the following directory:

    <Domino data directory>/domino/workspace/applications

    <Domino data directory> is typically:
    c:\Program Files\HCL\Domino\Data (Windows)
    /local/notesdata (Linux)

    Unzip <ProgramDir>/addons/Verse/ -d <Domino data directory>/domino/workspace/applications.

    For example, for Linux: unzip /opt/hcl/domino/notes/latest/linux/addons/Verse/ -d <Domino data directory>/domino/workspace/applications.

    Note: Extract with the directory structure intact. After extraction, the Verse .jar files should be in the following directory:
    <Domino data directory>/domino/workspace/applications/eclipse/plugins 
    Note: As of Verse 1.0.6, there are just four .jar files, fewer than in previous versions.
    Note: In a container deployment (Docker, Kubernetes), HCL Verse is installed by using a different container image. For example, by building a container image with Verse included: Build Command Documentation.
  14. Start the Domino server.
  15. If your Domino server deployment requires redirecting users to their mail servers follow the steps below, otherwise skip to step 15. Single server deployments do not require redirection. For more information on using redirection, see Using iNotes® Redirect to access mail in iNotes® in the Domino documentation.
    The Verse installation kit includes a copy of iwaredir.ntf. This copy comes directly from Domino 11.0.1. If you are not using Domino 11.0.1 or greater, copy iwaredir.ntf to the Domino data directory as the 11.0.1 version can be used with of previous Domino versions.
    Note: This version of the redirector template includes translations for English, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
    If there isn't a redirector database, create one using the iwaredir.ntf template. Otherwise, if there is a redirector database created already and you are running a Domino version less than Domino 11.0.1, replace the design of the existing redirector database using the new iwaredir.ntf template that you copied to the Domino data directory:
    1. From HCL Notes®, open the redirector database on the server. The default file name is iwaredir.nsf.
    2. Click File > Application > Replace Design.
    3. Select the new iwaredir.ntf template that you copied to the data directory.
    4. Click Replace and click Yes.
    Open the redirector database and on the UI Setup page, select options to enable users to log on to Verse:
    If you use Domino to authenticate:
    • Enable Personal Options? No
    • Enable Login Options? Yes
    • Enable HCL Verse? Yes
    • Optional setting to enable TOTP support (starting from Domino 12.0.1):Enable TOTP Login Form? Yes or No
    If you use SAML to authenticate:
    • Enable Personal Options? No
    • Enable SAML Options? Yes
    • Select Default Mail Application Verse
    Note: The option Enable HCL Verse? is not applicable for SAML authentication.
  16. Ensure you have created a Domino® Web Server Configuration application (see Creating the Domino® Web Server Configuration database) and set the target database and target login form:
    1. Open the Domino® Web Server Configuration application (DOMCFG.NSF).
    2. Click Add Mapping.
      If your Domino server deployment uses redirection:
      1. Change the Target Database to your redirector database (i.e. iwaredir.nsf).
      2. Change the Target Form to DWALoginForm.
        Note: The DWALoginForm handles TOTP login starting in Domino 12.0.1
      3. Click Save & Close.
      If your Domino server deployment does not use redirection:
      1. Change the Target Database to point to DOMCFG.NSF.
      2. Change the Target Form to CustomLoginForm (or LoginUserFormMFA for TOTP login).
      3. Click Save & Close.
  17. From the HCL Domino® Administrator, click Configuration and expand the Messaging section.
    1. Click Configurations.
    2. Select the configuration settings document for the Verse mail server(s) and click Edit Configuration.
    3. Select the iNotes® tab.
    4. Under Mail, enable Name resolution and validation.
    5. Save the document and restart the Domino® server.
  18. Set your server's home URL. For more information on where to set the home URL, see the topic Configuring HTML, CGI, icon, and Java files for Web Site documents in the Domino documentation.

    If your Domino server deployment uses redirection, set the home URL to /iwaredir.nsf?open.

    If your Domino server deployment does not use redirection, set the home URL to /verse.

  19. If there is not a credential store application on the server, create one. For instructions, see the Domino documentation:
  20. To confirm that Verse works, have a user with a mail file on the server complete these steps:
    1. From a browser, go to https://domino_hostname/verse.
    2. Log in.
    3. Verify that you see the Verse user interface.