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Copy old Domino directory and replace it with the new one for upgrade

I want to upgrade from Lotus Domino R5 to R6. Is it possible for me to install R6 fresh and then just copy the old Domino directory and replace it with the new one?
Yes, it is. This is a very common method of upgrading. However, I would not bring the entire data directory. Only bring the data files (.nsf), customized templates (.ntf) and the ID file. You may need to repopulate any custom notes.ini parameters you created, but those should be done in the configuration document now, not directly in the notes.ini. After the installation and the move, make sure you Compact –B, fixup and Updall –R all of your databases to put them in the Domino 6 ODS and formats.

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This was first published in November 2004

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