Office 365 Migration


How to migrate to Microsoft Office 365

We all know the importance of Microsoft Office 365, its cloud-based service owned by Microsoft offers a set of Office applications. Most of the organizations are migrating to Microsoft office 365 or office 365 from other systems to have access to set of applications on one place with added security in one place. Most of the businesses migrating their mail services to Office 365 to minimize the maintenance on these live servers also to reduce the overall costs of running email servers.

Migrate mailboxes from Exchange Server

User the Import Service to Migrate PST

Files Migrate email from IMAP enabled email system

Have users import their own email

Migrate mailboxes from Exchange Server

This is most used migration for large businesses with an existing on-premises Exchange Server environment, Email administrator can migrate all email, calendar and contract from user mailboxes to Microsoft Office 365. There are some limits and performance indicators to look at before migration which is important consideration before migration.

There are three types of email migrations that can be made from an Exchange Server:

Cutover Migration

You can use this type of migration from any Exchange server on-premises Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013 with the limit of less than 2000 mailboxes. As it says cutover migration which means that services should be down from the existing server during the migration. You can also use Express migration but that means you are choosing Minimal Hybrid Configuration

Migrate in Batches mostly called as Staged Migration

Use this type of Migration if you are running Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2007 with more than 2000 mailboxes. There are limits and best practices set out for this type of migration and needs to be checked if this suits your organization.

Migrate using an Integrated Exchange Server and Microsoft Office 365

We can use this type of migration to maintain both on-premises and online mailboxes and to gradually migrate users and mailboxes to Microsoft Office 365. You have limitation and best practices to perform this type of migration which needs to be checked before migration. You can use Exchange Server 2010, Exchange 2013 or later in this type of migration.

User the Import Service to Migrate PST Files

If your mailboxes has many large PST files, you should consider using import service to migrate your email data to Office 365. We are just discussing the types here but if needed we can write the steps needed to perform this type of migration. You simply upload those PST files through network.

Migrate email from IMAP enabled email system

When you migrate mailboxes using IMAP, it will only migrate the mailbox without moving the calendars, tasks and contacts. You have to create the user account to Office 365 for each user before migrating their email.

Have users import their own email

Users can import their own email, contacts, and other mailbox information to Microsoft 365 or Office 365. You can simply export the PST file and import it on your Office 365 account, please ensure that your follow the same steps for calendar and contacts. This type is only suitable for small organization with few users.

If you want to migrate your mailboxes to Office 365 then please do not hesitate to contact us TechExperts. Our team of experts will offer free consultation on how your business is ready to utilize the benefits of Microsoft Office 365.


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