Tag - migration

Updated: How to migrate email to Office 365 Exchange Online with zero downtime (the easy way)

Some people will tell you that Hybrid is not a good idea for small business networks, since it is "too complex" or "too messy." Don't listen to the naysayers. They are just not aware yet of how stupidly simple it has become, with options like
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Migrate from Windows Server Essentials with Azure AD integration to Windows Server Standard and Azure AD Connect

I have a love-hate relationship with Windows Server Essentials. It's a great product with a lot of goodness baked in, but there are some real limits to it as well. On the one hand, Remote Web Access, Client PC backup, the Azure Recovery plugins, and so on, add a TON...
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CRUD: When to use Create, Replace, Update or Delete in Group Policy Preferences?

I have to admit: I don't use Group Policy Preferences as much as I probably should. Historically, when I migrate clients from a legacy system such as Windows Server 2003 or 2008 to something newer, I tended to leave well enough alone, so to speak, and just update existing logon scripts, batch files...
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How to: Express Migration to Office 365 Exchange Online

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...
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Office 365 Offboarding: Reverse Hybrid Migration to Exchange 2016 On-premises

Why would anyone want to off-board mailboxes from Office 365 to Exchange On-premises? Isn't that a bit like moving backwards? Well, I tend to think so, yes--at least in the SMB.  But what happens when a mid or larger-sized enterprise organization eats a smaller-sized business through acquisition? In this scenario, it...
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How-to Upgrade DirSync to Azure AD Connect (and move to a new server at the same time)

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
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Comparing Office 365 Migration Methods

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...
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