Creating replicas using the Administration Process

Through the HCL Domino® Administrator you can use the Administration Process to initiate the creation of one or more replicas. You can create replicas on servers in the same domain or in another domain (across domains, using a cross domain administration request).

About this task

Make sure that Connection documents are in place to schedule replication between the source and destination servers, unless the servers are members of the same cluster, in which case this is not strictly necessary.

If you are creating a replica on a destination server in another domain, make sure that the required documents are in place:
  • There is an outbound Cross Domain Configuration document in the Administration Requests database (ADMIN4.NSF) on the source server that allows the Administration Process to export Create Replica requests to the destination server.
  • There is an inbound Cross Domain Configuration document in the Administration Requests database on the destination server that allows the Administration Process to import Create Replica requests from the source server's domain.
  • Connection documents enabled for mail are in place that allow the source server to send mail to at least one server in the destination server's domain.
  • You have set up cross-certification if servers in the two domains do not share a common certifier.
You must have the following access:
  • Have Create Database access in the Server document of the destination server(s).
  • Have at least Reader access in the ACL of the databases on the source server.
Make sure that both the source and the destination servers are prepared:
  • Both servers must be running the Administration Process.
  • The source server must have Create Replica access in the Server document of the destination server(s).
    Note: Do not use the wild card character (*) in the Create Replica field of the destination server's Server document because this character causes the request to fail.
  • The destination server must have at least Reader access in the ACL of the source replica.

Procedure

  1. From the Domino Administrator, select the source server in the server pane. To expand the server pane, click the servers icon in the server pane.
  2. Click the Files tab.
  3. In the Files window, select one or more databases for which you want to create replicas.
  4. From the Tools pane, choose Database > Create Replica.
    Tip: You can also drag the selected database(s) to the Create Replica tool, as shown in the next procedure Creating replicas by dragging databases to a destination server.
  5. Optional: If the current domain includes a cluster, click Show only cluster members to display only destination servers that are members of the cluster.
  6. Select one or more destination servers. To select a server if it does not appear in the list, select Other, specify the hierarchical server name, then click OK.
  7. Optional: Select a destination server, click File Names to choose a custom file path on the destination server for any database you are replicating, and then click OK. You can repeat this procedure for each destination server. If you do not choose this option, the database is stored on the destination server in the same location as on the source server.

    To put the replica in a directory under the data directory, type the directory name, backslash (\), and then the file name -- for example, JOBS\POSTINGS. If the specified directory does not exist, Domino creates it for you.

  8. Click OK. A dialog box shows the number of databases processed and indicates if any errors occurred.

Creating replicas by dragging databases to a destination server

About this task

You can drag and drop databases to a destination server icon to create replicas on that server. When you use this method, store all replicas in one, preexisting directory on the destination server. This method uses the Administration Process to automate creation of the replica.

Procedure

  1. From the Domino Administrator, click the Files tab.
  2. Select one or more databases you want to replicate in the files pane.
  3. Drag the selected databases to a destination server in the server pane.
  4. In the dialog box that appears, select Create Replica and select a directory on the destination server in which to store the replica(s), then click OK.