Notes Client on USB key

IBM announced Project “Wanda” at Lotusphere2006.

Project Wanda : for roaming users you can carry for entire Notes experience on a usb key that can plug into any computer regardless of if it has notes installed.

This is a great idea. I’m not at Lotusphere; so I’m not able to ask for further details. ( anyone out there who has details and would share his knowledge ? )
I guess, that they will use U3 technologie to accomplish this.

But why wait for Wanda ?
For all of you, who haven’t already have a Notes Client “installation” on an USB-key, here is what I did:

I just copied my local Notes folder to the key and tweaked the notes.ini. That was easy, wasn’t it ?

Ok, there are a few limitations:

  • The stick must have at least 350 MB of free space
  • Depending on the drive letter you have to tweak the notes.ini manually once again
  • You cannot start a Notes Database by double-clicking ( registry entries are missing).

As a workaround whilst waiting for Wanda, I will write a “starter” asap, so all you have to do is plug in the key and double click the nstart.exe. The nstart.exe will change the notes.ini for you.