Registering a Domino® server

Use this procedure to register a server.

Before you begin

If you are supplying the certifier ID, make sure that you have access to it and that you know its password.

If you are using the Domino® Administrator and would like the new server to support TLS, make sure that you have an Internet CA configured.

About this task

The registration server is the server that initially stores changes to documents in the Domino® Directory until the Domino® Directory replicates with other servers. To change the registration server, select a new server, and click OK. If you have not specified a registration server in Administration Preferences, this server is either:

  • The local server if it contains a Domino® Directory
  • The server specified in the NewUserServer setting in the notes.ini file
  • The Administration server


  1. From the Domino® Administrator, click the Configuration tab.
  2. From the Tools pane, click Registration > Server.
  3. If you are using the Domino® Administrator, do the following:
    1. If you are using the CA process, click Server and select a server that includes the Domino® Directory that contains the Certificate Authority records, and the copy of the Administration Requests database (ADMIN4.NSF) that will be updated with the request for the new certificate. Then click Use the CA Process, select a CA-configured certifier from the list, and click OK.
    2. If you are supplying the certifier ID, select the registration server. Then click Certifier ID and locate the certifier ID file. Click OK, enter the password for the certifier ID, and click OK.
    3. In the Register Servers dialog box, click Continue if you want to apply the current settings to all servers registered in this registration session; otherwise, complete these fields:
      • Registration Server – Click Registration to specify the registration server.
      • Certifier – If the certifier ID displayed is not the one you want to use for all servers registered in this session, or if you want to use the Domino® server-based CA instead of a certifier ID, click Certifier to return to step 2.
      • Public key specification – The public key specification that you use impacts when key rollover is triggered. Key rollover is the process used to update the set of Notes® public and private keys that is stored in user and server ID files. For information about the significance of the public key specification and key rollover, see the topic User and server key rollover.
      • License type – Choose either North American (default) or International. In practice, there is no difference between a North American and an International ID type.
      • Expiration date – (Optional) To change the expiration date of the Server Certificate, enter the date in mm-dd-yyyy format in the Certificate Expiration Date box. The default date is 100 years from the current date, minus allowances for leap years.
      • Certificate Authority – If you want the server to support TLS, select an Internet CA from the list.
    4. Click Continue.
  4. In the Register New Server(s) dialog box, complete these fields for each server that you want to register:
    Table 1. New server registration fields and actions



    Server name

    Enter the name of the new server.

    Server title

    Enter the server title, which appears on the Configuration tab in the All Server Documents view and in the Server Title field of the Server document.

    Domino® domain name

    The default domain name is usually the same as the name of the organization certifier ID.

    Server administrator name

    Enter the name of the person who administers the server.

    ID file password

    Required if you are going to store the server ID in the Domino® Directory.

    Optional if you store the server ID in a file.

    The password is case-sensitive and characters you use will depend on the level you set in the Password quality scale.

    Password Options

    Click Password Options. Specify a password quality scale by choosing the level of complexity for the password. By default, the level is 0, where 16 is the highest. Click OK.

    Location for storing server ID

    • Select In Domino Directory to store the server ID in the Domino® Directory.
    • Select In file to store the server ID file in a file. Then click Set ID File, select the name and path for the file, and click Save.
  5. (Domino® Administrator only) If you chose an Internet CA in the Register Servers dialog box and you want the server to support TLS connections, click Advanced, select Enable TLS ports, and complete the following fields:
    • Server key ring password -- Enter a password for the server key ring
    • Server host name -- Enter the fully qualified domain name of the server, for example,
  6. Do one:
    • Enable the check box to add the server to the registration queue.
    • Click the X to clear the fields.
  7. The server registration queue displays the servers ready to be registered. To display the settings for a server, select the server name in the queue.
  8. Click one:
    • New Server -- To clear fields in the Register New Server(s) dialog box
    • Register All -- To register all servers in the registration queue
    • Register -- To register the highlighted server in the registration queue
    • Remove -- To remove the highlighted server from the registration queue
    • Done -- To close the Register Server(s) dialog box. Any servers remaining in the registration queue will not be registered.
  9. After you register a server, install it and then run the server setup program to configure it.