Messaging and Collaborative Software
An important part of an organization is its messaging system. Messaging client-server system with excellent functions of storing personal information is generally preferable by organizations. Some common choices for messaging system are Novell GroupWise, IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange Server. Selecting a particular messaging server depends on organization’s requirement.
Situations like two firms that work on different e-mail clients are merged, when an enterprise migrates to another messaging system due to more advanced features or due to compatibility issue or when an individual wants to switch to another e-mail platform…..all these situations lead to migration of mailbox files with all its personal storage.
IBM Notes and IBM Domino
IBM Notes and IBM Domino serve as a collaborative client-server messaging platform. IBM Notes is e-mail client which runs on Domino server. Notes store all its mailbox files in NSF format. It provides business functionalities including maintaining calendar data, contacts, file sharing, directories, discussions place and instant messaging. IBM Notes provides access to databases and applications stored on IBM Domino server. Domino server is supported by operating systems including Windows, OS X and Linux.
Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft Exchange Server is collaborative software which acts as a mail server, calendaring software and contact manager. This mail server is supported by only Windows operating system. Exchange Server 2013 is its latest version which has got many advanced and new features.
Trial version of Exchange Server 2013 can be downloaded for free from Microsoft’s official website – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/
Advantages of Domino Server over Exchange Server
Exchange Server is only designed for Windows platform but Domino is compatible with multiple environments including Solaris, OS X, Windows, AIX and Linux. IBM Notes includes minimum operational cost. IBM Notes has exceptional mail tracking and security features as compared to Exchange Server and Outlook.
IBM Notes makes use of Notes Storage Facility (NSF). Exchange Server’s data is stored in Exchange Database (EDB) format and Streaming Database (STM) format. While migrating mailbox files from Exchange server, you also need to change its file format from EDB to NSF.
Tools to convert Exchange EDB to IBM Notes :-
Converting EDB to NSF includes migration of mail user from Exchange Server to Domino with all its mailboxes, directory information, shared files and addresses.
- EDB to NSF Converter – Provided by SysInfoTools, it is an apt solution to convert all the data from EDB files to Notes in NSF format. This converter also supports recovering corrupt EDB files and converting into NSF format. Three modes of recovery, i.e. Standard, Advanced and Deep easily recover severely corrupted EDB files. This software is supported by all the versions of Windows OS and is compatible with data created using any version of Exchange Server.
Easy and simple procedure to migrate Outlook files to Lotus Notes – Import PST to Lotus Notes: Convert PST to NSF
- Domino Upgrade Service (DUS) – This program is installed within Domino Administrator client. With the help of this service, user can import all the active directory and Exchange information to IBM Notes. Besides users, you can also migrate user’s mailbox, public folders, shared folders and group documents. Get the steps to execute DUS:-
- When installing IBM Notes, go to Migration Tools and enable Exchange Migration.
- If you are an authorized user, then log in to Domino client with Domino admin credentials.
- Select users and migrate them along with their mailboxes.
- Also convert migrated Exchange user’s address.
- Then, export public folders, shared folders and group documents.