Hidden Gems: Part 2 - Self-Service Desktop Migrator

One of my favorite features of Dell's Notes and GroupWise migration solutions is the Self-Service Desktop Migrator (SSDM). It helps overcome many obstacles and can significantly reduce the migration timing & burden on the project team. 

In my opinion, organizations with any of the following characteristics should carefully consider SSDM:

  1. Local content (e.g. archives)
  2. Encrypted items
  3. A distributed environment
  4. Extensive amounts of data to migrate
  5. Limited migration resources
  6. Data and users with varying migration priority
  7. A narrow migration window

I know...I know...it makes you cringe to think of end users being directly involved with the migration. Well, we have that covered as well. The Silent Mode available within SSDM is a beautiful thing. So, I thought it would be beneficial to walk through some of the configuration settings that may be helpful when configuring SSDM for Silent Mode.

I will use Notes Migrator for Exchange in the following example, but the concepts and settings are similar for GroupWise Migrator for Exchange as well. There are other settings in the typical INI file, but below are some items you may want to consider when configuring Self-Service Desktop Migrator for Silent Mode. I have separated the list by the section they appear within the configuration file and added my comments in blue.



ACLs=1 Determines whether or not ACLs will be converted as the data is migrated.


IncludeServerMailFile=1 Set to 0 for local data only or 1 to include server mail files.



MigrateServerMail=1 The "Migrate" settings determine whether or not archives, ServerMail (& calendar), and PABs are migrated



ArchiveDestServerArchive=1 The "Dest" settings control the target location for each data type.

ServerMailDest=server The "DestServer" settings work with the "Dest" setting to specify the primary or archive mailbox.


LogDir=\\MIGRATORS\SSDM Logs\ Specifies a location for writing centralized logs.

SMTPTranslationTable=\\MIGRATORS\shared\addresstranslation.tsv Specifies the location of the mandatory translation table.

HTMLdoclinks=0 Determines the format for links in migrated content.

CurArchiveDir=c:\temp Provides an option to specify a directory structure to search for archives.



MemoForms=PHONE MESSAGE|JournalEntry|CleanSheet

ArchiveDesignClass=StdR7ResourceReservation|StdR7Mail|StdR85Mail The "DesignClass" and MemoForms settings control the databases and types migrated.











[ServerData] Each data type has a section for controlling the specifics of the migrated content. 













LastCalDate=<mm/dd/yyyy> The [Filter] section allows the migration team to set the desired scope in advance.








Profile=Skip After configuring what to migrate and where, the [Screens] section allows the migration team to configure SSDM for the preferred level of "silence".

PstDir=Skip In this example, the program will only show the Notes Login screen and the Finished screen when the migration is done.

Progress=Skip Additional screens and options are described in the product documentation.




These settings are documented in the Program Parameters Reference Guide for Notes Migrator for Exchange and the INI Reference Guide for GroupWise Migrator for Exchange. In addition, there are sections in the Administrator's Guide for each solution describing how to customize Self-Service Desktop Migrator.


TIP: Instead of manually configuring all of the settings, run through the Self-Service Desktop Migrator wizard once to populate your preferences into the INI file. Then you can just review the resulting file and make any necessary updates and additions.


Also, keep in mind that multiple SSDM configurations can be set in advance using different shared directories and a local installation is not required or recommended. Notes Migrator for Exchange also provides options for central scheduling and monitoring of SSDM's activities. 

Do yourself a favor and think about how Self-Service Desktop Migrator can be incorporated into your project. It can be a project-saver. 

If you missed my first post in the "Hidden Gems" series, you can view it here

Happy migrating!