Forward Exchange 2003 email to Lotus Domino server

Hi,

the company I work for has been taken over by another who are hardened Notes users and want our former company emails to be forwarded on to their Domino server as we all have the relevant smtp addresses set up in that Domino server. What I need to do seems fairly straight-forward, but I've not done it  before and would be grateful for some advice. At the moment, we connect to the Domino box through Sonicwall VPN client v.4 and use Notes 6.5. I think I just need to add a connector, but because this is a high visibilty change it needs to be right. Any help appreciated.



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gupnitCommented:
Hi,
Create a SMTP Connector and in the Bridgehead specify the Lotus Server IP
Links toguide you:
Cheers
Nitin
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
Just some first questions (later maybe more):
1. what are we talking about: incoming mail or outgoing? (from your company's perspective)
2. do ALL users of your company use Notes, or Exchange, or do you have both types?
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WheelsupAuthor Commented:
Sjef, we need to simply forward any incoming exchange mail to the Notes server for the relevant user, any outgoing will be from the Notes client. At the moment we have both Exchange and Notes with the preference of the new company to continue with Notes.Outlook clients will not be used after a few weeks.

Gupnit,
What has to be done at the Notes end? I don't know if the aliases are setup on the Domino server as our smtp addresses at the moment are: asmith@company.com and the Notes addresses are setup as: alexander.smith@newcompany.com. The other IT tech from the new company is on holiday now for a few weeks and no-one understands what I'm talking about as he IS the IT guy! Typical! The pressure is on me to produce the solution that will work without (hopefully) any changes to the Notes server.

cheers.
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
Ah, I understand. Instead of forwarding all mail, I think it's a lot better to set up the Domino server as the router for multiple domains. I suppose it would be possible in the DNS to change the routing for SMTP directly to the Domino server.

A connector seems the incorrect alternative to me, in that it maintains the mail on two servers and does not really reroute mail. If the MS connector does the same as the Lotus Mail connector, that is.

But... you say Murphy is on holiday... Oh dear. I suppose you could relay all mail coming in to hard-coded addresses. Seems simple for 2, awkward for 20, and a pain in the behind for 200+ users...

A simple Linux-box could do this probably in 5 minutes...

I'm afraid this is not really my cup of tea. Sorry.
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gupnitCommented:
Hi,
As per your request - You are saying that you want to FORWARD MAILS, then what I said was enough.
See here are the steps:
Let me know
Thanks
Niitn
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gupnitCommented:
Also, no changes will be required on Domino server...you just need respective Email Address. test with couple of email accounts first ie enable forwarding on 1-2 mailboxes, send mail to Exchange mailbox and see if that got forwearded or not....it should ideally... If port 25 is open on firewall
Cheers
Nitin
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WheelsupAuthor Commented:
Thanks Guys, sorry not to reply back sooner, but I'm snowed under with under issues. I have to commit this change on Thursday next week as the company wanted to hold back for a few days. I 'll let you know how it goes.

Cheers
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WheelsupAuthor Commented:
OK, a few problems have emerged. Firstly, there are 4 backend servers and 1 front end (which hosts the original SMTP connector) When i go to create new connector (on this front end server) I need an address for the smart host (the Notes Server I presume). I thought about selecting 'DNS to route each address space...' but bearing in mind that we only connect to the domino server through a vpn connector from the client software, I can't see how we can use the connector to forward mails. It will surely need an internal (WAN) address for the Notes server won't it?? As the Notes server is on a separate site and different domain/forest with no wan link to us this is going to be difficult I would have thought.

Hmm.
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
The smart host address is NOT the same Notes server, it usually is a relay server in your DMZ.

I'd try to route all mail, so new and old, to the Domino server directly. Domino can handle mail for multiple domains. If you put the right MX records in your DNS to route mail straight to Domino? Would that be a solution?
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WheelsupAuthor Commented:
As you were correct in your advice about the connector, and as things changed rapidly- I had to use my own solution. However, I've awarded  points as you were right but I didn't get the chance to use it.  

Cheers.
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