Summary: In this post, we’ve discussed the Office 365 Hybrid Migration method to migrate Exchange mailboxes to Office 365. Also, you’ll find the stepwise process to migrate the on-premises Exchange mailboxes to Office 365 and vice-versa by using this method. In addition, we mention about an automated tool that can easily migrate the mailboxes from Exchange to Office 365.
Nowadays, more and more enterprises are planning to move from an On-Premise messaging environment to Exchange Online (Office 365). There are certain factors that are encouraging them to consider migration to Office 365 such as to enhance management overhead, ensure easy manageability, and reduce capital costs for running the server edition. However, for Exchange administrators, one of the tedious and challenging job requirements is to migrate Exchange mailboxes to Office 365.
There are several methods available to cater to the migration process. One of the efficient methods is Office 365 Hybrid Migration. Let’s explore this method in detail.
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Office 365 Hybrid Migration is the migration process that enables on-premises mailboxes migration to on-site or an approach to ensure Exchange to Office 365 migration to be smooth and seamless to the users. With this approach, an individual can easily transfer the existing mailboxes between Exchange Server and Exchange Online. In this process, an individual does not need to create a new mailbox and import information.
What are the Benefits of Exchange-based Hybrid Deployment?
Hybrid Migration Office 365 Requirement
As said, the migration process is seamless to the users. But for the admins, there is a considerate amount of work to be done beforehand.
The process to migrate Exchange mailboxes from On-Premise to Office 365 or vice-versa is simple and easy. Follow the steps below for a successful migration:
Now, let’s discuss these steps in detail
1. Create Endpoint for Migration
The first and foremost step, before executing remote move migrations – both On-Boarding and Off-Boarding, is to create Exchange migration endpoint. This endpoint includes connection setting for on-premises Exchange server, which runs the MRS proxy. This service helps in executing remote migrations to and from Exchange online.
2. Proxy Service Enabling
In case, the MRS Proxy is not enabled on the On-Premises Exchange 2013 Client Access servers, you need to enable it.
The steps to enable Proxy Service are as follows:
– Now, check the MRS Proxy enabled checkbox
3. Move Mailboxes by Using EAC
In the Exchange Admin Center (EAC) on the Office 365 tab, there is a remote migration wizard. You can use this wizard to migrate Exchange Online mailboxes to the On-premises organization or to move the On-premises user mailboxes to the Exchange Online organization. You can select any of these procedures.
Migrate On-Premises Mailboxes to Office 365
Steps are as follows:
Migrate Office 365 Mailboxes to On-Premises
Steps are as follows:
4. Batches Removal
Once the process to move the mailboxes has been completed, the next important step is batches removal. The reason for this removal is to reduce errors possibilities in scenarios where same users are moved again. Steps are as follows:
5. OWA Re-enabling for Offline Access
Offline access in Outlook on the Web allows you to access mailboxes easily, even in the scenarios when they are not connected to a network. In circumstances, when you are migrating Exchange mailboxes to Exchange Online, you must reset offline access setting in the browser to use Outlook on the web offline.
Limitations of the Office 365 Hybrid Migration Method
With this manual method, you can migrate mailboxes to Office 365. But like other manual methods, there are some limitations, associated with Hybrid Migration method:
• Lengthy process
• Involves manual intervention and skilled admins to configure a healthy hybrid system
To overcome these limitations, the best solution is to use a reliable and secure third-party tool such as Stellar Converter for EDB. This tool is fully automated and is easy, fast, and efficient.
It is an excellent utility designed to exports exchange mailboxes to directly Office 365. With this powerful software, you can quickly convert Online as well as Offline Exchange EDB files into PST Files.. Using this software, you can quickly and seamlessly extract Exchange mailbox data such as attachments, contacts, emails, notes, calendars, tasks, to do list, etc. Thanks to its simple and intuitive GUI, you can easily execute the conversion process.
Key Features of Stellar Converter for EDB
The application can be installed on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 and R2, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
The application can open any EDB format from Exchange Server 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000 and 5.5.
The Way Forward
Office 365 Hybrid Migration is one of the well-known processes aimed at facilitating Exchange to Office 365 migration or vice-versa. However, it is bit lengthy, complicated, and, above all, requires technical knowledge. Therefore, all those who wish for an easy, simple, fast, and reliable solution for migration, Stellar Converter for EDB is an ideal choice.
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Eric Simson is an Email Platform Consultant and is associated with Stellar Data Recovery from last 6 years. He writes about the latest technology tips and provides custom solutions related to MS Outlook, MS Exchange Server, Office 365, and many other Email Clients & Servers.