The Domino Directory template

The default Domino® Directory template (PUBNAMES.NTF) controls the appearance and functionality of the Domino Directory database (NAMES.NSF). Domino uses the forms and settings in the default Domino Directory template to control features -- for example, mail, server tasks, and access control -- and to store critical information that manages server connections, mail routing, and system configuration.

Using the default Domino Directory template ensures that all Domino features work properly. However, you may want to customize the Domino Directory to suit the needs of your organization. If you customize the Domino Directory template, you must follow specific rules and procedures to get exactly the look you want without jeopardizing the performance of the system and/or losing the customizations when you upgrade to a new version of the default Domino Directory template.

To ensure that your customizations do not disable your system, customize a copy of the default Domino Directory template. Then, if you make a mistake, you can easily revert to the default Domino Directory template.

You must use the Domino Designer client or write a Notes® API program to customize the Domino Directory. For more information, see Lotus® C API Toolkit for Notes/Domino in the developerWorks® Technical Library.

Customizing the Domino Directory requires Designer or Manager access in the ACL of the Domino Directory.