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Notes client migration: r5 to r6.5

I will be migrating 100 users from lotus client r5.09 to r6.5

What is a more stable solution: upgrade or fresh install?

If upgrade, is their a unattended solution with Install Shiled switchs and answer files as with a fresh install?

If fresh install, how does one go about migrating names.nsf, local mail archive, bookmarks and desktop layout?
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Well, a fresh install is usually more stable, but the tradeoff is that you have migration issues... people will want their contacts back, and any needed local connection documents lost may mean losses of connectivity for users until they redo them.  People will also lose their bookmarks/desktop icons, and will have to add them all back in.

Plus, you will have to backup at least the ID files and put them back.

So, I would do an overlay install.  Even if it means you have to pay service calls to fix a minority of users who have migration issues.

How about this?  Do a pilot group of 5 users with fresh install, and 5 users with overlay install, and see what you get.
An upgrade of the client will keep all the major settings that the users currently have, but would love some of the user preference settings.

A fresh install mean that you would have to migrate the following databases:


The upgrade is the easier path for deployment but can have some residual support work needed later.  If you do go for a fresh install remember that some of the dataases you migrate will need there design upgrading after their migration e.g. Names.nsf.

N.B. if you have QMR'd the client software previously it is a lot more efficient to have a fresh install.

As for deployment, consider the SmartUpgrade facility.

Marketing_InsistsAuthor Commented:
Thanks both
Oops, I meant to increase and split points w/Dean too for the SmartUpgrade information, but I goofed it some how.

Does the Smart Upgrade utility work on upgrading R5 clients to 6.0.3?  I've been told it doesn't....I'm having a hard time with that.

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