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Webcast Recap

Webcast Recap

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Wow, Tuesday’s webcast was great !  Tons of interest and fantastic questions.  Plus it was fun to take a break for a couple of hours during these final weeks before we ship and show off the Transporter a little. If you missed Tuesday’s webcast overview of the Transporter Suite we have posted a replay here at and I will post the entire Q&A log as a comment.

 Video Cast

Enjoy !

 

Erik

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  • Questions and Answers:

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    Asked: when can we expect a RTM version?

    Answered: mid feb

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    Asked: will this presentation be available for download?

    Answered: Yes

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    Asked: How do you achieve SMTP co-existence?

    Answered: Exchange and Domino both support SMTP natively so all is needed is to setup SMTP domain routing. This is documented in the help on how to set this up.

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    Asked: how does the application migration take care of richtext?

    Answered: It will convert to HTML

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    Asked: But what if both Domino and Exchange use the same SMTP domain? As would be normal?

    Answered: Yes, this is documented in the help chm file.

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    Asked: with the new connector using SMTP for message transport are we to assume there is no way to do doclink conversion in mixed app environments going forward?

    Answered: Doclinks are converted to NOTES: URLs so that the info is available by clicking, which then launches a Notes client to display the linked document.

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    Asked: Is Personal Address Book migration supported in the RTM release? Or will this be in an update?

    Answered: This will not be available in the initial release, but is being worked on for a future release

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    Asked: Does this mean that each Domino user will need an SMTP address in hs/her person doc?

    Answered: (Yes) – Note: Actually this is (No), the connector will automatically generate resolvable SMTP addresses if no SMTP address is in the person doc.

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    Asked: Is this just to migrate to Sharepoint 2007 or can this be used with Sharepoint 2003

    Answered: We've only tested the tool against SharePoint 2007.

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    Asked: Can I have transporter installed for moving mailboxes and exchange 2003 connector for mail routing using NOTES addresses?

    Answered: 2003 connector has not been tested on Exchange 2007 and the transporter hasn't been tested on Exchange 2003.  Note: the 2003 connector WAS tested in a mixed Exchange 2003/2007 topology.  Since the connector must be installed on an Exchange 2003 server this is only supported in a mixed topology.  So YES you can have the Exchange 2003 connector for mail routing.  As for mailbox migration the Transporter will only migrate to Exchange 2007 Mailboxes.

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    Asked: On the get-dominouser how does it know where the domino server is?

    Answered: It gets the information from a Notes client installed locally.  Note: The task also has a parameter –DominoServer that can be used to specific a specific server.

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    Asked: will richtext migration also take care of embedded objects and images?

    Answered: Yes

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    Asked: Does get-dominouser report a hard-coded set of fields or all fields (for if the Person form has been amended)?

    Answered: Will not bring in information that is not standard.

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    Asked: do you have to install the transporter suite on a server/client with the notes client?

    Answered: A Notes client must be installed on the same machine as transporter.

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    Asked: What about migrating groups? Do you have also PowerShell commands for this?

    Answered: Not in the initial release. Note: This is something we are working on

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    Asked: For analyzing Lotus Notes apps is MS App Analyzer 2006 needed or will the MS Transporter Suite 2007 take care of all analysis?

    Answered: You can use both. Ed will talk about this.

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    Asked: Will Transporter migrate non-ascii charachters, eg. German double s, norwegian å?

    Answered: Yes.

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    Asked: Does directory migration leave a record of how names were mapped?

    Answered: The objects have what the maps are. You can save those objects to a file.

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    Asked: FBB 9.960D How do you maintain reliability of migrated messages and can you migrate iNotes contacts? How do you maintain reliability of migrated messages and can you migrate iNotes contacts? How do you maintain reliability of migrated messages and can you migrate iNotes contacts?

    Answered: All content is migrated. iNotes contacts are not migrated.

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    Asked: What does "Exchange routable domain" mean in the dirsync dialogue?

    Answered: domain name for the exchange environment.

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    Asked: are there plans at MS to implement migration of Non-exchange servers via IMAP?

    Answered: This is something we are considering

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    Asked: Is calendar migration a) smoother and b) reliable?

    Answered: Yes Note: I talked about how it is better during the session.

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    Asked: Is calendar migration right into the calendar?

    Answered: yes

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    Asked: Will this webcast be ondemand after this to look at it later

    Answered: yes

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    Asked: Is there a way when you migrate them over to an Exchange mailbox to automatically UM enable them?

    Answered: a powershell script could call into the exchange management shell to do this

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    Asked: will the tool also migrate pnabs, if they exist on the server?

    Answered: not in this release Note: This is something we are working on.

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    Asked: are doclinks handled correct during the coexistence phase?

