about to convert an office to Office365 and am wondering if my internet connection is going to be sufficient

Obviously the more the better. Unfortunately this client is in an area that the type of affordable internet connectivity isn't readily available.
Recently Comcast Ethernet came through so we hopped on that and have a symmetrical 5mb package.

There are approximately 15 email users that will be connected and I'm wondering if there will be issues. Currently they POP email. Once the conversion is done they will all have exchange profiles in outlook, connecting to Microsoft servers.

Any comments are appreciated.
bwierzbickiAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Email is not very resource intensive .. you have more than required for email..
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
There is a good article in the link below.

http://o365info.com/mail-migration-office-365-optimizing-mail-migration-throughput-part-34/

The problem is whether you want all old messages on the exchange server to move to the office 365 cloud.
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
The problem is whether your users have to access and search the old emails after moving to office 365 and it will take ages if you have a 5MB bandwidth line.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2608158/email-archiving/moving-to-office-365--prepare-for-the-huge-pain-of-archive-migration.html
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Adam PedderDirectorCommented:
The other consideration is how much email you have at the moment that will need to be migrated. If each user has 20GB in their PST then it is going to take a long time to upload/sync it.

15 users doesn't sound like much, and I'd normally be comfortable with a 5mb line, but check pst sizes first.

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Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
First if you have E3 plan then you might also consider to download the MS365 Office version to local system or server and then roll it out to all the clients workstations. Please refer to the links below on how to do it.

Reference for Click-to-Run configuration.xml file
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219426%28v=office.15%29
Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219426%28v=office.15%29.aspx
Determine the deployment method to use for Office 365 ProPlus
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg998766(v=office.15).aspx

Secondly, did you consider searching and uploading the PST files using "Microsoft Exchange PST Capture"?
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh781036%28v=exchg.141%29.aspx

You may upload the files over night, or schedule them to upload as and when required.

Sudeep
bwierzbickiAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your comments and I apologize for the delay in maintaining this thread.

Jackieman I have a question.

I'm not too familiar with the archiving mentioned in the link you posted. I will say though that a couple of the users have very large pst's including the main pst and some archive pst's that I have the intention of uploading to the users 365 mailbox. two of the users mailbox size because of these would be approximately 25GB. Since Outlook would maintain the mailbox in a local ost i don't think it would be subject to the slowness you mentioned or the arhive issues mentioned in the article (I'm not too familiar with what they are referring to in regards to archiving.)

With this configuration does anyone forsee accessing and searching email being slow due to a 5MB wan connection?

Also, in regards to getting the data uploaded, I plan on taking the pst's offsite to my fast connection and putting them up that way.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
With this configuration does anyone for see accessing and searching email being slow due to a 5MB wan connection?
the search is not done locally an analogy is doing a sql search you submit the query and retrieve the results.
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