What information can roam?

As a roaming user, when you start HCL Notes® on any computer, your roaming-enabled data is obtained from the roaming server and a local replica of those applications is created or updated on the computer on which you are working. Your administrator determines which of your applications are roaming-enabled. Notes also copies some information such as Notes preferences and notes.ini file settings from your roaming server to your local computer. If you make changes to these local replicas, for example, you add names to your contacts, that data is synchronized back to your roaming replicas on a scheduled basis and then available to you on any system on which you work as a roaming user.

The following table contains a list and description of the applications that can be roamed. To view the files or applications that are roaming in your configuration now, open your Notes replication page by clicking Open > Replication and Sync.

File or application


Contacts (names.nsf)

This contains your personal address book, for example the output of the Open > Contacts user interaction, including the following:

  • Your user ID (if your organization allows its replication and if your administrator has specified it for replication)
  • Your user dictionary as file attachments
  • Settings in your notes.ini file
Note: Because your user ID file replicates, you do not need to copy it to different computers when you modify it, for example, when you change your Notes password. However, a changed password may not be available to you until after replication occurs. If this happens, use your previous password.

Bookmarks (bookmark.nsf)

This contains your personal bookmarks, for example, the output of the Open > Favorite Bookmarks user interaction sequence, including the following:

  • Your Notes Home page
  • Any toolbar preferences you have modified
  • Settings for any framesets you have modified in applications that allow such modification

Notebook (notebook.nsf, previously journal.nsf)

This contains the content of your notebook, previously referred to as your personal journal. The application named notebook.nsf or journal.nsf is roamed. Click Open > Home page options > Home > Set notebook for your notebook name.

Feeds subscription (localfeedcontent.nsf)

This contains your personal Feeds subscriptions.

Eclipse™ plug-in data and settings (roamingdata.nsf)

This contains the Eclipse plug-in data and settings available for roaming.

The roamingdata.nsf application is replicated to your local data directory.

Eclipse-based preferences are extracted from roamingdata.nsf to <install_dir>\data\workspace\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\ settings on your local system.

Eclipse-based plug-in data is extracted from roamingdata.nsf to <install_dir>\data\workspace\.metadata\.plugins on your local system.

Note: The Notes plug-in data and settings available for roaming are listed in the Domino® Administrator documentation.

user.dic, user.id, some notes.ini settings

Your dictionary, encrypted Notes password file, and some notes.ini file settings can be roamed if set by the administrator. These may be stored in your contacts application.

Notes workspace (bookmark.nsf)

You can roam your Notes workspace so that, initially the workspace tabs and chiclets on one client replicate to other clients on which you work as a roaming user. After the initial workspace replication, subsequent replication will keep all your workspace tabs and chicklets synchronized with one another, regardless of which client you are working on in your roaming configuration, by way of your bookmark.nsf application. To enable workspace roaming, the desktop8.ndk contents are absorbed into bookmark.nsf. Workspace roaming is done using your bookmark.nsf application by design, as the desktop8.ndk template cannot be replicated.