I've read a few of the articles on migration of an Exchange server to Google, but there are still a couple of lingering questions I have. I'm looking into the possibility of moving away from housing our own Exchange server. I work for a non profit, and we have a six year old Dell box housing Exchange 2003. It's primarily a Windows environment, though we have a few Macs in use by our development team.
I'm the only person supporting a network of about 140 computers, so I'm eager to move away from having to support Exchange, as well as not have to worry about replacing the hardware that Exchange is currently hosted on. However, a lot of our users aren't particularly tech savvy, and I'd like to make this transition as painless as possible for me, and for them.
It's my understanding that users can still use Outlook for the Google mail and calendar, but how easy is that to get working post migration? Will I need to make changes for each user in their Outlook to update where Outlook is finding the mail server? And what about the calendars? I've seen third party software designed to sync the two, but I had thought it was possible for Outlook to sync with a Google calendar already.
Has anyone done this migration that can tell me -
What steps do I need to take to get Outlook clients working with Google Mail?
If I have several public calendars now, how can I migrate those to the Google calendar system?
Can I assign user rights to specific calendars under Google's system?
How difficult is this migration in general for a relatively inexperienced admin?