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What You Need To Know About Office 365’s TLS 1.2 Rollout

"Two cartoon computers shake hands while discussing which version of TLS to use"

There has been a lot of  buzz over Office 365’s Oct. 31st change to TLS 1.0/1.1 support. Specifics can be found here, but essentially they are stopping development and helpdesk support for older versions of Transport Layer Security versions 1.0 and 1.1 in an effort to focus on the now ten-year old version 1.2. They are not turning off 1.0 or 1.1 connections as previously reported (whew!), but that doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. Search results unfortunately bring up passionate responses and misinformation regarding how this will affect our customers, so I’ve decided to write up a quick…Read the Rest of Article

5 Simple Yet Effective Tips for Email Migrations

5 Tips for Email Migrations Technology changed. You’ve been tasked with an email migration and you want to start off on the right foot. You’ve come to the right place! Below are 5 tips from an email migration specialist to help get your project moving. #5 Know Your Options Considering all the technologies available in the market today, there are likely a variety of email migrations strategies available to fit your needs. The best solution doesn’t necessarily require the most expensive tool. In fact, many solutions are a matter of choosing the right steps rather than the right tool. Some…Read the Rest of Article

What is Hybrid | A Hybrid Office 365 Migration Simply Explained

Strategic SaaS has been working with Microsoft Cloud Services for over 9 years. We’ve been answering questions like “What is hybrid?”, “What is a hybrid Office 365 migration?”, and “What are the advantages of Exchange Hybrid?” for quite some time now. We’d like to answer some of those questions here. What is hybrid? In the IT world, “hybrid” generally refers to the configuration of two or more otherwise disparate technologies to create a single, unified solution. In the case of Office 365, an organization can integrate cloud services like SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, and Exchange Online with their on-premises…Read the Rest of Article

Today’s Biggest Email Migration Challenges (And How to Overcome Them)

“Email Migration” is a daunting string of words. And there seems to be an air of mystery that floats behind any conversation about your migration, but it’s time to settle the battlefield with it. The biggest challenge with email migration today is the issue of interrupted service and lost data. But there’s no need to be wary any longer; we’ve compiled some great advice to overcome these problems! Get the Word Out about Your Email Migration For both of these challenges, the best solution is to let all the employees at your company know when the Office 365 email migration will…Read the Rest of Article

Box to OneDrive Migration using FLY

Many companies these days are facing the need for a Box to OneDrive migration. 3rd party migration tools like AP Element’s FLY for Box can assist you in your migration. It migrates Box users’ files to their respective OneDrive for Business document libraries. When performing a Box to OneDrive migration using FLY, it has a particularly handy feature. It can automatically map your Box users to Office 365 users with the same usernames. So if Bill Smith’s username is bill.smith for Box and OneDrive, this user can be automatically mapped. If both systems’ user naming conventions are not the same,…Read the Rest of Article

Office 365 Tenant to Tenant Migration Series – Part 3

Series Overview In this series we cover a unique Office 365 migration scenario known as “Office 365 Tenant to Tenant migration” which occurs when you migrate from Microsoft Office 365 to Office 365 usually for a merger & acquisition. Our goal with this series is to educate stakeholders so they can make educated decisions regarding this type of migration, as there are potential risks to be avoided as well as opportunities to save money in the process. We do so by defining key factors, providing example scenarios, and outlining cut-over strategies. In Part 1 of this series we discussed key…Read the Rest of Article

Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online Migration Best Practices for User Adoption

It’s no secret that a Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online Migration is complex. Let’s continue our discussion of best practices around SharePoint migrations to Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online. Recall these high-level recommendations as you start planning your next content migration! Rank Content – The 3rd party tools for SharePoint Online Migrations have improved. But be aware of your unique content that cannot be migrated by these tools. 3rd party web parts or custom-coded forms and workflows are common examples. Identify these types of unique content early on in the project. In some cases, the time and cost of migrating…Read the Rest of Article

Ribbon Acquires GenBand – Looks to Strategic SaaS to merge Microsoft Office 365 Services

A Mergers & Acquisitions Case Study –  Microsoft Office 365 Tenant to tenant Migration Services Ribbon Communications is a global technology company with more than two decades of leadership in real-time communications. Built on world-class technology and intellectual property, Ribbon delivers secure, embedded and engaging real-time communications for today’s world. The company transforms fixed, mobile and enterprise networks from legacy environments to secure IP and cloud-based architectures.  With locations in 27 countries around the globe, Ribbon’s innovative, market-leading portfolio empowers service providers and enterprises with rapid service creation using fully virtualized environments and network infrastructure, along with a new level…Read the Rest of Article

Microsoft Office 365 Rebranding 101: Email Address Changes

Rebranding Office 365 Email addresses is often the final and most visible milestone in an Office 365 tenant to tenant migration (See Office 365 Tenant to Tenant Migration Series –  The Challenge Defined). You’ve successfully executed the project plan, informed your users, migrated the data, and even modified your MX records. Both organizations are now officially under one roof. So how do we take that final leap and rebrand your users? First, we’ll need to identify where we’ll be performing the work. The location the work is performed in depends on your identity management solution and your source of truth….Read the Rest of Article

SharePoint Migration Best Practices – Part 1: Helping End Users with Content Clean up File Shares and Legacy SharePoint Sites

When planning a SharePoint Migration, helping a department or team review their existing content so that they can determine what content can be removed, archived, or migrated is usually a time intensive process. The business users for a given department or team likely have daily responsibilities and job duties that make it hard for them to stop what they’re doing to review and make decisions about their existing content for the migration to SharePoint or Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online.   Here are some high-level recommendations: Use 3rd Party Tools to Speed Up Analysis – Tools such as ShareGate  or FolderSizes for…Read the Rest of Article