Head in a blender

Retire a Domino domain but still route mail addressed to it

Andy Pedisich  May 20 2014 08:51:04 PM
You want to collapse two domains into one.  Then at the end, you'd like to remove all servers from the OldDomain from the environment. All you want to have around are servers in the NewDomain.

Before I go on, I have to say that I did not dream this one up. On the contrary, my solution to this problem in the past was to keep around an old desktop workstation installed with the Domino server.  I'd set it up in the OldDomain and route mail to it and then back out into the NewDomain environment.  Worked great!  But there was always this vague sense of guilt that I was using up hardware to solve a software issue.

This configuration was proposed to me in a domain where I was about to make the same old move.  Someone brighter than me just up and did it, and it works like a charm.

The deal is, people will have mail in their mail files that they received when OldDomain was in existence. Example: Mail would come from Bob Gnarley@OldDomain into my mail file in NewDomain.  I'd reply to it, and Bob would get the email routed to him in OldDomain because of connection documents in place in NewDomain.

When OldDomain was gone, and Bob was moved to NewDomain, I'd still want to reply to the old emails for a while.  The solution was a surprise to me, but you might be using it already.

First, create a Foreign Domain document for the Foreign domain name OldDomain.
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Next, configure the Mail information tab with a Gateway Server name of a server that currently exists and is reachable by everyone in your domain. For the Gateway Mail File Name use Mail.box.
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That's it. The end. Done.  Finished.

I can already hear, "Oh right.  Been using that for years.  Old hat.  Who didn't see that one coming?"

-Andy
Comments

1Chris Hudson  5/20/2014 11:23:53 PM  Retire a Domino domain but still route mail addressed to it

Yep, done that a few times already. Works like a charm.

2Stephen Bailey  5/21/2014 9:48:36 AM  Retire a Domino domain but still route mail addressed to it

Brilliant idea! I'm doing a domain consolidation next week, and will definitely use this.

Thanks! :)

3Lars Olufsen  5/22/2014 7:16:23 AM  Retire a Domino domain but still route mail addressed to it

As always, Andy. A simple, yet brilliant solution!

4Stephen Bailey  8/1/2014 8:20:04 AM  Retire a Domino domain but still route mail addressed to it

Hi Andy, I've found a problem with this configuration.

Here's the scenario:

- Various servers around Europe, some connected via MPLS, some through VPNs etc, which were all in separate Domino domains.

- Project: Consolidate all domains together.

- Create a foreign domain document in the new domain's Domino directory to facilitate sending email to the old domain.

- A user at a different site sends an email to @olddomain. His server recognises the new foreign domain document, but the email fails as his server cannot connect to the recipient's Domino server. (No IP connectivity).

- If I use an adjacent Domain document instead, or point the foreign domain document to a central server, the emails result in a mail routing loop.

I'm going to raise an IBM PMR about this - I'll let you know what they say!

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