Step-by-Step Guide

Step 4: Starting Lotus Domino Server for the first time

The Lotus Domino Server software is installed -- but just as on Windows Server, you must perform a setup process the first time that Domino Server runs:
  1. Type exit to log out as root.

  2. Log back in as notes.

  3. Type startx to start the X Window System and the GNOME desktop.

  4. Open a GNOME Terminal session by clicking on the Computer icon in the lower-left and choosing the GNOME terminal.

  5. Within the terminal session, type cd /local/notesdata, then /opt/ibm/lotus/bin/server.

  6. Configure the Domino server as you normally would on any operating system.

  7. When configuration is finished, type exit to leave the terminal session.

  8. Click on Computer / Logout to leave the GNOME session.


 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Creating the virtual machine
 Step 2: Installing Linux
 Step 3: Installing Lotus Domino Server
 Step 4: Starting Lotus Domino Server for the first time
 Step 5: Running Lotus Domino Server on Linux

Charles Connell IV
Charles Connell IV is a high school student in Bedford, Mass. He can be reached at

This was first published in May 2007

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