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IBM Lotus Domino 8 System Administration Bootcamp

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In this course, you will be introduced to basic concepts that provide the foundation for Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes.

  • Practice performing basic administration tasks using the Lotus Domino Administrator client
  • Install and configure a basic infrastructure with a single domain using an existing deployment plan
  • Set up replication and mail routing in the single-domain environment
  • Perform standard server maintenance and troubleshooting tasks
  • Register and maintain Notes and non-Notes users

Note: This course covers the entire core Lotus Domino 8 system administration curriculum which is normally taught in 6 days. While the course duration is condensed to 5 days, the course content is not condensed; therefore, this bootcamp offering covers the material at an accelerated pace, and could require you to attend extended classroom hours.


  • Examine the Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes Architecture
  • Perform Basic Administration Tasks
  • Examine Lotus Domino Security Mechanisms
  • Examine Mail Routing in Lotus Domino
  • Examine Lotus Domino Replication
  • Extend Lotus Domino Environment
  • Install and set up the first Lotus Domino server and administrator
  • Set up servers in the Lotus Domino domain
  • Add Lotus Notes workstations to the Lotus Domino domain
  • Set up the administration environment
  • Set up the replication schedule to synchronize Lotus Domino system databases in the domain
  • Configure intranet Lotus Domino mail routing
  • Configure internet mail routing
  • Enable message controls
  • Enable server and messaging monitoring
  • Troubleshoot common mail setup problems
  • Manage Users
  • Manage Groups
  • Manage Non-Notes and Notes Clients
  • Deploy Composite Applications
  • Manage Servers
  • Update Servers
  • Set Up Server Monitoring
  • Use Domino Domain Monitoring
  • Monitor Server Performance
  • Resolve Server Problems
  • Resolve User Problems


This intermediate course is for system administrators new to Lotus Domino who need to acquire a foundational knowledge and working experience with the Lotus Domino 8 administration tools and who are responsible for:

  • Installing and setting up of the initial, basic Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes 8 infrastructure
  • Setting up Domino Mail servers in the corporate intranet and extranet (i.e. Internet) environment
  • Monitoring and maintaining an existing Lotus Domino 8 infrastructure
  • Managing Notes and non-Notes users in a Domino domain


You should have previous experience as a network administrator or mail system administrator, and experience using the Lotus Notes 8 Client.


5 days


Examining the Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes Architecture

  • Recognizing the role of the Domino system administrator
  • Understanding the key elements of a Domino environment:
  • What are Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes?
  • What is a Domino database?
  • What is a composite application?
  • What is a directory?

Performing Basic Administration Tasks

  • Starting the Lotus Domino Administrator client
  • Using on-line help:
  • Navigating the Lotus Domino Administrator client
  • Setting administration preferences

Examining Lotus Domino Security Mechanisms

  • Recognizing the elements used for Domino security
    • What is a domain?
    • What is a Domino Named Network?
    • What is a certifier ID?
    • What is a Notes ID?
    • What is a server ID?
    • What are certificates (Notes and X.509)
    • What is an organization?
    • What is an organizational unit?
  • Designing a hierarchical naming scheme
  • Deciding on an authentication mechanism and anonymous access
  • Defining groups
  • Securing a database using the Access Control List
  • Securing a server using the server access list
  • Securing a workstation using the Execution Control List

Examining Mail Routing in Lotus Domino

  • Understanding how Lotus Domino routes mail:
    • What are the components for mail routing?
    • What routing protocols does Lotus Domino support?
    • How does mail route within a Domino Named Network?
    • How does mail route between Domino Named Networks?
  • Designing a mail routing topology

Examining Lotus Domino Replication

  • Understanding Lotus Domino replication:
    • Replication terms
    • Replication logic -- source and target servers, and source and target documents
    • Replica databases
  • Initiating replication
  • Recognizing factors that affect replication

Extending Lotus Domino Environment

  • Identifying what other functions a Domino server can perform
  • Recognizing how clusters increase server availability
  • Understanding how Domino partitions work
  • Identifying what Internet protocols Lotus Domino supports
  • Integrating other IBM products such as, IBM Lotus Sametime, IBM DB2, IBM WebSphere Application Server, and IBM WebSphere Portal

