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This document details the process of using Lotus Notes to edit files on a remote Lotus Domino server. This process can be used on a variety of files, and the article is designed to give a generic overview of the process, to make it as flexible as possible.
The files mentioned in this document can be found at the locations below, in a standard deployment.
The default Data directories are located as follows:
IBM Lotus® Domino®:
Microsoft® Windows®: C:/Program Files/IBM/domino/dataIBM Lotus Notes®:
Windows : C:/Program Files/IBM/notes/data
Linux: ~ /lotus/notes/data
Implementing remote file configuration using Lotus Notes
To do this:
Figure 1. User name menu
- Install Lotus Notes (a Domino administration client can also be used) on a machine and configure it to allow the client to edit the remote file.
- Create a copy of the admin.id file located in the Domino Data directory on the remote machine.
- Rename this file as <servername>_admin.id, and copy it to the Notes Data directory on the local machine.
- Launch Lotus Notes and log in, using the <servername>_ admin.id. To choose this user ID, select “Other” from the User name drop-down list (see figure 1).
5. Select the <servername>_admin.id using the file browser; click Open (see figure 2).
Figure 2. Choose User ID to Switch To
6. Enter the Domino administrator password and click Log In.
7. Optional: Create a Location document for each server you connect to. Note that this step is not required, but it simplifies the process of working with users in the server's names.nsf, for example, when updating the ACL of a database.
a) Create a new Location document by clicking the Up arrow beside the Current location on the bottom right-hand corner of your Notes client.
b) On the pop-up menu, click "Edit locations," make a copy of the current location, change the name and the servers on the Servers tab, and then save.
c) Switch to that location by clicking the Up arrow and clicking on the new location.
8. To open the remote file you need to edit, select File – Open – Lotus Notes Application from the Notes Client menu.
9. Enter the fully qualified path to the remote server and the name of the file you wish to edit, for example, names.nsf (see figure 3).
Figure 3. Open Application window
10. Click Open; if you see the About the Domino Directory window, click “Close this document to view the database” on the upper left-hand corner.
The details of the file you wish to edit will be displayed (as shown for names.nsf in figure 4).
Figure 4. Domino Directory database
You have successfully edited a file on a remote server using the Lotus Notes application.
About the authors
is a Chartered Engineer working on the Sametime Verification Test team. He has been with IBM since 2010, focusing on integration and interoperability across Lotus Sametime products.
is a Software Engineer working on the Sametime Verification Test team. He has been with IBM since 2009, focusing on integration and interoperability across Lotus Sametime products.