How to Migrate Exchange 2010 to Office 365

Exchange 2010 to Office 365 migration is in talk of the town. Office 365 is cloud-based software as a service that has numerous user-centric features and services. It has a lot more to offer you. Users of exchange server 2007 have several methods by which they can move Exchange mailboxes to Exchange Server 2010, 2013, 2016 easily or move directly to Office 365.

Cutover Migration for Exchange 2010 to Office 365:

If less than 200 mailboxes are there on your Exchange Server; the cutover migration process is the perfect solution for Exchange 2010 to Office 365 Migration.  using Setup wizard, or by EAC (Exchange Admin Center) this can be done. Using the Setup wizard, users can move 150 mailboxes only. You can also move 2000 or more mailboxes with Exchange Admin Center.

Typical Staged Migration Process: If any user wants to migrate 2,000 or more mailboxes, he/she needs to go with Staged Migration Process.

Hybrid Migration Method: Hybrid Migration Method doesn’t work in Exchange 2007. It works well with Exchange 2010 and 2013 server and helps in Exchange 2010 to Office 365 migration.

Know more about the Cutover Method:

At first, you need to open ‘Exchange Deployment Assistant’ site, which covers all the migration scenarios to move from Exchange 2010 to Office 365. Use the cloud-only option for a better response.

Now it should be a check that Exchange 2007 server infrastructure supports MS Outlook Anywhere and Auto discover. Use the guide to authenticate the Exchange server 2007 setup after that. After the verification of the setup, use Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer and verify Outlook Anywhere. Also, the user needs to be sure that you assigned the migration permissions for a correct account to the mailboxes that you’re going to move.

Open Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer website.

  • Click Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP) test. Click Next to proceed further.
  • Enter the required information.
  • Verify the usage Autodiscover to detect server settings.
  • Enter Verification code now.
  • Click Perform Test.

Cutover Migration Process Configuration:

  • Login into Office 365 Admin Center.
  • Open Exchange Admin Center
  • Click Migration button.
  • Click on Plus (+) button and choose Migrate to Exchange Online option
  • Choose cutover migration now and click next.
  • Enter on-premises account details and proceed further.

RPC Proxy Server Setting along with Next Exchange Server will be selected automatically. Click next after that.

  • Rename New Migration Batch. Click Next.

A completely new Exchange Server Migration batch file will be formed and you’ll see the status to syncing the provided information from the old file. One can check migration detail by clicking “View Details” under Mailbox Status.

Migration Process Completion

After completing the migration from Exchange 2010 to Office 365, the status of synchronization will get change from Syncing to Synced. You will also receive a confirmation report by mail.

The drawbacks of Manual migration process-

  • Manual process using steps by step configuration is time-consuming.
  • This is a very complex process and not gives 100% assurance of success.
  • You might have lost some files while migration it between servers exchange.
  • If the process disrupts, you will have to restart it from the very beginning.

Shoviv Exchange Server Tool

Shoviv Exchange Server Suite is one of the most suitable tools that will help with your Exchange 2010 to Office 365 migration process in a most suitable way. Using Shoviv Exchange Server Suite helps to get all the files Successfully migrated from one server to another. Shoviv Exchange Server Suite is built with the advanced GUI and has many user-oriented services and features.


Above, we discussed how to migrate from Exchange 2010 to Office 365. With the mentioned third-party tool, it is very easy and handy to migrating the data and information from the Exchange Server to Office 365. A free demo/trial version of the Shoviv Exchange Server Suite is also available to download that allows the migration of the first 50 items per folder.

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