Starting and stopping the Server Controller

You can start the Server Controller, the Domino® server, and the Domino® Console.


  1. Shut down the Domino® server, if it is running.
  2. Start the Server Controller using the same command you normally use to start the Domino® server but append the argument -jc. For example, if you run a server on Microsoft Windows XP from the directory c:\domino using a shortcut icon on the Desktop, use the following target for the shortcut:
    c:\domin\nserver.exe -jc


The Server Controller runs in its own window. You can minimize a Server Controller window, but do not close or kill the window to stop the Server Controller. Instead, use the Controller Quit command from a console to stop a Server Controller and the server it controls.

When you run a Server Controller, you no longer have access to the traditional console at the server. You can communicate only through the Domino® Console or a console in the Domino® Administrator or Web Administrator.

Optional arguments to use when running the Server Controller

About this task

Starting the Server Controller using only the argument -jc starts the Domino® Server and the Domino® Console along with the Server Controller. There are two optional arguments you can specify to change this default behavior: -c and -s.

Use -c to prevent the Domino® Console from running when you start the Server Controller. You might prevent the Console from running on a slow machine or a machine that is low on memory. If you use this argument and the Domino® server ID requires a password, the Domino® server starts without running its server tasks. To run the server tasks, you must connect to the Server Controller from a console and specify the server password when prompted.

Use -s to prevent the server from running when you start the Server Controller. Use this argument along with -c so that someone who is directly at the server can start only the Server Controller, and then a remote administrator can start the server and specify a required server password remotely from a console.

Table 1. List of optional arguments



nserver -jc

Runs the Server Controller, the server, and the Domino® Console

nserver -jc -c

Runs the Server Controller and the server

nserver -jc -s

Runs the Server Controller and the Domino® Console

nserver -jc -c -s

Runs only the Server Controller