PE Builder v3 plugin

Lotus Notes 6.5.x

Lotus Notes continues to set the standard for innovation in the messaging and collaboration market Lotus defined over a decade ago. As an integrated collaborative environment, the Lotus Notes client and the Lotus Domino server combine enterprise-class messaging and calendar and scheduling capabilities with a robust platform for collaborative applications. If you haven't already got a copy of notes, you can download a copy here: IBM Website.

As Notes needs to be configured to "talk" to the correct domino server(s), probably the best thing to do is find a machine that already has notes installed and configured how you need it and use that install as the "file donor" for the plugin.

1. On your PE Builder machine, create a plugin folder called notes and under that folder create a folder called files. So your folder structure looks like:

     pebuilder folder
           |		
 	   ---- plugin
                   |
                   ---- notes
                          |
                          ---- files

2. Copy the whole notes installation folder (typically found at c:\program files\lotus\notes)into the files folder. Make sure you also copy the data folder (typically c:\program files\lotus\notes\data).

3. On your PE Builder machine, rename the data folder coppied form the donor machine to notes_data. So your folder structure now looks like:

     pebuilder folder
           |
           ---- plugin
                   |
                   ---- notes
                          |
                          ---- files
                                 |
                                 |---- notes_data
                                 |---- (other folders)

4. Copy notes.ini from notes folder to notes_data folder.

5. Open notes.ini in the notes_data folder and change all paths listed in the file to "N:\" (no quotes) - from memory there where 3 in my notes.ini file.

6. Delete all of the files in the notes_data foler, EXCEPT:

  • bookmark.nsf
  • your notes id file.id
  • desktop6.ndk
  • log.nsf
  • mail.box
  • names.nsf
  • notes.ini
  • uk.dic (or whichever dictionary file you are using)

    7. PE-Build away!

    If you get stuck: the only clever bits (over and above a normal notes install) in this plugin are:
  • a. Moving the notes.ini file to the notes_data folder
  • b. Changing the any paths in notes.ini to "N:\" (no quotes)
  • c. Copying the notes_data to the ramdrive upon launching notes
  • d. Mounting notes_data in the ramdrive as N:\
  • c. Launching notes.exe with a switch to point it to the new location of the notes.ini file I agree that you could probably trim down the number of files in the files folder also, but I've not tried this yet... I'm open to suggestions!


    Lotus Notes 6.5.x plugin for PE Builder (c) Chris Hall 2005
    PE Builder Copyright (c) 2002-2003 Bart Lagerweij. All rights reserved.
    Lotus Notes (c) 1985-2005 IBM Corporation