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How to read old Lotus Notes nsf file

I have Lotus Notes databases (nsf files) from circa 2000. I have been retired for several years and no longer have a computer with Notes or Smartauite installed. How can I open these files?
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aces4allCommented:
You'll need Notes or Domino to open the file.
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marilyngCommented:
Essentially correct.  You would not only need the Notes Client installed, but your user ID that was issued to you when you were able to access those files, since the Access Control list might prevent you from opening the databases without the proper ID.  

This would be especially true if these databases were your mail files, unless they were saved as copies with no Access Control List or the default access set to Manager or Designer.    

Most you can do is try to download a trial Client from IBM, install it, and then see if you can open these files.  But, more than likely, without the .ID file, and password, you might be out of luck.

Also, even if you did have the user ID file, these are typically set to expire after two years.  Without the administrator of the ID file being able to reset or recertify it, the id would have expired, too.
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SysExpertCommented:
If the files are from 2000, then you might still have a chance of opening them, since they may not be encrypted via the ID.

If they are encrypted, then there is no way to access them without a valid ID.

I hope this helps !
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Bill-HansonCommented:
Experts:  I have an ethics question:  

The Notes ACL is pretty easy to hack (as long as you have a physical copy of the database and it is not encrypted).  I can describe how to reset the ACL to Default=Manager by using a basic hex editor, but...

Is this the type of info that we should be posting to this site?  Let me know what you think.  Is there a better place on this site to raise this type of question?
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brwwigginsCommented:
Bill,

I would think they wouldn't allow it, but you could ask the question in the experts lounge
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marilyngCommented:
Agreed.  The problem with the ACL is that it was originally set up and configured for the Business, therefore the Business owns the information contained in the mail file.  I'm not saying that this is the case in this question.  But, if the information is proprietary, then the ACL was set up to prevent proprietary and confidential information from being dispersed outside of the business, encrypted or otherwise.
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Bill-HansonCommented:
I agree.  I will refrain.
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jbr00Author Commented:
Thank you all for your input.  I would not want to be part of doing something unethical at all. I thought there might be a commercial translation tool available. It looks like even if I installed the current version of Domino I wouldn't be able to open a file encrypted in 2000.

For the record, these were personal files I had created when I had my own copy of Domino on my home machine while I was studying for Lotus Notes Certification. I had a lot of security set (to more or less replicate my business system) and the files were encrpted with an ID file that I still have. Unfortunately, after retiring for health reasons and being ill for about three years, I went through several computers as my main machine though I was only doing a little emailing instead of the heavy duty web development I had been doing.  I transferred copies of all my files from machine to machine but never again loded Domino.

The file I wanted to retrieve was a copy of a hiking journal my daughter kept on long distance hikes (>1000 miles) and which I had published on the web. Although at one time the family had copies of the journal in many forms, the years and changes of machines by all family members seems to have made readable copies of the journal scarce.

I had seen references to using Outlook to open Notes databases and thought I would ask the experts if it were possible.

Again, thank you fro all your help.

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Bill-HansonCommented:
Since you have the ID file, you could try downloading a trial version of the Notes Client.  I'm not sure if the trial version supports id files and encryption, but it's worth a shot:

http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/ls/lsnc/
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souseranCommented:
You might try the Transend Migrator application:

http://www.transend.com/products_transend_migrator.asp

They have a free trial version that will allow you to convert 5 entries per folder. If it doesn't work for 5, it probably won't work at all. If it does, the license for 1-4 users is $49.
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qwaleteeCommented:
No matter what, Notes will need to be installed on the PC.  Outlook or Transend would rely on Notes to retrieve the data, they have NO WAY independent of Notes to intially read it.

There are NO ETHICS QUESTIONS in your case, and I would venture to say, even in other cases (at worst, we have to merely point out that the infomration we provide is in the interests of giving technical solutions to a situation where the user will be doing something legal).

The trial version of Notes DOES support encryption.  It actually supports ALL features of Notes.  I don't think they even time-bomb it anymore.
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qwaleteeCommented:
Anyway, get a copy of Notes (we'll assume getting the trial copy is ethical, heh heh).  Install it, specifying that you will use your existing ID file and no server.  File->Database->Open, browse to your old file, open it, and bam, you're there.

If this uses the Notes basic journal template, you could tehn use another product to read it into a new format, such as Outlook.
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souseranCommented:
@ jbr00,

Did the issue ever get resolved?
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