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Conversational Geeks explicate migrating to Office 365

What's the best way to understand confusing technology concepts? Chat about it. The Conversational Geeks explain how to migrate to Office 365.

If you're obsessing over migrating to Office 365, that doesn't make you a geek. Only fools rush into the process without knowing the basics of migration.

What started out as a hobby project for consultant and trainer J. Peter Bruzzese turned into Conversational Geek, a series of colloquial books on Exchange and Office 365. From Conversational Exchange to Conversational Scripted Active Directory, the series aims to convey complicated, technical information in a way everyone can understand, and in a small package.

"There is always more info on these subjects," Buzzese said. "The goal is to converse about the subject, not to be the expert." Readers have the resources for more research and strategy.

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In Conversational Office 365 Migrations, Bruzzese illustrates -- literally (graphics included) -- what strategies exist for migrating to Office 365, options for migration and terminology you encounter in the process. Conversational Geek introduces migration concepts and offers tools and links for where to go next on your path to Office 365.

Bruzzese says he sees a major focus on migrating mailboxes, but people are forgetting the services in on-premises environments -- security, archive tools, backup recovery and monitoring systems. Consider migrating your services first and see what other vendors -- besides Microsoft -- have to offer, he said.

The book is separated into two chapters: one explaining Office 365 then a chapter focused on migration strategies as issued by Microsoft. Although Conversational Geek centers on Microsoft products, the book also highlights problems that Microsoft doesn't focus on and acknowledges that third-party vendors offer similar features in their tools.

As the author states in Chapter Two:

For starters you need to consider the type of migration you'll need to make and how you would like to accomplish the goal. For some, the built in tools from Microsoft may be your approach. For others, a third-party solution like CodeTwo would make your migration easier. (Pg. 19)

If a big problem occurs mid-migration, like data corruption, you need to have a way to restore your data in place. Microsoft doesn't do an Office 365 backup: It offers protection, which allows for better availability, but it lacks backup.

"Most people who migrate to Office 365 have questions about recoverability and data discoverability," Bruzzese said. "You need to know what Microsoft does and doesn't provide before migrating."

"We wanted to make sure [Conversational Geek] was the right size for people -- no one wants to read a full [thousand page] book," Bruzzese said. "Office 365 Migration is jam packed with information without skipping on coverage."

Learn more about migrating to Office 365 in this free excerpt from the Conversational Geek guidebook here.

Editor's note: This excerpt is from Conversational Office 365 Migrations, authored by J. Peter Bruzzese, published by Conversational Geek, Inc., Copyright 2015, Conversational Geek.

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