Email migration from Notes to Exchange by NSF to PST conversion tool

Tuesday Jul 12, 2011

Email migration is performed when users working on a particular email client server system want to make a shift to some other client server platform. Migrating from one email hosting system to another requires exporting all the user account mailboxes from the working system to the new system. Email migration could also be selective, where only a few user account mailboxes or certain emails from the mailboxes are exported to the new domain. Email migration from Notes to Exchange domain is fairly common as both these email client server systems are widely used in large organizations for communication. In notes to Exchange email migration emails from Lotus Notes are transferred to MS Outlook email client. Furthermore, complete users mailboxes are transferred from Lotus Domino Server to MS Exchange Server database.

Since email migration is a fairly complex and time consuming procedure if done manually, administrators usually opt for software utilities. Microsoft offers a free utility called the Migration Wizard (Mailmig.exe) for migrating emails from Notes to Exchange, however this utility is not suitable for mailboxes having a size limit of 1 GB or items exceeding 16,000 figures. For this reason, commercially available software utilities like NSF to PST tool are preferred. Third party software tools do not have any restriction in terms of converting large sized mailboxes or large volumes of items. Tools like NSF to PST tool simply convert the database files (.NSF format) of Lotus Notes to PST format accessible by MS Outlook. Upon conversion, these files containing all the emails and personal messages of user mailboxes are exported from notes to Exchange.

During migration from Notes to Exchange, all the emails and mailbox items including contact details, address books, drafts, tasks, notes, schedules, etc are converted from NSF format to PST format. ā€œNā€ number of NSF files can be converted to PST files using NSF to PST tool to access them from MS Outlook email client. Conversion takes place with full accuracy and the metadata, format and internal data structures of the items are persevered. Entire user mailboxes can also be exported from Lotus Domino Server to MS Exchange Server with the help of NSF to PST conversion tool. For Domino to Exchange mailbox conversion, administrators are only required to select the desired servers by specifying their respective IP addresses and password to gain access. The conversion process can be initiated by the given controls in the tool resulting in successful and quick email migration.

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