Creating a local area network (LAN) connection

Create a connection document to schedule mail routing to and replication between servers on a LAN.

About this task

You can also create a connection document to ensure that a server uses a certain protocol when connecting to another server on the LAN.

A LAN connection document can also be used to provide the information needed for servers to make other types of connections, such as constant connections to Internet servers.


  1. From the HCL Domino® Administrator, click the Configuration tab.
  2. Select the connecting server's Domino® Directory in the Use Directory on field.
  3. Click Server, and then click connections.
  4. Click Add connection.
  5. Select Local Area Network in the connection type field.
  6. Complete these fields:
    Table 1. LAN Connection document fields and descriptions
    Field Description
    Connection Type Select Local Area Network.
    Source server The name of the connecting server.
    Source domain The name of the connecting server's domain. This field is required only for mail routing.
    Use the port(s) The name of the network ports (or protocols) that the connecting or source server uses to connect to the destination server.
    Usage priority Select one:
    • Normal (default) - Select this option if this document defines the primary path to a server.
    • Low - Select this option to define a backup path to a server.
    Note: You can force Domino® to use a specific port by specifying it in the connection document and setting the Usage priority field to Normal.
    Destination server The name of the answering server.
    Destination domain The name of the answering server's domain. This field is required only for mail routing.
    Optional network address Provide an optional network address to facilitate attempts to locate the destination server over a TCP/IP connection. If the field contains no entry, Domino® attempts to determine the address of the destination server from the following sources: the server's memory cache, an External Domain Network Address document, or system services that search the local hosts file or DNS to resolve the name.

    Enter a fully-qualified host name or IP address -- for example, or Because IP addresses are subject to change, for ease of management, it is best to use host names in connection documents. When a host name is used, if the IP address changes, the connecting server obtains the updated IP address from the DNS.

  7. Click the Replication/Routing and Schedule tabs to define the tasks you want to run, and select the times you want the server to contact its destination.
  8. Click Save and Close.