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Lesson 1. Understanding Lotus Notes Conc... > Understanding Clients and Servers

Understanding Clients and Servers

Lotus Notes is based on client/server technology. Your PC is the Lotus Notes client, requesting and receiving information from the Domino server. In the office, you're "attached" to the server over your network. At home, you can "attach" to the server through a phone line or dial-up connection. On the road, with a laptop, you can store the information you need from the server on your C: drive or "locally."

You communicate with the Notes server, officially called the "Domino" server, through a series of wires and cables (hardware) and networking software. The information you request is stored in Lotus Notes applications, or databases. The Domino server usually stores those databases so that many "clients" can access them at one time. In most cases, when you double-click a Lotus Notes icon, you are actually opening a database 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 on your PC's screen (see Figure 1.1).


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