Easing the Public Folder Migration PainNovember 11, 2015
Public folders have long presented an obstacle during Exchange migration projects. Many enterprises that I have worked with has struggled for years to effectively manage all the unstructured public folder data that resides within an Exchange environment. The upside of public folders is that they have become a widely adopted collaboration feature to share information throughout the enterprise.
Binary Tree’s E2E Complete platform not only helps to ease the typical administrative headaches associated with public folder implementations, but also helps migration projects transition this data with unparalleled scale and velocity. The latest release of E2E Complete 3.6 introduces the concept of an automated workload distribution model. This feature provides the ability to use multiple migration workstations to handle public folder migration tasks. By using E2E Complete 3.6, customers can add additional public folder migration workers in order to meet their desired velocity.
Many Exchange 2013 customers are now starting to contemplate the idea of shifting messaging workloads directly to Office 365. One of the surprising limitations that come up during the design phase is the inability to migrate Exchange 2013 modern public folders directly to public folders found within Exchange Online.
Another surprise that Exchange 2013 customers face Is that once a mailbox is moved to Exchange Online, there is a limited number of mail clients that can be used to access legacy on-premises public folders. These limitations have left many in enterprise IT with users of Outlook on the web (OWA) and Outlook for Mac scratching their head.
Microsoft has been spending a lot of development time recently to help on-premises organizations transition to public folders within Office 365. Evidence of this is the work that have been completed to help scale the number of public folders that Exchange Online can support. There has been amazing progress on this front.
What though is the current Exchange 2013 public folder customer to do when considering a move to Office 365?
Enter E2E Complete. The E2E Complete platform is able to address this migration gap by leveraging MAPI as the migration protocol. Yes, E2E Complete can successfully migrate Exchange 2013 modern public folders to Office 365.
Another great feature of the E2E Complete platform is the ability to configure bi-directional public folder synchronization. This feature allows you to configure a bi-directional synchronization job between your Exchange 2013 modern public folders and Office 365. This means that end users with mailboxes in Office 365 that are leveraging mail clients that cannot access legacy on-premises public folders can instead utilize a copy of the public folders that is contained within Office 365. The ability to keep the on-premises public folders and Office 365 public folders in sync means that you gain additional freedom to migrate mailboxes to the cloud.
I just love when complex customer problems are solved by great software solutions. Please review the video below if you would like to see how the E2E Complete solution squarely addresses both of these issues.