This section provides recommendations and best practices for planning, installing, and testing Domino 8.5 into your new or existing Domino server infrastructure. While your upgrade or rollout plan must be tailored to your own environment, this chapter provides a high-level outline of a typical enterprise deployment that can be used as a base reference.
Lotus Domino software is server software that provides enterprise-grade collaboration capabilities across a wide range of uses and applications. Lotus Domino software can be deployed as core e-mail and enterprise scheduling infrastructure, as a custom application platform, or both.
Lotus Domino software is server software that runs on a variety of operating systems, available through various licensing options and offerings. IBM Lotus Notes® is workstation (client) software that provides an individual user with an integrated collaborative environment. Lotus Notes, which is explained in chapter 3, is one of several client options for users to access the messaging and collaboration capabilities of the Lotus Domino server software.
Licensing details of Lotus Notes/Domino are explained on the following web page: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/notesanddomino/licensing.html
Domino New Features and Enhancements
Domino Deployment Considerations
Planning the Domino Deployment
Domino Server Deployment Best Practices
Domino 64 Bit
Upgrade vs New Installation
The process of deploying new Domino servers is similar to upgrading existing Domino servers.
Given this fact, this chapter assumes a Domino upgrade, but will call out anything that is required or unique to a new Domino deployment.
A word about pilot deployment
When working with new software, whether a new version or a completely new product, many companies include a pilot phase in their project plans. In a pilot, a smaller, representative group of servers and users are upgraded. Often, pilot projects are used to improve deployment procedures and practices before deploying to the enterprise, and they allow the project team the opportunity to test assumptions and fine-tune procedures.
The knowledge and experience gained during a pilot deployment can dramatically improve results of a production deployment, because it can uncover unanticipated problems in the environment, and allow them to be resolved during the pilot phase, rather than after the product has gone into wide production. Additionally, pilot projects typically have a specified duration, and at the end of the specified time period, the success of the pilot is evaluated, and lessons-learned are captured and documented.
Some organizations choose to conduct their pilot deployment using the dot zero release of new software, but standardize their wide-scale deployment on later point releases of the software. This approach may work for you, as it has the benefit of allowing your organization to take advantage of any fixes for problems that may be discovered after the initial release of the product.
Domino Server Additional Information
The following documents provide more information on deploying Lotus Domino.