The essential Office 365 migration guide

Last updated:July 2014

Editor's note

As Microsoft continues to encourage organizations to embrace the cloud, Office 365 is receiving more attention than ever before. Learning about Office 365 before a migration can also be an overwhelming task to take on, but our Office 365 migration guide breaks up the migration process into three parts you can easily tackle: time for research, time to make decisions and time for planning how to manage the deployment.

When researching what an Office 365 migration entails, learn about Office 365's pros and cons compared to other options for collaboration. Take the time to learn about what the actual migration involves and the different ways to make the migration happen.

Once you've done the research, it's time to make some decisions about the actual migration. It's crucial to get these decisions right the first time because many can't be reversed. You'll also have to decide how you'll take on certain tasks, such as how you'll manage identities and how many tenants you'll use.

Finally, you'll need to craft a management plan to make sure Office 365 continues to run smoothly after you make the migration. Every organization has its own needs, but it's possible for each organization to create a custom plan that will keep its deployment running.

1Important decisions to make for an Office 365 migration

You've done your research and now you're ready for a migration to Office 365. What's next? There are some important decisions about the migration process. Decisions made before installing Office 365 are critical because many cannot be reversed. Your enterprise will also have to decide on the number of tenants to use and how to manage identities within Office 365. This section of our Office 365 migration guide examines these topics in detail and offers guidance to help your enterprise make the decisions that will help its Office 365 deployment be the best it can be.

2Simplify Office 365 management decisions after a migration

After moving to Office 365, you'll need to create a management plan to keep everything running smoothly. Every enterprise is different, but most plans should focus on keeping the deployment up and running. This section of our Office 365 migration guide includes advice on PowerShell's role in Office 365 and how to ease the management tasks within the deployment.