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How can a Lotus Notes Client user fail back to their home mail server when it is back online?

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We have a cluster with three Domino 8.5 servers.  If we take one down for maintenance the user will failover to another mail replica.  However, when their mail server is back online they do not automatically switch back next time they open there notes client.  Is there a way  to force this?   Most of them do not know how to use the notes interface effectively and do not  know how to look for their local mail server.
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If the clusters are configured correctly it shouldn't matter which member of the cluster they use. Can you give any reasons why you want to make this happen?
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Sure ...

1) in one state we have a single cluster member and if that one fails they fail over to one of the cluster members in another state and its slower for them to access

2) If I want to do maintenance on the one they have failed over to, I would like them to fail back over to the local one.  This might happen but isn't there a chance they fail over to the third cluster  member which is also not in their state.

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I see, yes, there is a chance they might fail over to the third one. I'm not sure how to do this in this context. Usually where there is a slower backup server you can force fail-over back to a better perfomance server by juggling the availability thresholds, I'm honestly not sure if that would work in this case where I think the network is the issue, not the server.
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But what about simply wanting to use the closer server when online?   The Notes interface is not intuitive for a lot of people.  Asking them to do a File-->Open Application .. point to a server and find a database, or right click and open replica on server xxx is not something that the usually remember.

I think in the top left of the screen where your mail client has your name and the current server you are connected to, it should be a drop-down list right there.  That would mean the user would have a very simple (and logical place) to open a replica on a different server.
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Thank you all for your help.
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