    Answered: handled as Notes: links.

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    Asked: Any idea what the disk space requirements are for an Exchange Mailbox vs. a Domino Mail Database?

    Answered: Should be about the same.

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    Asked: How well does mailbox migration compare with Quest tools?

    Answered: They offer different options, but I haven't tested their tools. You should definitely take a look at our partners tools as well.

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    Janet Asked: so, if the email contains a doclink then there is no modification required - it will pass successfully through the coexistence tool and come out in outlook as a link?

    Answered: yes

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    Asked: Yes or no; In the scenario for smtp domain sharing in the help file, which includes the use of an edge server, do you need to use address rewrite on the edge server?

    Answered: no you don't have to use edge, but you could

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    Asked: when messages are migrated how is reply-ability of the migrated messages handled?

    Answered: via the creation of proxy addresses from dirsync

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    Asked: When synchronizing the directories I have seen that the forwarding address in domino contains the smtp address from Exchange, bu with an @ character and the Domino domain appended. Is this correct behaviour? How can you send an smtp message to this "address"?

    Answered: That is correct. That enables the Free/Busy to route.

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    Asked: It s possible to migrate the users on line?

    Answered: If you mean can we migrate when a user is actively logged in. Then yes, we just copy the existing account information.

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    Asked: Is this still a limitation around sending updates to whole day appointments?

    Answered: Not that I am aware of. The only limitation is in sending updates to recurring meetings.

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    Asked: Can you have the transporter connect to multiple Lotus environments into a single Exchange Org?

    Answered: As long as they are separate SMTP name spaces this will be fine.

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    Asked: The FROM addresses in a migrated message seem to be in the Domino format, does that require a foreign person docuemnt be present in domino if you want to reply to that message?

    Answered: Yes, however the directory migration and directory connector ensure this already so that reply will work.

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    Asked: Does this do ANALYSIS only - for the Applications ?

    Answered: Yes, you can also get information for mailboxes

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    Asked: Sorry, I meant recurring meetings (late here in my timezone!) So there is still this same limitation and organizers should delete and resend those appointments instead of updating?

    Answered: Yes, this is due to how Domoin/Exchange update recurring meetings.

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    Asked: We still see alot of GroupWise in the Public Sector and Healthcare. Are you investigating using the Transporter for GW?

    Answered: Not at this time

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    Asked: Does Domino require both a Foreign SMTP domain and an SMTP connection docuement to route SMTP mail to Exchange?

    Answered: Not in all cases. It depends on how you have both systems configured. I would recommend reviewing the doc on setting up co-existence.

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    Asked: Will the helpfile list the poweshell commands with syntax

    Answered: yes

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    Asked: Will the migrator support migrations of PNAB and local archives?

    Answered: Not at this time. Note: This is something we are working on.

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    Asked: Will there be more documentation on co-existence?

    Answered: yes

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    Asked: will the app tool identify those apps that must be modified because they aren't handled through the coexistence (i.e. special form or email containing lotusscript)

    Answered: yes. Get-Dominapplication has this.

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    Asked: Can you migrated distribution groups with the migrator?

    Answered: Not at this time

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    Asked: Are you investigating having mulitple threads to migrate multiple users at once on the console?

    Answered: Right now our focus is on getting each user done quickly rather than multiples users at once.  Note: Currently the tools do spawn multiple treads for migration to increase performance.  These threads are not based on mailboxes but on groups of mail messages.  For example 10 threads will cause 10 clumps of mail to migrate at the same time, regardless of what mailbox.  This increases the single mailbox migration and also multiple mailbox migrations.

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    Asked: how does it handle reader or author fields?

    Answered: Reader and Author fields are brought over. Also ACLs do migrate as part of the overall application.

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    Asked: What documentation for the transporter is available now? is it only the help file, quick start guide and release notes?

    Answered: Yes. Over time white-papers will be created.

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    Asked: if I created a custom discussion list, with custom content type inheriting from discussion content type (via list definition and features), will transport be able to migrate to that?

    Answered: Yes but you will need to create a custom map.

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    Asked: Is there any work being done to come up with a GUI/Wizard for creating custom mapping tables

    Answered: No at this time

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    Asked: What is the URL for the Blog

    Answered: http://blogs.technet.com/collabtools/

  • Can the application migration handle Notes Quickplace sites? They are esstentially notes databases.

  • Can the application migrator handle Notes Quickplace sites? They are esstentially notes databases.

  • Quickplace is interesting.  At the core you can build mapping tables to migrate the data from Quickplace to WSS, however it is not a simple 1 to 1 mapping of databases since Quickplace leverages several databases together.  We have had customers migrate Quickplace but it will take manual mapping of a custom application.

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