A tool to help you switch

Are you a Lotus Notes user?  Do you wish to switch to Google Apps, but are not sure how to do it?

I might be able to help.  It seems there is a tool available to help you migrate easily and efficiently from Lotus Notes to Google’s cloud-based system.  It’s called GAMLN and this stands for Google Apps Migration For Lotus Notes.  Not a particularly enthusing name, but I suppose providing it does the job, so what.

Apparently it does the job quite well, with administrators being able to switch email, calendar, contacts, and other group information from your Notes accounts to Google.

Included in this tool is the ability to schedule migrations, set up automatic provisioning of Google Apps accounts as well as making sure that everything goes smoothly during the migration process.  This includes details of notifications, reporting and logging.

Now while this is all fine and dandy there are a few things that you need to know.  First of all, you need to sign up to either Google Apps for Business or Education.  I’m not sure if Google Apps for Government is also included.

Next, you will need to be using a Microsoft Windows 2003 server or better in order to install the application.  However, if you are just using it for email then the platform doesn’t matter, providing it supports Lotus Notes.

Thirdly, you will need to have already installed a single Notes Client with Domino Administrator.  It also goes without saying that there must be authenticated administrator access.

Finally, you will also need Microsoft Core XML Services6.0 installed.

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