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Module 3: First run configuration

  05/09/12 11:38 am, by , Categories: Administration, IBM, Lotus, article

Module 3: First run configuration

Now that the installation has been completed, we are going to get ready to start Lotus Domino for the first time. On the Desktop of the server you now see 2 icons. 1 is the actual server, the other is the management console. We start by starting the Domino Server.
First run
When you click that, you'll get the following prompt (UAC):
You now get the Domino Server setup screen. Click Next to advance.
Domino Server Setup
The next screen allows for 2 choices:
  • Setup the first server or a standalone server This option is used for your first server, to begin building you Domino environment. If you reinstall the first server, also choose this option, and provide the "existing" ID files.
  • Setup an additional server You'll use this option when installing a 2nd/3rd etc server in your Domino environment.
We choose to "Setup the first server or a standalone server". Click next to continue.
In this screen we have to enter a name for our server. In this case we are going for something generic like "testsetup", which is fine for now. Name your servers to integrate with your current naming conventions. Domino server and usernames are built using a Hierarchical structure. So this server is going to be named testsetup/<name>. The <name> part will be filled in later. Click next to continue.
This screen is one of the most important screens in configuring a Notes/Domino environment. As I explained in the previous step, the names are Hierarchical, and here is where you define the "Organization" part of the name. all names will be under this "Organization". Also this will give you a file ( and the password you enter here. Keep this password + ID very safe. It's the most important part of your future empire!
The next screen will prompt you for the Domino Domain Name. Common practice is that you use the Organization part for this, but it can been random. Click Next to continue.
Domino Domain Name
In this screen we'll register an administator account. Please make this a "unique" name, but not your own! Doctor Notes is an example IBM uses in their documentation, but anything goes.
We'll also save a local copy of this ID file, as we will use that later on. Click Next to continue.
Register Administrator
The next screen allows us to enable/disable various services we want to load on our server. We'll uncheck all for now and click Customize. Internet Services
Here you can see the variety of tasks (we'll explain them later on in the series) Domino has to offer, but also shows you the ones that will be loaded with the server. For now click Cancel, and continue with Next in the previous screen.
Advanced Domino services
We can configure the network settings from this screen. Make sure the hostname listed is pingable on both the server and all clients in the network. Click on customize to configure this.
Network Settings
Enter the hostname in both highlighted fields and click on Ok to close the dialog.
Network config
Click Next to advance to the next screen.
Completed network config
Accept the defaults in this screen, as it increases the standard security level.
Security Standard
Review your settings and click Setup to continue the configuration setup.
Wait untill this process completes.
Installation Progress
Congratulations, the installation has now been completed. Completed
We now have 3 very important files, that are the base of a Lotus Domino environment.
  1. The Certifier ID (
  2. The Server ID (
  3. The Administrator ID (
These files should be kept safe at all times, as they will allow you to do all the interesting things.

Doubleclick the Lotus Domino server icon on the Desktop
First run
When you click that, you'll get the following prompt (UAC):
The following screen display's:
Services choice
We choose "Start Domino as a Windows service" and we check both checkboxes at "Always start Domino as a service at system startup" and "don't ask me again" before clicking OK.
Services choice 2
The server is now started in the background, so we doubleclick the "Lotus Domino Console" icon on the desktop. When you click that, you'll get the following prompt (UAC):
The Lotus Domino Console application let's you view the Lotus Domino server console, and allows you to type in commands directly on the server.
Domino server started
Before we shutdown the server, give it 10-15 minutes to complete the initial tasks it needs to do.
In the meantime, we'll go to the next chapter.

Next: Installing Lotus Notes Admin/Designer Client
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