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The essential Office 365 migration guide

Use our Office 365 migration guide to learn the nuts and bolts of a migration, including research before migrating, how to make important decisions for the migration and easing management after migrating.


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.

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Do your homework before you migrate to Office 365

Researching what Office 365 offers an enterprise can be overwhelming, but there are some guidelines to follow when you begin researching the project. Understanding Office 365's pros and cons compared to other collaboration options can help you narrow down what your enterprise absolutely needs and what it may be able to live without. It's also important to learn what an Office 365 migration will entail and how to make the migration. This section of our Office 365 migration guide will help as you begin researching these areas.


Compare Office 365 pros and cons to hybrid, Exchange 2013 setups

If you want to move enterprise email to a cloud environment, look into how that setup is different from other options. You may be able to reduce administration headaches and revenue costs if you move to Office 365, but you'll lose control of your data and how it's handled. Continue Reading


Learn Office 365 pricing and features vs. Exchange 2013

Determining the cost of a migration per user often influences the way organizations will go about their migrations. There are four major costs to assess, all of which must be included in your assessment for a successful migration. Continue Reading


Compare Office 365 pricing and packages to Office 2013

Before moving to Office 365, organizations should also look at how it compares to Office 2013. Most Office 365 editions don't include the productivity applications found in Office 2013, but some offerings include the option to locally install and use Office applications. Continue Reading


Why your organization should be excited for Office 365

There are a number of features in Office 365 that should excite organizations. Our expert offers a look into how the platform's ability to combine Lync, SharePoint and Exchange can change an admin's job. Continue Reading


The differences between cutover and staged migrations

One key to a successful migration to Office 365 is to know your migration options. This includes knowing the pros and cons to cutover migrations and staged migrations and how they could affect your organization. Continue Reading


Why would an organization delay an Office 365 migration?

While there are compelling arguments for migrating to Office 365, some organizations want to hold off migrating for now. Some organizations want the option to customize Office 365, and some admins fear that Office 365 will replace them. Continue Reading

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Important 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.


Pre-deployment decisions in a migration

Organizations have to make several tough decisions during the pre-deployment of an Office 365 migration project. One of the most important steps to take involves which subscription you should purchase. Continue Reading


Should you use a single Office 365 tenant or multiple tenants?

Another important decision involves whether to use a single Office 365 tenant or multiple tenants. While our Exchange expert thinks it's best to use a single tenant, you can use multiple tenants -- with some caveats. Continue Reading


AD FS vs. Password Sync for managing Office 365 identities

When it comes to managing identities in Office 365, organizations have two options. Which is better for your enterprise: Password Sync in Windows Azure Active Directory or Active Directory Federation Services? We'll help you decide. Continue Reading


Seven key lessons of an Office 365 migration

Your organization can learn from these seven pointers about Office 365 migrations to help you make specific decisions about your migration. You'll have to decide, for example, when to migrate Exchange to keep the same timeline as you move to Office 365. Continue Reading


Office 365 may ease storage, but Exchange admins will still be busy

Office 365 can be a good option to help organizations manage storage, and the hosted service will change how businesses receive IT functions. And while these functions change, Exchange admins will need to decide how to take care of certain responsibilities. Continue Reading

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Simplify 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.


Control spam in Office 365

After migrating to Office 365, some organizations may notice an increase in spam. There are two ways to configure how you control spam, and which you choose depends on the size of your organization and number of end users. Continue Reading


What's slowing my mailbox migration?

If you're experiencing slow mailbox moves to Office 365, there are a few ways to troubleshoot the problem. Microsoft offers troubleshooting tools based on your region, but it helps to first know some common issues with firewalls and load balancers. Continue Reading


How to connect to Office 365's PowerShell

PowerShell is a big deal in Office 365. Connecting to PowerShell gives organizations control for automating the way they manage Office 365 resources, but many admins don't know how to connect Office 365 and PowerShell. Continue Reading


Use PowerShell to change Office 365 password policies

One helpful thing to do before you set up password policies involves modifying PowerShell to run certain scripts. Admins need to use PowerShell to change a password policy in Office 365. Continue Reading


Change Office 365 end user passwords with PowerShell

In PowerShell, admins can manage end users via the graphical user interface. The key is to know the right commands. Continue Reading


Manage Office 365 identities with an AD FS server

Active Directory Federation Services is a good identity management option, but you have to do lots of preplanning. There are three steps involved in the installation process and several points to keep in mind if you install AD FS. Continue Reading


Set up archive mailboxes, retention policies in Office 365

Office 365 has mailbox quotas for two main reasons -- performance and recovery. Learn how to manage old messages in an archive mailbox and assign retention policies to it. Continue Reading

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Key Office 365 migration definitions

Use this section to get familiar with some of the terms you may come across as your enterprise researches what's involved in Office 365 migrations.

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