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Migrator for GroupWise 4.7.1 - Pre-Migration Planning Guide

About this guide Introduction Critical considerations Other strategic and tactical issues Known limitations of the migration process Summary of features and capabilities

About this guide

This Pre-Migration Planning Guide was developed to help you prepare for your organization’s migration from Novell GroupWise to Microsoft Exchange, using Quest Migrator for GroupWise. These pages will familiarize you with Migrator for GroupWise’s component tools, and explain many strategic and tactical planning issues that an admin must understand and accommodate prior to beginning any migration process.

The primary contents of this guide are divided into three chapters:

Chapter 1: Introduction: A summary of what Migrator for GroupWise is designed to do, with brief descriptions of all of its component tools, and the hardware and software specifications required to run Migrator for GroupWise.
Chapter 2: Critical considerations: Explanations of the most critical planning factors you need to understand and resolve as you begin to plan for a migration project. The choices you make here will determine how your migration will proceed—the tasks you will need to perform, and the tools you will need to use.
Chapter 3: Other strategic and tactical issues: Explanations of other important planning factors to consider before you begin a migration process.

This Guide is intended for network administrators, consultants, analysts, and any other IT professionals who will use the product or participate in planning for a migration project.

The complexity of most migration projects makes planning, foresight and communications critical to a smooth migration. Quest therefore strongly recommends that all participants in the planning and execution of a migration project read all of this Guide, for a full understanding of the migration process and how several critical pre-migration choices will affect your migration project and outcome.

Other Migrator for GroupWise documentation

This Pre-Migration Planning Guide is one of several documents that explain various aspects of Quest Migrator for GroupWise product. The complete documentation suite also includes

Quick Start Guide: An orientation to the product's basic purposes and features, and to how its component tools are most typically used within the broader context of an overall migration project. Also includes instructions for downloading and installing the software.
Scenarios Guide: Migration process instructions that show how Migrator for GroupWise tools and features can be used in a variety of migration scenarios— migrating to different target environments, with different preferences and under different circumstances.
Administration Guide: Operating instructions, application notes and screen-by-screen field notes for the administrator components of Migrator for GroupWise.
Self Service Desktop Migrator (SSDM) User Guide: Operating instructions, application notes and screen-by-screen field notes for the Self Service Desktop Migrator (SSDM) component of Migrator for GroupWise. The SSDM User Guide is provided as a separate document so that an administrator can distribute it to any end users who will run the per-desktop program.
Program Parameters Reference: Detailed specifications for all of the program parameters (“INI” parameters) that you can use to fine-tune the behavior and performance of Migrator for GroupWise applications.
Online Help: Context-sensitive field definitions and application notes for all of Migrator for GroupWise’s component applications.

The Migrator for GroupWise Quick Start Guide, Pre-Migration Planning Guide, Scenarios Guide and Administration Guide are intended for network administrators, consultants, analysts, and any other IT professionals who will install the product, use its administrative tools, or contribute to migration project planning. The SSDM User Guide is intended for end users or administrators who will use the Self Service Desktop Migrator component.

To understand the capabilities and typical uses of Migrator for GroupWise, we strongly recommend that all administrators read the entire Quick Start Guide, and this entire Pre-Migration Planning Guide, and then browse the Scenarios Guide to see which scenario matches or is closest to your own needs and circumstances. These materials are designed both to familiarize you with Migrator for GroupWise features, and to help you devise a migration strategy and a written Migration Plan that suits the needs of your network configuration, your users, any institutional imperatives of your organization, and of course your own preferences.

You may then refer as needed to the Migrator for GroupWise component operating instructions, application notes, and per-screen field notes in the Migrator for GroupWise Administration Guide.


About Migrator for GroupWise

Quest Migrator for GroupWise is a set of related software applications designed to facilitate a variety of migration strategies for organizations moving from Novell GroupWise to Microsoft Exchange. The Quest applications are designed to work with two other Quest products, Migrator for NDS and Coexistence Manager for GroupWise (CMG), to provide a project-scale approach to overall migration planning and management. Migrator for GroupWise can:

In the most typical scenarios, an administrator uses the Migrator for GroupWise batch-migration program to migrate groups of dozens or hundreds of users at a time. But Migrator for GroupWise also contains a per-desktop migration program that lets an administrator visit individual desktops to perform migrations one user at a time, or end users can run the same per-desktop program to perform their own migrations. For that matter, an administrator can mix-and-match these strategies: migrating some users in batches, but others individually at their desktops, while still other users run the per-desktop tool themselves.

Migrator for GroupWise supports several such operational options that allow considerable flexibility in devising and implementing a suitable migration strategy for almost any set of circumstances and preferences.

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