Wed, Mar 21 2012 19:54
Migration shouldn't be this hard
It seems to me that if all of us SMBs are supposed to go to the cloud or hybrid deployments that Microsoft would make this a lot easier.
Case in point. Migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 Essentials/Office 365.
So the documentation to move the AD is documented in http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3231. But if you need to know how to move the Exchange email the documentation is....uh.... it's ...... well no where to be found in an easy step by step documentation.
And how about documentation to go from the on premises SharePoint of SBS 2003 to Office 365's SharePoint? That documentation is located....uh...well... foggetaboutit. Not anywhere to be found.
I know there is this tool http://www.quest.com/migration-suite-for-sharepoint/ but I'm checking to see how much it is. (If you have to ask it's usually way too expensive).
To ease migrations from on-premises Exchange to online Exchange check out Migrationwiz - http://blog.migrationwiz.com/2011/04/22/cloud-essentials-migration-offer-free-migration-licenses/ I'm not sure that free 10 licenses is still there as a valid offer but at $9.99 a mailbox, that's a reasonable price tag - http://www.migrationwiz.com/Public/Pricing.aspx
But come on Microsoft. If you expect all of your existing on premises (notice the premises not premise) to go to this hybrid model, put forth the roadmap for your customers.
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