How to perform a Cutover Migration to Office 365

06. June 2016 Technical 19
My preferred method for migrating Email to Office 365 is to use the Remote Move (aka “Hybrid”) method. If you are coming from SBS 2011 or Exchange 2010, then definitely go that route. If you are coming from older versions such as SBS 2008 or Exchange 2007, note that it is indeed possible to add a free ...

How-to Complete your Office 365 Setup and Exchange E-Mail Migration

21. January 2016 Technical 0
When setting up a new Office 365 tenancy or migrating from an on-premises or hosted Email system to Office 365, one last step will be to add all the necessary DNS records to your DNS zone file, and then make the appropriate changes to your on-premises Active Directory and Exchange environments. This “cut-over” will require three ...

Exchange Hybrid Licensing

14. January 2016 Technical 0
I have mentioned previously on this site that hybrid Exchange is the best way to migrate to Office 365. Hybrid enables rich co-existence between your on-premises Exchange server and Office 365 / Exchange Online in the cloud. Hybrid is emphatically NOT a “special” version of Exchange Server, nor does it require special licensing. You can ...

Comparing Office 365 Migration Methods

14. January 2016 Technical 0
At the time of this writing, Microsoft offers three primary migration paths from on-premises Exchange servers into Office 365: Cut-over, Staged and Remote Move.*  In this series I would like to discuss each of them, and highlight the differences. Cut-over migration The first option is the cut-over migration. Cut-over can be used with any version of ...

Why a “Hybrid” or Remote Move Migration is Always the Right Choice

11. January 2016 Opinion, Technical 20
True, hybrid does require more up-front configuration, and of course there are those pesky pre-requisite requirements of having Exchange 2010 or 2013, as well as Azure AD Connect for Directory Synchronization. But the benefits do outweigh these concerns—trust me. The overall time commitment to your migration project will plummet with a hybrid server, and it will be ...