Accessing a Domino server via the Internet using the Notes Client

This will allow multiple users to access one or more Lotus Notes servers simultaneously, using the Notes Client, with no need for multiple modems on the server.

Process Overview

Port 1352 on the firewall & router needs to be configured to allow traffic to pass through it. This is the Port through which Lotus Notes communicates.

Enable the TCPIP Port on each Lotus Notes server that you wish to have accessible from the Internet.

In the client's Personal Address Book, create a new location called INET. Then, create a connection document for each server that you are going to allow the user to access. In this document, ensure that the connection type is Local Area Network, since Lotus Notes uses the Internet as one big WAN. The Port should be set to TCPIP.

In the Server Connection Document enter the corresponding Lotus Notes server name in the Server Name field. Under Advanced in the Only From Location setting you need to select only the INET location. The last setting is then the destination server address. If you are using Network Address Translation this will be the external IP address of the Lotus Notes server.

To access the remote Notes server you use the computer to dial a local ISP. Then open the Lotus Notes client, switch to the INET location and access any of the Lotus Notes servers as though you were dialed into the company LAN.


 Open Personal Address Book Click Advanced - Locations Click Add New Location Type: Local Area Network Name: INET Server - home: SERVERNAME/DOMAIN Ports: TCP/IP Mail - Type: Notes - Location: On Server - Mail File: mailname.nsf - Domain: DOMAIN Save and Close Click Advanced - Connection Click Edit (the default one on the top) Connection: LAN Server: SERVERNAME/DOMAIN Port: TCP/IP Advanced section Use only location: select INET from list Server Address: Public IP Address

This was first published in August 2001

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