Domino 9.0 / Domino 9.0.1 Install on Windows 2012 Service Won't Start

Mindwatering Incorporated

Author: Tripp W Black

Created: 08/15/2016 at 02:50 PM


Domino Server Issues Troubleshooting
Server Console

After installing the 64-bit Domino server on Windows 64-bit 2012, you run into a problem starting IBM Domino. You can start Domino from the command line, as an application, but starting as a Service doesn't work.
You get a message that Domino started and stopped.


Perform both of the following:
A: Update local hosts file
If the Domino server's internal name is not part of DNS or it is behind a firewall so that the DNS resolved isn't the right IP, then Domino won't start.
1. Edit the hosts file, at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.
2. Add the IP of the server, with the FQDN on the server doc, also add the HTTP alias(es), as well, as needed.
e.g. myserver myserver.mindwatering.local
3. Save the file.

B. Verify the ServerController = 1 setting is set in the notes.ini.
1. Edit the notes.ini file (e.g. d:\lotus\domino\notes.ini).
2. Do a find to locate the entry.
3. Change from 0 to 1, if the value is not already a 1.

C: Add the TCPIP_ControllerTcpIpAddress entry to the notes.ini specifying the Controller address.
1. Edit the notes.ini file (e.g. d:\lotus\domino\notes.ini).
2. Do a find to locate the entry.
a. If the entry exists, update it or clear the value to the right of the equal (=) sign.
TCPIP_ControllerTcpIpAddress=, or just TCPIP_ControllerTcpIpAddress=
b. If the entry doesn't exist, add it like below:
3. Save the file.

D. Verify the Windows Firewall has port 2050 open.
Note: It's a good time to also verify that ports 1352, 80, and 443 are open, since you probably are doing both Notes and web apps.
Control Panel --> Security (This option varies) --> Windows Firewall --> Advanced Settings --> Incoming Ports.

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