Multiple users (user.id) on a single computer

Posted on 2003-02-24
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Last Modified: 2010-04-22
Dear team,

I am desperately looking for a solution of our current Notes situation. We do use Domino R5 with Notes client 5.0.10. I discovered a “feature” that single computer can only host a single Notes profile. I saw some threads about commercial products like switchID or Notes Profiler, but it does not seems to me “a clean solution”.
I will appreciate a link to some FAQ or step by step configuration for some sort of server based user switching scenario utilizing just Domino features.
When I tried to log on W2K workstation and create my profile by choosing my.id everything was fine. But as soon as someone else logs on my computer (with own username) and starts notes and selects his.id, both of us are cut of Nontes services.
I never thought of something like NO-SUPPORT for multiple Domino users on a single computer. Is it true?


Question by:Pedro Keson
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Steve Knight earned 225 total points
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I wrote this document for terminal server use of Notes but the idea is the same for normal network use, i.e. keep all or part of the data directory on the server and have separate NOTES.INI files for each user.


Other option for minor multi-user use (e.g. between two users sharing the same login) is to create a location document for each user (have a look in your local names.nsf and under locations view (cog button at bottom then Locations) and copy & paste the Office (network) entry.  Give it different names for each user instead of Office (network). You can select different ID's on one of the right most tabs and different bookmark files, mail files etc.

If you set the user preference "Ask for location at startup" then it will prompt you for the "user" when Notes is started or you can change at any time by clicking on the location (bottom right of screen) and choosing the other "user".  You can safely remove any other locations if you are not using dialup though leavin Island is a good idea as it leaves you disconnected from the server should you need that...

Ask if you need more help



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by:Pedro Keson
ID: 8014670
From all offered solutions, I find this one the neatest, although setup must be done on every computer. Will try.


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by:Steve Knight
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Hadn't noticed you posting in the L/N area too... thanks for the points though don't appreciate a B grade... around here thats means "not happy with the answer".

Other option is move to Notes 6 which stores its user based data in the standard Windows user profile...

No setup is needed on each computer.  If you already have notes there all you have to do is copy the relevant files (desktop.dsk, notes.ini, names.nsf etc. to the network drive and either copy them to c: drive on login and back to network on logout then change the notes shortcut on users desktop or start menu (another batch file copying the shortcut .LNK file maybe) to point the network based INI file as per the document I linked to and edit the notes.ini files entries from c:\lotus\notes\ to h:\lotus\notes\... etc. as needed.

Similar ideas are working in several large companies I have worked with, one with tens of thousands of Notes users, just rolled out 500 W2K clients in a similar way (this time with notes details copied to C: drive and copied back to network during logoff as cluster-failover would otherwise cause a glitch and crash the clients).... but it is always easier when you knew that you needed to before you started of course!

Good luck!


PS should you wish to review the grade or deal with any other question issues such as deleting, splitting points etc the way to get it done is to post a 0 point question in the community support area with a link back to the question and just tell them what you want done).

"How do I know what grade to give?":

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by:Pedro Keson
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sorry about downgrading your skills in this forum, it was not my intention, of course! My old teacher told me once, that every student know just as much as grade D, the teacher has a grade C, the principal grade B and the only one who knows enough for grade A is a God... though I never vaste A grades or anything like that.

Anyway, I appologise as I didn't read the FAQ enough before answering and giving points and grades away. If there is a way to change my grade, I would like to do so, if not, please everyone notice that Steve is worth grade A. Absolutely.

Thanks and sorry again.

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by:Steve Knight
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I agree it is totally misleading puting "Good" and "Excellent" etc. as the names for the grades... its just that A's is what is normal around here...

If you do wish to change it you just have to post a 0 point question in Community Support (so no cost to you):


giving a link back to the question.


Anyway do stick around and ask more questions there a lot of people who know a hell of a lot about /everything/ here (and a lot more than me), I've learned loads!



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