Migration from MS-Exchange to Google Apps

Posted on 2013-10-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
Hello Experts,
I kindly need your support in this question ASAP. I have a client who decided to move his servers to the cloud. Cannot change his mind because that's his way.

After I checked his network he has five remote branches accessing the following remotely:
1- Exchange Server 2010 (in-house)
2- Microsoft AX
3- Some old software using SQL 2000 (which will be replaced soon)

I did some search and found maybe the best two options for email are:
1- Exchange Online hosting.
2- Google Apps.

Despite he has his two IT stuff, I will supervising this project.

Please let me know what is your advise and thanks in advance.

Question by:mob_dream
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
LVL 14

Accepted Solution

Allen Falcon earned 500 total points
ID: 39611361
I would move to Google Apps for Business (migration of the email environment is easy) and build a managed file service using Drive as the storage back-end.  

If you need to keep the legacy applications running, a hosted VDI environment can provide the server resources and virtual desktops more cost effectively than new servers for applications that will likely be retired.

Author Comment

ID: 39611506
I thought migration process would be easier with exchange because users are already using Outlook (99%). Also I heared that Google Apps is not good with MS-Outlook using IMAP, What do you think?
LVL 14

Assisted Solution

by:Allen Falcon
Allen Falcon earned 500 total points
ID: 39611542
Migration is easiest going from the server directly with Google Apps Migrator for MS Exchange, or a third party tool.

Don't use IMAP with Google Apps, use Google Apps Sync for MS Outlook (GASMO), it is a much better, MAPI, experience.

SharePoint Admin?

Enable Your Employees To Focus On The Core With Intuitive Onscreen Guidance That is With You At The Moment of Need.


Assisted Solution

mob_dream earned 0 total points
ID: 39611657
Does Google provide backups or recovering deleted items for the normal subscription (not vault)?

Author Comment

ID: 39611673
Also I'm still confused between business and enterprise?
LVL 14

Assisted Solution

by:Allen Falcon
Allen Falcon earned 500 total points
ID: 39611689
Google Apps for Business is the current branding for what was originally marketed as Google Apps Enterprise Edition.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39662094
Thanks allenfalcon for your kind support.

Featured Post

Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The next five years are sure to bring developments that are just astonishing, and we will continue to try to find the balance between connectivity and security. Here are five major technological developments from the last five years and some predict…
After hours on line I found a solution which pointed to the inherited Active Directory permissions . You have to give/allow permissions to the "Exchange trusted subsystem" for the user in the Active Directory...
This Micro Tutorial will explain how to export DynamoDB tables in Amazon Web Services.
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With  eFax Corporate (, you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, f…

752 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question