Migrate to Microsoft's Hosted exchange

I need a suggestion on the best way to migrate 32 mailboxes currently on an in-house Exchange server to Microsoft’s Hosted Exchange.

It should be noted we are in another state from the client and we are not currently supporting their Exchange Server, which is handled in-house.

We were originally planning to export their existing mail, calendar, and contacts to PST files and then import after the accounts were set up, but Microsoft is suggesting to the client that we do a cutover migration and referred us to these links for information.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj898490(v=exchg.150).aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj874016(v=exchg.150).aspx 

I would like to know what is the best way to handle this migration.  Any advice is appreciated.
CTSLAAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

footechCommented:
The cutover migration is how I would proceed.  I don't know what version of Exchange they're currently using, but you may want to export their mailboxes to .PST before doing the migration so that you have a backup in case of any error (doing it from the server like with Exmerge is better than trying to handle each client separately).

Your path forward will be influenced by where you want to end up.  There's a number of ways that you can tie O365 into your existing infrastructure if desired - features like Directory Sync and SSO.  So, like I said, it can depend on what you want your experience to be when it's all done.
0
Marshal HubsEmail ConsultantCommented:
If you want to save the time and want to avoid the downtime during the migration, then the easiest way to export PST to Exchange Server would be to use any third party tool like Stellar Mailbox Extractor for Exchange Server. With the help of this tool, you can directly export your Exchange mailboxes to another Live Exchange Server without any downtime or any problem . For more info, you can visit http://www.stellarinfo.com/email-tools/mailbox-extractor.phphttp://www.stellarinfo.com/email-tools/mailbox-extractor.php
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
CTSLAAuthor Commented:
Stellar Mailbox Extractor seems like a decent solution and avoids the necessity of exporting each PST individually, but I am leaning toward using Migration Wiz based on the input from many others.  It apparently saves a tremendous amount of time and steps.  Thank you both for your input.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Outlook

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.