RE: Netscape to Exchange migration

  • From: "Scott Van Singel" <svansingel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 13:09:10 -0500

 We did the same thing you are going through now. 
We had Netscape Messaging server for our Email, we moved to Exchange over our 
We took a different approach to this problem. The Exchange server and Netscape 
had different Names resolved to. 
The teachers were told that when the New Email server was up and running, they 
would have to send the mail that they want to the new email address 
After a week, the old server was turned off and then the DNS records were 
changed so that all email would go to our Exchange server. 
Hope that helps a little. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Sorrell [mailto:KSorrell@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, November 08, 2002 12:38 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Netscape to Exchange migration

I'm halfway through a project of moving an organization off of Netscape 
Messaging Server and onto Exchange 2000.  Things are going well, and I was just 
curious to see how others have approached some of the tougher challenges that 
I've run across so far.  I like the resolutions that I've come up with, but 
would be interested to see if there are alternative approaches that I have not 

Thus, what I want to know is, can anybody find documentation on the web (or 
elsewhere, I suppose) describing this process?  Because nobody I know has been 
able to find a document that deals directly with the question of how exactly to 
migrate from "Netscape Messaging Server" and "Netscape Directory Server" to 
Exchange 2000.  There are general discussions of LDAP extractions, etc., but 
seems like nobody can find a doc that describes, in very specific terms, how to 
(a) extract the data from the Netscape Directory Server (where the address book 
info is being stored for the mail) and (b)how to then get that extracted LDAP 
info (such as distribution groups) imported into Exchange/Active Directory. 

I've figured it out, but has anybody else?  And if so, have they written about 
it?  Did they do it the same way I did?  Or did they come up with a better way 
to do it? (just wondering.......)


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