RE: Why do contacts have to live in names.nsf? Chad Brogan 20.Jun.06 09:28 AM a Web browser Notes Client All ReleasesAll Platforms
Roaming users is definately a step in the right direction. The problem is that Joe Attorney still wants his secretary to manage his personal contacts, which means I still have to replicate an address book to the server.
I think you've hit the nail on the head in your reply. The issue is really consistency. Settings, mail, calendar, contacts, etc. are all spread out across the board in an inconsistent manner. Why not consolidate into one database file, or like you said, build that level of transparency into notes so that the admins have an easier task of moving user information between client and server.
Usually, when I complain on this subject to other notes admins, I get the argument that having the address book on the pc is helpful when the server is down or unavailable, or I'm told that it's dangerous to have all your information in one place. That argument has never made sense to me. If my email server is down, what good is my address book? (OK, maybe it's useful for viewing mail addresses and phone numbers, though if the server is down the only phone calls my users will be making will be to the IT dept). Also, when it comes to storing any type of user information, I'm going to choose my bulletproof, backed up iSeries over some 3 year old wintel with a failing hard drive.