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Can names.nsf be renamed?

I was asked if we could change the file name of the names.nsf. As it contains both user accounts and Domino system configuration parameters, I am not sure if this is even possible. I would like to rule it out but must ask if it possible or practical.
It certainly is possible, and I actually recommend it for public-facing systems. The names.nsf is the default name for your primary address book on a server (and client, as well). However, the directory that the server will look to for its primary information is determined by the "names=" of the notes.ini file. You will notice that upon setup completion that that line will be in your notes.ini with one entry, names.nsf. You can change this to xyznames.nsf, and your server will then look to xyznames.nsf for its primary directory information.

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