Migrating from Microsoft Exchange to O365
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Migrating from Microsoft Exchange to O365

How to Make the Move from Exchange 2010 to Office 365
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Created by Thomas Mitchell
Last updated 2/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
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  • 13 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Plan and perform a cut-over migration of maiboxes from an on-premises Exchange 2010 server to O365/Exchange Online
  • Plan and perform a cut-over migration of public folders from an on-premises Exchange 2010 server to O365/Exchange Online
  • Install and configure Azure AD Connect
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  • Basic understanding of Exchange Server
  • Basic understanding of PowerShell commands

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is perfect for IT staff of small companies who are tasked with migrating fewer than 500 Exchange mailboxes to Office 365.
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
Getting Started
2 Lectures 06:59

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.

Preview 02:44

This lecture introduces the student to the lab environment that will be used during the course.

Preview 04:15
Setup Your O365 Tenant Account
2 Lectures 15:49

In this lecture, you will be taken through the process of signing up for an O365 tenant account.

Preview 06:02

In this lecture, you will learn how to complete your O365 account setup and how to verify your email domain.

Verify Your Email Domain
Prepare Active Directory for the Cutover Migration
3 Lectures 17:55

This brief lesson discusses the most common Active Directory issues that present problems within O365.

Common Active Directory Issues

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.

Installing and Running the IDFix 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.

Correct Active Directory Issues Identified by IDFix
Prepare Exchange for the Cutover Migration
5 Lectures 22:56

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.

Configure Outlook Anywhere on Your On-Premises Exchange Server

A cutover migration to O365 requires Outlook Anywhere.  This lecture explains how to verify that Outlook Anywhere is working in your Exchange environment.

Verify Outlook Anywhere Functionality

This lecture explains what permissions are required to perform a migration from Exchange to O365.

Confirm Migration Permissions

You must disable Unified Messaging for your user mailboxes prior to migration to O365.  This lecture explains the process.

Disable Unified Messaging

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.

Adjust MX Record TTL in DNS
Preparing for the Migration
2 Lectures 10:49

This lecture explains how to get on-premises mail-enabled security groups into O365.

Create Security Groups in 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.

Create a Migration Endpoint
Migrate Mailboxes to O365
3 Lectures 13:04

In this lecture, the student is taught how to create the migration batch that will be used to migrate mailboxes to O365.

Create Your Cutover Migration Batch

In this lecture, the student will learn how to launch the cutover migration batch and how to view batch details and statistics.

Start the Cutover Migration Batch

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.

Verify Mailbox Synchronizations
Route Your Email Directly to O365
1 Lecture 06:54

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.

Modify Your MX Records
Turn off Mailbox Synchronization
1 Lecture 02:14

In this lecture, the student is walked through the process of turning off mailbox synchronization from the on-prem server to O365.

Delete the Cutover Migration Batch
Assign O365 Licenses to Users
1 Lecture 03:52

Students are taught in this lecture how to activate licenses for migrated users.

Activate O365 User Accounts by Assigning Licenses
Complete Post-Migration Tasks and Cleanup
3 Lectures 14:16

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.

Configure and Confirm Public DNS Entries

This lecture walks the student through the process of modifying internal DNS to support autodiscover internally.

Configure and Confirm Internal DNS Entries

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.

Re-Enable Unified Messaging (Optional)
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About the Instructor
Thomas Mitchell
4.3 Average rating
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Microsoft Exchange / Active Directory Subject Matter Expert

I am a seasoned IT professional with expert knowledge in various IT disciplines. 

As a Microsoft Exchange Subject Matter Expert (SME), I have designed and implemented numerous Microsoft messaging solutions.

As an Active Directory Subject Matter Expert (SME), I have designed countless AD architectures and tracked down numerous (and complex) AD failures.

My IT experiences include building out the systems infrastructure for the recently-opened SLS Las Vegas Casino and Hotel.  As an integral part of the Infrastructure Team, I was responsible for providing guidance to the Desktop Support team while ensuring the systems infrastructure was prepared for the Grand Opening of the property.

My ability to see things from a 50,000 foot view sets me apart from many other IT professionals.  As such, I am able to see "the big picture" when designing / implementing IT solutions.