Upgrading to ND6 isn't supposed to be a monumental task. We asked some industry experts to give us some rules of thumb for making a smooth migration. You'll still have to do your homework, but these tips can get you started. Special thanks to SearchDomino.com experts Mike Lazar, Brian Mahoney and Jens Bruntt, as well as Nucleus Research analyst Shruti Yadav, all of whom shared their migration words of wisdom.
Keep it simple. Plan the upgrade, pilot the upgrade, and put it in production.
Prepare with Murphy's Law in mind. Put user support services and a quality assurance system in place before implementing the upgrade. These steps can ease a transition that, for large enterprises, can feel like a big step.
Schedule some downtime for your production servers. When the time comes to make the migration, you will have downtime.
Make sure your administration server is the first one that is upgraded to ND 6. In a well designed hub-and-spoke topology, the administration server is the master server for all directory changes.
Follow the rest of the recommended upgrade path, too. It is: administrator clients, Domino directory, admin server, hubs, mail servers, application servers, clients, mail templates, applications.
Use the convert utility to convert mail files so private folders aren't lost.
Test all applications before upgrading.
Upgrade together. Keep executives and their assistants at the same client-template versions.
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