Upgrading Exchange vs. Upgrading Domino

We’re going through an upgrade of our Exchange environment to the latest and greatest Exchange 2007. Yes, I have to admit that for some strange reason folks in our Microsoft practice keep want to be using Outlook instead of Lotus Notes. I don’t understand their reasoning as they have to keep both clients: all our internal systems are built in Notes, but that’s their problem.

So after yet another email announcing that the upgrade had to be rescheduled, I got to wondering…

When we upgrade our Lotus Domino servers, I never hear about it. Domino is so easy to upgrade that it happens at night without anyone knowing. The only time I know that our servers were upgraded is when webmail asks me to install the new plug-in. And we have our business run on Domino.

So why is it taking what seems like several weeks to upgrade our puny Exchange environment, which does nothing but email for 10 – 15 people? Is it a problem with technology? Is it truly that complex to upgrade?

Any experiences to the contrary?

6 Responses

  1. It truly is that complex. Especially in a co-exist environ. And if they are clustering, or have OWA…oh man!

  2. When moving from previous Exchange versions to 2007, all your hardware must be upgraded to 64 bit. The time may not be in the upgrade up in the hardware replacement.

    Recommended Minimum Hardware from Microsoft:
    •x64 architecture-based computer with Intel processor that supports Intel 64 architecture (formerly known as Intel EM64T)
    •AMD processor that supports the AMD64 platform
    •Intel Itanium IA64 processors not supported
    •Intel Pentium or compatible 800-megahertz (MHz) or faster 32-bit processor (for testing and training purposes only; not supported in production)

  3. Darren,
    We are in a coexist environment with OWA. Begs the question, why would anyone want to go through this pain?

  4. Because they have more money than brains

  5. Because it looks nice. Seriously, give me a business reason. When you look at how many servers it would take to replace a Domino clustered environment (2 servers) it is truly staggering.

    A few months ago a client wanted to migrate of a 400 as their maint had lapsed. They were looking at Domino on W64 and Exchange 2007 on W64. It took 2 Domino servers and would have taken 6-8 Exchange servers. Each of these have different roles, mostly to fix the security issues surrounding the Windows OS and Exchange and the scaling issues that have plagued Exchange since it’s release.

  6. Darren, because it looks good and because end users think that Outlook is the only email client out there. But that’s a topic for another post later.

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