What a pain! (Kind of, till I found out why the pain and how to work around that)
I was using Microsoft BPOS since last couple of months for some of my active domains with limited users and last month, I planned to move them over to Office 365.
Microsoft have a BPOS to Office 365 transition web site, which is pretty useless. Useless since it does not have any tools or guidance that I could use to make a smooth transition. Thankfully I hadn’t started using SharePoint in BPOS, so migrating data from BPOS (SharePoint) to Office 365 (SharePoint) is one less headache to take care of… very glad, given the pain I went through to migrate from BPOS to Office 365 for 3 users mailbox and behind the scenes with DNS, etc.
- Create users on generic domain (*.onmicrosoft.com)
- Add your own domain name to Office 365
- Initiate the verification process (txt method preferred) (At Domain Name Registrar)
- Resolve issue that you cannot have domain in BPOS and Office365 –
- In BPOS change default domain for all users to generic bpos domain *.microsoftonline.com
- In BPOS delete the domain name
- Call up BPOS / FOPE team(s) to make sure the company domain is deleted
- Login in Office365 portal again and complete the domain verification process
- Add/Edit DNS entries for MX records, SRV Records (At Domain Name Registrar)
- Note: It does not matter what plan you will be using Small Business or Enterprise. [In forthcoming post I will explain about DNS and Office 365]
- Edit user properties from generic domain (*.onmicrosoft.com) to your domain
That’s it, you can send and receive your emails with Office 365.
Hold on, what about my emails/calendar/contacts from BPOS?
Leaving any of third-party products out of the equation, this is what I did
Setup Outlook with your BPOS email account (Using Microsoft Online Services Sign-In application)Export all of the mail data into a .PST file.
Once you have exported the .PST, configure Outlook to with your Office 365 email address email@example.com.
Import the .PST with the Import Wizard and this will sync all of your data back to Office 365.
That’s the only way to migrate! Yes you will need to do this for each user… what a pain, but that’s the only way for you to migrate, unless you choose to wait for BPOS team to transition you.
I have couple of other Office 365 blog posts scheduled to go live in the weeks to come…
Why can’t I sign in to Lync?
Using OCS and Lync at the same time
… that’s just a teaser… I have couple of short posts lined up… stay tuned.