Creating a database redirect

Use this procedure to create a database redirect reference containing the source database information, and the database information for the replica to which the client will be directed.

About this task

If a Notes® client is acting on a database redirect, and none of the references are meant for the client's user, the redirection will act as if the redirect contained no references. This can result in the client removing its references to the original database. Unless the limits are carefully constructed, the redirect may cause some clients to act as if the database was moved, while others will act as if the database was deleted. When limiting redirections, to avoid the possibility that some users may inadvertently have their references to the database removed, you may also want to add a reference that applies to all users.


  1. From the Domino® Administrator, click the Files tab.
  2. Select the database for which you are creating a database redirect file.
  3. From the Tools pane, click Create Redirect. The Create Database Redirect dialog box appears with the selected database file name, title, and replica ID fields completed.
  4. Optional: If you did not select a database before clicking Create Redirect, or if you want to select a server and database other than the one you already selected, click the database icon. In the Choose Redirect Database dialog box, do one or both of the following substeps, and then click OK.
    1. Select the server on which the redirect database resides.
    2. Select the database from which the redirect is being created, or specify a filename in the Filename field.
  5. Click Add to configure the database replica redirect reference.
  6. In the Configure Redirect Replica Reference dialog box, specify the name of the server on which the replica is to reside, and then click OK.
  7. Select the database replica to which the Notes® client users will be redirected.
  8. Do one of these:
    • Allow unrestricted redirection -- To redirect any Notes® client users to the redirect replica reference you are creating, click OK.
    • Limit who is redirected -- Click the user icon and select the names of those users who can be redirected. To select user names from the Access Control List of the source redirect database, click the Lock icon and choose the users you want to include. You can use the field, Access Level, to filter by access level, the user names that display in the list. Click the check box Show access level and greater to define a minimum access level instead of an absolute access level in the Access Level field.
  9. Click OK.


The server name, file name and users who can be redirected display in the Redirect Replica References field of the Create Database Redirect dialog box. You can now perform the following tasks:
  • If you want to delete a redirect replica reference, select the reference, and then click Delete.
  • If you want to modify a redirect replica reference, select the reference, and then click Modify.
  • If you selected multiple redirect replicas, the Orders field is active. You can specify a redirect order of either random or sequential for the databases. The order you specify dictates whether the database replicas are used for redirecting in the sequential order in which they display in the field, or in a random order. By default, sequential is chosen.