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Steps to upgrade a 32-bit Domino server to 64-bit server on Windows platform

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Problem

What steps should be taken to upgrade a 32-bit Domino server to 64-bit server on Windows platform.

We can consider two scenarios in upgrading the Domino server from 32-bit to 64-bit Domino.

I. On the 64-bit Windows you are running 32-bit Domino, How to upgrade it to 64-bit Domino?

II. On the 32-bit Windows you are running 32-bit Domino, How to upgrade it to 64-bit Domino on 64-bit Windows on a different hardware?


Resolving the problem

You can follow the below steps for the above scenarios to upgrade the Domino server to 64-bit.

NOTES:

Before you upgrade the Domino server it is always recommended to back up your ID files (server.id, admin.id and cert.id), notes.ini file of the server along with the back up of your entire data directory.

Before starting your Domino upgrade process, it is a best practice to make sure all 3rd party and Lotus Companion products that require a parallel 64-bit Domino upgrade are available and upgraded at same time.


Scenario 1: How to upgrade 32-bit Domino to 64-bit Domino running on 64-bit Windows



1. Write down your current Domino Program Directory and current Domino Data Directory. You will need this information when you run the 64-bit Installer.

2. Shut down the Domino server.

3. Run the installer for the Domino 64-bit, Once you run it will first uninstall the existing 32-bit Domino and it shows the below window for sometime to complete the uninstall process of 32-bit Domino.


Note: It will only uninstall the program directory files and it will keep the data directory files and also the notes.ini file in the program directory as it is.

Click next to continue.

4. It will now prompt with next screen with default path for the program directory as C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Domino as shown below


Here you need to change the path to your earlier 32-bit server path for the PROGRAM and DATA directory path.

5. Click next to continue and follow on screen display to finish the installation of Domino 64-bit.

6. Final window it shows as below and choose "Finish" to complete the installation process.


7. Before restarting the Domino server, run the offline maintenance on the following system databases from command prompt.

Fixup:
x:\Lotus\Domino\nfixup names.nsf -F
x:\Lotus\Domino\nfixup admin4.nsf -F

If you are using "transaction logging", make sure you use the switch -J, as below:
x:\Lotus\ Domino\nfixup names.nsf -J
x:\Lotus\Domino\nfixup admin4.nsf -J

Compact:
x:\Lotus\Domino\ncompact names.nsf -c
x:\Lotus\Domino\ncompact admin4.nsf -c

Updall:
Updall should be run on all databases. When the code changes from 32-bit to 64-bit, all existing views and Full Text indexes will get rebuilt when you first access a database after you bring up the Domino server for the first time after the upgrade. This can take a very long time, so it's advisable to have updall do this work for you while the server is already scheduled to be down for the upgrade. By running updall while the server is still down, it will rebuild those views so when they are accessed that first time, the rebuild is not happening at that point in time, it's already done.

You can use indirect files (.IND) to run multiple updall processes concurrently to complete in a more timely manner. See the following wiki article for more information: Using indirect files to run maintenance tasks

8. Start the Domino 64-bit server by double clicking icon on the desktop. To start the server you can select as a service or as an application.

9. If the 32-bit Domino is upgraded from previous version 8.0.x to 8.5.x and if the server is an Administration server then at the server starts up it will prompt you with the message.


    " Do you want to upgrade the design of your address book?  This replaces the standard forms and views with the ones from the template.(Yes/No). "

10. Type Yes or Y and enter it will upgrade the design of the names.nsf with the latest 85x template.

This completes the upgrade of your Domino server to 64-bit.

Scenario 2: How to upgrade 32-bit Domino running on 32-bit Windows to new hardware running 64-bit Domino on 64-bit Windows



1. On the new hardware which is running 64-bit Windows create Program directory path and data directory path same as your earlier 32-bit Domino.


    For example: If the programs and data directory were in the path C:\Lotus\Domino and D:\Lotus\Domino\Data

    On the new hardware create the same folder structure as above.


2. Copy notes.ini file from 32-bit Domino program directory to new hardware Domino program directory which you created in the above step.

3. Copy the entire Data directory from 32-bit Domino to the new hardware Data directory which you created in the above step 1.

4. Once copied notes.ini and Data directory to new hardware, Run the Lotus Domino 8.5.x 64-bit installer on the new hardware and follow the on screen display and select the above created Domino and Datadirectory path to install the Domino server.

5. Click next to continue and follow on screen display to finish the installation of Domino 64-bit.




6. Before restarting the Domino server, run the offline maintenance on the following system databases from command prompt.

Fixup:
x:\Lotus\Domino\nfixup names.nsf -F
x:\Lotus\Domino\nfixup admin4.nsf -F

If you are using "transaction logging", make sure you use the switch -J, as below:
x:\Lotus\ Domino\nfixup names.nsf -J
x:\Lotus\Domino\nfixup admin4.nsf -J

Compact:
x:\Lotus\Domino\ncompact names.nsf -c
x:\Lotus\Domino\ncompact admin4.nsf -c


Updall:
Updall should be run on all databases. When the code changes from 32-bit to 64-bit, all existing views and Full Text indexes will get rebuilt when you first access a database after you bring up the Domino server for the first time after the upgrade. This can take a very long time, so it's advisable to have updall do this work for you while the server is already scheduled to be down for the upgrade. By running updall while the server is still down, it will rebuild those views so when they are accessed that first time, the rebuild is not happening at that point in time, it's already done.

You can use indirect files (.IND) to run multiple updall processes concurrently to complete in a more timely manner. See the following wiki article for more information: Using indirect files to run maintenance tasks

7. Start the Domino 64-bit server by double clicking icon on the desktop. To start the server you can select as a service or as an application.

8. If the 32-bit Domino is upgraded from previous version 8.0.x to 8.5.x and if the server is an Administration server then at the server starts up it will prompt you with the message.


    " Do you want to upgrade the design of your address book?  This replaces the standard forms and views with the ones from the template.(Yes/No). "

9. Type Yes or Y and enter it will upgrade the design of the names.nsf with the latest 85x template.

This completes the migration of your Domino server to 64-bit.

Related information

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Document information

More support for: IBM Domino
Administration

Software version: 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.5, 9.0

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1506430

Modified date: 20 October 2015


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