Roaming Notes Profiles - Skipping Notes Setup
Posted on 2008-06-17
Hi all, hope you can help me with this!
SHORT VERSION: Skip the notes setup stage when logging in to a new PC using roaming profiles in lotus notes, check the steps taken so far part in the long version for where I'm at with this.
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GOAL: Users are able to log onto any machine on site multiple times and have it load into lotus notes.
CURRENT SETUP: Single user installs of notes on all machine, user ID's, notes.ini nsf files etc are all stored on a users private networked X. The notes shortcuts on the desktops point to this notes.ini. This allows users to log onto any machine and have notes load up exactly the same as it was before. The only problem is they cannot log in more then once, something that a number of them will have to do in the very near future.
The solution? Roaming profiles! I mean ones in notes, not windows. Windows roaming profiles are not an option for us, for a few different reasons. Anyway.
STEPS TAKEN SO FAR: Basically I have notes installed for multiple users on the test PC's, and have upgraded some users. The roaming part works fine, log in, run through the setup, change the home page and you're done. What I need to do is bypass the setup stage somehow. What I did was to create a batch file as follows;
set notespath="%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Lotus\Notes\Data\
set inipath="\\server\Roaming Data\notes.ini"
if not exist %notespath%" mkdir %notespath%"
if not exist %notespath%\notes.ini" copy %inipath% %notespath%"
This takes a look to see if the application data directory for notes is in the users local settings (ie, has this user logged onto notes on this machine before?). If not, it copies a notes.ini from a server into that spot for them which has the following contained:
I then modyfied the windows login script to call the batch file. This is all working fine, the directory and file is being created and placed where it should be, when it should be. However it is not skipping the setup stage for new users, which is the desired outcome.
The questions asked by the setup are Name/Server, ID file location and Location. I need to be able to have these questions answered automatically somehow. If anyone knows what I'm missing in my own method or knows another way of doing this any help would be most appreciated.