How to properly perform a backup of Lotus Domino with Backup Exec 11d for Windows Servers and later.
The Lotus Domino Agent allows you to back up and restore Lotus Domino versions R5 and later databases and transaction logs on local media servers and on remote computers. You can integrate Lotus Domino database backups with regular server backups without separately administering them or using dedicated hardware.
The Lotus Domino Agent provides support for:
- Full, incremental, and differential online backups of Lotus Domino databases and transaction logs using Lotus Domino APIs.
- Restores of Lotus Domino databases and transaction logs and point in time restores.
- Recycling of Lotus Domino transaction logs after a successful backup.
- Flexible scheduling capabilities.
- Backup and restore of partitioned and clustered Lotus Domino servers.
When a Lotus Domino backup job is submitted, Backup Exec uses Lotus Domino APIs to obtain the backup of the database. The transaction logs associated with the Lotus Domino databases are automatically included in the backup and are stored in a separate backup set within the Lotus Domino database backup set.
The Lotus Domino Agent supports the backup of the following types of files:
- .ntf - Lotus Notes Template Files
- .nsf - Lotus Notes Database Files
- .box - Lotus Mailbox Files
- .dsk - Cache Files
You must back up .nsf, .ntf, and .box files to properly recover Lotus Domino databases. If you want to back up .njf, .ncf, .id, .dic, or notes.ini files, you must select them for backup from the volume in which the Lotus Domino Program directory is located.
After installing the Lotus Domino Agent, you can view and select existing Lotus Domino databases in the selections pane. To view databases created while Backup Exec is running, select Refresh from the View menu or press F5. To back up the newly-created database(s), select it from the volume level, unless the entire volume is already selected for backup.
To view Lotus Domino databases on the local server:
On the navigation bar, click Backup, and then in the selections pane, expand Lotus Domino Databases. All of the Lotus Domino data found on the local server is listed by volume under the Lotus Domino Databases icon as shown in Figure1 below:
Note: Lotus Domino transaction logs do not appear under the Lotus Domino Databases; however, when the database is selected for backup, the transaction logs will automatically be included.
The following file types appear in the view for the Lotus Domino server as shown in Figure 1 above.
- filename.nsf - Lotus Domino database files
- filename.ntf - Lotus Domino template files
- filename.box - shared mail database
- filename.dsk - cache files
You must back up all of these files in order to properly recover Lotus Domino Databases. Only database files appear under the Lotus Domino Databases view. Domino Program files and other files such as.id and notes.ini appear in the volume in which the Lotus Domino Program directory is located. They must be backed up separately as part of a system backup.
To select Lotus Domino databases:
Select the check box next to the volume to choose all of the databases in a volume, or expand the volume and select specific folders and databases. When selecting databases to back up, the databases must be local to the Lotus Domino server as shown in Figure 2 below.
To view Lotus Domino databases on remote computers:
1. On the navigation bar, click Backup.
2. On the Properties pane, under Source, click Selections.
3. Click Remote Selections, and then click Microsoft Windows Network.
4. If necessary, click the domain that contains the Lotus Domino installations, and then click the computer in which the Lotus Domino database is located.
A list of shared network directories appears, along with an icon that represents the Lotus Domino Databases.
For Supported Lotus Domino Database Configurations along with in depth Backup & Restore information please read the Backup Exec Admin Guide given in the related technote section.
How to backup Lotus Notes clients:
The Lotus Domino Agent is recommended for use with shared databases stored on a file server and part of a Domino environment. If you want to backup individual Lotus Notes Clients' databases residing on individual workstations, you can install the Backup Exec Remote Agent for Windows Servers (RAWS) and the Advanced Open File Option (AOFO) on each client to be protected.