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Recreate identical ID file?

I am the administrator at a new company which has lost several Notes id's--I have the cert.id and the cert.log. Is there a way to create a new id based on the current cert.log information and create an identical id for my user? There are no backups on the server or tapes either. Thanks

Good question. I'm pretty sure the answer is NO. I cannot think of a way to do this, and I suspect it would open some large security holes if you could. A new ID will have a new public/private key pair, which you want for security. You want to be able to distinguish between two copies of an ID file that have the same name but which are actually different. The reason is so that you can issue a user a new ID file when they lose their current ID, then block access from the old ID which has the same name.

I would just go ahead and issue these people new ID files with the same names as the old (lost) ID files. If you want to block access by the old IDs, turn on the Domino option "Compare Notes Public Keys Against Those Stored in Directory". This setting is found in the Domino Directory under Server / Servers / Security. Blocking access to the old IDs is actually a good idea because you don't really know whether there are existing copies of the old IDs around. You just know that you can't find them.


This was last published in February 2002

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