Overview of directory catalog setup

To set up a directory catalog, you first create a directory catalog database. You use the PUBNAMES.NTF template to create an extended directory catalog for a server or the DIRCAT5.NTF template to create a condensed directory catalog for clients. In the directory catalog database, you create a configuration document in which you indicate which Domino® Directories -- known as the source Domino® Directories -- to aggregate, which information from them to aggregate, and other options.

When the Dircat task combines multiple documents from source Domino® directories into single documents in a condensed directory catalog, the intra-document ordering must match the view's default sort ordering. You set the view sort ordering for the condensed directory catalog by selecting File > Application > Properties > Design > Default sort order.

After you complete the configuration document, you run the Directory Cataloger task (Dircat task) to build the directory catalog. A server that runs the Dircat task is referred to as a Dircat server, and typically there is one Dircat server dedicated to aggregating directory catalogs. The Dircat task replicates information from the Domino® directories indicated in the configuration document, and then combines -- aggregates -- the entries into the directory catalog. After the directory catalog is built, you then continue to run the Dircat task at regular intervals to keep the information in the directory catalog current with the information in the source Domino® Directories. The Dircat task can build and maintain multiple directory catalogs.

After the Dircat task has built a directory catalog, you set up clients and/or servers to use the directory catalog. You can automate setting up a condensed directory catalog on clients by using a Desktop Policy Settings document. This process replicates the directory catalog to the client, and adds the directory catalog file name to Local address books field in the User Preferences for mail.

To set up a server to use an extended directory catalog, you set up the server to use a directory assistance database, and then create a Directory Assistance document in the database for the extended directory catalog.