Microsoft is offering different methods to migrate Exchange to Office 365 mailboxes for absolutely free. Here will help you to choose the best method for your organization to migrate mailboxes from Exchange Server 2019, 2016, 2013 & 2010, etc. to Office 365/Exchange Online platforms.
Office 365 is a suite of apps (MS Outlook, Exchange Online, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, team, etc.) in one place. It helps users to work online from anywhere and collaborate with team members. Microsoft earlier announced that Office 365 would officially become Microsoft 365 effective April 21. So make it clear that Office 365 & Microsoft 365 are the same platform. Office 365 is a subscription-based plan.
Exchange On-Premise is also known as Exchange Offline that keeps the Exchange Server(s) at its premises instead of the cloud. For installing and configuring the Exchange server you need sufficient hardware and software. Exchange on-premise can be availed by getting a client access license.
However, migrating Exchange on-premise mailboxes to Office 365 is always a tricky & huge task that requires a lot of planning, time, and expertise at the same time. Many organizations face difficulties during their migration from Exchange to Office 365 due to a lack of proper steps/methods.
Best 5 Methods of Migrating Exchange to Office 365 with Ease!
This method can be completed in two small parts to minimize the risk. It will help us to migrate all data including emails, contacts, tasks, notes, and calendar items from Exchange to Microsoft 365 with 100% accuracy.
Part-1: How to Export Exchange Mailboxes to PST Format?
This feature (Import or export files and settings) is available in the desktop version of Outlook. The below steps may vary according to Outlook versions.
Steps for Outlook 2019/2016/2013
Part-2: Import PST Files to Microsoft 365 Mailboxes
In the second half, we will upload PSTs to Office365 mailboxes using the network upload method or using MailsDaddy PST to Office 365 Migration Tool.
MailsDaddy tool is a very handy application and available at a very affordable price just $99 only.
Cutover Migration: If you want to migrate all Exchange mailboxes at once, then go for the cutover migration method. It supports Exchange 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013 and supports less than 2,000 mailboxes migration.
Check all steps for cutover migration: https://www.mailsdaddy.com/blogs/perform-cutover-migration-exchange-office-365/
Staged Migration: If you are planning to migrate more than 2000 Exchange mailboxes in batches, then the staged migration method will be helpful for you. It supports Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and 2007.
Check all steps for staged migration: https://www.mailsdaddy.com/blogs/migrate-exchange-to-office-365-using-staged-migration/
IMAP Migration: This method is helpful for email migration only. If you want to migrate emails from Exchange on-premise to Office 365 mailboxes then you may use this secure & fast method. It supports all Exchange servers including 2019, 2016, 2013 & 2010, etc.
Check all steps for staged migration: https://www.mailsdaddy.com/blogs/how-to-do-imap-migration-from-exchange-to-office-365-mailbox/
Hybrid Migration: When an on-premises Exchange server is synced with Office 365 it’s called a hybrid environment. If you want to migrate Exchange mailboxes in small batches over time, then hybrid migration is a suitable method. It also supports Exchange 2010 and 2013.
Check all steps for Hybrid Migration: https://www.mailsdaddy.com/blogs/how-to-migrate-exchange-mailbox-to-office-365-hybrid-migration/
There are a lot of reasons that make Microsoft 365 attractive for all sizes and all types of organizations. Here we are going to discuss 10 common reasons to know why organizations are moving from Exchange On-premise to Office 365 cloud platform.
Wrapping up: In this guide, we have different methods for Exchange to Office 365 migration and also discussed the benefits of migrating from hosted Exchange to Microsoft 365. In the above 5 methods, you may choose the suitable one for your migration from Exchange to Office 365.