Friday, May 15, 2009

@Remember(Lotus Foundations > Domino + Linux)

I've had a few requests for technical pointers over the last couple of weeks from people setting up their first Foundations server and there has been a common thread to all of these emails. Most of the people have been (more or less) experienced Domino Administrators who have looked on the Foundations environment as a cut-down SUSE Linux installation with a few extra bells and whistles, and they have been baffled by Foundations' refusal to respond positively to some standard Domino server commands. I went through some similar frustrating experiences for a while early last year until the penny dropped. I'd say it happens to everyone who has the "benefit" of already being a trained Domino Systems Administrator when they first install Lotus Foundations.

It doesn't work that way. Domino has been tailored to fit the Foundations environment. The two products are tightly bound together and you need to Read The Friendly Manual before you dive into administering Domino on a Foundations server. If you read far enough into the manual you'll probably find that your Domino administration tasks are already being done for you automatically by Lotus Foundations Server.

Just to clarify myself here: I don't mind getting these emails and giving a hand where I can - just one way of paying my dues to the Lotus community.

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