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Greetings. A consultant suggested we use a third party migration tool such as Migration Wizard to migrate our on-premises mailboxes to Office 365.  I've been trying to compare Migration Wizard with Microsoft's built-in migration batch process.  I can't find the answer to a couple questions, so I'll try here:

1. Migration Wiz (and other utilities) advertise that they keep the users' folder hierarchy intact (i.e. subfolders beneath the Inbox, etc.).  If we use Microsoft's migration batch process, does it do the same thing ?

2. I've been told that you can select specific mailboxes to migrate first with Migration Wizard and other third-party utilities, so that you can migrate say, large mailboxes first, then smaller ones. I don't think Microsoft's solution allows that, but I'm not sure.

3. I am presuming that public folders are not migration by Microsoft's utility, but I've read that this can be done through Powershell.  Is this true ?

Thanks much.
-Stephen
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1) Depends on the migration method. IMAP migration for example will only copy the mails from certain folders.

2) Again, depends on the migration method. With Staged/Hybrid migration, you can easily control which mailboxes are migrated first.

3) There is a migration path for PF yes, you can read more about it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj983799(v=exchg.150).aspx
Or you can have them configured in coexistence if in Hybrid: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249373(v=exchg.150).aspx


Here are some other articles that will help you on the migration path:
(compare methods) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj863291(v=exchg.150).aspx
(what is migrated) http://msdn.microsoft.com/eu-es/library/hh553234(v=exchsrvcs.149).aspx
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Good link. Lots of steps. Thank you :-)
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