Domino Server 7.0.3 on Windows 2003 R2

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I have a windows 2003 R2 server that i need to have Lotus Domino Server 7.0.3 running on.

The install goes fine, however, when you try and run the serversetup program the server service does not start.  There is no errors in the event log other than service started, service stopped.

All the correct paths are in the notes.ini file, there is only one of them.  I have tried starting as a service and an application.
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Sjef BosmanGroupware Consultant

You don't have to run the server setup program, for it has already been set up. Just start the server process.


OK - i have tried that and it does not start - it registers as started in windows services and then once you refresh, it has stopped.

I am wondering if there is something unique to Windows 2003 R2, as i have it running on an older version of windows 2003.
Sjef BosmanGroupware Consultant

Did you try to start it manually? From a command prompt window? It'll ask some questions that you have to respond to, the first time.

Hi there

many thing come to my mind in this case

- refer to the system requirements of this version of LD

- Are you an administrator on this server ??
- Is there any Fire wall or is the win2k3 enabled on this server ?
- Is there any third party security application  or an anti-virus which could be stopping it ?
- Did you try to uninstall LD7.0.3 , delete the LD folders from the root then re-install it on a new path ??

- where did you get LD 7.0.3 from is it  working , is it a trail version ?

Finally, the main question is why are you going for this version it is out dated and out of support by IBM ... why dont you go for a later on.

Best Wishes
I think the server will not run as a server unless setup, or that a remote setup configuration was specified during install.  try running it from the console as an application and complete setup like that.

and yeah: it is old and out of support.  Do yourself and your users a favor and run a current version of Domino.


1. I am with you all on the "why are you running 7.0.3" and i know that the latest is R8.5.3(i think) and wish i could be using Win2k8R2 + Domino R8
2. I have to use LD7.0.3 because that is all the customer is licensed for and their current server is having hard drive issues.
3. this is a clean install of windows and domino from the the customers install files.
4. i have tried the following approaches to launching Domino:
a. install and double click on domino server icon, choose service and follow the setup wizard - tells me that it cannot connect to server, check services and it is not running
b. same as above except as an application same final result, oh and no terminal pops up on screen
c. Launched from command line - same result
5. I am logging in as a domain admin to the machine that has local admin rights
6. As mentioned this is a clean windows install with no additional software installed, yet.
7. Windows firewall is currently Off

I have reviewed the link posted by akhafaf and i know that it has no mention of the R2 version, however, i am pretty sure that i found a follow up article indicating that it did support it(trying to find it now).

If it comes to it, i have no issues reinstalling an older version of windows, however, on review of the customers current server - it is running Windows Server 2003 R2.

check with your customers if you can find w2k3 32-bit  SP2 which will work with it for sure...
Sjef BosmanGroupware Consultant

I assume the user has a current Domino server. If that is the case, you can install Domino on the new system, it will run for sure. All you have to do is copy over the current Domino data directory from the old system to the new one, replacing the newly created data directory. It requires some planning however:
- you have to shut down the old Domino server
- you have to swap IP-addresses form the old to the new server
- you may have to change the server's notes.ini file a little, to make it contain the correct new data directory
- you may have to correct .dir-files (if any)
- when you start the new Domino server, make sure you NEVER start the old one again.


Thanks for all of your help.

I am leaning towards the re-install of the OS at this point. sjef_bosman suggests what i would like to do but the customer is a 24/7 business and I don't know if can get them to stop for the amount of time it would take to transfer everything over.

My thoughts go along the line of get the new system up and running and have the new system act as part of the cluster, this should reduce the actual amount of downtime.

With this in mind is there anyway that i can copy some of the files from the original server to get this server going?

is there a cluster ?? could you please give some details about it ...?


There is no cluster at the moment - i want to make a cluster with the new server as a member.
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A cluster... Yes, I'd lean with you, but: if the user doesn't want to upgrade, does he have a cluster licence?

To set up a 2nd server (whether or not in a cluster), you have to generate a server id-file first, in the Name&Address book on the original server, using the Admin client. You do have to run the server setup. You can install the Remote Setup software on your Admin PC (with the Admin client), it comes with the notes/designer/admin install package.
Yes  I also agree a cluster is a very good Idea


It turns out that all the issues i had was somehow related to the server registration and the ID file.  I removed the registration, deleted the id file, recreated the server on the main server with a new ID file.
Reran the serversetup and this time everything worked.  I have now got the Domino server running on Windows 2003 R2.

Thanks everyone for your help.


I split the points and graded with a B, as I came up with the solution, however the solution would not have come without the input from the Experts.  Thanks again.

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