Getting started as a Notes roaming user

Your IBM® Domino® administrator assigns your roaming user capabilities. The data that your administrator configures to be roaming-enabled replicates or syncs between your roaming server and the Notes® computer that you log into. The roaming server keeps roaming-enabled files and application synchronized for any Notes client on which you log into and work as a roaming user.

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As a roaming user, you can do the following things:
  • Work on various Notes client computers using your own contacts, bookmarks and workspace, personal journal or notebook, feeds, and Notes preferences.
  • See and act on your roaming-enabled files and applications on the Replication and Sync page (Open > Replication and Sync) grouped together in the Roaming Applications folder.

Once you accept the prompt to convert to roaming user, your personal Notes applications and configuration are kept in sync, by replication or sync through the roaming user server, between all the computers on which you work as a Notes roaming user, including the following:

  • Bookmarks (bookmark.nsf)
  • Contacts (names.nsf)
  • Feeds subscriptions (localfeedcontent)
  • Notebook or journal (notebook.nsf or journal.nsf)
  • Eclipse™ plug-in data and settings (roamingdata.nsf)
  • Notes workspace (initially desktop8.ndk and then managed by bookmark.nsf)

Your user.dic and files can also be roamed, as well as can certain Notes and Eclipse preferences and settings.

As a roaming user, when you start Notes, the latest version of your roaming-enabled files are replicated or synced to the computer that you are working on. As you work in Notes, any changes you make in these files are replicated or synced back to your roaming server. This allows you to have a consistent experience on any Notes client computer that you log in to. Replication and sync occur on a scheduled basis or you can initiate them yourself.

Note: Depending on how your administrator has configured roaming for you, your roaming server can be either a file server or a Domino server. The Domino roaming server can be, but is not always, your home or mail server.