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Microsoft Office 365 - Exchange Online Implementation and Migration - Second Edition

By : David Greve, Loryan Strant, David Greve, Ian Waters
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Microsoft Office 365 - Exchange Online Implementation and Migration - Second Edition

By: David Greve, Loryan Strant, David Greve, Ian Waters

Overview of this book

Organizations are migrating to the cloud to save money, become more efficient, and empower their users with the latest technology. Office 365 delivers all of this in a reliable, fast, and ever-expanding way, keeping you ahead of the competition. As the IT administrator of your network, you need to make the transition as painless as possible for your users. Learn everything you need to know and exactly what to do to ensure your Office 365 Exchange online migration is a success! This guide gives you everything you need to develop a successful migration plan to move from Exchange, Google, POP3, and IMAP systems to Office 365 with ease. We start by providing an overview of the Office 365 plans available and how to make a decision on what plan fits your organization. We then dive into topics such as the Office 365 Admin Portal, integration options for professionals and small businesses, integration options for enterprises, preparing for a simple migration, performing a simple migration, and preparing for a hybrid deployment. Later in the book, we look at migration options for Skype for Business and SharePoint to further help you leverage the latest collaborative working technologies within your organization.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Microsoft Office 365 – Exchange Online Implementation and Migration - Second Edition
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Deploying a Hybrid Infrastructure – Exchange Hybrid


Office 365 offers many ways to subscribe and all sorts of licensing combinations. Whether you're a small business or an enterprise, you have a number of ways to get started. The good news is that you can start a trial subscription and always associate your long-term licenses to the trial, leveraging any method. We learned about the licensing available within the service, which should clarify how you proceed. By this point you should be deciding how these licenses fit your organization and whether you are going to sign-up directly, work with a Microsoft Deployment Partner, or engage an Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft.

As we reflect on the sign up process, you can see how Microsoft designed the process  to be greatly simplified. Microsoft focused on minimizing many decision points for a trial. The fact is, it is a trial, so why complicate the sign up process more than it needs to be? Either way, in the end, your team managing and configuring the service will be required to do all the tweaking and tuning, based on business and technical decisions made within the organization.

In conclusion, you should now be ready to start getting more familiar with the service: configuring it to your specifications, starting the integration process, and finally either migrating or starting to use the service full-time. Before your trial ends, you will need to obtain or assign the licensing plan that best fits your subscription.

Now that we have established a subscription, in the next chapter we will focus on using the admin portal. We will also start walking through some key initial configuration steps.