Best Practices Guide

Lotus Notes and Domino Server backup and recovery

Fast and reliable backup and recovery are critical for most Lotus Notes and Domino Server shops, but not

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 always easy to achieve. This collection of tips, tutorials and expert advice will teach you best practices and methods you can use to simplify and improve your backup and recovery operations and how to troubleshoot common issues.

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Notes/Domino Best Practices Guide: Backup and recovery
IBM offers a plethora of helpful information and links on Lotus Domino server backup and recovery, including general guidelines you should use when backing up your Lotus Domino server, what you should back up, and why you shouldn't count on replication as your method of database backup.

Nine steps to less expensive, more reliable backups
Now more than ever, companies need to take aggressive action to improve the reliability and reduce the cost of their backup operations. These nine steps show you how.

Transaction logging for your Lotus Domino server
Transaction logging is a feature you can utilize for backup and recovery in your Lotus Domino environment. By using transaction logging, you can bypass the Fixup task for quicker restarts, save processing time, and simplify your daily backup procedures.

The truth about AutoSave in Lotus Notes/Domino 7 contributor Andy Pedisich explains how the AutoSave feature works in Lotus Notes/Domino 7 for recovering documents from a Lotus Notes database after a nasty "red screen of death" crash occurs -- and warns of a big caveat you need to be aware of before you can use it.

How to automatically create a backup copy of your Domino Directory member Jari Riihimaki provides a Lotus Notes agent that automatically creates a backup copy of your Domino Directory. After implementing this agent, you'll never again need to restore documents back to your Domino Directory or check old configurations.

Managing Lotus Domino servers -- 15 tips in 15 minutes
While not solely about Lotus Domino server backup and recovery, this tutorial will teach you 15 tips on Lotus Domino server management, including how to analyze activity data, apply policies to users, automate server tasks, enable transaction logging, define a backup process, set up authentication – and much more.

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Replication best practices for Lotus Domino disaster recovery
When using Lotus Notes database replication for disaster recovery purposes, find out what data you need to include for full recoveries.

Restoring a corrupt Lotus Notes certlog.nsf file
Can't restore a corrupted certlog.nsf file using the Fixup command? Discover your other options.

Error restoring an NSF archive file: 'File truncated - file may have been damaged' expert Chuck Connell helps a Lotus Notes Domino administrator troubleshoot a "File truncated - file may have been damaged" error when attempting to restore an archived NSF file.

No access to NSF files during Lotus Notes backups expert Mike Lazar offers advice to an administrator receiving "Couldn't access file…" errors during his daily Lotus Notes database backups.

This was first published in June 2007

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