Migrate Exchange Server 2016 from onsite to the cloud.
We currently have onsite a domain eg abc.xyx.com running onsite. On this site we also have running an Exchange Server 2016 that provides emails to the staff. The problem we are having is that its now working out too costly to run the exchange server onsite as the server needs to remain operational 24 hours a day. We have some storage space in the cloud to add 1 server. I have added a vmware server to this space and now want to host 2 virtual servers.
The local subnet mask is 192.168.1.0/24
The cloud subnet mask is 192.168.2.0/24
The local site to the cloud is able to communicate no problem via a site to site vpn.
In the cloud will be the following 2 virtual servers.
1. A secondary domain controller.
2. Exchange Server.
The secondary domain controller has the ip of 192.168.2.1/24 and is replicating no problem with the local dc that is on 192.168.1.1/24
I want to now setup the new exchange server and am not sure on what to do. The plan is to setup a new exchange and then move the mailboxes from the current local exchange to be pushed to the new cloud exchange. I will then look to demote and remove this local exchange so that the only exchange is now in the cloud.
The local dc will remain as the plan is that this dc will switch on during the daytime during working hours and then shutdown at the end of the shift along with a local storage server.