Cannot open a mail file (xxxx.nsf) copied from a domino server to a standalone PC

Posted on 2005-03-09
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Last Modified: 2013-12-18
Trying to open a mail file (xxxx.nsf) copied from a domino server to a standalone PC.  After installing the client and opening the database I get a "File is not a Database" message.

The standalone client (Notes 6.5.3) is not set to connect to anything, and is only needed to access the mail file offline.

I tried the names.nsf solution for the "file is not a Database" with no luck.

Any other suggestions?
Question by:ShaneKee13
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Expert Comment

ID: 13498893
First of all you should try to create a new copy on the server using the Notes Client To do that

If you can opnen the database on the server open it and create a new replica. copy this new replica on your machine and try to open it.

let me know if it works otherwise you will need a Hardcore solution ;-)


Author Comment

ID: 13499776

Would I also need to copy the .id file or any other file as well?


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MichaelStrong23 earned 500 total points
ID: 13500439
No just the *.nsf file  for the user John Doe this would be normally the jdoe.nsf in the mail directory under the data directory

for example c:\Lotus\Domino\data\jdoe.nsf

import use the above procedure to do that don't do  OS Copy. This will insure that the file is rebuilt.

The problem you have is a corrupt Mail Database

Please let me know if you had success

;-) Michael

Expert Comment

ID: 13500493
Here is the procedure step by step

1. Open the Database from the server on the client
2. In the Menu of the Notes Client choese "File-Replication-New Replica"
3. Choose Local as Server
4 give it a File Name
5. Disable the Encryption
6. Enable Create immediately
7. Click ok

You now have an exact rebuilt copy on the Client machine which will not have this error. Copy  it to the Target machine. I hope this helps

kind regards


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