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Here is the big challenge I will face

I have two servers of Lotus Notes 4.6.1 and I am going to upgrade them to 5.0.8. I have also 100 clients using 4.6.1 4.6.7 and 5.0.3 versions of Lotus Notes.

What do I have to keep in mind for server side and client side. What breeze and what hell I am going to encounter for ServerSide but especially for UserSide?

Your comments are highly appreciated.

thank you

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Question by:CobolGuy9
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by:CommView
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Hi CobolGuy9,

There used to be a Lotus Database on upgrading R4 to R5, but I wasn't able to find that database anymore on http://www.notes.net/notesua.

I did find an IBM Redbook. You can find that here: http://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedbookAbstracts/sg245630.html?Open

In short my experience:
- Take good care of your SMTP when you use that.
- If you have foreign domain documents, mind that Lotus changed it's server behaviour regarding these documents since R5.03 (you can find information on that at http://www.support.lotus.com)
- Take especially care of the daylight savings time. This caused us mayor headaches. Put your client settings right before you start upgrading your server. (This is only true when you use the C&S)

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by:Jean Marie Geeraerts
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One thing : to upgrade to R5 the minimum requirement for your current client is 4.6.5, so make sure you first update to 4.6.5 before attempting the upgrade to R5.
For the client side everything is pretty straight forward, just do the setup and Notes will take care of everything for you.
On server side I haven't done it yet, but I'd expect most propblems with configuration of SMTP and the likes, as CommView suggested.
Standard notes issues are usually no problem when upgrading.
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by:CommView
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Didn't know about those minimum requirements on the client side.
I suggest you upgrade all your clients to R5, so you can take full advantage of the improved R5 C&S features.
You also avoid the risk of strange problems that are related to the mixed environments (e.g. the different versions of the mailtemplates can cause this).
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by:Jean Marie Geeraerts
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Indeed, a good suggestion.
Best way is to first upgrade your servers and then upgrade all clients. After the clients have been upgraded (or during the upgrade process of the client) upgrade the design of the users' mail files.
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by:CommView
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Yep. I agree with jerrith.
But please be very carefull with the daylight savingstime!!!
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Jean Marie Geeraerts earned 200 total points
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In R5 daylights saving time is dependent on the operating system of the PC (which I detest, I liked it better when I could control it myself)
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Only a B? Thanks anyway for awarding points :-)
I had forgotten about this one...
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