Lotus Domino 8 Monitoring and Maintenance

Course Code: DSMM8
Product: Lotus Notes/Domino R8.0.1
Duration: 2 days
Topics/Pages: 11 topics / 316 pages
Price (US dollars):
$45 per user


This course covers all aspects of monitoring and maintaining a Domino Server. Domino’s self-monitoring capabilities have expanded with each revision, the latest being Domino Domain Monitoring added to Domino 8.

With this knowledge you will better understand the recommendations on how to increase server reliability and improve server and database performance.

Course Goals

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Use the Domino Server Log to focus on specific operational areas, adjust various logging levels, apply log filters, and use the Log Analysis tool to identify particular server events over time.
  • View statistical counters related to server performance and capacity, collect statistics from multiple servers, chart specific statistics in real time, and chart past statistics to get a sense of emerging trends.
  • Use several methods to view database and server activity including the granular server and database activity data provided by the Activity Trends Collector Server, which can be reported as current observations and historical trends.
  • Monitor overall server and individual task status and health.
  • Define Event Generators to keep watch on many aspects of how Domino is running, and define Event Handlers to respond to the events.
  • Configure Domino Domain Monitoring to automate problem analysis and provide possible solutions and corrective actions to quickly resolve issues.
  • Start Domino under the Domino Controller and then use the Domino Console to remotely control the server as well as issue operating system shell commands on the remote server computer.
  • Configure Domino to automatically restart after a crash and how to collect diagnostic files following a crash in a central repository for further analysis.
  • Perform routine maintenance on the server and to recover from database corruption using various database utilities.
  • Run server tasks, including database utilities, on a schedule using Program documents.
  • Determine which anti-virus and backup software packages are available for Domino.
  • Learn how to use the Server.Load utility to stress a server so that you can monitor its performance as you fine tune its settings, optimize applications, balance workload between servers, optimize the Domino Directory, and enable network compression.
  • Determine when to upgrade the server hardware and understand which changes affect different aspects of performance.
  • Decide when to cluster servers to benefit from automatic failover and load balancing.
  • Configure servers to assume specialized roles, such as mail routing or replication hub, mail, directory, remote office, etc.


This course is part of a series of Domino administration training courses. Follow these paths to master all aspects of administering the Domino Server, Lotus Notes, and other clients.

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

This course is designed for network/database administrators who are responsible for supporting Lotus Domino Servers and Notes clients. It assumes that you have:

  • extensive experience using Notes 8
  • experience using Domino Administrator 8 to manage Domino servers
  • mastered the concept and skills covered in Lotus Domino 8 Administration Basics.

You will find the course especially rewarding if you have already installed a Domino Server and a handful of Notes clients and have had some experience designing Domino databases.


This course is sold as a 2-day course.

Course design

This course combines concept presentations, demonstrations, and exercises to guide your learning. 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.


Topic 1: Domino Server Logging

Monitoring Domino
Server Console
Domino Server Log
Logging levels
Log filter
Keeping the Domino Server Log file small
Exercise: Domino Server Log
Analyze\Log Document tool
Log Analysis tool
Exercise: Log Analysis tool
Even more logging opportunities

Topic 2: Server Statistics 

Show Statistic command
Configuration information
Performance statistics
Memory statistics
Disk statistics
Network statistics
Replication statistics
Platform statistics
Reset statistics
Statistics graphical interface
Exercise: Statistics
Collect statistics in Monitoring Results
Exercise: Collect statistics and read reports
Configure Domino Administrator to collect statistics
Exercise: Local statistic collection
Realtime statistics chart
Chart options
Exercise: Realtime statistic chart
Historical chart
Exercise: Historical chart
Windows Performance Monitor

Topic 3: Database and Server Activity

Method 1: Basic database activity
Method 2: Database and user activity in the Domino Server Log
Method 3: Database Catalog
Exercise: Update Database Catalog
Method 4: Activity logging
Exercise: Enable activity logging
Run Analyze\Activity tool
Exercise: Run Analyze\Activity tool
Method 5: Database analysis
Method 6: Activity Trends
Configure Activity Trends

Topic 4: Server Status and Monitoring

Server Status
Server Monitoring
Start monitoring
Change list of servers to monitor
Save server list to profile
Monitoring window
Column sorting
Switch tabs to find details
Two monitoring views
Add tasks to monitor
Add statistics to monitor
Monitoring preferences
Polling time recommendations
Exercise: Server Monitoring
Server Health Monitor
Enable Server Health Monitoring
View health metrics
Recommendations to restore health
Exercise: Server Health Monitoring

Topic 5: Statistics Event Generators and Event Handlers

Example Event Generator and Event Handler
Required server tasks
Event Generators overview
Statistics Event Generators
Event Handlers overview
Event Handler for a specific Event Generator
View logged Events

Topic 6: Non-Statistics Event Generators

Database Event Generator
Exercise: Monitor ACL changes
Exercise: Monitor replication failure
Domino Server Event Generator
Mail Event Generator
Task Status Event Generator
TCP Server Event Generator
Global versus specific Event Handlers
Evolve to type and severity level handlers
Specific Event Handlers
Create Event Handler from Remote Server Console
Create Event Handler from Domino Server Log
Monitoring Configuration Setup Wizards

Topic 7: Domino Domain Monitoring

Review of Event Generator probes
DDM objectives
Compatibility and platforms
Key elements of DDM
Probe areas
DDM probe views
Create DDM probe
Exercise: Define DDM probes
Scheduled probes chart
Probe results in the Domino Domain Monitor database
Domino Domain Monitor ACL
Domino Domain Monitor interface
DDM Event document
Automatic Report Closing (Administration Probe subtype)
Exercise: Read DDM events
Manually run a DDM probe
DDM Server Collection Hierarchy
Create a DDM Server Collection Hierarchy
DDM replication
DDM data collection failure
DDM Filters
Tivoli Enterprise Console Server settings
Shared modular documents
Administration preference

Topic 8: Domino Controller and Console

Advantages of the Domino Console
Advantages of the Domino Controller
Installation and configuration
Operate the Domino Controller and Console
Issue command to multiple servers
Periodic commands
Server access fields

Topic 9: Server Recovery and Diagnostic Collection

Automatic Server Recovery
Configure Automatic Server Recovery and diagnostic collection
Server Fast Restart
Automatic Diagnostic Collection
Diagnostic reports
Interpreting NSD output files
Send diagnostic data to IBM
NSD as a Windows service
DDM event
Third-party recovery tool

Topic 10: Server and Database Maintenance 

Recommended maintenance schedule
Corrupt documents
Database utilities
Corrupt view indexes
UPDALL logging options
Other ways to free disk space
If all else fails
Indirect (.IND) and < files
Program documents
Exercise: Run FIXUP from a Program document
When server starts agent trigger
System-level maintenance
Anti-virus software
Server backup options
Backup software
What directories to back up
Open files
Exit a Server automatically
Backup frequency
Restore a deleted document

Topic 11: Performance Measurement and Improvement 

Server.Load utility
Interpret Server.Load results
Performance-enhancing options
Option 1: Tune operating system
Option 2: Tune Domino server
Option 3: Tune applications
Option 4: Balance server workload
Option 5: Optimize mail Inbox folders
Option 6: Compress network traffic
Option 7: Upgrade server hardware
Option 8: Cluster servers
Option 9: Dedicate Domino Servers
Option 10: Upgrade clients and network
Learn more about Domino performance