Migration shouldn’t be this hard

On March 21, 2012, in news, by

It seems to me that if all of us SMBs are supposed to go to the cloud or hybrid deployments that Microsoft would make this a lot easier.

Case in point.  Migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 Essentials/Office 365.

So the documentation to move the AD is documented in http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3231.  But if you need to know how to move the Exchange email the documentation is….uh…. it’s …… well no where to be found in an easy step by step documentation.

And how about documentation to go from the on premises SharePoint of SBS 2003 to Office 365’s SharePoint?  That documentation is located….uh…well… foggetaboutit.  Not anywhere to be found.

I know there is this tool http://www.quest.com/migration-suite-for-sharepoint/ but I’m checking to see how much it is.  (If you have to ask it’s usually way too expensive).

To ease migrations from on-premises Exchange to online Exchange check out Migrationwiz – http://blog.migrationwiz.com/2011/04/22/cloud-essentials-migration-offer-free-migration-licenses/  I’m not sure that free 10 licenses is still there as a valid offer but at $9.99 a mailbox, that’s a reasonable price tag – http://www.migrationwiz.com/Public/Pricing.aspx

But come on Microsoft.  If you expect all of your existing on premises (notice the premises not premise) to go to this hybrid model, put forth the roadmap for your customers.


4 Responses to Migration shouldn’t be this hard

  1. Jules Wilkinson says:

    I heart SBSDiva…
    On-Premises ๐Ÿ˜€

    You don’t know how happy you’ve made me ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Gosh… What does that say about the state of my life atm?)

  2. Jules Wilkinson says:

    Re : Migration paths…
    I asked a Microsoft visitor to our SBS user group recently about migrations… What the heck was going on, why the lack of any migration path from a to b…

    He didn’t / couldn’t really answer the question…

    Same with WSSe aswell… TBH I don’t think he had even heard of the product, and he is “Head of Technology for Partners”… lol

  3. Robert Crane says:


    SharePoint migration typically also means a version change (WSS v2 to WSS v3 then Office 365). There isn’t a cheap tool to do that. Microsoft also says that migrating SharePoint is like moving house – you don’t move everything to same location, you throw away some stuff, you put some stuff in a different location and you generally use the opportunity to house clean. Same when going to Office 365 generally.

    I’d recommend people read my post at – http://supportweb.ciaops.net.au/blog/archive/2010/12/27/sbs-companyweb-migration.aspx

    for some thoughts on SharePoint migration.


  4. Tim says:

    I’ve done my fair share of research on this subject for various migration projects for my company.

    I ended up using MigrationWiz for 90% of them and I’m so glad I did. It is so easy and saved me a lot of time. At $10-12 a mailbox with free 24/7 email support, it was definitely worth taking a look at.