New to Lotus, and need some help understanding how it works?

Can someone give a brief rundown on how Lotus Notes client & server connect to each other?

I don't have much experience with Lotus Notes Email Server, the company I work for acquired a new client with lotus, so I'm trying to understand it better.  I can not make heads or tales as far as how the client connects to the server.  

For example, The server name is, "emailserver".  But when I go to a  client PC, check the serves tab in Lotus Notes, all I see is Domino/"TheDomainName".

How is it connecting without referencing the server name?  Is it just a service that runs on the network?  I see a dos screen when I log onto the serve that seems to be running on that time.

Would there be any repercussions if I changed the IP address of this server?

Any guidance on this would be wonderful.  Thanks.
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
If you intend to do some administration stuff on the Notes/Domino environment, we'd probably all recommend some Admin Training. And the Admin Help database. There are also some good books about DominoAdministration, e.g. one in the Dummies series.

About how a client connects to a server (let's assume TCP/IP):
- using the DNS
- using a known server
- using a Connection document in the local names.nsf database, that contains the IP-address or a DNS name.

More info:
rdabateAuthor Commented:
I need to know just enough until we migrate them to Exchange in a few months.
Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
Domino is much more than "just" mail. Better hire a Domino Admin.
Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
> Would there be any repercussions if I changed the IP address of this server?
That depends on how the client finds the server.
I forgot at least one method: the client keeps a cache of known addresses per server.

If you want to know which method is used, open the Preferences, Ports, and do a Trace to a server.

By the way, what reason do you have to migrate to Exchange?

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   Hi there rdabate,,,

Lotus Notes is an Enterprise Application .

you can have some more readings over here on the official IBM site.

Best Wishes
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