Migrating from Lotus Notes to the Microsoft Collaboration Platform

This week Microsoft released a number of a new/updated documents on Lotus Notes / Domino migration to / co-existing with the Microsoft platform :

Migrating from Lotus Notes to the Microsoft Collaboration Platform

This document provides you with a high-level overview of the process of analyzing and planning a migration from Lotus Notes to the Microsoft Collaboration Platform. It introduces the various tools available for coexisting these two environments as well as for migrating the Domino Directory, mail, and applications.

Additional information is available at the Resources for Moving to the Microsoft Collaboration Platform Web site, including downloads of the tools, additional detailed documentation, and helpful resources.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Coexistence and Migration for Lotus Domino Mail

Microsoft has updated the tools used for Lotus Notes/Domino Directory and mail co-existence and migration to Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003. The tools include:

Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes Provides directory synchronization between Domino Directory and Active Directory® directory service, and mail routing between the two environments.

Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes Allows free/busy lookups between Microsoft Office Outlook® and Notes user calendars.

Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes Migrates data from Notes users’ mail databases to Exchange mailboxes and creates or updates Active Directory entries accordingly.

Application Analysis Envisioning Process

The Application Analysis Envisioning Process (AAEP) for Lotus Notes applications provides a process to identify and classify Lotus Notes applications, understand their core components and functionality, and provide accurate guidance for recommended target solution. The primary goal of this process is to encourage a standard approach that can be used to define migration and target solution recommendations, as well as estimate migration costs and timelines.    

Peter de Haas
Peter de Haas
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  1. Sigh.
    We all know that MS dont have a collaboration platform capabile of hosting domino apps today. Bill Gates himself admitted that last year.
    Hence the business partner sourced connector (circa Exchange v5.5) and the business partner sourced Migration package (to push things into Sharepoint 2003).
    And since sharepoint does not yet have a designer tool, its not a collaboration “platform”, is it? Its a bunch of out of the box apps (in 5 or more programming languages) that brave folks, if they feel really good about it – could hack around with.
    Not a “platform”.
    So. The connector. Is it rubbish ? Yes. absolutely. Check the SPR queue on it. Check google for feedback. Its badly architected, badly supported. It should be taken out and shot.
    The “Tools from moving from Lotus Notes to Sharepoint”. Is it Rubbish. Yes. http://www.pmooney.net, and search for the reviews of both versions. Both are not worthy of the MS “branding”. Its marketing slideware, easy to modify, and reports innaccurately unless you happen to switch on bizarre database reporting tooling and run this multiple times over three months. Not good.
    So why persist with this ? None of these tools are good solutions, and even the most pro-MS shop would find it difficult to stomach this stuff.
    Why cheapen your blog with this vapourware ? Why not stick to stuff that MS is good at ?
    —* Bill

  2. Microsoft do not understand collaboration, and probably will never understand Notes! IBM does not understand Notes, most Notes developers do not understand Notes!
    Ray Ozzie lost the plot with Groove and will be the downfall of Microsoft, OpenSource will take over and hopefully we will all get a better OS in the future….

  3. @Ace,
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Maybe it is time that you read a bit into Microsoft strategy whe it comes to collabration and find out that this is no longer the exclusive territory of Notes 😉
    I do not fully agree on your OSS rules theory, but that can’t be a surprise ..

  4. Peter,
    Define collaboration for us please.
    What, in your opinion, is “collaboration software”? What is the definition of a “platform”?

  5. @ Ben,
    in my own words
    Collaboration : the way people interact and work together to achieve a common objective
    Collaboration software : software that supports (any part of) a collaboration process
    platform : the (combined) tools and underlying infrastructure that supports and optimises the collaboration process
    In summary this is not 1 box / 1 produkt or some kind of silver bullit but a constantly evolving environment …
    In Microsoft’s words :
    Some background reading :
    Collaboration :
    (ofcourse you know all this .. 😉
    Microsoft’s position in the collaboration market :
    RTC / UC :
    (Wireless) Email
    KM / Social Networking
    Platform :
    I hope this helps …

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