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Module 2: Installing Lotus Domino first time

  05/09/12 11:36 am, by , Categories: Administration, IBM, Lotus, article

Module 2: Installing Lotus Domino first time

So, we are going to get our hands dirty now. We start by installing the Lotus Domino server. For this we will use windows 2008, instructions vary a bit per OS ofcourse. See the references for materials on installing on AS/400 or Linux. We are going to install Lotus Domino as is, without preparing. During the course of the chapters, we'll redo it the right way, but as this is just our introduction, we'll go through the steps first, without throwing you in the deep end.


So for now, get yourself a Windows2008 server (can be a VM) with about 40Gb of C:\ drive, and the Lotus Domino Server software (we'll use Domino 8.5.3 for Windows 64bit, also named lotus_domino853_w64_en.exe ), and follow the install steps.

When you doubleclick the executable (rightclick + run as administrator in Windows 2008), you'll be prompted for UAC, followed by a location for the temporary files to be extracted.
Temp file location

Accept the defaults and click Next. The files are now being extracted for install.
Install wizard
The install wizard is now started. Click Next to advance to the following screen.
Read and accept
Read the EULA and accept it to advance.

Default path
Now it get's more interesting, we are going to enter the Domino server program files File path. We'll explain this in more detail, but as a general rule of thumb, never use spaces in paths. So we'll remove the default path, and put our own in place. The "partitioned server" checkmark can be discarded at this moment.
Updated path
The path where the datafiles get installed is also updated to reflect our new path. Accept the current setting and continue.
Data path
This next screen, let's you choose what kind of Domino server this will be. As there are many different license forms out there, there are 3 defaults, and a customize option.
  • Domino Utility Server: Install a Domino server that provides application services only. As we've seen in the Introduction chapter, Domino can provide Mail and Application services. This license type will only allow you Applications.

  • Domino Messaging Server: Install a Domino server that provides messaging services. This license type will only allow you Messaging.

  • Domino Enterprise Server: Install a Domino server that provides both messaging and application services. This license type also allows for clustering. We'll come back to that.

  • Customize Domino Server: This allows you to select the features you want to install.

We'll now use the "Enterprise Server" version, as this allows us to view the most of what Domino has to offer. Please make sure your entitlement allows this before you go to production. You can add/remove tasks after install. Most times, customize will be your choice, because this will allow you to install only what you need.
Install types
A screen is now displayed that shows the choices made. After this the actual install is done.
Now we wait for the installation to finish
Install progress
Congratulations, you've now succesfully installed your first Lotus Domino server. Let's move on to the next chapter to actually start using it.
Install completed

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