Implementing directories on your Lotus Domino server

Learn about the different kinds of directories you can implement on your Lotus Domino server.

The following is tip #11 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.


Domino provides multiple options when presenting directories in the domain. The key point to remember is that the Domino Directory is accessed by all users as well as servers, so care should be taken to ensure that user and server access is optimized for the best throughput. Three ways to provide directory access are:

  • Distributed: This method assumes that each server has a replica copy of the directory on each server in the domain. This method is optimal when many users are on the network or the communications infrastructure may have many points of congestion.

  • Centralized: This method uses the administration server as the central point for the directory and configuration directories. Configuration directories host Server, Connection, and Configuration Setting documents. Typically, a second server also has these directories for disaster recovery purposes in the event that the registration server fails.

  • Hybrid: This method uses a combination of distributed and centralized. Local users may use the centralized directory, whereas remote users would have a local copy of the directory on their server so that bandwidth would not be an issue.


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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