What is the difference between an Archive, a Journal and Litigation Hold?

24. August 2017 Technical 1
As I’ve been helping organizations navigate the complexities of Exchange Online and compliance, this question has come up a few times. “What is the difference between an archive and a journal?” I also hear, “What is the difference between a journal and litigation hold?” And finally “What is the difference between litigation hold and an ...

FAQ: Office 365 Exchange Online Hybrid Migrations

19. January 2017 Technical 0
I think I get more traffic and questions about this topic than just about any other. A lot of people send in comments or contact requests asking about things that I know I have already written about. But, apparently I haven’t done a good job of capturing this information in one single place yet. This ...

How to: Express Migration to Office 365 Exchange Online

12. January 2017 Technical 52
For a long time, I have been advocating for hybrid style migrations from Exchange On-premises to Exchange Online with Office 365, regardless of whether you are a small, medium or larger-sized enterprise. The reason being, it is a much better end user experience, and does not require manual reconfiguration of Outlook clients. A seamless switch-over ...

How to migrate mailboxes from Office 365 to… Office 365?

05. January 2017 Technical 0
Mergers and acquisitions are probably the most common source of IT headaches in the world.  Whenever you have to deal with the complexities of merging two disparate information systems, you know you’re going to run into a number of obstacles. And when both organizations are already on Office 365, in separate tenancies… it’s either very ...

Step-by-Step: How to upgrade a Legacy Hybrid Exchange Server to 2016

27. October 2016 Technical 2
One of the most common frustrations I hear from readers and clients alike is the requirement for keeping a hybrid Exchange server around, even well after all of your mailboxes have been moved to the cloud. Microsoft’s official stance regarding hybrid is this: If you remove the last legacy Exchange server from your domain in a ...

Email migration paths from SBS/Exchange to Office 365

09. June 2016 Technical 2
Whether you are a small business migrating from SBS Server 2003, 2008 or 2011, or a mid-sized business operating with Exchange On-premises (or even if your email system is hosted), there is probably a migration path available for you. Here are various methods you would have to choose from based solely on what version or type of source environment you’re ...

Why I have a hard time recommending Exchange on-premises

02. June 2016 Business 0
Not that long ago, picking Exchange on-premises over Office 365 used to be a thing. As in, there were legitimate reasons I might choose to keep a self-hosted Exchange server rather than go to Office 365. However, I think it’s time to put those days behind us, once and for all–especially in the SMB. Some people seem intent ...