Domino Server installation on Linux (Centos or Redhat)

I have been struggling a little, on the configuration steps until I figured that these steps could be done remotely from a Windows Machine.

I have been taken Centos 5.7 x64 and Domino 8.5.1 and Windows Machine. (Windows)

An additional machine is needed to install the Lotus Notes Administrator in order to configure and setup the Domino Server remotely and manage it later on.

Let start by installing the Domino server on the Linux machine; Before starting to install you do need to prepare the platform.

  • (Linux RHEL only) Disable SELinux on any RedHat operating system:
  1. Open the /etc/selinux/config file for editing.
  2. Locate the SELINUX setting.
  3. Change its value to either disabled or permissive.
  4. Save and close the file.
  5. Restart the Linux server.
  • Create your Domino Notes group and user.
  1. groupadd notes
  2. useradd -G notes notes

Now, you can start the installer running the command:

# ./install
 Lotus Domino for Unix Install Program
 ------------------------------------
 You have to set environment variable DISPLAY to run in graphic mode
 Answer Yes to continue in console mode
 Answer No to exit application.
 Do you want to continue installation in console mode?[Yes]

Press Enter (Return)

Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard for Lotus Domino
 The InstallShield Wizard will install Lotus Domino on your computer.
 To continue, choose Next.
 Lotus Domino
 IBM
 http://www.lotus.com
 Press 1 for Next, 3 to Cancel or 4 to Redisplay [1]

Press Enter (Return)
Next comes the License Agreement, press 1 to accept it then press 1 and press enter for next.
Here, you need to decide if you would install the domino server as Partitioned Domino server or not; In my case I need to select it.

Selecting the option below allows you to install additional ....etc
Data directory.
Warning: If you do not have an existing Domino Server on your
system, please do not check the box below for the option to add data
directories only.

[ ] 1 - Install Data  Directories Only for Partitioned Domino Server
 To select an item enter its number, or 0 when you are finished: [0] 0

press 0 and hit enter

[] 1 - Install Data Directories Only for Partitioned Domino Server
To select an item enter its number, or 0 when you are finished: [0]

Press return to go to next

Lotus Domino Install Location
Please specify directory or press Enter to accept the default directory.
Program Files Directory Name [/opt/ibm/lotus]

Press Return to accept the default.

Server with more than one partition
Answer Yes to install partitioned server
Answer No to install non-partitioned server
Partitioned Server: [No]

Press Return to accept and Press 1 for next step and press return again,

Lotus Domino Install Location
Please specify a directory or press Enter to accept the default directory.
Data Files Directory Name [/local/notesdata]

Press return and 1 to go to next screen,

Lotus Domino Install Location
Please specify a directory or press Enter to accept the default directory.
Data Files Directory Name [/local/notesdata]

Press 1 for Next, 2 for Previous, 3 to Cancel or 4 to Redisplay [1] 1

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Input Unix/Linux user name and group name panel

User Name [notes] notes

Group Name [notes]
Press 1 for Next, 2 for Previous, 3 to Cancel or 4 to Redisplay [1]

Press Enter/return,

Select Server Setup

After the installation completes, for new installation server setup will be
launched and for upgrade the server will be restarted automatically.

The default value is "Manual Server Setup" which does not launch server setup
or restart the server after installation.

Select "Local Server Setup" to launch server setup after a new server
installation or to restart the server after a server upgrade.

Select "Remote Server Setup" to launch server setup in listen mode for new
server installations. You will then be able to connect to the server with the
Remote Server Setup tool.

[ ] 1 - Local
[ ] 2 - Remote
[X] 3 - Manual

To select an item enter its number, or 0 when you are finished: [0] 2

Here, you need to select the option tow (2) unless you have installed Gnome on your linux, the configuration required to be done from a Windows Machine.

 Choose the setup type that best suits your needs.

[ ] 1 - Domino Utility Server
 Installs a Domino server that provides application services only. Note
 that it does not include support for messaging services. See full
 licensing text for details.

[ ] 2 - Domino Messaging Server
 Installs a Domino server that provides messaging services. Note that it
 does not include support for application services or Domino clusters.

[X] 3 - Domino Enterprise Server
 Installs a Domino server that provides both messaging and application
 services.

[ ] 4 - Customize Domino Server
 Allows you to select the features you want to install.

To select an item enter its number, or 0 when you are finished: [0]

I have kept the default, this means Domino Enterprise Server, as I defined the role of the machine being Messaging Service and also Lotus Applications.

Lotus Domino will be installed in the following location:

 Program Files: /opt/ibm/lotus
 Data Files: /local/notesdata
 Domino Kit Type: EnterpriseServer

 Unix Install Options:
 User Name: notes1
 Group Name: notes
 Install Data Only: No
 Start Server Setup: Yes (Remote)

with the following features:

Program Files
 Billing Support
 Clustering Support
Data Files
 Required Templates
 Administration Templates

This is the overview before the installation starts; Press 1 and hit return to effectively start the installation.

Once the installation is over, it will run in remote configuration mode on the port 8585.

 

From the Windows Machine, you need to install the Domino Administrator. Once it’s done.

open a Dos windows. Navigate to the Lotus Notes path (default: c:\program files (x86)\ibm\lotus\notes) and run this command:

c:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Lotus\Notes>"c:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Lotus\Notes\s
erversetup" -remote

This window will appear, enter the IP that you have set for the Domino Server

 

 

Press the OK button to proceed.

 

 

 

 

– click Next at the first screen

 

 

Select  Setup your first server or standalone

 

 

– Enter the name of the server and title and click on NEXT

 

 

 

– Enter your Org ‘s name and enter the password, click on NEXT

 

 

 

 

– Enter the DDN (Domain domino name) and click on NEXT

 

 

– Add the admin credential, and select the option, also save a local copy of the ID file and click on NEXT

 

 

 

– Select the following types of services as below:

 

 

 

– Click twice on NEXT to start to apply the settings, from the next screen as below keep the default selected and again click on NEXT

 

 

– select, I want to make additional copy of the IDs as these would be locally on your windows machine.

 

 

 

 

– click on NEXT and the setup button to apply the settings on the server.

– click on finish button, popup will appears that state the the Server would stop listening.

 

To start the Domino server, log using the notes account, navigate to /local/notesdata/ and run the command:

/opt/ibm/lotus/bin/server

If you need the domino server to automatically start at each boot, use this script and article from my site:

http://www.somethingsomewhere.net/start-domino-server-on-linux-automatically-at-the-boot-up 

 

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