Hosted Exchange Migration, step by step guide somewhere?
Posted on 2011-10-17
I'm the sole IT person for a non profit with about 80 employees, and a handful of long term interns and volunteers, accounting for roughly 100 e-mail accounts. We've been using Exchange 2003 for some time, and our server hardware is getting past its prime. Looking into solutions, I was able to secure pricing for Hosted Exchange (just the Exchange portion of Office 365) of $2 per user per month through Microsoft, but they don't provide much in the way of support for the migration process.
When I asked them a handful of questions regarding the process, such as how to make it as easy as possible, they connected me with one of their service partners, who have quoted me $13,000 to do the migration. While I can see the benefits of someone else doing the migration, I just don't have it in my budget to put out that kind of money. Nowhere near it.
So I'm wondering if there is anyone here who has experience with this sort of thing, that would be willing to provide detailed information on the process, what it entails for my MX records, my Outlook clients for our users, etc. In the meanwhile, I've countered the quote from the service partner by asking for a single account migration, just so I can see the process in action once.
I'm fairly confident that I could handle the migration process, but I want to make sure I'm prepared to handle all of the steps of the process, and the easiest way to do that is to see it in action, or to see a detailed walk through of the process.