Lotus Notes


  • Service Provider

    I have a new client that has a Lotus Notes server with a database of archive content. They want to export it out of Lotus Notes in to something else that is currently supported. Does anyone know of any consultants they would recommend for something like this? In my searches, http://www.merlinconnect.com/ keeps coming up, but I filled out their "contact us" form a week ago and haven't heard anything.



  • have you looked at the data? Perhaps you can find a way to just dump it to Excel or something.


  • Service Provider

    What is the "something else" that they want to send it to?


  • Service Provider

    I'm going to see if someone can show me the front end today. I have a feeling it's articles with photos attached.

    It doesn't really matter what we export it to as long as it's accessible.



  • I am a Lotus Notes admin. Send me a PM.

    Also, I know a Lotus Notes expert as well.


  • Banned

    Bahah I'd love to get away from it, we have a few people on it from a company we bought out but they cling on to it..

    I can't even figure out how to manage the dang thing. or how to setup Lotus notes in new accounts.. we had them Right Click Run as with their old company accounts via a domain trust.


  • Banned

    @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    I'm going to see if someone can show me the front end today. I have a feeling it's articles with photos attached.

    It doesn't really matter what we export it to as long as it's accessible.

    It's basically email.



  • @Jason Let me know if you want some help 🙂


  • Banned

    @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    something else that is currently supported.

    Lotus/IBM notes is still currently supported.

    It's call IBM Domino that's what we are running.



  • @Jason said in Lotus Notes:

    @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    I'm going to see if someone can show me the front end today. I have a feeling it's articles with photos attached.

    It doesn't really matter what we export it to as long as it's accessible.

    It's basically email.

    It's definitely much more than email. It's a full DB backend with it's own GUI frontend for anything you want to do with it.


  • Service Provider

    @Dashrender said in Lotus Notes:

    @Jason said in Lotus Notes:

    @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    I'm going to see if someone can show me the front end today. I have a feeling it's articles with photos attached.

    It doesn't really matter what we export it to as long as it's accessible.

    It's basically email.

    It's definitely much more than email. It's a full DB backend with it's own GUI frontend for anything you want to do with it.

    Yes. Just like Exchange. It is email.



  • @Dashrender said in Lotus Notes:

    @Jason said in Lotus Notes:

    @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    I'm going to see if someone can show me the front end today. I have a feeling it's articles with photos attached.

    It doesn't really matter what we export it to as long as it's accessible.

    It's basically email.

    It's definitely much more than email. It's a full DB backend with it's own GUI frontend for anything you want to do with it.

    So... like pretty much every email server?


  • Banned

    This reignigted my desire to move off Notes.. I found this https://www.systoolsgroup.com/export-notes.html

    Where are the *.nsf files saved? I assume on the client and not the server? but where?



  • @JaredBusch said in Lotus Notes:

    @Dashrender said in Lotus Notes:

    @Jason said in Lotus Notes:

    @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    I'm going to see if someone can show me the front end today. I have a feeling it's articles with photos attached.

    It doesn't really matter what we export it to as long as it's accessible.

    It's basically email.

    It's definitely much more than email. It's a full DB backend with it's own GUI frontend for anything you want to do with it.

    Yes. Just like Exchange. It is email.

    I know you can do extra things with Exchange, but frankly I've never seen anyone do those extra things directly with Exchange. instead they install a product to the side of Exchange and integrate them.

    With Domino you can create full blown apps like Access on crack.



  • @Jason said in Lotus Notes:

    This reignigted my desire to move off Notes.. I found this https://www.systoolsgroup.com/export-notes.html

    Where are the *.nsf files saved? I assume on the client and not the server? but where?

    Actually it depends. Notes/Domino can work just like Outlook/Exchange and keep most of the files on the servers side (though in the olden days the contacts were local - I think they did finally move to server side though). So the NSF are generally on the server in the /mail folder under the Domino main directory.

    If there is a local copy, the NFS is either in the users's profile - god only knows where, or the All users profile directory(s).


  • Banned

    This shows how little I know about it.. only 20 people or so have it in the company we bought out.. tiny amount. Turns out they aren't even using it for email. There was a custom app built inside of it a long long time ago. Horrible idea. Now we got to find a way to replace it.



