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Installing Notes on Windows

Michael Brown   April 22 2009 12:15:00 AM
Part 6 of Setting up a home test environment for Notes/Domino 8.5

Copying The Installation File To The Virtual Machine

First, we need to get the Domino install files onto the virtual machine's guest OS.  There are several ways to do this:
  • Burn the installer to a CD and mount that within the Windows virtual machine.
  • Copy the installer to a USB drive and then mount that within the virtual machine.  NB: the OSE (open source) version of VirtualBox cannot access USB devices, so this method will only work with the closed source version.
  • Set up a shared folder within the virtual machine and then copy over the installer directly from the host OS.

I find that setting up a VirtualBox Shared Folder is the easiest way to do this.  For more information, see Part 15 - Housekeeping 3 - Copy Files Via VirtualBox Shared Folders

Installing Notes Client

Not really much to say about this.  It's fairly straightforward. Assuming that you've obtained the correct installation file and then extracted the install files to a separate folder, you need to:
  1. Run the setup.exe.
  2. Tick the clients that you want to install.  I'm assuming that you have the Client/Designer/Admin version of the Notes installer.  (NB: mutli-user installations do not not work with the Client/Admin/Desinger version, so if you want to test mult-user and roaming profiles thne you'll need the standalone Notes client. )
  3. Take the defaults as the installation path.
    Update 23/042009: the combined client installer (Client/DesignerAdmin) defaults to placing the Notes Data folder beneath the Notes program folder.  This is not a good place for the Data folder to be, so you should alter the path so that it puts it  your user area under the Documents and Settings folder.  

The first part of the install has finished.  You must now log in to your server and obtain the Notes ID for the administrator user that you defined during the server's set up.  I called my admin user "Administrator".  This is what the multi-user option of the client-only installer does on Windows.  The Linux and Macintosh clients also do this, even though there's no multi-user installation option on those platforms.  (Thanks, Stephan).

Post Configuration - First Login

At this point - i.e. with Notes installed but not yet run - you may want to take a backup of your XP virtual machine.  This backup is useful for when you want to the all-important first login to other Notes domains that you may set up.  This virgin (as it were) state of the current Notes client setup is necessary for this first login.  Once the login has been done, the Notes client becomes associated with that domain and can not be used to do first login on another new server domain.  (At least, I couldn't work out how to do it!  I do stand to be corrected though.  The Client reconfiguration wizard in the Notes client didn't work for me).
  1. Run Lotus Notes.  There's an icon on the desktop and, of course, another one under Lotus Applications.
  2. Read the "Welcome" blurb on the dialog and then click the Next button.
  3. Enter your user name and then the server name that you setup when installing the server (see steps 4 and 8 of the Setting Up the Domino Server section at Part 5 - Installing Domino on Fedora Linux).  I'm entering "Administrator" as my user and "rozelle01/BludgeCo/AU" as my server.  .

  4. If you are now prompted with a "How do you want to connect to a Domino server?" dialog, make sure that the LAN option is selected.  Nobody makes telephone connections any more!!!
  5. On the Domino Server Network Information dialog, change the Network Type to TCP/IP and then enter the IP address of your server in the field underneath.  (Make sure that your server virtual machine is running Domino before proceeding to the next step).
  6. When prompted, enter the password for your admin user.
  7. Just hit Next on the Additional Services dialog unless there's anything there in which you're interested.
  8. Notes will now do its first setup.  It's up to you if you want to make Notes your default email program.  I don't usually bother.

Notes ID Files

Note that in step 3 of the Post Configuration process (where you logged in as your admin user) you did not require a Notes ID; this is just as well, because we didn't have one at that stage!  In fact, this first login is how we actually obtain that first Notes ID.   Look under the Notes Data folder on your Windows client - this will be C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes\Data unless you changed the defaults - and you'll find a Notes ID called  This is the Notes ID for your admin user, whatever you named the user.

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1Stephan H. Wissel  04/22/2009 6:10:54 AM  Installing Notes on Windows

I strongly advise against the default installation path for the DATA. Data don't belong into the program directory. You can manually overwrite that and point to your home directory. The shared installed does that (the admin/designer strangely doesn't) and it is the right way.

2Mike Brown  04/23/2009 1:00:30 AM  Installing Notes on Windows

You're right, of course, Stephan.

Because this was a test setup and I'll be the only one using it, I didn't really consider this, but I should have done so.

I've now moved my Data folder under the correct Documents and Settings folder and then updated Notes.ini to point to it.


- Mike