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Deep view on NSF to PST conversion

Lotus Notes is one of the most typical emailing clients by IBM. Unlike Outlook, Lotus Notes works with the collaboration of Domino Server. Just like the difference of their emailing server both the emailing clients are completely opposite to one another. 

Below are the differences of Lotus Notes and Outlook:

Technical Skills: At the time of any internal error Lotus Notes always requires more technical skills to resolve the issue rather than Outlook. To solve any error of Lotus Notes is impossible for a non technical person as it is very much complicated & difficult to work. When we see Outlook in front of Lotus Notes, it is very much easy to learn and work upon. Even a non technical person can work on this. Outlook is having self explanatory user interface which helps its user to work without any issue.

Complicated Server: Lotus Notes, one of the most complicated emailing applications is compatible with the another most complex Server application called "Domino Server”.  Lotus Notes and Domino both are too hard to learn for beginners. In comparison to Notes and it's Server Outlook with Exchange is easier to use.

Easy to use Functions: Outlook is built with the most advanced features like social integration, notes, journals, meeting scheduler and many more. All the above functions can be implemented with one click in Outlook because of the simple and advanced user interface.

Issues with Domino Server:
At the time of NSF data conversion Domino server goes down for a long period of time which affects the work process and is not acceptable in mid level organizations.

Even after all the above critical cases another surprising factor is cost of Lotus Notes. Lotus Notes is very much expensive than Outlook. Apart from the installation cost, its maintenance cost is also very high.

Because of all above stated factors Outlook is more widely preferable emailing application rather than Lotus Notes. Lets discuss features of both emailing platforms for better understanding “Why Outlook is more preferred than Lotus Notes?

Features of Lotus Notes: Lotus Notes is the client-server emailing application launched by IBM and mainly used in brand level organizations.

  • Lotus Notes is used for instant messaging and email communication.
  • Lotus Notes address book is very useful in maintaining contact details with associated pictures.
  • Lotus Notes bookmark is so helpful in bookmarking all the important links in just one click.
  • Notes can be also used to access local or server-based applications.
  • Notes is good for keeping notes and journal as well. User can easily maintain records of important emails, appointments & attachments.
Features of Outlook:
Outlook, one of the most amazing emailing applications by Microsoft is compatible with all the major versions of Windows operating system. Till now, Microsoft has launched a number of versions of Outlook and the latest one is Outlook 2013. Outlook is the most advanced, simpler and user friendly emailing client. Below are the highlights of Outlook:

  • Easy Ribbon Interface for smoother mailing experience is available in Outlook.
  • Appointment scheduler, message recall, message tracking, remote mail and calendar are other most likeable features of Outlook.
  • Social Integration, latest feature of Outlook available in Outlook 2013 allows users to update and check their social profiles of Facebook, Twitter and all.
  • Now Outlook is available for android smart phones as well. With the latest version Outlook is mobile integrated as well.
  • Other most attractive & advanced features of Outlook are Group Scheduling, Group email, Public folders and digital signatures.
  • With the help of encryption user can perform encryption of crucial mail body and attachments. Encryption makes Outlook communication more safe and secure.
Now any one can understand “Why Outlook is widely used rather than Lotus Notes”. If you are also using Lotus Notes and facing the intolerable Lotus Notes errors then it is better to move on to Outlook. No Doubt Outlook is a wonderful emailing application. You can create your backup file of Lotus Notes with the help of below mentioned method:

These steps are for the Domino Server Users:

  • Got to Menu option
  • View-> Advanced.
  • Check the advanced options then
  • Choose File-> Application-> New Copy.
  • Choose not to encrypt the database. Now locate the location where you want to keep the copy of your NSF data.
Errors interrupt in Lotus Notes to Outlook Migration: Internal Error 2343: This error message is confronted at the time of Lotus Notes to Outlook migration. By seeing the code any one can state the reason of the error which is improperly installed Lotus Notes. To resolve such an issue user can try below mentioned steps:

Change the File Name: The Notes.ini file should be renamed for Windows 95, 98, Millennium, NT, 4.0, 2000 and 2000 professional users.

Fix the error using Internal Error 2343 Utility: Those users who want to get rid from this error can download the error handling utility ‘Internal Error 2343 Utility’ from the support website of Microsoft.

Delete entries from Win.ini file: Create a backup of Win.ini file and then run the win.ini command from start. Remove the below mentioned entries:

nsf=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.nsf,
ns3=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.ns3
nsg=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.nsg
nsh=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.nsh
ns2=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.ns2
ntf=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.ntf

1. Delete Win.ini file from Registry Editor. From the Win.ini file from the Lotus Mail section delete these files:
Application=Notes, Program=c:\notes\Notes.exe NoDialogs
1. Save the changes you made and quit the program.
2. Close all programs.
3. Run regedit.
4. Search the following keys and remove them:


1. From the backup copy run Win.ini command and delete these extensions:

nsf=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.nsf
ns3=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.ns3
nsg=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.nsg
nsh=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.nsh
ns2=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.ns2
ntf=c:\notes\Notes.exe ^.ntf

Even after following all the above mentioned steps if you are unable to resolve the issue then the only option is to use any third party NSF to PST converter tool. There are number of tools in the market that can perform this conversion but the reliable ones are few. So better make a proper research before purchasing any third party tool. You can check the reviews of all such software on the top software downloading websites like & Before purchasing any tool just check that all the below mentioned features are available in that tool.

Features of an ideal NSF to PST converter tool:
  • After scanning the NSF file, Software should be able to perform selective conversion of files.
  • Software should be able to convert NSF file into other popular most used formats such as EML and MSG.
  • Software must have an easy to use UI so that any non technical person can easily use the software without any technical knowledge.
  • Software should provide the preview of NSF files before converting them in PST so that user can select proper files.
  • Software should be compatible with all the major versions of Outlook, Windows and Lotus Notes.
  • Lotus Notes: 8.5, 8.0.2, 7.0, 6.5 and 6.0
    MS Outlook: 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000
    OS Versions: MS Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP and 2000

Software should be able to save your converted file at your desired location.
All the above mentioned factors are difficult to find in one tool so here we are sharing one tool which is having all the above mentioned factors. The name of the tool is "Stellar NSF to PST Converter tool". This tool is the proprietary of Stellar Information Systems. Stellar is the #1 Data Recovery brand in Asia having more than 2 million satisfied customers across the world. Stellar's tool comes with the 100% data security so there would be no need to get tense. Just download the tool from the website of Stellar.

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