  • @Jason said in Lotus Notes:

    This shows how little I know about it.. only 20 people or so have it in the company we bought out.. tiny amount. Turns out they aren't even using it for email. There was a custom app built inside of it a long long time ago. Horrible idea. Now we got to find a way to replace it.

    When I saw the topic title "Lotus Notes" I thought "hey, an archaeology project"

    I do warn people against this kind of thing, and one of my old specialities was moving people from old MS Access and various other legacy garbage to typically intranet web based applications. I like doing that kind of thing.


  • Banned

    @tonyshowoff said in Lotus Notes:

    @Jason said in Lotus Notes:

    This shows how little I know about it.. only 20 people or so have it in the company we bought out.. tiny amount. Turns out they aren't even using it for email. There was a custom app built inside of it a long long time ago. Horrible idea. Now we got to find a way to replace it.

    When I saw the topic title "Lotus Notes" I thought "hey, an archaeology project"

    I do warn people against this kind of thing, and one of my old specialities was moving people from old MS Access and various other legacy garbage to typically intranet web based applications. I like doing that kind of thing.

    Yep we would have never done it.. There IT was crap (and a lot of it was outsourced).


  • Service Provider

    The client is pretty much just storing rich text in the database. Thanks to those that asked those questions so I knew what to look for when I went in. There are no attachments.

    Does anyone want to propose a solution as to what to move the data to? I'm assuming a hosted database server with a simple web front end. The database won't grow because it's just archive information.



  • If it's just rich text, can it be exported to Excel? or csv?

    After that you can do whatever you want with it. Build a web front end to search it, or just leave it in that form and search it from Excel.



  • @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    The client is pretty much just storing rich text in the database. Thanks to those that asked those questions so I knew what to look for when I went in. There are no attachments.

    Does anyone want to propose a solution as to what to move the data to? I'm assuming a hosted database server with a simple web front end. The database won't grow because it's just archive information.

    Is that literal richtext or something like HTML encoding of it?


  • Service Provider

    @Dashrender yes, it could be exported there, but they would like a slightly better interface than excel for doing their searches. I may try an export to see how many records we're talking about.


  • Service Provider

    @tonyshowoff said in Lotus Notes:

    Is that literal richtext or something like HTML encoding of it?

    I'm not sure. In their custom app, I can see text that is bolded and different font sizes. I'll have to try to export it and see what the fields look like.



  • @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    @tonyshowoff said in Lotus Notes:

    Is that literal richtext or something like HTML encoding of it?

    I'm not sure. In their custom app, I can see text that is bolded and different font sizes. I'll have to try to export it and see what the fields look like.

    huh, that sounds like real rich text or HTML encoding.. definitely not plain text.

    Is that formatting important?



  • @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    @Dashrender yes, it could be exported there, but they would like a slightly better interface than excel for doing their searches. I may try an export to see how many records we're talking about.

    Once you find a way to export it, I'm sure @tonyshowoff would love to instruct you in the ways of building a simple website/DB combo that could host it and allow nice searches from a web form.



  • @Dashrender said in Lotus Notes:

    @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    @Dashrender yes, it could be exported there, but they would like a slightly better interface than excel for doing their searches. I may try an export to see how many records we're talking about.

    Once you find a way to export it, I'm sure @tonyshowoff would love to instruct you in the ways of building a simple website/DB combo that could host it and allow nice searches from a web form.

    I would?



  • @tonyshowoff said in Lotus Notes:

    @Dashrender said in Lotus Notes:

    @Mike-Davis said in Lotus Notes:

    @Dashrender yes, it could be exported there, but they would like a slightly better interface than excel for doing their searches. I may try an export to see how many records we're talking about.

    Once you find a way to export it, I'm sure @tonyshowoff would love to instruct you in the ways of building a simple website/DB combo that could host it and allow nice searches from a web form.

    I would?

    😉 For a fee of course 🙂


  • Service Provider

    @Dashrender said in Lotus Notes:

    Once you find a way to export it, I'm sure @tonyshowoff would love to instruct you in the ways of building a simple website/DB combo that could host it and allow nice searches from a web form.

    If @tonyshowoff wants to send me a proposal to host and support it, I'm all for that. I have no need to support something else.


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