Tip

Setting Up Multiple Mailboxes

R5 has added the ability for a server to use multiple mail.box files for
processing mail. The documentation fails to mention a key step and unusual
"feature."

If you have been running mail with only 1 mail.box file and switch to using 2
(or more), Domino creates two new files mail1.box and mail2.box. However,
Domino does not automatically copy unprocessed messages still remaining in the
old mail.box file over to either of the new mail boxes. According to Lotus
Support, you must do this yourself.

The problem with this is that you can't open the old mail.box file! R5 for R4
compatibility reasons will automatically open either mail1.box or mail2.box
whenever you try to open mail.box on the server.

The way around this is to open the mail.box locally instead of from the server.

There are three ways I can think of to do this:
1. Copy or move mail.box to your workstation, and then open it.
2. Open mail.box locally from a server client (which is unsuppported and not
recommended in R5)
3. Create a drive share and open mail.box from your workstation client -- Notes
treats the database as local in this case.

Once you have mail.box open, copy the remaining messages to the clipboard and
past them into either of the new mail1.box or mail2.box files on the server.

This was first published in November 2000

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