Domino Server

Host your email, group calendar and critical business applications

This document is based on IBM Lotus Domino release 8.5
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The 'Server'
There are very few requirements when it comes to the Domino Server. Domino runs on practically all operating systems. The choice is yours and depends on what systems you already have. The right computing power will deliver the performance you expect.

Are you running Small Business Server 2003?
This will be a good host for Domino unless you have major performance or space problems. So, if the system has sufficient memory today, then it will likely run the Domino Server. But you are reading this document because you have problems today. You can extend the life of your Small Business Server 2003 by installing the Domino Server on a new system. Migrating all mail to the Domino Server brings back disk space, is less disruptive to your business and costs less. All your shared files stay where they are, users can move their mail when they're ready and all essential network services remain unchanged. You have the choice of Linux or Windows Server 2008. We do not recommend to purchase another Windows Server 2003, the license is more expensive then the 2008 version and both version will coexist on your network.

Specifications: Minimum Requirements and Server Operating Systems
The minimum requirements are based on the installed applications and the number of users. Most systems today come with at least 4GB of memory and 500GB of disk space. This is sufficient to run a Domino Server for a small office with 5 users and more. Domino runs on:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Standard and Enterprise Edition, 32bit and 64bit.
  • Linux: Suse, Red Hat, 32bit and 64bit.
  • and IBM i, AIX, Solaris

    Domino server
  • Server license is included with the Passport Advantage Express user license
  • Simple menu driven setup process
  • Email, Calendaring and Scheduling. Room and Resource Reservation
  • Single Signon for Windows, Lotus Notes and web to support cloud based services
  • Mobile Device support for Android, iPhone and Windows using Lotus Notes Traveler
  • Mobile Device support for Blackberry *1
  • Secure Remote Web Access to all email and resources from any Internet connected PC
  • Connect to SQL resources 'on behalf' of the client *2
  • RSS feed generation template *2
  • Integrated administration and systems management tools
  • Clustering for High Availability and Load Balancing
  • Add more servers as you grow your business
  • Support for Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 standards encryption for Lotus Notes email

    *1 Blackberry smartphones require the free Blackberry Enterprise Server for Domino from Research in Motion.
    *2 Requires the IBM Lotus Notes Collaboration license

    Backwards compatibility
    I just pulled out an old CD for Lotus Notes R3.1 and copied a file with a 1993 date. I opened the database without any problems, no conversion, no migration, no magic fire dance. This legendary backwards compatibility also makes it a snap to do inplace upgrades, or restore old database from the backup media.

    Express Licensing for different platforms
    Lotus Notes is licensed per configured user. A user id is associated with this user, and it can be installed on as many devices as needed. If you have a PC in the office, a laptop and a home PC, this is considered one license as long as the same id is used. Running multiple instances is a supported configuration, even when the client software is not the same release or system (MS Windows in the office and Mac OS at home).

    The biggest burden of running your own systems
    It is the need to backup the data AND being able to actually recreate the information again with no or minimal loss within a very short time. Some studies suggest that 80% of companies that loose their data on the server (fire or failure) will go out of business within one year.
    Users save files to their local disk drive which are not picked up by the server backup. You can set policies on the Microsoft server to prevent that, but you may have outgrown your 'Small Business' status. Now, you may have to consider a technical systems administrator, part or full time. Pushing the boundaries of your 'Small Business' also brings you closer or beyond the Windows Small Business Server, licensed for 5 to 75 users. You don't have to worry with the Domino Server, there are no limits.

    Can you run a system without 'doing backups'? Dare I say it, "yes, you can". Domino has this unique feature to replicate databases. If one server is in the office, the other server at home, you always have a copy of your data at a remote site. The frequency of the replication can be as often as every minute. You still need to backup your primary system for other purposes, but this may be less frequently. I don't recommend this backup procedure without having a solid understanding of all the business and technical functions. Contact us and we can help you make your system administration chores an almost hands-off experience.

    Hardware Disposal
    STDI Consulting believes in the three R's, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
    Reduce: Our server hardware is energy efficient with a power consumption of about 70 Watt. In early 2011, all server and network equipment used less then 200 Watt.
    There is a saying that a new computer breaks within 3 months ... or never. Based on our experience, we agree. Cost and reliability is the main reason we purchase end-of-lease equipment. With the low cost, we can 'afford' to have backup hardware ready.
    Reuse: We buy End-Of-Lease computers, including Monitors.
    Recycle: We provide recycling services to our customers since 2005. We disassemble most equipment for plastic, circuit board, cable, disk and metal recycling. We do not recycle hazardous material but we can help you find the right partner.
    Please contact us if you need to dispose of any computer related parts, that includes cables, modems, routers, cabinets, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, scanner and of course, computers and laptops.

    First published on February 24, 2011

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