Sunday, February 04, 2007

Moving from Notes to SharePoint/Exchange

Microsoft has recently released  a public beta of new utility suite which will assist in doing a move from Notes/Domino platform to SharePoint Server 2007/Exchange - Microsoft Transporter Suite for Domino - available on http://connect.microsoft.com - the next snippet is taken from the Connect site:

The Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino is an integrated set of tools and resources for planning, coexistence and migration, including;

· Application Planning: Application Reports

· Directory Coexistence: *NEW: Directory Connector for Lotus Domino

· Messaging Coexistence: Native SMTP and iCal

· Free/Busy Coexistence: *UPDATED: Free/Busy Connector for Lotus Domino

· Directory Migration: *NEW: Domino account migration to Active Directory

· Mailbox Migration: *NEW: Mailbox migration to Exchange 2007

· Application Migration: *NEW: Application migration to SharePoint 2007

All this functionality is combined into a single management console making it easy to manage. In addition, everything is exposed through a set of PowerShell tasks and objects that will make it extremely easy to automate and script the migration process. This will be a huge benefit for anyone who must perform large migrations or repeat the migration many times.

Parts of the code of the Microsoft Transporter Suite for Notes has been developed by  Proposion,  a company which offers also other migration tools. One goal of this offering is to analyze existing Domino applications and assess how difficult they will be to move to Microsoft's stack, namely Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 foundation, Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Exchange Server 2007.

To get an overview of the available functionality taka a look at the video - Transporter Suite Video (290 MB)

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1 comment:

Stephen Walch said...

Thanks for mentioning Proposion’s migration tools. We do believe that we have the most complete tools for advanced migration of Lotus Notes content to SharePoint. One example: the ability to convert a rich Notes document (tables, images, attachments) to a MIME document that you can check into doc library. Another example: the ability to map documents based on different Notes forms to different content types (each with their own set of field mappings).

But what many miss is that large organizations (including those with a long-term migration mind set) often need to think about integration as much as migration. Unless you are planning to migrate overnight (a feat that few can manage) good coexistence solutions can significantly help reduce end user pain. For example, at the European SharePoint Conference in Berlin next week (booth 68) we will be showing the following Notes – SharePoint 2007 integration solutions:

- a set of SharePoint Web Parts that directly access Notes mail, calendar, contacts and tasks
- a solution for using Domino Directory users and groups in SharePoint
- a Domino-SharePoint single sign-on solution
- a tool for Notes Client users archive content directly to SharePoint for compliance purposes
- an extension to Reporting Services for adding reports of Notes data to your SharePoint site.
- an ADO.NET data driver that allows developers to build custom SharePoint extensions