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Post3: Migrating to Exchange – One Domino Admin’s tell all journey

This meeting took place on January 23rd, 2009 and I’m just getting to editing it so that it can be published.

These are meeting notes and general factoids that I jotted down. This was taken from a planning meeting with the Microsoft Senior Technical Account Manager who is handling the project for us and the Senior technical Engineer who is planning the environment.

The Microsoft Senior Technical Account Manager told me that quote:
Exchange has 60% of the email market worldwide.
20% lotus notes
10% Linux or “something”

The overall Active directory presentation and design was pretty good. It makes sense and the MS guys seemed knowledgeable and understood what we wanted and I felt like when they said they could accomodate what we want that they meant it.

Currently, we have 2 clustered Domino mail servers in 17 sites.
3 Blackberry servers in hub locations.
1 Pair of clustered hub servers (outbound SMTP gateways)
1 pair of clustered inbound SMTP gateway servers.
TOTAL: 41 Domino servers

MS Exchange design:
10 sites will have (2 MBX (CCR) + 2 CAS/HUB + 2 ISA)
4 hub2 sites will have (2 MBX (CCR) + 2 CAS/HUB + 2 ISA + 2 Edge)
TOTAL: 92 Exchange and server that Exchange relies on (Email only)
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Post2: Migrating to Exchange – One Domino Admin’s tell all journey

I was taking a look at the Exchange 2007 blog and viewing some of the videos.

One videos called Exchange 14 Video shows some of the new exchange 14 management features. The other video I watched was called Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino demo I was pretty surprised to see that one of the main parts of Exchange administration uses “power shell” to perform tasks. It’s amazing how that can be one of the main features of the way Exchange is managed.

One example showed migrating a mailbox and messages.
One of the engineers giving the demonstration was touting how images do not automatically showed up messages and said “in Domino that wouldn’t happen automatically, images show up automatically in Notes”

I wonder if he realized that this is not the default, and that this is a configurable option.

Post1: Migrating to Exchange – One Domino Admin’s tell all journey

It’s been official for a few weeks: management has made a decision, certain user groups are overjoyed, the contracts are signed, and Microsoft is set to make a few million.

I work in an organization that uses Lotus Notes 6.5.x only for email. We are a commodities trading company with 2800 mail users in about 40 countries. We do not have a document management system in place, and many of our users send scanned contracts back and forth with other companies, which drives up the size of their mailboxes enormously. We currently have 1950 mailboxes that over 2GB (included replicas on hubs and cluster mates).

This is my first post on a series of posts that I will write throughout the course of the next 18 months on migrating from Lotus Domino 6.5.6 FP3 HF105 to Microsoft Exchange 2007.

To commemorate this first post, I have to refer to this link I stumbled on today from a slashdot article about the US State Department’s recent Email interruption. The post is called “Bedlam DL3, Me Too”. Very funny, and please note it is 2004. Don’t hate on MS too easily.
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