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How to upgrade to Lotus Notes 8 and retain Lotus Notes 7

If you have a Lotus Notes 7 client on your computer and install Lotus Notes 8 on the same machine, then the Notes 8 installation program will upgrade the existing Notes client automatically. However, it's also possible to deploy Lotus Notes 8 and retain a version of Lotus Notes 7.

Note: Running two different releases of a Lotus Notes client on one workstation is not a supported configuration.

First, assume that Lotus Notes 7 is installed in these Windows client locations: C:\Notes for programs and C:\Notes\Data for the data directory.

If you want to save your existing Notes 7 client binaries, but still want to share your data directory, then you must complete the following steps.

  1. Copy the existing Notes directory and subdirectories to a Lotus Notes 7 directory.
  2. To create a new desktop shortcut to run the Notes 7 version, create a copy of your existing Notes desktop shortcut icon, right-click on the icon and choose "Properties."
  3. Change the Shortcut tab Target value to <path>\notes7\notes.exe =\notes\notes.ini. This indicates Notes 7 executables using the Notes 8 Notes.ini file and data.
  4. Change the Start in value to <path>\notes7.
  5. Change the Title (General tab) to Notes 7.
  6. Click OK to close the properties dialog.
  7. Install the Notes 8 client.

The Lotus Notes 8 install will upgrade your original Notes directory, as well as subdirectories to Notes 8. This will leave the Notes 7 copy untouched.

Related resources from SearchDomino.com:
Understanding a Lotus Notes Smart Upgrade rollout

Upgrading to Lotus Notes Domino 8

If you want to save your existing Notes 7 client binaries and data, keeping two separate data directories and your Notes.ini files, then perform the following steps:

  1. Copy the existing Notes 7 directory and subdirectories to a Notes 7 directory. Edit your notes7\notes.ini file, replacing any references to \notes\ with \notes7\.
  2. Create a new desktop shortcut to run the Notes 7 version.
  3. Create a copy of your existing Notes desktop shortcut icon, right-click on it and then choose "Properties".
  4. Change the Shortcut tab's Target value to <path>\notes7\notes.exe =<path>\notes7\notes.ini. This indicates Notes 7 executables using the Notes 7 Notes.ini and data.)
  5. Change the Start in value to <path>\notes7.
  6. Change the Title (General tab) to Notes 7.
  7. Click OK to close the properties dialog.
  8. Install the Notes 8 client.

The Lotus Notes 8 install will upgrade the original Notes directory to Lotus Notes 8, but you will still have a separate copy of your Notes 7 binaries and data.

Note: It's a good idea to upgrade Lotus Notes clients after upgrading your Domino servers, so that your Lotus Notes users can take advantage of the new features that exist on the server.

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This was first published in November 2008

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