Notes Domino 8.5 System Administration 1
Units: 12
Duration: 3 classroom equivalent days
Discussion Access: One Year

Summary Description
In this course you will learn the fundamentals of administering Domino 8.5 by installing and configuring a small Domino network from the ground up. Learn the ins and outs of using the Domino Administrator client. Get a solid grounding in how Domino security works, from user IDs to server access to database ACLs. Configure mail routing between your Domino servers and between your network and the Internet. Configure replication between your Domino servers and find out how to control what replicates. Learn the tricks to troubleshoot mail routing and replication. Understand how to securely enable your Domino server to act as a web server. This course, along with TLCC's Notes Domino 8.5 System Administration 2 course, will prepare you for the exams required to become an IBM Certified System Administrator - Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.

Audience and Prerequisites
Experienced Notes users who want to learn how to install and configure a basic Domino network. The recommended prerequisites are:
  • Must have experience using the Notes Release 8.5 client as an end user. No knowledge on Domino administration or programming is required.

System Requirements
  • Notes 8.5.x client
  • Domino Administrator 8.5.x client
  • At least one computer on which the Domino 8.5 test server can be installed
  • Access to the Internet for instructor support

Course Modules

Module 1 - Installing and Configuring the Domino Network
The first task in creating a Domino network is installing and configuring the Domino servers and the Domino Administrator client. This module provides hands-on experience in installing the Domino server and Administrator client software. Configuring the first server is discussed in detail. Set up the Domino Administrator client in order to administer servers. Learn how to register an additional server and configure it.
  • Install the Domino server software
  • Plan the organization's Domino server topology and naming scheme
  • Configure the organization's first Domino server
  • Discover the different Notes client configurations and understand the considerations for upgrading
  • Install and configure the Domino Administrator client software
  • Register an additional server
  • Configure an additional server
  • Enable network compression and encryption
  • Learn the basics of user registration
Module 2 - Administration Basics
There are a number of basic skills and concepts that are important for every Domino administrator to know. This module will explore these concepts using the Domino Administrator. Learn where the basic configuration of a Domino server is stored. Use the server console and the remote server console and investigate the server log. Start and stop server tasks. Understand the structure of a Domino database.
  • Understand how to use the Domino Administrator client
  • Learn where to find help on Domino administration
  • Understand the importance of and how to edit the NOTES.INI file
  • Explore Server documents and Configuration Settings documents
  • Use the server console to issue commands to the server
  • Use the remote server console to issue commands to the server
  • Save commands and server groups for use with the remote server console
  • Understand what is stored in the server log
  • Learn the purpose of various server tasks
  • Start and stop server tasks using the server commands, the NOTES.INI file, and Program documents
  • Understand the structure of a Domino database
  • Use the new Domino Configuration Tuner (DCT) to help optimize the Domino server settings and configuration
  • Enable a Domino server to store its databases in DB2 (NSFDB2)
  • Learn how to administer composite applications
Module 3 - Security
The first responsibility of the Domino administrator is to secure the Domino network from unauthorized use. This module explores how Domino security functions. Learn the importance of users IDs. Expand the organization's naming hierarchy. Use groups to secure the Domino server and individual databases. Understand the purpose of the client's Execution Control List.
  • Understand the levels of Domino security
  • Learn how certifier IDs form the basis of Domino's security and naming hierarchy
  • Expand the organization's naming hierarchy by registering an Organizational Unit
  • Learn how user and server ID files are used to authenticate Domino entities
  • Create user and server groups
  • Provide basic security for Domino servers using the Server document
  • Understand how to secure Domino databases using Access Control Lists
  • Provide appropriate administrative access to the server and the Domino Directory
  • Explore the workstation's Execution Control List
Module 4 - Mail Routing
One of the major functions of the Domino server is to route mail from database to database. This module details how to configure basic mail routing within the Domino network. Design a mail routing topology. Set up mail routing to and from the Internet via SMTP.
  • Understand how Domino routes mail
  • Learn the significance of Domino Named Networks
  • Configure mail routing between servers in different Domino Named Networks
  • Learn about the various types of mail routing topologies
  • Configure mail routing via SMTP to and from the Internet
Module 5 - Replication
One of the strengths of the Domino network is the ability to store copies of databases on multiple Domino servers, or on Notes clients. The process of replication keeps these copies up-to-date with each other. This module covers the basics of configuring replication. Understand how replication works. Create replicas and keep them synchronized by manually replicating. Learn how to limit what replicates between replicas. Schedule regular replication between servers.
  • Understand the purpose of the Replica task
  • Learn about how replica and document IDs are used in replication
  • Understand the exact process of replicating new, changed, and deleted documents
  • Learn about replication conflicts and how to minimize them
  • Create a replica copy using the Notes client and the Domino Administrator
  • Synchronize databases using manual server commands
  • Limit replication using Connection documents, ACLs, Readers fields, and the database's replication settings
  • Schedule regular replication between servers using Connection documents
  • Understand the benefits of clusters and how to cluster servers
Module 6 - Web Access
As the world becomes more dependant on the Web, it is increasingly important for Domino administrators to understand how to safely enable web access to the organization's Domino servers and databases. This module covers the basics of enabling web access. Understand the fundamentals of Domino web security, including the implications of anonymous and name-and-password access. Access Domino databases from a web browser. Understand how Domino web servers are configured. Learn about session authentication and SSL.
  • Enable web access to a Domino server
  • Understand what "anonymous" and "name-and-password" access are, and their implications
  • Learn how to keep Domino databases secured from inappropriate web access
  • Learn the URLs used to access Domino databases from web browsers
  • Configure a Domino web server from the Server document or from a Web Site document
  • Set up logging of HTTP requests and responses on a Domino server
  • Learn about session authentication
  • Configure single-server sessions
  • Configure authentication realms
  • Configure multi-server sessions (Single Sign-On)
  • Understand what Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is and how it works with a Domino server