Friday, 4 May 2018

Quick Tip: Edit the NOTES.INI File Using a Configuration Settings Document

In the past period I have had to edit the NOTES.INI file a number of times. On the one hand in the context of Domino Security and on the other hand for using an UpdateSite application. There are different ways to adjust the NOTES.INI file. Open the NOTES.INI file and edit it, create a Configuration Settings document and edit the settings or use the Set Configuration server command. However, because editing the NOTES.INI file is unsafe it's best to use a Configuration Settings document to modify server settings. Be aware that the NOTES.INI file contains many settings that IBM Domino and IBM Notes rely on to work properly. An accidental or incorrect change may cause Domino or Notes to run unpredictably. Below a short description of my approach using a Configuration Settings document based on the IBM documentation.
From the Domino Administrator, open the Domino Directory and click Configuration in the left-hand navigation pane.

To edit an existing Configuration Settings document, highlight it and then click Edit Configuration. To create a new configuration document, highlight the server for which the Configuration Settings document will apply, then click Add Configuration.

To modify NOTES.INI settings on the server, click the NOTES.INI Settings tab. This tab lists a number of current settings in the server's NOTES.INI file.
To add a setting, click Set/Modify Parameters to display all settings that you can set in the Configuration Settings document. Select the setting(s) you want to add from the list. Type the value for the variable in the Value field. If the value is not in the list you can add it yourself, for example the setting HTTPDisableServerHeader=1.

To modify or clear a setting, highlight a NOTES.INI variable in the list and click Clear. In the Clear Parameter or Value, choose Clear parameter or Clear value. If you are clearing a parameter, be sure to clear the value before clearing the parameter. If you choose to clear a value, you can type in a new value.

Finally the new value is added to the NOTES.INI settings. The last step is to Save and close the Configuration Settings document and restart the Domino Server.

Remark: The Current parameters field displays the NOTES.INI settings that have been configured for the server. You can also see historical information about the last NOTES.INI setting that was configured on the server, including the name of the setting, the value to which it was set, the name of the person who configured it, and the time and date on which it was configured.

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