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April 23, 2012

IBM Lotus Notes : Howto Change/Recover ID password


Recently, I forgot my lotus user password. There was no copy of ‘ID‘ file available in backup, So I was frustrated to get my mail account back. I searched all over the internet but couldn’t found any solution that worked for me.
Finally I applied the following method and was able to successfully get the ID password by create new ID while maintaining old mail file.

The logic is that You must register the user again with the same name. That way, a new user ID will be issued. This new ID will give access to the mail file.

1# Open Lotus Domino Admin Client, on People & Groups, Goto People.
Now search for the user , whom ID password you want to change . Double Click on it.
Note down all the info like email / user name / Short name. After making note, close it.

As showed in the image below . . .

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2# Now Register a new ID by right click on People and select Register Person.
Register with exactly the same first name, middle name and last name.
Make sure you select Mail System to NONE.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. otherwise previous mail file will be overwritten with new file and all Emails will be lost.
As showed in the image below . . .

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Now Goto ID Info
In Set ID File, select the destination where you want to save the new ID file. This file will contain the new password and will be used by the user.
As showed in the image below . . .

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Now Register it. and you will see the following warning.

An entry with the specified person name ‘test1 test1/xxx’ is already in the Domino Direcotry. Update the entry?

Click YES to continue.
As showed in the image below . . .

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3# Now again take user properties, in mail tab you will see something like below image

As showed in the image below . . .

Select Notes  in mail system.
Now define path to user mail file , for example mail\ttest1

Save & Close.

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Provide this newly created ID file to user, either replace it with the previous file available in C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes\Data , OR user can manually change ID by selecting Other option in username , when Lotus Notes prompts for password

As showed in the image below . . .

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Regard’s
Syed Jahanzaib

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