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Lesson 1. Getting Started with Notes > Understanding the Notes Client

Understanding the Notes Client

Lotus Notes is based on client/server technology, which enables you to access, share, and manage information over a network. The network can consist of five or ten computers in your office building, cabled together, or it can consist of 30,000 computers across the United States, connected to one another in various ways. Your PC is the Lotus Notes client. It requests and receives information from the server, called the "Domino" server.

You communicate with the Domino server through a series of wires and cables (hardware) and networking software. The information you request is in Lotus Notes applications, or databases. The Domino server usually stores these databases so that many clients can access them at one time. In most cases, when you click a database bookmark, you are actually opening a database that is stored on the server. Your client (your PC) requests that database from the server, and when the database opens, the database that resides on the server appears.


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