Notes to Exchange Migration with Quest Tools

I have a question about how to best handle the migration of mailboxes that are on our remote Domino servers, many of which have slow WAN links.

A replica of all those mailboxes exists on the local servers and I’m wondering if there’s a way to perform the migration from the local replica instead of the remote server. Can this be done by running the “Locate Data Stores” wizard and specifying a file system? I tried that on one of our remote users’s mailboxes but I wasn’t able to get it to work. I don’t think I specified the file system correctly as it errored and was unable to find the data store. I also saw in the documentation that you can search via “Access by replicas on server” and “Location specified by a column in the SQL Server database”. However I’m not really seeing how that is done in the wizard. The other possibility I thought of is that just prior to migrating these users I could change the location of their mail file to the local replica and then running the “locate data stores” wizard again but I’m not sure that would be a good option.

I appreciate whatever guidance you can provide.
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
Just an off-topic question that you may ignore: why are you migrating to Exchange? The ROI takes years, if at all, the TCO usually increases, so financially speaking it isn't the right decision. And if you have custom databases/applications, you have to migrate them as well, which is another costly adventure. Politics?
We have migrated from Lotus Notes to exchange 2 years ago using the remote server with the help of Quest tools. I don't remember exactly what I did anymore but if you have the subscription from Quest, contact the support directly and they will gladly help you get started, even when you are in the trial mode.

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