With the popularity of Microsoft 365 (Aka Office 365), many Exchange administrators are shifting towards Office 365. Honestly, moving mailboxes is never an easy task; it requires lots of time, technicality, and support. Also, there are few consequences that users have to keep in mind while moving from one environment to another. Many organizations cancel their Exchange to Microsoft 365 migration due to the lack of knowledge or risk of data loss.
In this write-up, we will migrate Exchange to Microsoft 365 using a multi-talented software named Shoviv Exchange Server Suite. Along with the Exchange to Microsoft 365 migration, the software enables users to migrate Microsoft 365 to Microsoft 365 and Microsoft 365 to Exchange Server.
Exchange to Microsoft 365 migration in easy steps
- Firstly, install and open the software.
- Secondly, click on the Add Source option from the ribbon bar.
- Now, select the Exchange Server mailboxes option and provide credentials.
- Select the mailboxes you want to migrate and click the Next button.
- Then select any folder and click Office 365 option from the ribbon bar.
- Now check/uncheck subfolders and click the Next button.
- Provides Office 365 global admin credentials and click Next.
- Map source and target mailboxes, then click on the Next button.
- Apply filters and click Next. (Also can use advanced options).
- Now Exchange to Microsoft 365 migration gets started.
7 Reasons to prefer Shoviv Exchange Server Suite over Native methods
There are a few methods available on the web that can migrate Exchange Server mailboxes to Office 365. But I will suggest Shoviv Exchange Server Suite for Exchange to Microsoft 365 migration as it makes the migration process like a cakewalk and provides multiple advanced features; rarely available in other software. For Example:
Migrate Mailboxes in batches:
With the Shoviv Exchange Server Suite, users can migrate multiple Exchange mailboxes into Microsoft 365 mailboxes. Along with the user mailboxes, users can export data into the Public folder and Archive mailboxes as well. If you are migrating mailboxes from EDB files, the software also allows the recovery of corrupted EDB files. And also recover the entire exchange mailbox from EDB files.
The software is specially designed for the best migration results and to make the migration process effortless for everyone. It provides many advanced options to meet the users’ requirements. Migrating data from one folder to another is a common requirement, and for the same, Shoviv Exchange Server Suite provides a folder mapping option. Users can map folders manually or can also upload a CSV file to map multiple folders.
Multiple Source and targets
As I have mentioned above, this is a multi-tasking utility. It allows users to add 8different types of sources such as Exchange Server mailboxes, Microsoft 365 mailboxes, EDB files, Outlook profile store, Single store of Exchange Server, Office 365, etcetera. Also, the users can migrate added sources into multiple targets, for example, Outlook PST, Live Exchange, and Microsoft 365.
Supported Migration Scenarios
- Exchange to Microsoft 365 migration.
- Tenant migration between Office 365
- Exchange to Exchange migration
- Migration from Exchange Server/Office 365 to PST
- Export PST file (healthy) to Live Exchange, Office 365, and PST as well.
- Recover corrupt OST/PST files and export into PST, Microsoft 365, Live Exchange
Resume interrupted process
Process interruption is a common problem that can happen due to many reasons. The problem with the process interruption is, users have to restart the process, which takes extra time and creates duplicates in the target. But the Shoviv Exchange Server suite has an Incremental export option. By checking this option, users can resume the interrupted process and prevents duplicity in the target mailbox.
No risk of data loss
We all know, manually, for the Exchange to Microsoft 365 migration, one has to use Hybrid, Staged, and Cutover migration methods. And if you have ever searched for these methods, you may know that these methods are full of complications and have a time-consuming process. But Shoviv Exchange Server Suite is a desktop-based utility and eliminates the risk of data loss. Even non-technocrats can use this software without any technical setup and assistance.
Search & Filter items:
Along with the multiple mailbox addition, the users can search specific items and verify them before Exchange to Microsoft 365 migration or any other migration. Besides this, users can also exclude unwanted items from the migration process. By using these options, users can save crucial time. And if they store data on the exchange or Office 365, then excluding unwanted items will also cut off their storage cost.
Complete control over the migration process
With the Shoviv Exchange Server Suite, users get full control of the process. It offers a preview of the data after adding the source mailboxes, and users can preview every item of the mailboxes with their meta-properties. Moreover, it provides a live log report of the migration process that keeps all the information about the migration such as item filtered, item processed, status, source location, target location, etc. Users can also save the log report once the process gets completed.
Along with these features, there are many other handy features in Shoviv Exchange Server Suite. If you want to get a trial of the software or examine the tool’s feature, install the trial version of this software. The free version of the software has all the full version features but only export the first 50 items per folder.
I’ll not say you cannot do Exchange to Microsoft 365 migration manually. But if you want your migration done with proper folder hierarchy and without losing a single bit of data, I suggest using Shoviv Exchange Server Suite. Many Microsoft MVPs, Exchange Administrators, Microsoft 365 administrators, and data migration engineers also recommend this software.