Safe & Error-free Migration from Lotus Notes to MS Outlook 2016, 2013, and 2010

Do you wish to migrate from Lotus Notes to MS Outlook 2016, 2013, or 2010 in a safe and error-free manner? If yes, you would require converting NSF to PST file format safely and securely. The reason being, the former is the proprietary file format of Notes whereas the latter is the proprietary file format of Outlook. The two email clients support different file formats that cannot be accessed in each other. Now, to convert the NSF file of Notes into PST file of Outlook, you can adopt either the manual way or the automated way.

Methods of Migration from Lotus Notes to MS Outlook

Manual Method – In a manual way for Notes to Outlook migration, you cannot convert NSF to PST file format directly. Here, you need to export the Lotus Notes email data into Comma Separated Value (CSV) or the Structured Text. Now after you have export the NSF file data into these two file formats, then now you can import the CSV or Structured text files (both supported by Outlook) to Outlook using the Import & Export Wizard. The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Launch Lotus Notes desktop email client. (Here, it is Lotus Notes 8.5.)

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Figure: Opening of Lotus Notes

Step 2: Open the NSF database file whose data you wish to migrate.

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Figure: Opening of NSF file from which data is to be migrated

Step 3: Go to Menu, click File > Export in the options.

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Figure: Exporting data from NSF file

Step 4: The Export wizard comes up. In the Export wizard, browse a location to save the file, give a name to the file and select the file type as ‘Comma Separated Value’ or ‘Structured Text’ and click on the Export tab.

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Figure: The Export Wizard for converting NSF to CSV or Structured Value file type

  • If you have selected CSV as the file type, on the CSV Export dialog box, define the files you wish to export and then click on the OK

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Figure: CSV Export dialog box to select the data to be exported

  • If you have selected Structured Text as the file type, on the Structured Text dialog box, define the data you wish to export and click on the OK

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Figure: Structured Text Export dialog box to select the data to be exported

After the execution of these steps, the selected files from the NSF file of Notes will be exported to the defined file format. You can then import this new file (either CSV or Structured Text) into Outlook using its Import & Export Wizard. The steps to import the file are as follows:

Step 1: Launch Outlook desktop email client.

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Figure: Opening Outlook 2010

Step 2: Go to Menu, click File > Open > Import tab.

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Figure: Path to Outlook’s Import option

Step 3: From the Import and Export Wizard, select ‘Import from another program or file’ option and click on the Next tab.

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Figure: Outlook’s Import and Export Wizard to import a file.

Step 4: From the Import a File wizard, select ‘Comma Separated Values (Windows)’ option and click on the Next tab.

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Figure: Outlook’s ‘Import a File’ wizard to select CSV file type

Step 5: Select the file you wish to import to Outlook using the Browse feature, select any one from the three given options that you find suitable. Further, click on the Next tab.

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Figure: Outlook’s ‘Import a File’ wizard to browse the file to be imported

Step 6: Select the destination folder for saving the imported file and click on the Next tab.

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Figure: ‘Import a File’ wizard to select the destination folder

Step 7: In the next interface of ‘Import a File’ wizard that comes up, click on the Finish tab.

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Figure: The actions that will be performed

Step 8: A dialog box appears showing that the process of importing the file is in progress.

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Figure: Importing process in progress

The process is complete and the file will be imported at the desired location.

Advantages

  • Safe and secure if executed correctly
  • Cost-free unlike third-party software

Disadvantages

  • Results in issues if not executed the right way.
  • Requires technical expertise.
  • Time-consuming, especially when the amount of data to be exported is more.

 Automated Method:

This method requires the use of a third-party tool; for instance, you can use Stellar NSF to PST Converter. It is a professional software that can convert NSF to PST files efficiently, thereby, helping its users to migrate from Lotus Notes to Outlook successfully. It allows exporting all or selected Emails, Attachments, Contacts, Calendar, Journals, etc. If the location of the NSF file is not known, you can use ‘Find NSF’ feature to locate the NSF file that you wish to convert to PST format.

Advantages

  • It supports Lotus Notes 9.0.1, 9.0, 8.5, 8.0.2, 7.0, 6.5, and 6.0 & MS Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003It can convert NSF to PST file while exporting up to 10 items from every folder at zero cost. 

Disadvantages

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Final Thoughts:

You are now acquainted with the working of both manual and the automated ways that can help you migrate from Lotus Notes to MS Outlook 2016, 2013, and 2010. Also, you are well aware of the advantages and disadvantages associated with the two. You also examined that the advantages that Stellar NSF to PST Converter offers are more in number as well as more convincing with reliability, easiness, and speed as the prime factors. Thus, use this flagship product for safe and error-free migration!

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