The advantage of relying on the "person" documents contained in the iNotes (Domino Web Access, DWA) mailfile instead of those in the personal addressbook on a Notes workstation, is that they travel with the mailfile, i.e. They replicate with mail and calendar documents. I have stopped using the address book synchronization, as I recently explained. Instead, a small agent removes existing addresses in the PNAB and copies those from the mailfile. Before continuing, you ought to create a backup of the personal address book (file, database, new copy) Create a new Lotusscript agent as follows: Create agent And copy this script into it

Sub Initialize
    ' Reload PNAB from mailfile people, destroying target documents
    Dim s As New NotesSession
    Dim maildb As NotesDatabase
    Dim ws As New NotesUIWorkspace
    Dim askme As Variant
    Dim doc As NotesDocument
    Dim user As String
    Dim msg As String
    Dim ndocs As Integer
    Dim n As Integer
    user = s.UserName
    Set maildb = s.CurrentDatabase
    Dim CalendarProfile As NotesDocument
    Set CalendarProfile = maildb.GetProfileDocument("CalendarProfile")
    If user <> CalendarProfile.owner(0) Then
        Messagebox "This is not your mailfile. Will not do restore!", 16, "PNAB"
        Exit Sub
    End If
    Set maildb = s.CurrentDatabase
    Dim pnab As New NotesDatabase( "", "names.nsf" )
    If Not pnab.IsOpen Then
        Messagebox( "Can't open PNAB (names.nsf): Stop" )
        Exit Sub
    End If
    Dim collection As NotesDocumentCollection
    Dim selection As String
    Dim formula As String
    ' Find and remove all Person & Group documents in current names.nsf
    formula = "Form = ""Person"" | Form = ""Group"" "
    Set collection = pnab.Search( formula, Nothing, 0 )
    If collection.Count > 0 Then
        msg = "The current Personal Address Book has " & _
        collection.Count & " documents which need to be deleted. Is it OK to delete these?"
        askme = ws.Prompt(PROMPT_YESNO, "PNAB: Delete old documents?", msg)
        If askme = 0 Then
            Messagebox "Nothing deleted. Nothing restored. Exit", 0, "PNAB"
            Exit Sub
        End If
        For n = 1 To collection.Count
            Set doc = collection.GetNthDocument(n)
            Call doc.Remove(True)
    End If
    ' Find all Person and Group documents in the Mailfile.
    ' copy these documents from mailfile to PNAB
    formula = "Form = ""Person"" | Form = ""Group"" "
    Set collection = maildb.Search( formula, Nothing, 0 )
    ndocs = 0
    For n = 1 To collection.Count
        Set doc = collection.GetNthDocument(n)
        doc.FUPPSdn = user
        ' doc.NameDisplaypref = "1"   ' Firstname Lastname
        doc.NameDisplayPref = "2"   ' Lastname, Firstname
        ' Contacts which are created by a Web browser have no
        ' Type in the document. I'm going to set it here...
        ' The same occurs in Groups, but I cannot set them here because
        ' WebGroups are created with email address only and NotesGroups
        ' with the FullName of the Contact
        If doc.Form(0) = "Person" And doc.Type(0) = "" Then
            doc.Type = "Person"
        End If
        If doc.Form(0) = "Group"  Then
            If Not doc.HasItem("Type")  Then
                Dim f1 As NotesItem
                Set f1 = doc.AppendItemValue( "Type" , "Group")
            End If
            If Not doc.HasItem("GroupType") Then
                Dim f2 As NotesItem
                Set f2 = doc.AppendItemValue( "GroupType" , "1")
            End If
        End If
        Call doc.Save(True,True)
        Call doc.CopyToDatabase(pnab)
        ndocs = ndocs + 1
    msg = ndocs & " restored to personal address book from mailfile"
    Messagebox msg, 0, "PNAB"
End Sub

Depending on whether you prefer names sorted by first or last names, adjust the line which sets the preference. I want names sorted by surname, which is how it is set. If you prefer sorting by first or given name, set NameDisplayPref to the value 1. Notice that I have removed the Synchronize Address Book agent from my mail file in so as to not use it by mistake. Actions menu Choose Recreate PNAB People from the Actions menu to launch the agent. If you already have people in your personal address book on the workstation (names.nsf), the agent will request permission to delete those. Start the agent If you answer with No, the agent terminates and doesn't otherwise alter anything. Answering yes to the question lets the agent remove all person (not connection or other documents) from your names.nsf, and it then copies all person and group documents from your mail file into your personal address book, indicating how many where thus created Agent result This function can be used on each of your workstations without endangering the addresses in the person documents of the mail file. Do note that any changes to the names.nsf will of course be clobberred at the next run. If you want read/write access to the address book in your mailfile, use iNotes to access it.

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