Migrating from Microsoft Exchange to O365
Using third-party tools to perform Exchange-to-O365 migrations can be extremely costly, especially for small businesses with very little IT budget. Using the FREE native tools that Microsoft provides vastly reduces hard costs, but using them can be confusing. As such, I’ve authored this outstanding course on migrating email from on-premises Exchange to Office 365 using Microsoft’s native tools.
In this course, the student will learn how to prepare for (and perform) a cut-over migration from an on-premises Microsoft Exchange 2010 server to Office 365 / Exchange Online.
Topics covered include:
- Setup of the O365 Tenant Account
- Verifying Domain Ownership
- Preparing Active Directory for the Migration
- Preparing the On-Premises Exchange Org for Migration
- Connecting O365 to Your Exchange Email System
- Migrating Mailboxes to O365
- Performing the Cutover to O365
- Re-Routing Email to Office 365
- Assigning Licenses to O365 Users
- Post-Migration Tasks & Cleanup
- Migrating Public Folders to O365
- Configuring Azure AD Connect to Sync AD to O365
- Decommissioning the On-Premises Exchange Server
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to successfully plan, prepare for, and perform a cut-over migration from Exchange 2010 to Office 365 using the native tools that Microsoft provides.
This lecture will provide an overview of the course. It's basically a walk-through of what tasks we will be completing during the course.
This lecture introduces the student to the lab environment that will be used during the course.
Setup Your O365 Tenant Account
In this lecture, you will be taken through the process of signing up for an O365 tenant account.
In this lecture, you will learn how to complete your O365 account setup and how to verify your email domain.
Prepare Active Directory for the Cutover Migration
This brief lesson discusses the most common Active Directory issues that present problems within O365.
The IDFix utility is a small program that identifies issues within Actove Directory that must be addressed before a move to O365. This lesson explains how to install and run the utility.
In this lecture, students will learn how to correct the most common AD issues identified by IDFix. Included in this lecture is a downloadable PowerShell command that can be used to remove unneeded proxy addresses from all users in AD.
Prepare Exchange for the Cutover Migration
The cutover migration process utilizes Outlook Anywhere to connect to the on-premises Exchange server. In this lecture, the student will learn how to enable Outlook Anywhere in Exchange.
A cutover migration to O365 requires Outlook Anywhere. This lecture explains how to verify that Outlook Anywhere is working in your Exchange environment.
This lecture explains what permissions are required to perform a migration from Exchange to O365.
You must disable Unified Messaging for your user mailboxes prior to migration to O365. This lecture explains the process.
Reducing the TTL for your MX record will reduce the possibility of delayed emails after the cutover, This lecture explains what the MX record is, what the TTL is, and how to change it.
Preparing for the Migration
This lecture explains how to get on-premises mail-enabled security groups into O365.
The Migration Endpoint connects the on-premises Exchange environment to O365 and is used for the migration. This lecture teaches you how to setup the Migration Endpoint.
Migrate Mailboxes to O365
In this lecture, the student is taught how to create the migration batch that will be used to migrate mailboxes to O365.
In this lecture, the student will learn how to launch the cutover migration batch and how to view batch details and statistics.
In this lecture, the student will learn how to confirm that the initial synchronization of on-premises mailboxes to the cloud was successful. We will also see how the migration treated the security groups that existed in Active Directory.
Route Your Email Directly to O365
This lecture will explain how to change the MX record so that email starts flowing directly to O365 instead of the on-premises Exchange organization.
Turn off Mailbox Synchronization
In this lecture, the student is walked through the process of turning off mailbox synchronization from the on-prem server to O365.
Assign O365 Licenses to Users
Students are taught in this lecture how to activate licenses for migrated users.
Complete Post-Migration Tasks and Cleanup
One of the last steps in the migration is to modify public DNS to ensure everything points to O365. This lecture walks the student through this process.
This lecture walks the student through the process of modifying internal DNS to support autodiscover internally.
If you were using Unified Messaging prior to your migration to O365, you had to disable it before cutting over. This lecture explains how to re-enable Unified Messaging in O365 for user who need it.
Configuring New Outlook Profiles
In this lesson, the student will learn how to create a new Outlook profile for the O365 mailbox.
This lecture explains how to use a login script to automatically create new Outlook profiles for all users.
Synchronizing AD to O365 (OPTIONAL)
This lecture walks the student through the process of running the Directory Synchronization Readiness Wizard.
This lecture walks the student through the process of installing and configuring Azure AD Connect.
This lesson explains how to confirm that Azure AD Connect is working.
Migrating Public Folders to O365
This lecture covers some basic public folder prerequisites that must be addressed before migrating public folders.
In this lecture, students are taught how to prepare the local Exchange server for the migration of public folders to O365.
In this lecture, students learn how to prepare O365 for the eventual public folder migration.
This lecture walks the student through the creation of mapping files needed for the migration.
In this lecture, the student will learn how to create the target public folder mailboxes in O365 in preparation for migration.
In this lecture, the student is walked through the process of launching the actual public folder migration request.
Learn how to finalize the migration of public folders to O365.
Learn how to permanently delete the on-premises public folder database form Exchange.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON DECOMMISSIONING THE ON-PREM SERVER
Should you decommission your on-premises Exchange server? This lecture explains the pros and cons.