Thursday, January 19, 2012

Migration from NSF to PST is now a no sweat task

Lotus Notes is an expensive email client that not many organizations feel fits into their budget. A resonable solution that is the choice of major chunk of business organizations is MS Outlook. Outlook is a popular email client and personal information manager that that includes calendar, task manager, contact manager, notes, journals and attachments. Due to its ease of use and low maintenace cost, MS Outlook is preferred over IBM Lotus Notes.

Emails are the most important communication media used within organizations and migration from one email client to another is considered a tough gig. Microsoft has facilitated its users with a utility called 'Microsoft Transporter Suite' that exports user mailboxes from the Lotus Domino Server to Microsoft Exchange Server efficaciously. Though this tool is a matter of great relief for Lotus Notes users who want to migrate to MS Outlook, but there is a limitation of this utility. There is default maximum file size limit (4MB) of the NSF file that can be exported. A file size exceeding that limit will not be exported.

Organizations are on the look out for an effective, fast and reliable NSF to PST Converter that can migrate the entire Lotus Notes database to Outlook unfailingly. The best solution for successful NSF to PST Conversion in minimum time is through the aid of third party tools. Using NSF to PST Converter tools, emails, attachments, appointments, calendar entries, To-do lists, tasks, contacts etc. can be successfully converted to Outlook usable PST files.

Among the popular NSF to PST Converter tools available online, a reliable solution is “Stellar Phoenix NSF to PST Converter”. An adroit utility that performs selective conversion of Lotus Notes NSF file to MS Outlook PST file, this software allows the user to save mail items as EML/MSG/PST files. This software is designed on the grounds of simplicity and an interactive GUI keeping in mind both novice and professional users.

The demo version of the software offers a preview of the convertable Lotus Notes items to showcase its competency. Supporting Lotus Notes versions 8.5, 8.0.2, 7.0, 6.5 and 6.0 this powerful utility can create a new PST file or append the converted data into an exisiting one taking care of the entire conversion process, while you sit back and relax. The newly created PST file is easily imported into MS Outlook to access all the converted data. The demo version of the Lotus Notes Recovery tool facilitates the user to convert first 10 items of each mailbox folder as PST files, but in order to convert the entire folder or database the software has to be purchased.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

An insight into Lotus Notes database corruption and some possible recovery measures

Lotus notes is an email client of a cross-platform run time environment developed by Lotus Development Corporation. It offers a range of services to the users, including emails, instant messaging, calendaring, blogs, discussions, and a complete office productivity suite. It stores all application and associated data in a document database format file or NSF file. This file may occasionally become corrupt due to various reasons, such as server crash, hardware issues, resource allocation or configuration issues, improper administrator data access or database manipulation, etc. As a consequence, all your emails, contacts, calendar-entries, To-do Lists, and other useful information become inaccessible. To overcome this problem, you need to go for NSF file recovery through a reliable third-party utility.

Listed below is an error message that is seen in the Blackberry Desktop Manager during its synchronization with IBM Lotus Notes 7.x:

''Database specified does not exist or cannot be accessed.''

After receiving the above error, you are unable to synchronize the data of your Lotus Notes e-mail application.

Grounds of the Problem:
The above error occurred because the mail file directory location possibly contains an incorrect path for the specified database.

In order to overcome the issue, you have to update the mail file directory location in Lotus Notes. You need to specify the correct file path to the specified database:
1.Select File > Edit current location in Lotus Notes 7.x.
2.Choose the location currently in use and then click Edit.
3.Choose the Mail tab.
4.In the Mail file location field, choose Local.
5.Type the accurate path to the local copy of the mail file in the Mail file field. By default, the location is C:\program files\IBM\Lotus\Notes\Data\.

However, if you are still facing problems while synchronization, this implies that the Lotus Notes NSF file is badly corrupt or damaged. In such situations, you can use a third party Lotus Notes Recovery tool. With the aid of such tools, you can perform a precise recovery of any corrupt Lotus Notes database to retrieve all your lost emails, contacts, attachments, calendar-entries, To-do lists, and journals.

Stellar Phoenix Lotus Notes Recovery is a comprehensive tool that repairs corrupt NSF files of IBM Lotus Notes 6.x and 7.x. The phenomenal tool displays preview of all recoverable NSF objects and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, 2000, and NT (SP6).