I have decided to look into Migrating from the universities current system, sharepoint 2003 into sharepoint online (office365). After browsing the Internet for a couple of minutes it appears that the MetaVis migration tool is quite popular, it supports migration from:

  • SharePoint 2010, 2007, WSS 3.0, 2003, WSS 2.0
  • Office 365, BPOS and hosted SharePoint
  • Local or Network File Shares to SharePoint 2010 migration
  • Microsoft Exchange Public Folders and Microsoft Outlook
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure (FCI)

This appears to be quite a simple way of doing things however this is also a paid service. Microsoft also have documentation for planning, preparing and implementing the Migration process for enterprises. This document goes into detail even suggesting meetings and backup methods. I will attempt to summarise some of this document and post into this blog.

Microsoft recommends that we expedite our Office 365 deployment by proceeding in three distinct phases: Plan, Prepare, and Migrate. Organizing our deployment according to these phases provides our project team with high-level time frames that control the pace of the deployment while keeping individual tasks serialized. It is common for tasks outlined in the Plan phase and Prepare phase to occur simultaneously and for tasks in the Prepare phase and Migrate phase to overlap.

Planning

The planning consists of several stages, the most Important being

  • The kickoff meeting
  • Customer environment discovery
  • Key planning considerations
    • Long lead time items
    • Client hardware and software requirements
  • Sharepoint Online planning

I will summarise these next week

RE