How To Migrate Exchange Mailboxes to Office 365?

One of the main advantages of migrating to Office 365 is the capability to migrate users to the cloud-hosted Exchange. This takes the problem of Exchange management off your plate and gives your users the dependability and flexibility they need to get their work done from any part of the world. The easiest way to perform Exchange 2010 to Office 365 migration is cutover migration. This process moves all the mailboxes in one go and permits business owners to directly withdraw the company’s on-premises Exchange servers once the migration is done. Companies can perform a cutover migration if they are running Exchange 2003 or later, and they have less than 150 users to migrate.

Prepare the Exchange environment for migration

To handle the migration, Office 365 talks directly to your Exchange server. To permit this, you will need to allow Outlook Anywhere and make sure that it can be operated from outside your network. Also, you’ll need to set up Outlook Anywhere to use an openly trusted cert for HTTPS. Next, you will need a user account that has full control of all on-premises mailboxes. You will need to create one if you don’t already have an account with these permissions. Once the migration is completed it can be deleted. You will need to migrate any mail-enabled security groups that you want to keep after the migration. You will need to re-create them in Office 365 so that users will get migrated to them because Office 365 won’t migrate these groups. Finally, reducing the TTL for your MX records to 3,600 seconds or one hour is a good idea. Decreasing the TTL informs other DNS servers to check for updated records regularly. This will decrease the delays for users who are sending emails to your company instantly after the migration. As this process of migration is done via cloud, the technology can also be used to carry out SharePoint cloud migration.

Set up the migration

Log on to the Office 365 admin portal and open the Exchange admin center to create the migration. Select More > Migration Endpoints, then click New. Select Outlook Anywhere for the endpoint type. Then, enter the login ID and password for your migration account. If the feature of auto-discover is permitted by the business owner, then it will be able to figure out your server address. Else, enter the external address of your Exchange server. Then, give the migration endpoint a name and click through to complete. After this, it’s time to set up a migration batch. Back in the Exchange admin center, select Recipients > Migration, then click New > Migrate to Exchange Online. Confirm the migration endpoint settings that you will be using, do this once you choose the cutover migration type in the main menu. After that, you will be given the choice to start the migration instantly or save it for later. If you’re ready to start migrating, choose the option to start instantly.

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