Creating a Network Dialup connection

To connect a local IBM® Domino® server with a remote server that does not have its own modem, create a Network Dialup connection. Domino® uses Microsoft Dial-Up Networking (DUN) and the Microsoft Remote Access Service (RAS) to make a dialup connection to a non-Domino server on the remote network.

About this task

After establishing the connection, the local server uses the remote access service to communicate with the destination server. Domino® can interact with resources on the other network as if it were connected directly to the network, routing mail and replicating databases with servers on the remote network.

Because RAS uses its own compression, Domino® compression should not be used with RAS.

IBM® Notes® clients and Domino® servers who establish a Network Dialup connection to a Remote Access Server can access the entire remote Domino® network over the remote LAN. After establishing a connection, the calling client or server can communicate with servers on the remote LAN using the network protocols defined in RAS only, that is, TCP/IP and Netbios.
Note: To ensure the best performance for connections that use data-compressing modems, do not apply Domino® network data encryption to ports using these modems. Rather than reducing the size of the transmitted data, the modem's hardware compression techniques can increase it, negating the benefits of the modem compression.


  1. Configure the modem port on the source server, using the LAN protocol.
  2. Make sure that the remote access service is properly set up on the local Domino® server and on the remote network server.
    • On the local server, configure DUN to dial out to the RAS server.
    • On the non-Domino remote server, configure RAS to answer calls. For details on how to configure RAS, refer to the documentation provided with the operating system.
  3. From the Domino® Administrator, click the Configuration tab.
  4. Click Server and then Connections.
  5. Click Add Connection.
  6. Complete the following fields:
    Table 1. Fields and descriptions for Add Connections option



    Connection type

    Network Dialup

    Source server

    The fully-distinguished Notes® name of the connecting server. For example, Server1/Sales/ACME.

    Source domain

    The name of the connecting server's Domino® domain. Required only if the source server and destination server are in different Domino® domains

    Use LAN port(s)

    The port that the server uses to establish the network dialup connection using the remote access service.

    Usage priority

    Choose one:

    • Normal (default) - Select this option if this document defines the primary path to a server.
    • Low - Select this option to define a backup path to a server.

    Destination server

    The fully-distinguished Notes® name of the Domino® server you want to access.

    For SMTP routing connections, enter the host name of the destination server, for example,

    Destination domain

    The name of the destination server's Domino® domain. Required only if the source server and destination server are in different Domino® domains.

    Leave this field blank when configuring SMTP routing to an ISP server.

    Optional network address

    Provide an optional network address to facilitate attempts to locate the destination server over a TCP/IP connection. If the field contains no entry, Domino® attempts to obtain the destination server's IP address from the IP protocol stack.

    Enter a fully-qualified host name or IP address -- for example, or Because IP addresses are subject to change, for ease of management, it's best to use host names in Connection documents. When a host name is used, if the IP address changes, the connecting server obtains the updated IP address from the DNS.

  7. Click the Network Dialup tab and complete the following fields:
    Table 2. Fields and descriptions for Network Dialup option



    Choose a service type

    Select Microsoft Dial-up Networking

    Configure service

    Lets you specify the Dial-up Networking entry that the server uses when connecting to this destination. Click Edit Configuration, and complete the Dial-up Networking name field in the Microsoft Dial-up Networking dialog box. This is the name of the Microsoft Dial-up Networking phonebook entry on the source server containing the information on how to dialup the remote server.

    Optionally, you can complete the following additional fields in the dialog box. If you complete these fields, the settings override those configured in the specified Dial-up Networking entry on the server. These settings are used by the remote access service, not by Domino®.

    • Login name - The name that the server uses to log in to the remote access server.
    • Password - The password the server uses to log in to the remote access server. For security reasons, when you enter the password, it appears as a series of asterisks. After you save the Connection document, before storing the document Domino® encrypts the password with the public keys of the source server and the users and servers listed in the Owners and Administrators fields of the document.
    • Phone number - The phone number of the remote access server. If the server uses pulse dialing, do not enter a phone number in this field. Also, be sure to select Pulse in the server's modem configuration options and in the Microsoft Dial-up Networking dialog, provide a phone number and check the Use Telephony dialog properties box.
    • Area code - Area code of the remote access server.
    • Country code - Country code of the remote access server.
    • Dial-back phone number - The phone number of the source server. If the remote access server has call-back enabled, it calls this number after authentication completes.
    • Domain - The Windows logon domain of the remote access service

    The remaining fields on this tab are read-only and display information only if you completed the corresponding field in the previous step.

  8. Click the Replication/Routing and Schedule tabs to define the tasks you want to run, and select the times you want the server to call its destination.
  9. Click Save & Close.