After checking with the beta program manager
if blogging about the beta for IBM Lotus Notes/Domino is allowed I’ll be
updating this site with some of the great new features that will be in
the 7.0.2 release that is coming soon.
As usual this is beta software, features
may change between the beta and the final release, indeed some features
may even be dropped in the final release but I think Microsoft have the
market cornered for that trick.
One feature that I have been looking
forward to in this release of Lotus Notes is Nomad. Announced at
Lotusphere 2006 as Project Wanda this feature allows you to install your
Lotus Notes client onto a USB key. You can then put the USB key into
any windows machine and the Lotus Notes client will startup with all your
Setup for Nomad currently requires that
you run the setup from the commandline so that you can pass in a special
commandline parameter. If you have access to the beta and you have a USB
key to try it on then the command line is :
setup.exe /a /v"NOMAD=1 TARGETDIR=E:
This will do a silent install of the
client on the USB Key that is showing up in Windows as drive E. If
your USB key is a different drive letter then just change the commandline
accordingly. The installation will take up about 340Mb on the USB Key.
I’d guess that in the final release the install proceedure will become
an option during the standard GUI install.
Once the install is done just remove
the USB Key and put it back in. if your system is setup to autorun from
USB Key’s then the autorun program on the USB Key will start and check
to see if Lotus Nomad has ever been used on the machine before, if it does
not detect any prior use on the machine then it will run a small installer
to setup a few entries in the registry and then start the Lotus Notes client.
The initial startup of the notes client is a little slower then if
it was running from the harddrive but that is probably due to the speed
of my USB key and the speed of USB in general.
After that the Lotus Notes client just
runs like normal. I could quit notes and move the USB key to another
machine and everything worked as if it was installed locally. I also had
the full notes client installed on one of the machine I put the USB key
into and the Lotus Nomad install did not interfere with the installed client
in any way. It was also nice to see that nomad worked perfectly when I
plugged the USB key into a Windows Vista beta machine.
Nomad really does do as it was designed
to do. A truly portable install of Lotus Notes that is going to be
perfect for certain groups of people. I can see this being used by the
IT person who runs around the office all day fixing problems, they can
plug in anywhere and grab their next assignment, or maybe the consultant
who needs to plug in at a customer site to grab some files from a document
repository back at the office. What other uses can you think of ?