Migrating from Lotus Notes

I'm workign with an organisation currently uses Lotus Notes and Domino email server for email, documents and address book.

1) How easy is it to export the complete store of documents and the address book.

2) How easy is it to export the contents of the mail system in a form that would facilitate importing into either a Linux based email server or possibly Exchange Server.  I'm thinking of something similar (but obviously different!) to Microsoft's Exmerge utility that makes it very easy to move a mail system between Exchange Servers.

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folksamericaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It's not so bad. What you're going to need to do is bring up your Exchange server in parellel with the domino/notes environment.

Migrate Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

Exchange Server 2003 Coexistence and Migration for Lotus Domino Mail

Tools for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

Those links will answer most of your questions.
Exchange has tools for migrating. check the documentation.

Paul197466Author Commented:
And if we go with a Linux mail server, does Lotus Notes have exporting tools or would it be a question of the Linux mail server having to have the required import tools?
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brwwigginsIT ManagerCommented:
Notes doesn't really have an export/import routine for what you are looking for. You have to remember that each user has their own database as well as each system database (names.nsf, admin4.nsf, etc) is a separate file.

There is not a way that I am aware of to export each one of these into one or many files and import them into a different system.
Paul197466Author Commented:

What about the documents held in Notes and what it it's not Exchange Server?
If it's not Exchange then you would have to define what your considerations are for a migration. Kerio, Merak, Sendmail... I don't know anything about them except they're e-mail server solutions. If your clients are running windows desktops then moving farther away from windows on the back-end is just going to cause you headaches. As far as the documents held in notes, that is addressed in the documentation that I referred to previously. As far as just dumping info from Notes, I don't think any software provider in their right mind would make it easier to migrate FROM their solution, only TO their solution. Hence why MS has dumped significant amounts of development dollars towards tools that will migrate people away from Notes/Domino.

Paul197466Author Commented:
OK, many thanks
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