Lotus Notes is collaborative client-server software by IBM. Exchange server was developed by Microsoft. Exchange possesses the calendaring, E-mailing and contact management capabilities.
Notes to Exchange migration:
We can see many organizations which migrate from Notes to Exchange. Though there are not much strong reasons, only perceptions that may vary according to users and their requirements. Lotus notes is an application/development platform with simple mail capabilities, it’s not a messaging platform. Exchange provides better E mail handling capabilities. Additional features in Exchange make users switch from Notes to Exchange. Personal preferences or business needs are the most common factors that provoke email- migration. Notes possess some features that aren’t present in Exchange\Outlook such as: Notes possesses the capability of E mail presentation with active content, Outlook doesn’t possess such functionality. Multiple applications can be hosted in Domino, which cannot be done in Exchange.
Both the Email applications (i.e. Notes & Exchange) have their own feature set. We cannot conclude which one is better or dominant than other one. It’s totally based on the user’s choice, business needs; personal preferences cost factors, organization structure, and change in technology or a personal preferences that makes one email application preferable than other. We cannot decline the existence of both of them. Both have their own feature set and market demand.
In year 2007, Microsoft launched the ‘Microsoft Transporter Suite’ for performing Lotus Domino to Exchange migration. This tool performs migration of all the mailbox data from Lotus Domino servers or generic POP/IMAP servers to Exchange and Active Directory.
About Microsoft Transporter Suite:
Microsoft Transporter Suite supports migration for:
• Lotus Domino to Exchange migration
• Lotus Domino Servers to Exchange
For Lotus Domino to Exchange migration, It has Migration tools for migration from both Lotus Domino Servers to Exchange, and generic IMAP/POP sources to Exchange.
For Lotus Domino Servers to Exchange, it possesses tools for Directory and Free/Busy interoperability between Domino and Exchange. (Supported versions: Lotus Domino 6, 7 and 8 and Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Server 2003/2008 Active Directory)
Set of migration tools (Lotus Domino 5, 6, 7 or 8 to Active Directory, Exchange Server 2007, and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.)
For generic POP/IMAP servers to Exchange (support the POP3 or IMAP4 protocol to mailboxes in Exchange Server 2007)
Microsoft provides The ‘Microsoft Transporter Suite’ For Notes to Exchange 2007 migration, But for Notes to Exchange 2007 migration; it doesn’t provide any free migration tool. If someone wants to migrate from Notes to Exchange 2010, he can use an Exchange 2007 Server and the Microsoft Transporter Suite to first migrate to Exchange 2007 and then transition to 2010.
To upgrade Exchange 2007 organization to 2010:
Firstly install an Exchange 2010 server into your Exchange 2007 organization
Move the Exchange server 2007 items to Exchange 2010 .If you have a 64-bit virtualized environment and Exchange 2007 then you can simply perform this migration from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010. To do so you just need to install another VM with Exchange 2010 integrated into the 2007 organization. Once the Exchange servers (Exchange server 2007 & Exchange 2010) are in coexistence and all the items have been migrated from Exchange server 2007 & Exchange 2010, then the old Exchange 2007 servers can be dropped.
Isn’t it a clumsy process?
You must like some easy, efficient and less timing migration procedure. Here comes the need for Notes to Exchange migration software.
Here emerges the need for a migration tool!
There are many third party Notes to Exchange migration software available that can efficiently migrate the Notes email messages, sent items, attachments, notes, reminders, calendars etc. to Exchange server 2010.
If you are going to migrate from Notes to Exchange, You must keep a few things in mind before migration:
• Make a clear choice between Notes or Outlook according to your personal or business requirements. After that do a strategic planning for Notes to Exchange migration.
• Perform Test migrations and analyze the whole migrations infrastructure used. Study the migration logs to know about the success and failure points that occurred during migration. Get the failures or migration issues resolved.
• The Exchange logs must be correctly scaled. You must use log volume scaling so that the logs must contain the entry for data that has been migrated to exchange before committing the changes to the database. You have two alternate options one is circular logging or take more frequent backups to avoid log volumes filling up during migration.
• You must also focus on domino maintenance during the migration procedure. Domino maintenance can be planned at low productivity days/hours so that it will not hamper the regular work.
• Database replication must be opted in order to avoid mail loss
How to migrate from Notes to Exchange 2010?
Simply choose efficient Notes to Exchange migration software that supports Notes to Exchange 2010 migration and accomplish the successful migration within few clicks without any botheration.
Most common features of Notes to Exchange 2010 migration software:
• It must extract all the notes mailbox data to Exchange without any hassle and need for high tech knowledge
• It let you perform selective migration of only your desired mailbox items.
• The email formatting is kept intact before and after migration.
• Preview of converted items is shown before performing actual migration.
• It must provide wide compatibility with various Exchange, Notes and Outlook versions.
Before purchasing any software carefully read out the features and other instructions mentioned at product page. Also check the product specifications. Do they seem suitable? You can find many similar software available form different vendors. Make a comparative analysis. Run the demo versions of the software. Choose the best one that seems to be the best according to your budget and requirements.