Lotus Domino 8 Administration Basics

Course:  LD8AB
Duration:  3 Days
Level:  III
Course Summary

During this course you will install and configure the Lotus Domino Server and Domino Administrator, and a Notes client to test the installation. When you finish the course, the Server will be ready to serve Domino databases to Notes clients and browsers and to delivery mail within a single Domino Domain.

This course places special emphasis on database services, security, replication, and messaging, the core strengths of Domino.

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Topics Covered In This Course

The Services of a Domino Server

  • What Domino is
  • What Domino is NOT
  • Major administrator task areas
  • Other servers you may need

Install a Domino Server

  • Domino Server platforms
  • Hardware requirements
  • Operating system licensing requirements
  • Pre-installation: OS optimization
  • Pre-installation: Lock down server access
  • Pre-installation: Network connectivity
  • Obtain installer software
  • Install from a network drive
  • Start installer
  • Page 1: Welcome
  • Page 3: Program Files Directory/Partitioned Server
  • Page 4: Data Files Directory
  • Page 5: Server choice
  • Page 6: Summary
  • Reboot Windows
  • Results
  • Exercise: Install Domino Server
  • Custom installations
  • Reinstallation/Uninstallation
  • QMR/QMU updates

Setup Pre-Planning

  • To centralize or distribute?
  • Domino Domain
  • Multiple Domino Domains
  • Domino Named Networks
  • Organization structure
  • Domino Server names
  • Exercise: Setup pre-planning

Setup First Server

  • Exercise: Server Setup
  • Step 1: Start Server Setup program
  • Step 2: Welcome/Fonts
  • Step 3: Server choice
  • Step 4: Server name and title
  • Step 5: Organization Certifier
  • Customize button: Advanced Organization Settings
  • Step 6: Domain name
  • Step 7: Administrator name and password
  • Step 8: Server tasks
  • Customize button: Advanced Domino Services
  • Step 9: Network settings
  • Customize button: Advanced Network Settings
  • Step 10: Security defaults
  • Step 11: Review
  • Results of the Server Setup
  • Remote Server Setup
  • Silent setup

Start Server

  • Start the Domino Server
  • Startup
  • Server tasks
  • Turn off unnecessary server tasks
  • Other ways to start tasks
  • Start Domino as a Windows Service
  • Exercise: Rename ID files

Server Console

  • Running Notes on a Domino Server
  • Server Console commands
  • Useful Server Console commands
  • Downing a server
  • Lock Server Console
  • Server Console Message ID and Severity

Install and Configure Domino Administrator

  • Minimum platform requirements
  • Connection requirements
  • NotesCONNECT
  • Exercise: Install and configure Notes/Domino Administrator
  • Step 1: Uninstall previous installations
  • Step 2: Start installer
  • Step 3: Choose directories
  • Step 4: Client choice
  • Program features options
  • Step 5: Ready and set default email client
  • Step 6: Reboot computer
  • Results of the installation
  • Exercise: Notes configuration

Tour Domino Administrator

  • Start Domino Administrator
  • User interface
  • Sequence to use Domino Administrator
  • Get Administrator Help
  • Exercise: Domino Administrator interface
  • Remote Server Console
  • Remote Console properties
  • Remote Server Console display watch
  • Customize the Send button
  • Customize the Command button
  • Administration Preferences
  • Change to another location
  • Start Domino Administrator to Local
  • Server Console properties
  • Server Console filters
  • Run pieces of Domino Administrator

Configuration Settings Documents

  • Configuration Settings
  • Directory Profile document
  • Configuration Settings document
  • Multiple Configuration Settings documents
  • Console command to edit the NOTES.INI
  • Configuration Settings document to change NOTES.INI
  • Exercise: Change NOTES.INI with Configuration Settings

Security Overview

  • Security model
  • General observations about the security model diagram
  • Levels of effort
  • Basic network security
  • Port access lists
  • Network data encryption
  • Firewall network
  • Small shop solutions
  • Domino firewall domain
  • Domino administrator responsibilities
  • Developer responsibilities
  • Resources

User Authentication and Names

  • IDs created during first server setup
  • Contents of Server and User IDs
  • Validation and authentication
  • Increasing authentication security
  • Hierarchy of Organizational Unit Certifiers
  • Registering users and servers with an OU Certifier ID
  • Authentication and Organizational Certifiers
  • Advantages of using Organizational Units
  • Authenticated name for Notes users
  • Authenticated name for browser users
  • Failure to authenticate
  • Debugging authentication

Notes User Registration and Groups

  • What is Notes user registration?
  • Exercise: Notes user registration
  • Why use Groups
  • Standard groups
  • Create a Group document
  • Exercise: Create groups
  • Group views
  • Find Group Member
  • Manage Groups
  • Rename Group
  • Delete Group
  • Find Groups
  • Organizational wildcards