Installing and setting up the first Lotus Domino server and administrator

Considering deployment scenarios

  • Designing a hierarchical naming scheme
  • Installing and setting up the first Domino server
  • Installing and setting up the Domino Administrator client
  • Creating a database to track Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes licenses

Setting up servers in the Lotus Domino domain

Creating additional certifiers for servers and users per an established naming scheme

  • Creating server IDs per an established naming scheme

Adding Lotus Notes workstations to the Lotus Domino domain

  • Creating internal Lotus Domino user IDs per an established naming scheme
  • Installing the Lotus Notes client software
  • Setting up the Lotus Notes workstation
  • Creating user groups
  • Specifying desktop settings using policies

Setting up the administration environment

  • Specifying administration preferences
  • Allowing and restricting server access
  • Allowing administrators access to the Domino Directory
  • Recording server activity in the Domino Server Log file

Setting up the replication schedule to synchronize Lotus Domino system databases in the domain

  • Designing a replication topology
  • Creating a group for server replication
  • Scheduling replication
  • Monitoring replication

Configuring intranet Lotus Domino mail routing

  • Creating Domino Named Networks
  • Routing mail between Domino Named Networks
  • Scheduling mail routing

Configuring internet mail routing

  • Enabling SMTP routing
  • Configuring basic and advanced settings for SMTP routing
  • Restricting mail flow to and from the Internet

Enabling message controls

  • Controlling mail delivery
  • Setting mail restrictions
  • Creating whitelist and blacklist filters
  • Implementing message disclaimers
  • Enhancing transfer performance
  • Enabling mail journaling
  • Understanding how mail rules are executed
  • Creating mail rules
  • Stopping the processing of mail rules
  • Using the blacklist tag and whitelist tag mail rule conditions
  • Establishing mail quotas
  • Archiving mail using policies
  • Controlling Inbox size

Enabling server and messaging monitoring

  • Testing mail routing
  • Enabling message tracking
  • Monitoring mail delivery
  • Monitoring mail statistics
  • Enabling message recall

Troubleshooting common mail setup problems

  • Testing mail connections
  • Restarting the Router
  • Forcing mail to route
  • Managing dead and undelivered mail

Managing Users

  • Moving a user's mail file
  • Changing a user's name
  • Acting on name change requests
  • Changing a user's location in the hierarchy
  • Extending a Notes ID
  • Setting up ID file back
  • Recovering an ID file
  • Deleting users

Managing Groups

  • Creating groups
  • Changing a user's group membership
  • Managing groups
  • Renaming groups
  • Deleting groups

Managing Non-Notes and Notes Clients

  • Setting up browser clients
  • Configuring Smart Upgrade
  • Enabling Smart Upgrade tracking
  • Setting up roaming users
  • Enabling or disabling roaming user upgrade status

Deploying Composite Applications

  • Understanding composite application deployment fundamentals
  • Configuring Lotus Notes 8 clients to access composite applications on a WebSphere Portal server
  • Introducing composite application provisioning
  • Configuring clients for user-initiated updates

Managing Servers

  • Using the server console window
  • Defining a backup process
  • Enabling Transaction logging
  • Analyzing activity data
  • Automating server tasks

Updating Servers

  • Searching for server references in a domain
  • Setting up authentication with other Domino organizations
  • Changing server access
  • Decommissioning a server
  • Recertifying a server ID
  • Changing administrator access

Setting Up Server Monitoring

  • Identifying mechanisms for collecting server information
  • Starting the Statistic Collector task
  • Creating event generators
  • Creating event handlers
  • Choosing a notification method in an event handler
  • Creating probes
  • Enabling agent logging

Using Domino Domain Monitoring

  • Creating and configuring Domino Domain Monitoring probes
  • Using Domino Domain Monitoring

Monitoring Server Performance

  • Viewing Domino Domain Monitor events
  • Viewing real time statistics
  • Viewing statistics with Server Monitor
  • Using the Domino Web Administrator
  • Using the Domino Console

Resolving Server Problems

  • Solving authentication and authorization issues
  • Troubleshooting replication problems
  • Troubleshooting connection problems
  • Solving agent manager issues
  • Recovering from a server crash
  • Configuring Automatic Diagnostic Collection and the Fault Analyzer

Resolving User Problems

  • Troubleshooting workstation problems
  • Recovering from a workstation crash
  • Troubleshooting database issues
  • Toubleshooting connection problems
  • Tracking user mail messages

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