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As a Domino administrator, you may be asked to integrate multiple directories in your Domino environment. This could be anything from creating a simple address book to track customers or vendors, integrating two Domino environments or something as complex as configuring single sign on (SSO) in your environment. For more information regarding authentication options for Domino, refer to 1.4 Domino Authentication Options
. Alternately, you could be trying to find a way for users that exist in another directory to access your server via the web (web authentication). This article provides an overview and introduction to configuring secondary directories in your environment.
For a list of features available, refer to the help document Comparison of directory catalogs and directory assistance.
If you are creating your first secondary directory, you should be aware that the directory should be created with the Domino Directory (pubnames.ntf) template as personal address books are not recommended for use with directory assistance or directory catalogs. Once your directory has been created and populated, you can then begin to configure access to the directory for your users. If you have multiple Domino servers in your environment, each server that needs to access the directory should have a local replica for use.
Condensed Directory Catalog, Extended Directory Catalog or Directory Assistance
To determine whether or not you should be looking into directory assistance or directory catalog and for an overview of the steps required to implement, refer to figure 1 below. You can click on each entry in the diagram for information on accomplishing that step.
Hints and Tips
Some other things to keep in mind if you are creating your first secondary directory or catalog:
- Directories must be created using the Domino directory (pubnames.ntf) template.
- Condensed directory catalogs should not be used on the server and cannot be used for group authorizations. For example, a group listed in a condensed catalog cannot be used to grant access to an application in an ACL, but an extended directory catalog or a secondary address book referenced via directory assistance can be used for group authorization.
- To determine if any secondary directories are currently in use by your Domino server, enter the Domino console command show xdir.
- A server should always have access to a local replica copy of any secondary directory. Use an * instead of the actual server name to have the server check for the file name locally as shown in figure 2.