Server Access Lists

  • Domino Directory administration
  • Security tab in the Server document
  • Recommended Server Access practices
  • Exercise: Control Server Access
  • Server access for browsers

Administrator Rights

  • General user access to the server
  • Default administrator access
  • What being listed as an administrator gets you
  • Delegating administrative duties
  • Administrator use of Domino Administrator
  • Full Access administrator mode
  • Domino Console Server access fields
  • Administrator access to the Domino Directory
  • Administrator access to system databases


  • Add Domino database
  • Exercise: Create database
  • Internal tools
  • External tools
  • Files function tab
  • Files display preferences
  • Folder tools
  • Database tools
  • Database white space
  • Compact
  • Other ways to free disk space
  • Database rollout
  • Exercise: Database tools

Database Security

  • Folder Link
  • Folder Links caveats
  • Database Access Control List
  • Centralized ACL control
  • ACL Entries
  • Add users to the ACL
  • Acceptable ACL Entries
  • Standard settings
  • User Type
  • Conflicting/overlapping access
  • Explicit versus Effective Access
  • Maximum Internet name & password access
  • ACL Entry privileges
  • Roles
  • Create and assign a role
  • Exercise: Define ACL and roles
  • Set Administration Server
  • Manage Multiple ACLs tool
  • Copy and Paste entire ACLs
  • Local ACL enforcement
  • Enforce Consistent ACL
  • Server and Domain-wide ACL reporting
  • Exercise: Database Catalog
  • System database ACLs
  • Encrypt Server databases
  • Exercise: Encrypt server database

Administration Process

  • Administration Process workflow
  • Major areas of work
  • Access requirements
  • Configure AdminP
  • Administration Requests database
  • Critical views to monitor
  • One Administrative Server or many?
  • When tasks are performed
  • Modify the processing intervals
  • Dedicated threads for immediate and interval requests
  • User rename requests
  • Server console commands
  • Domino Administrator Tell Task tool
  • Exercise: AdminP in actionDebugging AdminP

Cross Certification

  • Exercise: Test access to another Organizations server
  • Locating Cross Certificate documents
  • Purpose of cross certification
  • Three methods to cross certify
  • Method 1 Exercise: On-demand cross certification
  • At what level should you cross certify?
  • Method 2: Safe Copy cross certification
  • Method 3: Verbally cross certify key
  • Revoke authentication from cross certification
  • Allow Anonymous access to Notes
  • Organizations and Domino Domains

Add Servers to the Domain

  • Register server
  • Administrative requirements to register server
  • Server name guidelines
  • Additional server registration
  • Exercise: Remove server configuration
  • Exercise: Register additional server
  • Start server and run the Server Setup program
  • Protocol access
  • Server security requirements
  • Additional Server Setup
  • Exercise: Server Setup on additional server
  • Exercise: Register new administrator
  • Exercise: Reconfigure Notes/Domino Administrator

Primary and Configuration Directories

  • Distributed directory architecture
  • Centralized directory architecture
  • Pros and cons
  • Hybrid directory architecture
  • Directory Type settings
  • "Show Xdir" console command
  • Change the directory type

Replication Fundamentals

  • What replication is NOT
  • What replication IS
  • Domino Cluster Replication
  • Why replicate databases
  • Database Replica ID and Document UNID
  • Server-to-server replication
  • Item modification record
  • Single source item update
  • Dual source field update
  • Deleted documents
What You Can Expect

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • install, set up, and configure a Domino Server and Domino Administrator
  • register a user with basic settings
  • create a new database using a standard template
  • define groups to manage server and database security
  • understand and configure server and database security
  • configure the Administration Process to automate administrator tasks
  • cross certify other organizations to use your Domino Server
  • register a new Server and reconfigure your Server to join an existing Domino Domain
  • configure a Remote Primary Directory Server to provide centralized directory services
  • replicate databases and schedule automated replication between Domino Servers
  • create a Domain Catalog and configure Domain Search
  • provide database access to browsers
  • transfer and deliver email in a single Domino Domain using the Notes routing protocol.
Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for network/database administrators who are responsible for supporting Lotus Domino Servers and Notes clients.

You will find this course most useful if prior to this course you have:

  • studied the principles and operation of personal computer networkingusing TCP/IP in LAN/WAN/Internet environments
  • installed and supported the operating system used in this course(Windows XP Professional) as well as applications used by those systems
  • installed, administered, and supported network operating system serverand workstation software.

You will find the course especially rewarding if you have alreadyinstalled a Domino Server and a handful of Notes Clients and have hadsome experience designing Domino databases.

Training Style

Instructor led with labs.

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