Friday, 4 May 2018

Installing Domino Feature Packs


Recently I have been assigned a number of tasks as Domino Administrator. One of these tasks involves upgrading the Domino Server to a more recent Feature Pack (Fix Pack). In my specific case it was an upgrade to Fix Pack 7.
Given that it has not been a regular task for me since the last few years, I searched the Internet for a good step-by-step plan. Unfortunately, I did not find much information except an IBM document, Basics steps to upgrade the Domino server. For the upgrade I also asked some advice from lifttime IBM Champion Gabriella Davis (@gabturtle). Thanks very much for your time and help! With this advice and the information in the IBM document I carried out the upgrade in the test environment. Below the steps that I have followed. If someone has additions and / or comments I would like to hear this as I want to do the upgrade on Monday in our production environment.

A. Domino Fix Pack 7 Files
Initially, the Domino Fix Pack 7 Files downloaded from IBM Fix Central.
Next I placed the downloaded files on the Domino Server in the Temp Directory.

B. Maintenance System Databases
The next step I performed was the maintenance on the system databases names.nsf and admin.nsf.

1. Shut down the Domino Server
2. Navigate to the folder where the Domino server is installed
3. In the directory above perform the maintenance on the system databases
4. Fixup names.nsf en admin.nsf
C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Domino\nfixup names.nsf -F
C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Domino\nfixup admin4.nsf -F

5. Compact names.nsf en admin4.nsf
 C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Domino\ncompact names.nsf -c 
C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Domino\ncompact admin4.nsf -c 


6. Updall names.nsf en admin4.nsf
C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Domino\nupdall names.nsf -R
C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Domino\nupdall admin4.nsf -R


C. Run Fix Pack Executable
After the above maintenance steps, the executable of the Fix Pack can be executed (run the installer and follow the screens for the installation. Note: it will take the Domino program and Data directory paths of the already installed server. ). The following screens appear consecutively.

The last screen that appears finally indicates that the upgrade has been successfully completed. For me it is not entirely clear what exactly happens in screens 2 and 3 but I assume this is correct and is part of the upgrade.


For me it is not entirely clear what exactly happens in screens 2 and 3 but I assume this is correct and is part of the upgrade.

D. Windows services - Restart Server
Start the windows services with services.msc
For the "IBM Domino Server" Service, this service must be set as "Manual" at this stage. Later it can be reset to Automatic.
Restart the Windows server.

E. Start Domino Server
After the restart of the Windows Server, the Services 'IBM Domino Server' can be reset to Automatic in the Windows Services. Next the Domino Server can be started. Using sh stat server you can see with which version the Domino Server is running now. In my case this is Release 9.0.1 FP7 so the upgrade of the server has been successful.


Remark: If the upgraded server is Administration server then at the server starts up it will prompt with the message. "Do you want to upgrade the design of your address book? This replaces the standard forms and views with the ones from the template.(Yes/No).
Type Yes or Y and enter and it will upgrade the design of the names.nsf with the latest template.
This completes the upgrade of the Domino server.

1 comment:

  1. I skip the offline maintenance of names.nsf and admin4.nsf when patching Domino as I haven't found it necessary. I disable the Windows Management Instrumentation Service before patching Domino, and re-enable it after patching has been completed since WMIS can cause issues. If I am upgrading one FP to another, I uninstall the current FP before applying the current FP.

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