Exchange 2010 Migrations Made Easy for Binary Tree PartnersMay 26, 2011
As Binary Tree’s Business Development Manager, one of my main responsibilities is to meet with System Integrators (SI’s) to identify what tools we can provide to help them be more efficient and productive on their customer engagements. The folks I have the liveliest discussions with are the Service Delivery Managers and their Technical Architects. What stresses them out the most, you ask? Well it comes down to controlling the risks involved to ensure a successful project and a happy customer. A lot of those risks come from the possibility of human error while managing the project. This is especially true when it comes to an email migration project. So, SI’s feverishly try to implement standard processes and procedures for the manual tasks involved, and hope for the best.
This discussion has come up quite a bit the past year on my travels. A common request among the SI’s that I’ve talked to has emerged. They want a reliable and easy-to-use toolset to help them manage and automate their Exchange 2003 to 2010 migration projects. Unfortunately, there’s no automated mailbox migration tool available from Microsoft, so most delivery teams have used the Microsoft PowerShell scripting language to cobble together a semi-automated approach to manage the migration events. But they still have to manually run the scripts, monitor their progress, troll through logs, and then manually update a migration tracking spreadsheet. And of course they need to do this on nights and weekends so they don't migrate end-users during business hours.
Multiply these manual tasks by the 1,000’s of mailboxes to move, with some of them located in different time zones, and you get a sense of the inherent risks involved in these projects. Want to know just how stressful and time consuming the manual approach can be? Check out this 4-part series from Neil Hobson onMSExchange.org titled,“Moving Mailboxes in Exchange 2010” for a very in-depth explanation on how mailboxes are moved from Exchange 2003 to 2010. For those of you who like to stay at the office late and go in on the weekends, this is quite the page-turner ☺
BUT, there is a light at the end of the Exchange 2010 migration tunnel …
In order to make life easier, and help Service Delivery Managers keep their hair, Binary Tree developed the “Exchange 2 Exchange” (E2E Complete) solution. E2E Complete provides IT Specialists with a full-featured toolset that enables a managed migration approach for your Exchange 2010 migrations. We developed the product based upon the “nightmare stories” shared with us by Systems Integrators around the world. E2E Complete helps reduce the stress, manual intervention, and headaches associated with the manual approach to Exchange 2010 migrations.
Here are some Key Benefits of E2E Complete:
- Automated AD & Exchange Data Elements Gathering (for user/group migration scheduling)
- Black-out Days and Times for Migration Events (no users moved during business hours)
- Simplified Scheduling for Migration Groups (user collections)
- Automated Status Reports and Accurate Migration Event Forecasting
- Simplified Rescheduling of User Migrations (via self-service portal)
- Automated End-User Communications (totally customizable)
Our main objective was to make it “5th grade simple” for Professional Services teams to set up, manage, run, and track their Exchange 2010 migrations easily and efficiently.
But wait …there’s more! Your services team can use the same E2E Completeinterface for all your Exchange migration projects in the future. These include “Inter-Org” migrations for those merger and acquisition projects as well as those upcoming Office 365 migrations to Microsoft’s cloud environment. Learn it today and make your services folks more efficient for tomorrow.
Take advantage of Binary Tree’s E2E Complete special promotional pricing of $4 (U.S.) per mailbox migrated available in effect until June 30, 2011. To request a trial copy of the E2E Complete, contact email@example.com.