As the mid-September release of Notes/Domino 7.0 nears, administrators should start looking at their current infrastructure now to make sure the upgrade will work well for them. The idea, of course, is to address server or application issues before the upgrade and to make sure any mid-upgrade obstacles affect as little as possible in your enterprise.
Jessica Couto is president of Computer Focus, a training and consulting company in Swansea, Mass. Couto presented a session on making the upgrade to 7.0 at the Admin2005 conference for Lotus software professionals that was held in Boston in May. Last week she discussed the topic further with SearchDomino.com and offered five tips to help administrators prepare for an upgrade.
Even though Domino 7 had four beta versions, like any other debut it will still have some kinks, so waiting for 7.x may be a better option. "I leave it up to them for their own compelling reason to upgrade," Couto said of her customers. Click here for a look at Notes beyond 7.0.
However, the move to DB2 isn't an end-all, since according to IBM Notes databases will remain in NSF format in Notes/Domino 7.0. In addition, the move will involve training, converting apps to a different console and familiarizing users with a new GUI, Couto said. "There's a lot more behind it," she added. For advice from a SearchDomino.com expert on integrating Domino 7 beta with DB2, click here.
Once that's done, it's time to remove anything that's been languishing on your system, such as unused Notes.ini parameters, obsolete Person and Group documents, unused application.
It's also important to choose the appropriate server to upgrade. Pick the server that has the least to lose if things don't go well, Couto said. A good option, then, is an enterprise's SMTP server, since it only affects mail routing, while upgrading an application server first would be a bad idea.
I believe 7.0 is not shipping with DB2 as an option. You actually have to ask for the option on a limited basis. Personally, I would not recommend running DB2 and Domino.
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