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Migrator for GroupWise 4.7.1 - Quick Start Guide

About this guide

This Quick Start Guide is designed to be 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. This document also includes instructions for downloading and installing the software.

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.

Other Migrator for GroupWise documentation

This Quick Start Guide is one of several documents that explain various aspects of Quest Migrator for GroupWise product. The documentation suite also includes:

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 this entire Quick Start Guide, and the 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.

Product overview

The challenges of migration

While the benefits of migrating from Novell GroupWise to Microsoft Exchange are well understood, the migration of a large enterprise is typically a complex process that requires careful planning and project management. A high-level summary checklist of necessary tasks can be quite long, and will expose a good number of details that must be addressed for a successful migration. The "choreography" in the sequence, timing, and coordination of tasks is important.

A few products and services are available to help organizations with various pieces of the migration puzzle, but the best solution would be a single coordinated toolkit to provide a comprehensive, project-scale approach to overall migration planning, management, and execution. The component tools and the package as a whole would be versatile enough to accomplish a wide range of migration strategies, and would accommodate these critical project needs:

Preservation of valuable information stored on the GroupWise system. This includes the mail, attachments, calendar appointments, tasks, and so forth stored on the server, and also information such as address books and local stores. Ideally data on the GroupWise server should be moved to the Exchange server while GroupWise local stores should be moved to desktops in Outlook "personal storage" (.pst ) format. The migration should have high fidelity and all messages should be reply-able at all times during and after the migration project.
Limited user involvement in the migration project. Users will likely be using a new mail client (Outlook) with the new server, and will need some training. But administrators should be able to perform the migration project with minimal end user involvement.
Provisioning of user accounts and distribution lists into Active Directory. Quest Coexistence Manager for GroupWise (CMG) and Migrator for NDS (separate Quest products) can read GroupWise server data to automatically provision users and groups in Active Directory much more completely than other tools, migrating much GroupWise data into the new AD object records. But these tools do not mail-enable AD security objects, or create Exchange mailboxes, and cannot move GroupWise public distribution lists into AD—all necessary tasks in a migration. Also, any Internet mail aliases that worked in GroupWise must be supported on Exchange.
Coexistence of the two systems during migration (for medium and large enterprises). Small companies may choose to migrate all users together as a single group to avoid having to support coexistence between the GroupWise and Exchange directories through the transition period. But most medium and large companies (more than 400 or so users) will need to provide for some level of directory, email, calendar and free/busy coexistence. Users should be able to email one another, and schedule meetings and accept/decline invitations, without having to know the migration status of other users.
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