Program to set forwarding in Exchange

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Email forwarding
Exchange 2003
Lotus Notes 8.x
We are moving from Exchange to Lotus Notes 8.01. When we migrate the users, we have to set forwarding on and hide their name from the Exchange address list. Forwarding involves clicking a radio button in Exchange, and then entering the users name to forward to. When we migrate a large number to users, say 300, we have to modify the Exchange record, as mentioned, for all 300 users. It is very tedious, and of course prone to error. Does anyone know of a program that has been written to do this?

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You are going about this migration the wrong way on two counts. First, it should be in the reverse direction from Lotus Notes to Exchange Server but I will overlook this for the moment, only to state that simply forwarding messages from mailboxes is not the optimal solution. It appears that there is a co-existence requirement for this migration. To ease the pains, such as those that you are experiencing, as well as facilitate the continued collaboration between users still on Exchange Server and those that have been moved to Lotus Notes, some form of directory synchronization, as well as calendar and free/busy synchronization should be in place. Mailboxes that have been moved Lotus Notes could then be represented as users or contacts with forwarding addresses in Exchange and users that have not yet been migrated to Lotus Notes could be represented in the equivalent manner in Lotus Notes. Furthermore, the entire process can be automated.

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  • Justty
    Mbartosh , Depending on your environment, you might be doing this migration the proper way. Ignore the last post "You are going about this migration the wrong way on two counts". The Exchange/Notes connectors are not always reliable. Here is my back ground. We are running Exchange 5.5 with max 1GB on server. For this reason, the Exchange/Notes connectors were not an option. They would tank the server. Instead we had to create a fake alias account with @corp.mydomain.com email address. We set @corp.mydomain.com to forward to notesserver.corp.mydomain.com. On the Exchange account we set the user to forward to the fake alias name we created, we then hide the fake alias account. Depending upon your Exchange system and how many users you have and how far along you are. You might want to look at the BinaryTree product CMT Coexistance (This is a pricey option). You may also want to look at thier CMT Notes application, this will import Exchange & PST mail into Lotus Notes. If your users are not big calendar users, then there is no need for Coexistance, or if like my migration, you target these users first. There are plent of script for Exchange out there. The challenge would be to find one that can create the fake account and then update the real account. If you have any other questions, just post.
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