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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 available plans

At the heart of Office 365 are two essential subscription paths a customer can go through:

There are several other variants available to individuals, non-profits, education, and government which include a combination of features from the Enterprise plans at a lower cost:

In this book, we will focus on the Business and Enterprise plans, but check whether you qualify for the Nonprofit or Government Pricing plans to lower your operating costs.

The main difference between the two subscription types is that under the Business plans, the subscription provides high value but no licensing flexibility, and a maximum limit of 300 users. There are also several other limitations, which are addressed further in this chapter.

There are a number of different ways to purchase these:

  • Directly on the Office 365 Administration portal

  • From a Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) (for example, generally a telecommunications provider or Microsoft partner that resells Office 365)

  • From a Microsoft licensing reseller (for example, an IT company that supplies Microsoft Open Business or Open Value licenses)

  • From a Microsoft Licensing Solution Provider for those with School/Campus/Select/Enterprise Agreements

Navigating the Microsoft licensing maze can be challenging; most people can get quite confused by all the various plans and licensing models.

The best approach is to write down what features and functionality you want for your organization, including your people plans for the next three years. Then arrange people into groups that require similar feature sets. Users in the office may require an Office 365 Enterprise E3 license which gives them the desktop version of Office with e-mail, but users who work remotely may only require an Enterprise E1 license and utilize the online Office applications.

Once you have grouped your users together, you can then look at the Office 365 subscription plans and make the right decisions. If you're still lost, you may need to work with a Microsoft partner who specializes in Office 365 to help you make the right licensing choice.