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About protected directory. Protected Directory Vs Server Access List

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Some one, mentioned something about protected directory. Can you provide me steps how to configure it ?
By doing so, i.e. putting the other copy in a protected directory, Will admins and server's have access to replicate with other servers or not ? Also need to know pros and cons of using protected directory Vs Server access List ?

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Sorry, but "protected directory" is not known nomenclature.

Perhaps what you mean is the new R6 capability to break apart the "configuration" poerion of your directory and the "user" part of your directory.  Server docs, config docs, connections, etc. go in the primary directory, but user's are registered in a secondary dorectory.

Note: that's called a "configuration directory," and has to reside on each server, while the "primary" directory contains just users names, groups, and mail-in docs/resources.  The "primary" directory typically sits on another server that is network reachable by the config-only servers.

Also note (sorry about themultiple posts): This is officially supported in R6.  However, it is also possible to do this in R5, with some monkeying around.  Not for the fainthearted.
Bozzie4IT Architect

I think you mean the file system directory, right ?

You can protect a directory/folder on the filesystem on the server.  In R6, you can protect it in such a way, that people who are not allowed to access it, don't see it either.  In R5, you can restrict access, but not hide it.
You can do this in the Files tab of Domino Adminstrator : right-click the directory and choose "Manage Directory ACL" (this is for R6, I'm not sure how to do it in R5)

This allows more flexibility then simply using Server access lists, because you can block access to specific directories only, but there are directories you can't protect like this (of course)




Yes Bozzie4, i meant file system directory.
In R6 i understand there is a built in functionality to protect a directory. But does anyone know how to protect a directory in R5. I thought you create a .DIR file or something.. not sure exactly..


Bozzie4, Can you explain me atleast how to retrict access for a directory in R5 ( i don;t care if it is not hidden)?
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Web file protections apply to HTTP access only.  The Notes client can't open these files anyway.

I THINK the web file protections do not apply to NSF files, only to files read off the disk.  So, in:

C:\Notes\Data\mail - contains your mail files, http://youserver/mail/qwaletee.nsf would be my mail file
C:\Notes\Data\Domino\HTML\mail - if a web browser requests http://yourserver/mail/hello.gif, server looks for hello.gif in this directory

To the browser, qwaletee.nsf and hello.gif appear to be in the same folder.  To Domino, hello.gif uses disk directory mechanisms, while qwaletee.nsf uses Domino Web Application Server mechanisms.  The Notes client can't see hello.gif, because it does not read "normal HTTP transfers."  If you set a file protection on c:\Notes\Data\mail, it doesn't apply, because the web app server doesn't use these (I think), only the standard HTTP stack.

For .nsf protection, you would normally use regular ACLs.  You could tehoretically create a folder called c:\mail, and a file called c:\notes\data\mail.dir that contains:

That certainly works with Notes, and I believe it will work with Domino web app server as well.  But ACLs are a better bet, since it relies on a standard mechnism that is self documenting, while .DIR files rely on physical disk structure, which would not be reliable if, say, you did a server migration or had to rebuild the server.


qualetee, could you please elaborate more on what you mentioned about .nsf protection in the last two paragraph. How am i suppose to create a protected folder, please provide some basic steps that i can do on the server. (i just want to implement this in a notes client/server environment and no web)

for eg..
under the notes\data folder i have 3 other folders called:
notes\data\app1, notes\data\app2 & notes\data\app3

Case 1. If I want to protect all the folders under notes\data from common user groups, but allow certain Database admins to access these folders.

Case 2. If i want to protect all the folders under notes\data from common user groups except notes\data\app1. In another words i want to provide access to notes\data\app1

Case 3. If i want to protect only one folder under notes\data from common user groups and give open access to the rest.

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