Today, I exchanged emails with a long time Notes & Domino Consultant Champion. (How long, you ask?  We both remember setting up Domino on OS2/Warp from a stack of floppies!)

Anyway, we were talking about the powerful search functions that are native to Notes and how these augment the value of any Notes database as well as eProductivity.

I mentioned that I had never been able to get the Domino Domain Search to work. (I have tried on a a few occasions over the years with no success.) In fact, it's one of the few Domino tools I have never gotten to work fully. Probably my error.

I thought I would ask here if anyone has gotten the Domino Domain Search to work, and if so, what they think of it.

I have hundreds of neatly organized Notes database (most, using the free eProductivity Reference Template) and to be able to search across all of these at once would be powerful not only for me but to recommend to customers...

Discussion/Comments (8):

Aurora V (http://www.AuroraVPhotography.com): 5/17/2018 1:14:48 PM
Has anyone gotten Domino Domain Search to work?

I just searched online, and came across what actually looks to be much more exhaustive instructions than what I had when I tried to implement it years ago, in Domino 8.5.1. Had you seen this? { Link }


Mick Moignard (): 5/18/2018 12:30:24 AM
Has anyone gotten Domino Domain Search to work?

I got it to work some years back for my currenmt employer. It is a bit clunky from a UI perspective, but it does appear to work. What specific issues do you have? Seaches not returning results you know to be there, or what?


Darren Duke (https://blog.darrenduke.net): 5/18/2018 5:18:42 AM
Has anyone gotten Domino Domain Search to work?

It does work if you follow the instructions, but it's not very good and rarely does (or look) what you want it to do.


Hans-Peter Kuessner (): 5/18/2018 6:45:30 AM
Has anyone gotten Domino Domain Search to work?

We have tried to use Domain Search in the context of intranet solutions we have built.

Long story short: not usable, even if you get it to work. I spoke to someone from the Dev team at a Lotusphere some years ago, and was told that the developement of Domain Search had been stopped around the Domino 5 time frame.

One of the show stoppers: You are not able to use "binary filters" for attachments. Result: you cannot find PDF documents.


Eric Mack (www.ica.com): 5/18/2018 8:22:05 AM
re: Has anyone gotten Domino Domain Search to work?

Thanks, Mick. The few times I tried to install it, I could not get it to find the sample test strings and files I had placed in databases. I was searching for text files and text within notes docs. I see from another commenter that apparently searching of files was not implemented.


Eric Mack (www.ica.com): 5/18/2018 9:12:44 AM
re: Has anyone gotten Domino Domain Search to work?

Thanks for the comment. Well, not being able to search for a PDF (even though we can do it well in individual databases) is a show stopper. That's too bad. Missed opportunity, among many, for IBM. I wonder if HCL will pick this up and make it right?


Eric Mack (www.ica.com): 5/18/2018 9:14:10 AM
re: Has anyone gotten Domino Domain Search to work?

Thanks for the feedback, Darren,. That is my experience, too. This always promised to be a powerful solution for clients. Too bad I could never get it to work. Perhaps HCL will revisit this.


Jesper Kiaer (http://nevermind.dk): 5/21/2018 2:54:43 AM
Has anyone gotten Domino Domain Search to work?

I would recommend using Apache Solr for indexing your data since it can handle millions of documents and it fast (and free). It is pretty easy to index you data. I have written a guide to get started some years ago at { Link }


Eric Mack (www.ica.com): 5/21/2018 9:23:36 AM
re: Has anyone gotten Domino Domain Search to work?

Thanks, Jesper. I'll have a look. Since I'm not (yet) a Linux guy, this approach seems more complex than I was hoping for, but it may be an option. Thank you


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