Copying a new database to a server

Plan the deployment of new databases before copying them to a server.

About this task

Tasks to perform include the following:

  • Setting up all appropriate Server documents in the Domino® Directory, including a Mail-In Database document if the database is designed to receive mail.
  • Making sure that users and other servers are listed in the server's access control list. Otherwise, they will not be able to access the database.
  • Using subdirectories to group related databases rather than copy them to the root directory. Users can find related databases more easily if they are in one location. This also helps administrators by allowing them to replicate "like" databases, because Connection documents let you replicate according to directory.


  1. Make sure that you have Manager access in the database ACL or the Create new databases privilege in the Server Access section of the Server document in the Domino® Directory.
  2. Select the database icon from your bookmarks page, choose File > Application > Properties, click the Design tab, and make sure that Show in 'Open Database' dialog is selected.
  3. Choose File > Application > New Copy.
  4. Next to Server, click the arrow to display a list of servers. Then select the server on which you want to place the copy.
  5. Next to Title, enter a title for the database. The database icon and the Open Application dialog box display this title.
  6. Next to File Name, enter the path and file name of the database. Limit the file name to eight characters plus the NSF extension.
  7. Choose one:
    • Database design and documents to copy the database design and all documents
    • Database design only if you do not want to copy any existing documents
  8. Optional: Optional steps:
    • Choose Access Control List to copy the ACL.
    • Select Create Full Text index to create the index when the new copy is created.
      Tip: You can also create a full-text index later.
    • Choose Encryption to encrypt the new copy of the database.

    For more information on encryption, see IBM® Domino® Designer 9.0.1 Social Edition Help.