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Allow dots in Domino Server Name (CN) when registering a new server by default

I don’t know, who at HCL had this stupid idea in v12 to add an input validation for the Server name field, when registering new servers.

We and many customers are using Internet host names like dom01.midpoints.net as CN for years. Now you can not do it anymore out-of-the-box.

The big advantage was: The Domino Server CN will work in any configuration, without the need to create first a Connection document to get the name resolved. No need for Connection documents on Client side!

Yes, I know there is an optional notes.ini setting ADMIN_IGNORE_NEW_SERVERNAMING_CONVENTION=1 to enable it again, but to use a DOT should be allowed by default.

Really many are using Internet Host Names as CNs and want to keep on using it in the future. They are wondering why it is no longer able to register a new server. It's hard to find anything on Google about this new notes.ini setting.

Posted by Detlev Poettgen (midpoints)

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  • Feb 28 2022
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  • Guest commented
    18 Jun 06:28pm

    Default behavior has been reverted and you have to set the notes.ini when you don't want it.

    This is already available in 12.0.2 EA1 - Just figured it out testing with OneTouch Setup ..

    Daniel Nashed


  • Guest commented
    8 Mar 04:30pm

    I agree that dots should be supported, so we don't need any connection doc for internet hosts.

    On the other hand... it was also stupid of IBM to basically allow any character, but then put a note somewhere in the admin help stating that characters like dots aren't supported... The same for folder names...

    Conclusion: input validation isn't stupid, at all, and should've been there since the beginning, but dots should also be allowed, as it seemed to work since the beginning, for many customers.