Notes -> MS Migrations Tools - My Story

Tuesday 17th January, 2006
Microsoft announced today that they have developed some great new tools, codename Red Bull, for analysing my Lotus Notes/Domino Applications and seeing how easily they can be migrated to the MS platform...this...is my story.

With excitement I clicked to the announcement and through to download the tools. Instead of telling you what happened, I thought I'd show you. So here's the story in pictures. Remember, this is the final released version of the tools being run at a live production site of a major blue-chip corporation. I am a Lotus customer, not a supplier.

RSS readers will need to follow the link now...



(Yes I know the formatting is a bit screwy but I don't want to resize these images. Click here when you're done.)


Interesting default path, I think we'll change that.

































I think that just about sums it up. If somebody can please let me know when Service Pack 1 of this tool is released, I'll try it again.

Update: MS emailed me!

  1. 1) vowe dot net Said: (17/01/2006 16:14:42 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Microsoft’s latest tool to switch Domino users to Exchange

    ...

  2. 2) Colman Carpenter Said: (17/01/2006 16:22:42 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Notes -> MS Migrations Tools - My Story

    Makes me laugh when people say Notes sucks ! How user-friendly is this then !

  3. 3) Jeff Said: (17/01/2006 19:12:04 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Notes -> MS Migrations Tools - My Story

    I have done multiple notes to exchange migrations, without appreciable problems. One thing I know about migrations tools (whether Microsoft, Quest or some other) is that they are generally specific to a given client version. Essentially, all the tools log in as Notes client to get access the databases. The migration tools require a Notes client install, and make API/DLL calls using the Client supplied interfaces. Looking at your errors, it appears to me that you are possibly using the wrong Notes client version for the tool.

  4. 4) Amy B Said: (17/01/2006 20:55:44 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    That's data collector 2003. New one hasn't been released yet. As per the press release, it will be available first quarter '06. Also, that (old) tool requires an older version of Notes, which is probably why those errors were generated.

  5. 5) Ben Rose Said: (17/01/2006 21:55:54 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    @4 Amy - Thanks for the info. 2 questions come out of that though:

    1) Is it not first quarter 06? Last time I looked it was nearly February.

    2) The release notes for this tool tell me I need to use Notes 6 or later to examine application developed in R6 format. That is what I used, why doesn't it work?

  6. 6) Amy B Said: (17/01/2006 23:47:18 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Notes -> MS Migrations Tools - My Story

    You know how that whole quarter thing works - It's not Q2 yet, so it's not late yet... :-)

    No idea why it blew up like that on you. I have a few thoughts, but this really isn't the right forum. If you're interested in troubleshooting, feel free to contact me offline and I'd be glad to help you out (or we can talk more at the 'sphere.)

  7. 7) Chris Linfoot Said: (18/01/2006 08:54:22 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Notes -> MS Migrations Tools - My Story

    1. FYI your feed contains full posts. I read the entire post via RSS. No need to "follow the link now".

    2. I bet you used Notes 7. I think "Notes 6 or later actually means Notes 6.0.x OR Notes 6.5.x".

  8. 8) AJP Said: (18/01/2006 12:42:54 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Notes -> MS Migrations Tools - My Story

    Well M$ did get one thing right; it is all Bull ...

  9. 9) Colman Carpenter Said: (18/01/2006 16:13:00 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Notes -> MS Migrations Tools - My Story

    I have a couple of thoughts on the situation on my blog: { Link }

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