Organizations are switching over to cloud services like Office 365 in large numbers as it provides all essential business productivity applications at one place without any requirement to deploy an expensive infrastructure. The Office 365 cloud platform helps them achieve better business performance and growth while leaving the entire responsibility of its maintenance on Microsoft. The subscription plans designed by Microsoft suit the requirements of all types of organizations and are affordable too. All these reasons explain why small and mid-sized organizations largely are adopting or migrating to Office 365.
To ensure continuity of business operations and email communication, it is necessary for organizations to export existing email data to Office 365. In this blog, methods to export data from EDB, PST and OST file to Office 365 are discussed as most of the enterprises have Exchange Server or Outlook as their main emailing application.
Microsoft offers a few methods for the migration of Exchange data to Office 365. The selection of Exchange to Office 365 migration method depends on the organization’s Exchange environment, number of mailboxes, availability of resources and the time period in which migration process needs to be completed. There are four methods to migrate EDB to Office 365:
Alternately, organizations can rely on user-friendly third-party tools (like Kernel for Exchange Server) for faster and hassle-free mailbox migration.
For small organizations, cutover Migration process is the recommended method of migration. It helps them migrate up to 2000 mailboxes from Exchange 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 versions to Office 365 (but for best results, migrating up to 150 mailboxes is recommended). Also, it is the easiest among all the migration methods.
In Staged migration, mailboxes are migrated in batches. It is recommended when the organization has more than 2000 mailboxes and is running an older version of exchange (2003/2007). Hybrid migration is suggested when the organization want to maintain and manage both on-promises and off-premises setups for some period, and want to migrate gradually from Exchange 2010/2013 to Office 365.
Here is the glimpse of the cutover migration process’s steps in brief:
Aforementioned process appears simple, but it is. A silly mistake during the process can lead issues. Therefore, it is better to install a third party EDB to Office 365 conversion tool like Kernel for Exchange Server for flawless migration.
There are three methods to migrate PST files to Office 365, network upload, drive shipping and via third party tool. Uploading files through network is easier among the two manual methods. Follow below given steps to migrate PST files to Office 365 through network upload method:
These steps are complex and require technical training for successful accomplishment, which is why experts recommend third party option for PST to Office 365 migration. Tools such as Kernel Import PST to Office 365 makes Office 365 migration simple and easy. It imports PST files to Office 365. Also, it makes the process quick and convenient for all types of users.
Exchange OST cannot be directly exported to Office 365. User must convert OST to PST file for Office 365 migration. In order to convert OST to PST file format manually, follow below given steps:
Following the above process user can obtain the required OST file in PST file format and thereafter perform manual PST to Office 365 migration process as discussed above in order to relocate the selected OST files to Office 365. However, it has already been discussed that the manual process might create complication. So, the user must acquire a third-party tool which can save user's time effort. Import PST to Office 365 is one such tool that can simplify the entire OST to Office 365 migration process.
From the above discussion, it can be concluded that manual Office 365 migration process for various file types (EDB/PST/OST) can be substituted by third party tools to make the migration quick and easy. Employment of third party EDB to PST tool has advantages for the organizations in terms of time, money and efforts. Moreover, third party tools can be operated even by non-technical people.