Local development environment

I needed to setup a new development environment because we moved recently from Windows XP to Win7 (yihaa! I am a corporate developer). Because my ‘closest to administrator’ like co-developer (an ex-admin who we have convinced to development!) is on parental leave I had to clear the job myself. This is how far I came so far:

  • Virtualbox machine
  • Virtual hard drive of 25 GB; will probably create a new clone from this machine for each new project
  • OS: win7
  • IBM Domino 9.0.1 Social Edition (hurrah!)
  • IBM Notes 9.0.1 SE (hurrah hurrah!) Administrator/Designer/Notes clients

Notes installation

I could not find quickly a proper guideline how to setup a Domino server on a local PC. In case you happen to know one I invite you to share it. Or you may write a new one from scratch of course. You do not really need one, but guidance feels always comfortable.

After the installation I launched the server. When completed I could access the server via HTTP ( or localhost).

Unfortunately the IBM Domino Console program is unable to connect to the server (message: Either the server controller is not running on host admin-PC or is not listening on port 2050). :-/

When completed I launched the Administrator client to alter the server configuration. I was unable to open the server by name e.g. dev1/acme. From a late administrator experience I remember that updating the host file on your OS make your local server better traceable. So I added        dev1/quintessens #notes clients        dev1.quintessens.com #web browser clients

This did the job for me.

Later I read on stackoverflow not to install the Designer client under program files. Not sure why but I can always re-install it.

Domino administration

If you want to have a short introduction on administering a local Domino development server I suggest you read the following post: The blagger’s guide to XPages Domino administration. Always nice to know some server console commands.


For now this local development environment seems to work for me.

I have not setup mail-routing yet but it would be nice to have (local) mail routing available for a couple of test users.

Would be nice to have the server console program working though.



About these ads

Specialized in IBM Collaboration Services since 1997. Main focus is XPages and Connections development. Other interests: travelling, culture, skiing & cooking.

Tagged with: ,
Posted in development
One comment on “Local development environment
  1. By using the Network setting of Bridged Adapter, checking the IP address assigned to the VM (ipconfig in command prompt) and adding an entry in my hosts file, I was able to connect from my PC to the VM. Nathan Freeman kindly talked me through cross-certifying a standalone Domino server so you can use your main development (or other) Notes ID on it, and I’d recommend that, if you haven’t found the blog post already http://www.intec.co.uk/making-your-local-domino-server-work-like-you-want/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

I am Patrick Kwinten. I am a IBM Notes Domino Product Specialist since 1996. With this blog I am trying to give my contribution to the community.

The posts in this blog project my personal opinions, not the company I work for.

C U in Orlando


Follow my projects on OpenNTF. Below are some examples:

RSS Feed

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 258 other followers

%d bloggers like this: