Lotus Domino 7 to 8 Administrator Update

Course Code: DSAU8
Product: Lotus Notes/Domino R8.0.1
Duration: 0.5 days
Topics/Pages: 14 topics / 148 pages
Price (US dollars):
$15 per user


This course explains the new features benefits of upgrading to Notes and Domino 8 and describes how to plan for and upgrade an existing installation. You will learn the proper sequence to install the software and update databases to avoid problems and service disruptions.

This course covers new administration tools and messaging features. It also explores the many new features that make it easier to monitor and control Domino servers and Notes clients.

Course goals

After you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • List the differences between the Notes Standard and Notes Basic configurations.
  • Use the proper sequence to install and configure Domino and Notes 8 over an existing installation and how to immediately take advantage of the new performance, administrative, and security features.
  • Implement the new policy settings document types and understand how to use the new fields on other settings documents.
  • Describe the performance enhancements made to the Administration Process.
  • Support Composite Applications and configure Domino as a generic Eclipse component update site.
  • Configure message recall support, out-of-office message processing, and Inbox maintenance.
  • Use the new messaging-related features that reinforce Domino’s status as an enterprise-strength mail system.
  • Understand the Domino Domain Monitoring enhancements that make it easier to configure and understand its troubleshooting suggestions.
  • Describe the miscellaneous performance, DB2 integration, and security enhancements.


This course is designed for experienced Notes and Domino 7 administrators who plan to upgrade their environment to Notes and Domino 8.
You will find this course especially rewarding if you have already installed a Domino 8 server and a handful of Notes 8 clients and have brought your questions to class.

This course covers enhancements to Notes and Domino Designer only if they relate to Domino 8 and Domino Administrator 8.

If you are new to Notes and Domino 8, this is not the right course for you, as it assumes significant prior knowledge of Notes and Domino 7. You should, instead, participate in a series of Domino administration training courses. Follow this series of courses to master all aspects of the Domino 8 server, Domino Administrator 8, and the administration of Lotus Notes 8 clients.

Courses later in the series assume that you have mastered the content of earlier courses.


This course is designed as a half-day seminar/lecture and demonstration course, but can be lengthened and modified to include hands-on activities. Though designed for instructor-lead classes, with the proper equipment and software individuals can also use this course for self-study.

Please consult the Set Up document for this course to make sure the correct environment is in place before starting the course.


1 Update Strategy
Client Updates

Notes Standard configuration
Notes Basic configuration
Domino Web Access (DWA)
Domino Designer and Administrator
Notes Traveler
Future point release features

Update Sequence 

Phase 1: Upgrade Domino Administrator
Phase 2: Upgrade Servers
Phase 3: Upgrade Clients
Phase 4: Install external servers for Standard configuration features

2 Notes Administration New Policy Settings 

Three new Settings document types
New Mail Settings document fields
New Desktop Settings document fields
New Security Settings document fields
How To apply this setting
Security Settings document fields for DWA users

Administration Process Performance 

Direct Deposit of Administration Process Requests
Define time interval defaults
Dedicated threads for immediate and interval requests
User rename requests

Eclipse Update Site

Eclipse Update Manager
Update Manager in Notes
Application Management
Web server as the Update Site
Domino as the Update Site
Composite Application component installation and update
Administrator control over update sites
Notes client update 

3 Messaging Recall Sent Messages

User experience
User configuration
Configuration Settings document
Mail Settings policy
How message recall works
Resending messages

Out-of-Office Service

User configuration
New features for users
Configure the out-of-office service
Who has enabled the service?
Domino Cluster considerations

Inbox Maintenance

Server-wide configuration
Policy for Inbox Maintenance
How Inbox Maintenance works
Error logging
New Server Console commands

Messaging Administration 

Authentication-only secondary directories
Reverse-path setting for forwarded mail
Error limit before a SMTP connection is terminated
Reject ambiguous names/Deny mail to groups
Transfer and delivery delay notifications
Keep message recipients when journaling
Convert TNEF file attachments
Authenticated SMTP connections
Improved rendering when reading HTML messages
Tivoli Directory Integrator

4 Reliability, Performance, and Security System Monitoring 

Administration preference
By Database view
Common Actions button
Shared modular documents
[Execute CA] role
New probes and probe subtypes
Forward events to Tivoli Enterprise Console
Send diagnostic data to IBM
IBM Support Assistant in Notes
Virtual memory and new disk I/O statistics

Performance Enhancements 

Database compression
Domino clusters
On demand view collation
Prevent simple search if no full text index
Server Fast Restart
On server start triggered agents
HTTP server task memory buffer for attached files

DB2 Integration Improvements 

Set default DB2 user
New Domino Administrator tools
Compact DB2 database group.
Transactional SQL updates, inserts, and deletes in DAVs
New DAV columns
HTTP access for Query Views

Security Enhancements 

New roaming User ID storage location
Execution Control List management
Larger encryption keys
Certifier key rollover
People by Certificate Expiration view
Failed Internet password tracking/lockout
Protect Internet password fields in the Domino directory
Control plug-ins
Certificate revocation checking through OCSP
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
MIME and S/MIME format for encrypting incoming messages
Mail and document encryption using X.509 certificate

Other Enhancements 

Refresh Agent design
Database redirection
Prevent incorrect system time changes
NSD as a Windows service
Domino Web Engine output