Specifying databases that can move during resource balancing

To specify which databases can move during resource balancing, you create a master pin list. Because system databases, such as the Domino® Directory, are never moved, do not include them in the pin list.

About this task

You pin databases in one of two ways. You can list databases you do not want to move, or you can list only the databases that you do want to move. After you define a pin list, you can save it as a pin list profile.

Tip: You can also pin individual databases from the Available Databases list in the Server - Performance tab, in the Resource Balancing view of the Domino® Administrator.

By default, all databases are associated with all servers. The server name can be specified as part of the entry. Use a colon to specify the server part. For example, Renovations/East:mail/*.nsf applies to all mail/*.nsf databases on the server Renovations.

When you select servers to balance resources, you should be aware that Activity Trends does not recognize that servers are in a cluster. If you include servers from different clusters or some servers that are in a cluster and some servers that are not in a cluster, Activity Trends may suggest moving a database out of a cluster in order to balance the resources. To prevent this, you can create a separate server profile for each cluster and one for nonclustered servers, or you can pin databases that you want to exclude from resource balancing.

You can open the Server Profile Options dialog box from the Resource Balancing menu, or by clicking the Server Profile Options button.

To create a master pin list


  1. From the Domino® Administrator, click the Server - Performance tab.
  2. Select the Activity Trends - Resource Balancing view.
  3. Choose Resource Balancing - Options to open the Server Profile Options dialog box.
  4. Expand the Balancing section, and then click Pin List.
  5. Click the Database Pin List tab.
  6. Under Pin Method, choose one:
    • Pin listed databases -- To pin the listed databases so that they will not be moved.
    • Pin all but listed -- To make the listed databases available to be moved, and pin all other databases.
  7. Under Database List, add or delete databases. To add a database, enter the name directly on the list.
  8. Next to the list of database names, do one:
    • Choose Reset to return the list to its original set of databases.
    • Choose Save as, and enter a name to save a new pin list.
  9. Choose one:
    • Use Defaults -- To revert to previously saved custom defaults.
    • Save as Defaults -- To save a custom set of defaults and override the system defaults.
    • Reset Defaults -- To revert to the system defaults.

To edit or delete a saved pin list profile


  1. Under Saved Pin List Profiles, select a profile.
  2. Do one:
    • Edit the list of databases, and then click Save.
    • Click Delete.