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How to integrate the SharePoint with Lotus Notes

I was asked to integrate the SharePoint with Lotus Notes. I have no clue about that. I understand there are some third party products, such as CASAHL or Proposion (Portal Adapter), but still look for something less cost and easy to use (without or minimum coding).

Could you give us a road map on how to do it ?

Thanks.
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folksamericaCommented:
If you want to do minimal coding, have actual interoperability, single sign-on, etc. You will need to migrate away from Lotus Notes. I know this doesn't answer your "integrating notes and sharepoint question" but it's the easiest way. If you go the other route you're going to have an unsupported configuration, no solid documentation or practical advice, or a satisfied client at the end of the day.

Migrate Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/NotesDirAndMailMigrat/7f358619-1195-4502-8f20-2e767de9ee5b.mspx?mfr=true

Exchange Server 2003 Coexistence and Migration for Lotus Domino Mail
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/rb_coexist.mspx

Tools for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/downloads/2003/tools.mspx
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chuang4630Author Commented:
Thanks.
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pgloorCommented:
What do you want to do? What do you want to integrate? From what I can see, folksofamerica is talking about email only. But this is the easiest task.

Even often used for email only Lots Notes can be much more than email. It provides the functionality of sharepoint services.

Lotus Notes is a client/server application with a rich client. Traditionally server and client are based on proprietary protocols and formats. Sharepoint is web based using a browser on the client side. Except of some notification services Sharepoint has not much integrated email functionality.

Lotus Notes offers much more functionality and programming options then sharepoint services. In addition it provides  integrated roles and security services that can easy be used and administrated.

Even sharepoint makes big steps in the right direction it might not yet provide the functionality Lotus Notes offers for certain applications.

Due to the different concepts and models integration can only partially be done and is not easy to accomplish. There are some areas where some integration is possible using tools like the ones already mentioned (and others, some are even cheaper). However, integration in most cases is costly. Depending on your strategies I think its best to migrate away from Lotus Notes, step by step.

My personal advise to you is to learn a little bit more about both worlds before entering any project, and maybe consult experts from both worlds.

Peter
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chuang4630Author Commented:
I expect the integration of:

Contacts
Email, Calendar, Tasks, etc.
Meeting scheduling
Document (attachments, images, regular doc.)
Possibly collaboative documents, etc.
instant Messaging (possibly)

BTW, if I-Note is turned on, how do you bring that URL link to Sharepoint easily.
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pgloorCommented:
The most ugly page with most valuable information about Notes/Domino and .NET
http://www.msdomino.net/

The 'blog' of the author of the page mentioned above
http://blog.advisor.com/blog/garydev.nsf

Gary has been working for Lotus/Iris and IBM for many years. Now he is working for Microsoft and his job is about to help people to integrate Lotus Notes/Domino with .NET and vice-versa.
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