BPOS – Migration Underway
Wow, two weeks and I’m still updating. I hope anyone reading this is less impressed than I am.
My client’s implementation of BPOS is well underway now. As I write this, we’ve migrated about a quarter of the accounts to online and the SharePoint templates are nearly finished. Despite a few minor hurdles, things have been going very smoothly and the client is extremely pleased with the results. Each morning we hear how they can’t wait to start using the system in earnest.
I would like to leave you with tid-bits on two of the hurdles we encountered and how we overcame them.
Exchange/Outlook Public Folders are not supported in the "Standard" version of BPOS. So we’re tossing these items into SharePoint where they can be shared with Outlook again if users need/want them. This was extremely important for the client as they had an extensive contact list in their public folders and wanted to be able to easily find someone in there when sending an email. By getting creative with the use for old and on-line exchange profiles, we were able to get Outlook to do the bulk fo the synchronizing for us.
Outlook Profile Settings
Each time you switch a user over to BPOS or Exchange online, don’t forget to port over profile specific settings. Rules will need to be exported from the old profile and imported to the new one. Signatures are still there, but need to be re-selected. And be darn sure you don’t forget to re-attach their private folder stores.
Of course, both these issues likely won’t be missed by anyone that’s experienced with Exchange migrations. But for an Exchange newbie like myself, these were some lessons I learned and will keep with me for my next implementation.