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 47
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 ...

How-to Upgrade DirSync to Azure AD Connect (and move to a new server at the same time)

16. May 2016 Technical 22
Many a small business using Exchange Online, Office 365 or other Microsoft cloud services has opted to enable Directory Synchronization–this means you can have the same credentials on-premises and in the cloud. Most commonly, this synchronization was achieved with a tool called DirSync. And wouldn’t you know it, that tool is now being deprecated, and will be retired a ...

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 ...

How-to Verify Your Domain with Office 365

07. January 2016 Technical 0
So this is a very common task when provisioning new Office 365 accounts.  You can obtain a free trial here. I recommend the E3 trial, even if you only plan to buy the Exchange Online plan ultimately.  The licensing can be changed out seamlessly, and in the meantime you can try out some of the other ...