Creating a Mail File to Use on an External Server

By: pnuffer

September 27, 2006 4:05 am

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A Forum reader recently asked:

“Are there any known limitations to create a mail file for users on a server other then the server where the driver runs? In this case, the server where the mail files are located are on a Linux server, and the driver resides on a Windows server. We use version 5 of Lotus Notes, and the driver documentation says that AdminP is supported in the subscriber with the version 6 of Notes. So in this case it’s not possible?”

And here’s some advice from Novell’s Perry Nuffer …


Yes, it should be possible in your environment. AdminP is not required.


1. The remote Domino Server (your Domino server on Linux) must be up and running when the NotesDriverShim attempts to create the mailfile replica.
2. The Notes Driver user must have proper authorization/access rights to create the mailfile replica database.
3. The remote Domino server must be accessible on the network via TCP/IP.


1. If the remote Domino server is down or not available, then the mailfile replica creation will fail.
2. If the network connection is faulty, the mailfile replica creation will fail.
3. Because mailfile database templates are typically 10-13 Meg in size, this is typically a CPU and network intensive (time-consuming) process for the NotesDriverShim.

Check out the ‘mailfile-rep-new-server’ custom parameter in the ‘Custom Driver Parameters’ section of the online documentation:

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