Moving databases using the Administration Process

You can move one or more databases using the Administration Process (AdminP). This feature is not intended for moving mail files.

Before you begin

  • Make sure the source and destination servers are running the Administration Process.
  • Make sure that you have Create Database access in the Server document of the destination server and at least Manager with "Delete documents" access in the ACL of the databases on the source server.
  • Make sure that the source server (or another server that replicates with the source server and has a replica of the database) has Create Replica access in the ACL of the destination server.
  • Make sure the destination server has at least Reader access in the ACL of the replica on the source server.
    Tip: You can specify server access in an ACL, and use a Server document to set Create replica databases access.


  1. From the Domino® Administrator, select the server that stores the databases you want to move.
  2. Click the Files tab.
  3. In the files pane, select one or more databases to move.
  4. In the Tools pane, select Database > Move. Or drag the selected database(s) to the Move tool.
  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 that does not appear in the list, click Other, click Add, then specify the hierarchical server name, and 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 moving and then click OK. You can repeat this procedure for each destination server. If you don't choose this option, the database is stored on the destination server in the same location as on the source server.

    To move a database to a subfolder of the data folder, type the folder name, backslash, and then the file name -- for example, JOBS\POSTINGS. If the specified folder does not exist, Domino® creates it for you.

    Table 1. Options for moving a database
    Check box Description
    Copy Access Control List If you want to copy the Access Control List of the database and include it in the move, select this option.
    Create full text index for searching If you want to create full-text index of the database and include it with the moved database, click this option.
    Exchange Unread marks on replication Select this option if you want the administration process to attempt to match all of the unread marks from the source database with the target database. If there are any issues during this process, an error is generated and placed in the administration request response document (request log). This error is not fatal and subsequent requests continue to be generated. Therefore, only the target database's unread marks are affected.
    Create a redirect marker for updating client references Select this option if you are using the redirect database references feature and you want to allow Notes® clients to update their database references for the database you are moving. The Notes® client will update references such as bookmarks and desktop shortcuts to the location to which the database has been moved.
  8. Specify a Domino® database datastore if you want to specify a new default storage type for the database you are moving.
  9. Click OK. A dialog box shows the number of databases processed and indicates if any errors occurred. See the status bar for more information.
  10. If the source server is not a cluster server, you must approve the deletion of each original source database after the Administration Process completes the Non Cluster Move Replica request, which creates a replica at the new location. To do this:
    1. Make sure you have Editor access to the Administration Requests database (ADMIN4.NSF).
    2. Open the Administration Requests database.
    3. Select the Pending Administrator Approval view.
    4. Open the Approve Deletion of Moved Replica request for each source database that you moved, click Edit Document, click Approve File Deletion, click Yes, and then click Save and Close.

What to do next

Notify users that you have moved the database.

Moving databases by dragging them to a destination server

About this task

Rather than choosing Database > Move, you can drag databases to a destination server. When you use this method, you must store all databases in one pre-existing folder on the destination server. This method also uses the Administration Process to automate moving the database. You can not use this method to move a database to another Domino® domain.


  1. From the Domino® Administrator, click the Files tab.
  2. In the files pane, select one or more databases to move.
  3. Press CTRL and drag the selected databases to a destination server in the server pane.
  4. In the dialog box that appears, select Move database, select a folder on the destination server in which to store the database(s), then click OK.