This is my original ideas which I have come up with. If anyone else out there have discovered this method then please accept my apology for re-submit the information.
For most of you out there wanting to set up a Domino environment at home to play with but don't have a spare PC to serve as a server, now you can and you don't even need to install a network.
I have had this problem before and it'd bothered me constantly because I could not test the security of my form design e.g. user roles, and read access privileges. I then come up with a solution and this work for me very well.
The idea is to the "Loop Back" IP Address binding with the server name in the hosts file on your PC.
Install your Domino R5 server & Clients on the PC
Set up and configure your server and give it a name e.g. Server/Acme/AU
Start your server
To allow the client to see the server, edit the hosts file and enter the Loop Back address (127.0.0.1) followed by the server anme (see a sample hosts file)
127.0.0.1 server/acme/au 127.0.0.1 serverStart you Notes Client and it will find the server as if you were having two PCs.
This solution will work with R4 as well as R5. For R4 users, please put the notes.ini file in the respective directory for the client and the server instead of placing it in the c:wondows directory.
******* This is a sample of a Hosts file**************** # Copyright (c) 1993-1995 Microsoft Corp. # # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows NT. # # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name. # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one # space. # # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol. # # For example: # # 188.8.131.52 rhino.acme.com # source server # 184.108.40.206 x.acme.com # x client host 127.0.0.1 server/acme/au 127.0.0.1 server ************* End sample of a Hosts file *****"