Migrating email to Office 365

I am in the middle of doing my second email migration to Office 365. Originally I migrated our 9 accounts from Google Apps and this time I am upgrading from Office 365 P3 plan to the E3 plan. See plans here - http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/business/compare-office-365-for-business-plans-FX102918419.aspx

With both migrations I am using MigrationWiz - https://www.migrationwiz.com






Before doing anything you should carefully read the instructions provided my Migrationwiz. In our case with an Office 365 to Office 365 migration the instructions are here - https://migrationwiz.zendesk.com/entries/20358091-How-do-I-perform-an-Office-365-to-Office-365-migration-keeping-the-same-domain-name-

Please Note: That the only reason we need to do this is because we are still on the old version (2010) of O365. In June they would have upgraded our system to 2013 versions and we wouldn't need to transfer our mail manually when going form a P3 to E3 plan.

This tool makes the migration a breeze. You simply:

  • create a connector between your old mail system and the new one (You will need to be an admin on both systems)
  • Specify the mailboxes to copy across and start copying







  • Very easy to use
  • The support is great and very responsive
  • It does multiple passes of the mail so that if during transfer more mail comes in, it will be picked up on the next pass

Things to watch

  • Don’t use your main email address as the connector admin account. If using O365, use the onmicrosoft accounts they provide. These email addresses are unique to each account so when you transfer the MX records across you can still keep transferring in the background.
  • Large accounts can be slow to transfer. In the screen shot above you can see that we have 2 15 gig accounts that will probably take a week to transfer. If set up properly though you can start using your new account straight away as it copies newer mail first.

Next I’ll be looking at transferring content from our internal SharePoint to Office 365.

If you need any help with your Office 365 migration, contact us at info@webcoda.com.au and we will be glad to help.

Questions from Clients

27. April 2009 11:04 by sashashev in Active Directory, User Profiles  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Ever go into a meeting where clients have asked you questions that you didn't know the answer to? No, that's never happened to me either. But a friend of mine thought every time he went into a meeting where a client asked him a (sensible) question he didn't know the answer to, he would list it here so that others could ponder the answers.I'll list the answers if I find them - Whoops - I mean if he finds them.

  1. Can the mysites left hand side nav contain different items by default on creation?
  2. Can you prevent users from creating subsites under my sites?
    1. Apparently yes - http://www.sharepointblogs.com/tbaginski/archive/2006/11/14/how-to-prevent-creation-of-sub-sites-within-moss-2007-my-sites.aspx
  3. Can you change the users display name?
    1. Yes. - http://www.21apps.com/sharepoint/user-profiles-why-do-my-changes-not-show-in-other-sites/ Basically just need to change or remap the name field in user profile properties in Central Admin.
  4. Once users are imported from AD, can you clear them all out?


Updating Active Directory From SharePoint

SharePoint out of the box supports only one way replication of user from AD to SharePoint which ofcourse means that when users update their profiles in their Mysites it doesn;t get replicated back to AD.

Even worse, their properties can get overwritten during the next profile import from AD.

The 2 recommended methods for updating AD from SharePoint that I have heard of are..

  1. Microsoft Identity Lifecycle manager
  2. Bamboo Solutions User Sync

From my little research the Bamboo Solutions seems to be a lot better. - ee review here - http://www.sharepointreviews.com/component/content/article/50-user-management/102-User-Profile-Sync-Web-Part-by-Bamboo-Solutions.html

ILM requires creating an import file from SharePoint - Already sounds too complicated if you ask me.

If anyone has experience with this, I would love to hear some feedback.I will probably end up using the Bamboo Solution so will be able to provide some feedback soon.


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