Lotus Notes to Exchange Migration
Lotus Notes Migration Tools
|Consider These When Migrating:|
Sherpa Software understands that migrating from Notes to Exchange can be an arduous task that may leave you with several questions or concerns. With more than a decade of experience working with both Notes and Exchange platforms we can be your expert guide, a Sherpa if you will, throughout the entire process and beyond.
We are available to answer any questions you may have during the migration or about your ongoing information management and e-Discovery needs. If you are a current Sherpa customer using our Notes products, rest assured you will find the same capabilities and expertise on the Exchange side. Our suite of Attender Utilities for archiving, e-Discovery, policy enforcement, compliance and PST management include:
- Mail Attender for Exchange
- Archive Attender
- Discovery Attender
- PST Backup Attender
Contact us today if you are interested in letting Sherpa's background and expertise guide you through this demanding and sometimes confusing process. We'll be happy to share our knowledge and best practices with you as you make your transition.
|Considerations when Migrating|
|Exchange Versions »||At first glance, the obvious answer is to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of Exchange. But the answer may not be as simple as it seems. Exchange 2007 included an integrated migration tool, the Microsoft Transporter Suite, to facilitate converting mail messages and calendar items from Lotus Notes or POP/IMAP sources to the Exchange format. However, Microsoft has opted not to update Transporter with Exchange 2010, but rather to allow third-party vendors to create migration tools.|
|Creating a Test Environment »||When Lotus Notes to Exchange migration plans are being set, Sherpa Software recommends creating a test environment that mimics the final production environment as much as possible. When transferring users, it is recommended to take a phased approach where users are moved between platforms in batches. During this period, the Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange environments will need to coexist, with users on either platform able to send and receive mail both internally and over the Internet. Other common functionality like calendaring will need to be tested out as well so users on both platforms will be able to perform those functions seamlessly during the migration period.|
|Non-Email Notes Applications »||Another big consideration is whether custom Notes applications are being used outside of ordinary email. If that is the case, it might make more sense to continue to maintain some semblance of the Notes environment in order to retain access to those applications. It is difficult to predict if some other solution can substitute custom Notes database applications. It may be possible to use Microsoft SharePoint or some other tool to recreate the functionality of some Notes applications (such as discussion databases, or QuickPlace or TeamRoom applications), but that might be a time-consuming and costly alternative. An organization's reliance on Notes for more than just email may have some huge implications when deciding whether or not to migrate.|
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