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Automating Lotus Domino server tasks

Karen Fishwick and Tony AveyardSams Publishing

The following is tip #3 from "Managing Lotus Domino servers -- 15 tips in 15 minutes," excerpted from Chapter 14 of the book Lotus Notes and Domino 6 System Administrator Exam Cram 2, published by Sams Publishing.


Lotus Domino server tasks can be automated in one of two ways, either by assigning them in the Notes.ini file to run when the server starts or by creating a program document. Compacting databases or running system utilities are examples of programs used in Program documents. To create a Program document, open the Domino Administrator and navigate to the Configuration tab. Select Servers, Programs, and select Add Program. Complete these fields on the Basics section of the Basics tab:

  • Program Name
  • Command Line
  • Server to Run On
  • Comments (used to assist the administrator to define the purpose of the Program document)

The Basics tab also has a section where the Schedule is defined. The valid fields in this section are:

  • Enabled/Disabled
  • Run at Times
  • Repeat Interval of
  • Days of Week

Select the criteria needed for this document and click Save & Close. Entering Show Schedule at the server prompt shows all tasks, including programs that are enabled on the server.


Managing Lotus Domino servers

 Home: Introduction
 Tip 1: Activity logging on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 2: Applying policy documents on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 3: Automating Lotus Domino server tasks
 Tip 4: Changing access levels on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 5: Configuring Domino network names on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 6: Decommissioning a Lotus Domino server
 Tip 7: Defining a backup process on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 8: Enabling protocols on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 9: Enabling transaction logging on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 10: Identifying a registration server on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 11: Implementing directories on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 12: Recertifying a Lotus Domino server ID
 Tip 13: Using the Domain Search tool on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 14: Setting up authentications on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 15: Prepare for your Lotus Domino server exam


This chapter excerpt from Lotus Notes and Domino 6 System Administrator Exam Cram 2, by Karen Fishwick and Tony Aveyard, is printed with permission from Sams Publishing, Copyright 2005. Click here for the chapter download.

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