Migrating from Lotus Notes to Exchange 2010

We have a client using hosted Domino services, which will be migrated to onsite Exchange 2010 server.

Searching brings up a plethora of methods to migrate, some of which I am unsure of. We want something which is cheap, but effective. Would rather pay some money and have a smooth migration than find a free way but night after night of headache.

I have seen 3rd party tools which keep coming up, like Quest and Binary Tree.

However I have also seen mentions of connecting Outlook directly to the Domino Server and exporting everything to a PST file.

I'd appreciate any recommendations, gotcha's, experiences! We are talking only 40 users with a total space of about 35 GB's.
bikerhongAsked:
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Steve KnightConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultancyCommented:
Well you already have solutions there, and I would run Domino server too ... but ...

Free option if you want to:  Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook....  "DAMO".  Plug-in for Outlook you install, connect to domino server which just sees it as another Notes client.  This caches down to local PST file all your mail, contacts, calendar.  Used it recently for few users the other way around to move their Outlook stuff into Domino.

A quick search found this link at IBM which is worth a try if you wish.   Has been through a number of variations of good and flakey but most recent one was reliable.

ftp://lotusweb.boulder.ibm.com/fixes/notes/DAMO

Steve
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BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
it depends on what you have, if your customer is using a lot of NSF files, contacts and folder, then I will recommend using 3rd party tool I will recommend quest.
if not, then you can go with the free tools path, install Exchange 2007 first, then move from lotus using the transporter tool then upgrade to 2010 done that a lot of times and works fine but you need to aware from what users will get.
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bikerhongAuthor Commented:
I've got a print out which basically lists a load of nsf files, so I'm guessing that's how it is.

The problem with doing the other way is that because the current Lotus Notes is a hosted email solution, we do not have any capacity to do anything on the server.
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BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
can you access it using POP3
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bikerhongAuthor Commented:
Maybe, but POP3 doesn't support contacts/calendars.
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
And why not install and run an internal Domino server? Virtually no migration costs. License-wise it'll cost you around $4500, that's all, and maybe even less. See the Lotus Domino Express licencing info:
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/products/dominoexpress/
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bikerhongAuthor Commented:
I'm afraid that is not an option
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larsberntropCommented:
Why?
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BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
then you will need to work with them, they will need to give you permissions and assist you in the migration other than that, will not work
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
Who is "they"? It's your data, your mail, your property, so they should cooperate. There must be a hosting contract somewhere, where you can find out what your rights are.

Ah, shoot, it's busbar who's "answering"... @busbar, please explain what will not work. Do you have any such experience that a hosting company won't cooperate?
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bikerhongAuthor Commented:
Hi

Sorry I do not mean to come across in a way which makes out as if I am unappreciative of the help but the simple fact is, running an internal Domino server is not an option. End of story.

The only interaction with the Domino side of things is we have credentials to be able to connect the client to the hosting server to retrieve emails, but full access on the Exchange side of things.

I am talking with the hosting company about assistance but how much they are willing to help is yet to be confirmed.

With that said - is there a way I can (for free if possible)

-Hook Outlook directly to the Domino server, so I can export to PST?
-Convert NSF directly to PST?
-Export from Lotus Notes Client to a format Outlook can understand?
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
And running an internal Exchange server actually is an option??

Better look for the really cheap solution: move to Gmail.

1. Of course you can connect Outlook to a Domino server, you have to ask the provider if IMAP is available to the users.
2. Check Quest and other tools.
3. You can drag/drop a mail from the mail database onto the Windows desktop. More info here: http://web4.uwindsor.ca/its/faq/id/388

And now it's for me "end of story".

Bosman out.  :-)
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