The thought of renaming a Domino Server is a daunting task at best. There are innumerable considerations to address when undertaking this task. There is the server security, groups, connection documents, mail-in-databases, access control lists, and not to mention the user’s desktop icons. Working with various organizations, the thought of virtual clustering of Domino servers as proven a way to simplify some of these processes.
The concept entails an Enterprise version of Domino. The administrator will still need to register a new server in the Address book. This will be the new name of the server. Then the next step is to create a cluster with the old server name, then the new server name. Once the cluster directory and cluster replicator tasks are initiated, the cluster directory database will contain cluster information for only the old server.
The next step involves the creation of agents to scan all ACL’s to add the new server entry. Beware of roles, the agents will likely not associate the new server listing with any roles the old server had. Then connection documents to and from the old server need to be copied, and modified to use the new server name. Similarly group membership of the old server will require the new server to be added. Next will be to copy and paste, then modify all of the mail-in-database names. This will need to reflect the new server name. Once all of these aspects are in place, then the server’s Notes.ini can be modified to use the new server ID file for serverid= and keyidfile= to use the new server ID file.
At this point the server can then be restarted to use the new name. As users attempt to access the old server, the cluster directory will be populated with the new server entries all of the users will “fail over” to the new server name. The last step in this process is to remove all of the old icons for the old server. This can be an overwhelming task. As there could be potentially hundreds of applications, the process of removing them can be a developer’s night mare.
To help in this entire process, Binary Tree has a tool, CMT for Domains, Servers, Users, and Desktops, that encompasses the entire rename process including all of the previously mentioned agents. Additionally their tool will remove all icons from the old server, thereby allowing the Administrator to disband the cluster and decommission the old server entirely from the NAB.