Domino administrator - cross certifying

Having trouble connecting to my freshly installed domino server with domino administrator? They are both installed locally but no matter what route I try to take to get in I get the "does not contain any cross certificates capable of authenticating you". Also are there any good resources online for setting this up from scratch? Everything I've found seems to assume prior knowledge of notes and domino.
schwindt14Asked:
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SysExpertCommented:
Luckily most of the info from R5 an newer is relevant.

Check for Best Practices, deployment and upgrade guides form IBM

Also there should be an install.nsf or similar included on the CD

I hope this helps !
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schwindt14Author Commented:
also, If I try to "cross certify" I can select the cert.id file from the domino directory, supply the correct password, and then it said "entry not found in index. would you like to continue without updating?
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qwaleteeCommented:
You should not need to cross-certify.  That is only done when you have an existing ID created form a prior certifier, trying to access a new server created with a new certifier.

It sounds instead like you accidntally created two certifiers, or you installed Notes in a stand-alone mode, which creates a dummy certifier for the user ID.

Look on the hard drive of the first Domino server you installed.  you should find three ID files, one for the cert, one for the server, and one for the original user created with the server, which is the administrator ID.  Use the latter file with your admin client.
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schwindt14Author Commented:
Yes I did install it in stand-alone server mode. I am trying to have a look at this software for possible use on our network so it's all just freshly installed trial versions. The three id files in my domino directory are cert.id, server.id, and dolcert.id. I'm assuming from what you said it must be the dolcert.id file that I should use? Also what process do I go through to "use" this file? Configuration - Certification - Certify? Thanks!
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SysExpertCommented:
1) Are the Server and client running on the same machine ?

If yes, then that may be your problem. The Client should be on a separate computer connected via the LAN to the server.

2) When you install the server the first time, it creates an ID for the Administrator.

Look for any *.id files that contain part of your last name , or the name you used.
 ( 5 letters usually ).

 I hope this helps !
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schwindt14Author Commented:
Thanks, it actually is installed on the same machine, I wasn't aware they needed to be seperate. What is really starting to bug me is that I can't even find a recent book on domino/notes administration. Is Lotus notes losing popularity as a collaboration software? My main reason for testing it would be for calendars and scheduleing. I'd really like to buy a book or find a good detailed online resource about initial setup and config so that I don't have to come back here every few minutes or spend hours jumping through the help files.
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qwaleteeCommented:
dolcert.id is pretty much irrelevant, it is only used for special offline web access applications.

Seems like it did not create the admin ID. You can use cert.id to create a new ID.
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qwaleteeCommented:
No new books are being written, because 1) IBM provides a heck of a lot of info these days for free, and 2) unlike, say Exchange 2007, which makes 60% of your 2000/2003 knowledge useless, most of what you know about running Domino R4 still applies to Domino R8, and you could at least "get by" with possibly no additional training, they only added incremental value, so there isn't a big enough market for "new books."
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