Approving draft schema elements in the Schema database

When you use the IBM® Domino® LDAP Schema database (SCHEMA.NSF) to add a schema element, a draft document for the element displays in both the Draft Documents and All Schema Documents views.

About this task

Follow these steps to approve draft schema elements, which moves them to the Pending Documents view, so that the schema daemon on the administration server for the Domino® Directory can incorporate them into the schema.


  1. Make sure you have Manager access to the Schema database.
  2. Open the Schema database on any server in the domain that runs the LDAP service.
  3. Look at the Draft Documents views to see a draft document for each schema element added but not yet approved.
  4. Review the draft documents, and make any final changes.
  5. When you are ready to approve the changes, do one of the following:
    • To approve only selected draft documents, select a specific Draft Documents view, select the draft documents you are ready to approve, and click Approve > Approve Selected Drafts.
    • To approve all draft documents, select any Draft Documents view, and click Approve > Approve All Drafts.


The documents you approve move to the Pending Documents views. If you used a replica of the Schema database on a subordinate server to approve the schema documents, the documents in the Pending Documents views must replicate to the administration server for the Domino® Directory. When the schema daemon next runs on the administration server it verifies the elements in the Pending Documents views and then publishes them in the Schema database. The updated Schema database then replicates to subordinate servers in the domain that run the LDAP service.