Exchange and Lotus Notes – interoperability and migration

I’ve been arguing with my husband today.  I’ve only been back in the UK for a week, but we’ve had a heated discussion all day on Technology! (He’s an engineer suveyor and has nothing to do with IT beyond power user sort of stuff).  He works for a major Insurance company in the UK that has undergone a merger.  His company used to run Exchange, the other company used notes, and now the merged company runs Notes.  He spends a lot of his time in his office whinging about synchronisation of his database. OK, he only has a 64k line in to his office to sync where I’ve got the luxury of 1/2 mb (yes it’s luxury, I live in the countryside and before I had the 1/2 meg link, I had 33k!)

So, we’re batting backwards ad forwards about the benefits / deficits / issues of the Notes system, and finally came to the interoperability issues of running Notes and Exchange together in the same environment.  So i’ve done some digging on the web (I was on a mission this time to be right, you know what Imean ladies),  and found a set of resources that I thought I’d bung in one place for future reference (as they’re scattered around a bit)… So here goes…

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes supports messaging and calendaring interoperability between Lotus Domino R5/R6 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. This tool replaces the Connector that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and includes several updates to support better message fidelity when routing email between Exchange and Domino, support of iNotes and Domino Web Access clients, enhanced Unicode support and reliability.
 
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes supports the sharing of calendar free/busy schedules between Lotus Domino R5 and R6 and Exchange Server 2003. This tool replaces the Calendar Connector that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and is designed to be used with the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector.
 
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes supports the migration of Lotus Domino R5 and R6 mailboxes and associated Domino directory information to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. This tool replaces the Migration Wizard that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and includes improved retention of contents and Unicode characters during the migration from Domino to Exchange Server 2003.
 
Migrating from a Lotus Notes/Domino infrastructure to Exchange Server 2003. By default, Windows accounts with administrative access are denied permission to read the content of ordinary Exchange mailboxes. For ExMerge to merge data with the original database, it must be able to open mailboxes in that database. Therefore, ExMerge cannot be used for this purpose by an administrator without first overriding the permissions denials.
 
 
So there you go darling… Read all that and we’ll argue some more!🙂