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Installing Domino on Fedora Linux

Michael Brown   April 1 2009 05:30:00 PM
Part 5 of Setting up a home test environment for Notes/Domino 8.5

Copying The Installation File To The Virtual Machine

First, we need to get the Domino install files onto the virtual machine's guest OS.  There are several ways to do this:
  • Burn the installer to a CD and mount that within the Fedora virtual machine
  • Copy the installer to a USB drive and then mount that within the virtual machine.  NB: the OSE (open source) version of VirtualBox cannot access USB devices, so this method will only work with the closed source version.
  • Set up a shared folder within the virtual machine and then copy over the installer directly from the host OS.

I find that setting up a VirtualBox Shared Folder is the easiest way to do this.  For more information, see Part 15 - Housekeeping 3 - Copy Files Via VirtualBox Shared Folders

Installing Domino on Fedora
  1. Double-click the .TAR file on your Fedora desktop to launch the file extractor tool (File Roller).
  2. Click the Extract button within File Roller and extract the Linux folder to your desktop.  You can close File Roller when the extraction has finished.
  3. You should now have a folder called "linux" on your Fedora desktop.  Doublie-click on that and then double-click on the "domino" folder beneath it.
  4. You should now see the installer file which is called "install".  We need to run this as superuser.  You do this by dragging and dropping the "install" file onto the terminal window that we opened earlier, and into which we were logged as "root".  (If you closed this terminal window earlier, then start up a new one switch to root before you do the drag and drop).
  5. If the drag and drop was successful you should now see something like '/home/notes/Desktop/linux/domino/install' in your teminal window.  Hit your Enter (or Return) key to kick off the installer script.
  6. The installer script has two modes: console and graphical.  I couldn't get the latter to work.  I read that there's some graphical tweak in Linux and/or VirtualBox that you can make to get the graphical installer to work but I didn't bother.  The console installer works perfectly well for me and probably for everybody else too so that's what I'll describe here.  Type "no" then hit Enter when you are asked "Do you want to continue in graphic mode?".
  7. Type "1" (for "Next") when prompted, and then hit your Enter key to display the EULA.  Type "1" to agree to the EULA and the "1" again for the Next screen.
  8. Hit Enter at the question about installing data directories on a partitioned server and then "1" for the Next screen.
  9. Hit Enter to accept the default install folder of "/opt/ibm/lotus" unless you have some reason to change it.
  10. Hit Enter to install on a non-partitioned server, then "1" for the Next screen.
  11. Hit Enter to accept the default data folder of "/local/notesdata" unless you have some reason to change it and then "1" for the Next screen.
  12. Hit Enter twice to accept the user name and group of "notes", which is our current Fedora user, and then "1" for the Next screen.
  13. When prompted about "server setup", type "3" for "Automatic".  Do not choose "2" for "remote".  Hit "1" for the Next screen.
  14. You will now be prompted for which type of Domino server you wish to install.  The default is Domino Enterprise Server, which is the kitchen sink version, so hit Enter to go with that, and then "1" for the Next screen
  15. At the final confirmation screen hit Enter then "1" to start the installation of Domino.

The installer will take a few minutes to complete.  During that time you need to decide the following:
  • What you're going to call your company's Notes Domain.
  • What you're going to call your first server.
  • What you're going to call your first user

Setting Up The Domino Server

You should now have a "Lotus Domino Server" icon on your Fedora desktop.  There will also be an entry for "Lotus Domino Server" under Applications->Office on the main Fedora menu.

  1. Start the Domino server by clicking on its menu icon or double-clicking on its Desktop icon.  When prompted for a password, enter the password that you set up for your current Fedora user.  I setup a user called "notes" with a password also "notes".
  2. On the first dialog change the fonts if you want to.
  3. On the Next dialog leave the "Setup first server..." radio button ticked.
  4. On the Next dialog enter your Server Name; I'm going to enter "rozelle01" (Rozelle is where I live).  The Server title can be anything you like.  Do not tick the "I want to use an exsting server ID" checkbox.
  5. On the Next dialog enter your Organization name; mine is "BludgeCo".  (It's an Australian thing.)  Enter a password for your certifier ID but do not tick the "I want to use an existing certier ID" checkbox.

  6. Optional step: click on the Customize button to set up an Organisational Unit (OU).    Set your Country Code in the drop down at the bottom - this is another option step, but I just know I'll be going global one day, so I'm setting mine to "Australia".  Do not set up a certifier at this stage, unless you want your new server to stamped with that certifier.  Click OK to close the Org Settings dialog.
  7. On the Next dialog enter your Domain name.  It says that your Domain name can be the same as your Organisation name, so I'm sticking with "BludgeCo".
  8. On the Next dialog you will set up your first Notes Administrator.  For a test environment it doesn't really matter what you call this; I'm going to call mine "Administrator".
  9. On the Next dialog, you need to setup which Domino services to run.  I'll want to do some web testing, so I tick the Web Browsers (HTTP Services) checkbox and leave the rest as it is.  You can fine tune this further by clicking on the Customize button.  As the dialog says, you can always change these settings later on.
  10. On the Next dialog, you can change your network settings.  You should leave TCP/IP as the only enabled port driver.  If you wish to change the servers host name, click on the Customize button.  My server's host name defaults to "fedora.domino01", but I'll change it to "domino1.bludgeco".

  11. On the Next dialog, take the defaults for the two security options (i.e., leave them both ticked).
  12. On the Next dialog, review what you've set up for your new server.  If you're happy with what you see, click on the Setup button to proceed with the setup of your new server.  This will only take a minute.  Click on the Finish button when it's done.

The Domino server will shut down once the setup has complete.  To start it again, you will to double-click on the Lotus Domino Server icon on your Fedora desktop.

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