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The manual migration of On-Premises Exchange to Office 365 is not a simple task to perform. Each step is crucial, and so one needs care and expertise to accomplish such migration. This blog is drafted for discussing the necessary Office 365 pre and post migration checklist to help users in performing accurate migration without any loss.
The pre-migration tasks which the user should perform to get a smooth migration from on-premises Exchange to Office 365 are divided into points. Let us discuss them.
Prepare end users in advance
Planning and preparation start with proper communication among the organization members. Before starting the migration project, each user should have complete information about the migration plan, how it is going to be executed, and what will be the impacts and changes within the organization due to this migration. Other important considerations of pre-migration check are migration day, time frame, and resource management. The plan should be discussed among the members on a rough basis to get ideas from different brains, and after the brainstorming, the administrator should draft a proper project plan for the migration without any discrepancies in it. You can use the checklist prepared by Microsoft for effective premigration planning. You can add or modify this checklist according to your requirements.
Prepare On-premises Inventory
Next pre-migration task is to prepare the inventory for the on-premises Exchange. The details you should have before the migration are:
Inspect Current Environment
Some checks and reviews are required on the current on-premises Exchange environment.
Prepare of Data to be Migrated
Before starting the migration, make sure that the data is ready. Some points to be check are:
Set up Office 365 Account
It is the final task while planning the Office 365/Microsoft 365 migration. Set up your Office 365 accounts with the below-given considerations.
Once all the tasks in the pre-migration checklist are completed, perform the migration. You can use professional Office 365 Migrator tool to perform this task easily. After migrating all the desired data migrated to the Office 365 destination, ensure that the tasks in the next provided checklist (post-migration) are completed.
Perform Email Redirection and Caching
After migration, the emails accounts of users need to be redirected to Office 365. Also, check the Outlook profile folders again and confirm whether the status is “This Folder Is Up To Date” for each folder.
Assign Licenses to the Migrated Mailboxes
The mailboxes migrated in Office 365 account must be assigned licenses as it will get disabled after a period of 30 days without any license assignment. So, for long term use, it is recommended to assign licenses to mailboxes as soon as possible.
Create Autodiscover DNS Records
Another important post-migration task is to configure Autodiscover DNS records in Office 365. Doing this would help the users to connect their user mailboxes to Outlook email clients as well as other mobile clients.
Decommission the Source Environment
Once you are confirmed that the mailboxes have successfully moved to your Office 365 account, have assigned licenses, and everything is working fine, then you can decommission the old on-premises Exchange Server. However, it is suggested that you decommission it only when no synchronization is expected in the future with the source, and permanent migration to target is accomplished.
Hence, these were the important considerations to follow before and after the migration of the on-premises Exchange to Office 365. Does it seem quite complex than the migration itself? Yes, it is, and if you want to avoid these multiple technical and complex steps, you can opt for a reliable third-party tool, Kernel Office 365 Migration. This tool performs migrate on premise to exchange in the simplest manner. It also integrates simple ways to carry out some pre and post-migration tasks. Let us know these features.
Pre-Migration Analysis for Mailboxes and Public Folders
This feature in Kernel Office 365 Migration helps users to get an estimate about the time needed to perform the migration (based on the size of data added for migration). It also displays information like Total Folders, Total items, Total size, Network Speed, and Migration Speed.
Migrate Outlook Rules and Folder Permissions
Users can utilize this feature in the tool to migrate the Outlook rules and folder permissions after the completion of the migration task.
Just like the migration task, the pre and post-migration tasks are also crucial. Many things are to be considered before and after performing migration from Exchange and Office 365. However, a professional tool like Kernel Office 365 Migration integrates many features to perform these tasks automatically.