Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: How to Transfer Lotus Notes Contacts to Outlook

Continuing the Lotus Notes to Micrsoft Exchange Migration theme from my last two post, I have to mention a utility that made my job of transferring contacts from Lotus Notes to Outlook a lot easier.

Generally Lotus Notes contacts are stored in a file called names.nsf. It’s a bit painful to export these contacts  in CSV format and use the Outlook import utility to get them in the Outlook Contacts lists because there’s field mappings involved which I’m not particularly fond of. Personally I found this process very clumsy.

There is a better way to transfer Lotus Notes contacts to Outlook with the help of Personal NAB Import/Export Utility from IBM.

Important Note: Ensure Outlook is configured with the correct Profile before using this utility.

Simply download the utility and double click on the Lotus Notes Personal NAB Import/Export utility:

Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration Lotus Notes personal NAB Import Export Utility

You should get the following:

lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration Lotus notes personal address book export utility

Select from which file to export the contacts from. In this case names.nsf

Then from here click on the drop down box from the Output Type.

Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration  lotus notes export contacts to outlook

Select MS Outlook from the list and hit OK

The utility will then export the contacts from Lotus Notes personal address book (i.e. the contents of names.nsf) and automatically import them to Outlook Contact.

The only glitch I came across with this Lotus Notes was that on one particular user some of the contacts had odd characters in some fields. These entries had to be manually edited but it’s a minor issue.

Related posts:

  1. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: How to send Lotus Notes Database links from Outlook – Part I
  2. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: Lotus Notes Document Link Creator for Outlook
  3. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: A look at Lotus Notes Links in Outlook 2007
  4. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: Access Lotus Notes Links in Outlook 2003 – Part I
  5. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: Resources

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