Implementing Office 365 for business
Posted on 2014-03-28
I am looking to move my existing company from an internally domain controlled environment to Office 365. Our company has contracted considerable since its glory day, where we had over 50 employees to now only having 4 (actually three because I am in the process of transitioning to a new company).
Because I am leaving I do not want to leave them high and dry, and wanted to create something that would be relatively easy to maintain.
My scenario is the following:
I have Win Server 2008 R2
MySQL Server (not a dc)
My domain is MyDomain.local with an external name of MyDomain.com with web presence (hosted, not internal - so this probably does not matter much)
What I want to do is move everything off premise with the exception of the MySQL server. I've been looking at Office 365 and it looks to be all they really need at this point. They have online storage (which will replace the NAS device), host exchange (will remove the Exchange Server), and of course MS Office.
Now while I understand this all from a high level, I want to really understand how to implement this solution. My main concerns are as follows:
1) How would I migrate the Exchange Store? Would I just copy mail to a pst file and then upload them?
2) Would I be able to create a sign on where once they log onto their computers locally, they will always be connected to their shares, etc? I looking to see if there is a way to emulate a locally networked environment.
These seem to be my two biggest hurdles as I want it to be as transparent as possible. I looked online, but could not find any numbers to call MS directly regarding this and everything seems to point to MS partners, and I do not want to go that route.
Any help with these items and any other items you may think of would be greatly appreciated. I may ask other questions on this thread as I deem fit for the overall discussion as I cannot think of any other major humps besides the two I mentioned.