Upgrading to Lotus Notes 8 with a new hardware

Posted on 2009-04-12
Last Modified: 2013-12-18
Dear All,

 Im new to lotus notes,  I have lotus notes 5 running on a windows 2000 server, im using it as a database and not as a mail server or SMTP, my users are using it to access some local Databases on the lotus, now I want to install  lotus notes 8 to another server, can someone advise me in how to install it and copy the database from lotus 5 to the new one.

Thanks for support
Question by:ITMaster1979
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by:Sjef Bosman
ID: 24135923
What exactly do you want:
- two separate servers that communicate?
- new hardware, new O/S, with Lotus Domino R8, replacing the old server?
- or something else?

R8 is not supported on Windows 2000, although it might run:

Some say that it's better to upgrade from R5 to R6, then to R7, and finally to R8. AFAIK, an upgrade to R8 straightaway is in many cases no problem at all. Make sure you keep a backup!

See also:$File/v7_admin_upgrade.pdf (for R7)

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I just want to move the Database from Lotus 5 in server 1 to lotus 8 in server 2
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by:Sjef Bosman
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If both systems are up, and you can open both servers from your Notes client, you can create a new replica on the R8 server, manually.

If that is not possible, you have to bring both Domino servers down, so you can copy the nsf-file via the network or otherwise. Once the copy (or copies) has been made, restart the Domino server. As a last step, you have to compact the database in order to use the improved ODS (On Disk Structure) of the R8 system.
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Could you tell me where is the Database stored so that I can move it, bear in minde that I need to keep the same lotus domini server name ..

Thanks for the help
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Sjef Bosman earned 500 total points
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Don't move databases while the Domino server is active...

Search the directory tree, the names have changed over the years. Try \lotus\domino\data for starters.

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Thanks, Im done with it, sould you please advise in how to disable the smtp, I dont require lotus to send or receive mails.
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by:Sjef Bosman
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In the Server document in the Name & Address book (via Admin client), you can set the server as a standard server. On the Basics tab, see Routing and SMTP Listener task. Remove the Routing tasks and disable the Listener.

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