The following is tip #7 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.
Defining a backup process on your Lotus Domino server
Domino is versatile in that it provides two ways to back up your data. The typical method of backups can be used, such as tape or digital media, or transaction logging can be used. When using a traditional version of backing up the server, you should consider the following:
- Verify that the backup utility can back up open files. Domino keeps the LOG.NSF,NAMES.NSF,MAIL.BOX, and the server ID file open at all times. If the backup software being used will not backup open files, create a Program document that will stop the server, run the backup routine, and then restart the server to make sure these files are archived.
- Keep an archived version of the server ID file, administrator ID files, and all certifier IDs stored in a secure location.
- Maintain an up-to-date copy of the Domino Directory on a local workstation.
Defining Domino domains
Domains are defined by creating Domain documents. Multiple document types are available based on the requirements needed to route mail. The following types of documents are available:
- Adjacent domain document: This document is used to route mail between servers that are not in the same Notes named network.
- Nonadjacent domain document: This document serves three functions:
- Supplies next-hop routing information to route mail
- Prohibits mail from routing to the domain
- Provides Calendar server synchronization between two domains
- Foreign domain document: This document is used for connections between external applications. A typical application used is a fax or pager gateway.
- Foreign SMTP domain document: This document is used to route Internet mail when the server does not have explicit DNS access.
- Global domain document: This document is used to route mail to Internet domains. Configuration information regarding message conversion rules are defined in the document.
Managing Lotus Domino servers
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.