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Hi, we have a Lotus Domino 7.0.3 server configuration (Physical servers - 1 main server, 1 replication server at 1 physical location)
we have deployed a new Virtual Env't with new HP Servers and HP SAN
We would like to migrate the Notes email system to the exchange 2013 virtual environment
there are about 100 users, 90 onsite, 10 remote
250 GB of current Notes DB.
was wondering if anyone has a best practise list to follow?
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by:Sjef Bosman
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Why don't you migrate (upgrade) to Domino R9?? It doesn't really make sense to migrate. Gmail I could understand, though, but Exchange... No.
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@Sjef, like it or not, management still buys into the hype that comes out of the Microsoft marketing engine.

Migration is a complicated issue. Do you have Notes databases (other than user mailboxes)? If so, Exchange can't handle those - it only does email and calendaring.  You'll need to migrate those to SharePoint. If any of them are custom databases, good luck getting those migrated.

For email, will you be able to migrate all users in a weekend, and then shut down Notes? Or will Notes need to send/receive email to/from Exchange for a while? Will Notes archives need to be converted to Exchange? Or will users have both Notes and Exchange for a while so they can access their Notes archives? Quest makes a migration tool that can convert a Notes mailbox to an Outlook mailbox.

After the migration, Notes links that point to a Notes database will be broken on the Exchange side, even if you keep Notes around for a while. Also, some attachments will fail to migrate
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by:nutekconsultant
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sorry, I forgot to mention - our IT manager has mentioned he is in the process of purchasing Quest Migrator for Notes to Exchange...
I am just reviewing that to see how it works.
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by:larsberntrop
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urgh. Just remember that there are quite a few businesses going back to Domino after having experienced that although it might have a bad rap, it is actually quite good.

Take into account  that Domino 7 came out in 2005, 9 years ago. Both the server and clients have been upgraded considerably since then.  If you have any applications in Domino, yuou will save heaps of money just upgrading and enjoying new features.
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by:nutekconsultant
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also, I am going to attempt a lab for this, would it be advisable to setup a Virtual lab or just go rely on the quest software to do its thing as we'd have full tech support from Quest software..?
if I lab this, there is no sign of a Lotus Domino 7.x download around....
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by:ThomasMcA2
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IIRC, the Quest tools don't modify the Notes databases/mailboxes, so there's no danger of breaking anything.

If the migration won't happen all at once, perhaps over a weekend, then Domino needs to know how to find migrated users' mailboxes. Change their Person documents to "Other Internet Mail", and enter a forwarding address for the Exchange domain. On the Exchange side, non-migrated users need an AD account that forwards to Domino.
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by:nutekconsultant
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does anyone have a "Validation Checklist", something I can go by to ensure all the roles are working and Exchange is working the way it should be
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