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Notes/Domino to Microsoft Migration Strategy

 

Topic Last Modified: 2006-09-14

When you migrate and integrate Lotus Notes/Domino and Microsoft products, we recommend planning the project in three phases:

  • Directory Integration   This phase synchronizes user name and e-mail address information between Active Directory® directory service and the Lotus Domino Directory.

  • Mail Migration   This phase moves users' mail database data from Lotus Domino to Exchange Server.

  • Application Migration and Coexistence   This phase moves applications from Lotus Domino to Microsoft products. Microsoft® SharePoint® Products and Technologies and .Net are used to access data that remains on Domino servers.

A common migration path would include the following steps:

  1. Use Exchange Connector 2005 for Lotus Notes to synchronize Active Directory and the Lotus Domino Directory.

  2. Use Exchange Connector 2005 for Lotus Notes to route mail between Exchange and Lotus Domino.

  3. Implement Exchange Calendar Connector 2005 for Lotus Notes to perform free/busy lookups between Exchange and Lotus Domino.

  4. Use Exchange Migration Wizard 2005 for Lotus Notes to migrate users' data from Lotus Domino mail databases to Exchange mailboxes.

  5. Retire Domino mail servers.

  6. Use Microsoft Application Analyzer 2006 for Lotus Domino to start the process of analyzing Domino applications:

    1. Identify which applications are still active and which applications should be archived.

    2. Eliminate administration and mail applications from the migration or integration list.

    3. Determine which applications should be migrated and which applications should be integrated with Microsoft technologies.

  7. Perform additional detailed analysis as defined in the Application Analysis Envisioning Process white paper, which can be downloaded from the Resources for Moving to the Microsoft Collaboration Platform Web site.

  8. Build a proof-of-concept environment to test the migration to new or existing applications.

  9. Use Microsoft Application Transporter 2006 for Lotus Domino, .Net or third-party tools to migrate or integrate applications, or move to existing applications or off-the-shelf applications.

For additional guidance and tool downloads, see the Resources for Moving to the Microsoft Collaboration Platform Web site.

 
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