Migration between two Office 365 tenants

I. Pre-migration activities

Before you install and configure CodeTwo Office 365 Migration, make sure that your environment (both the source and target server) is prepared for migration and that you meet the system requirements.

Below you will find the list of key points to be considered:
 

Step 1: (Optional) Add a custom domain to target Office 365

If you want to migrate to your own (custom) domain, you need to make sure that it's registered and verified in your target Office 365. If necessary, add your custom domain to the target Office 365 tenant and verify it.

Skip this step if you already have your own domain registered in the target Office 365 or you would like to migrate to the initial domain (e.g. yourcompany.onmicrosoft.com) that was assigned to you by Microsoft when you created your target Office 365 tenant.

Learn more about adding custom domains to Office 365

Step 2: (Applies to migrations to Office 365 Germany) Recreate source Office 365 users in target Office 365

When migrating to Office 365 Germany (German cloud), you need to manually create user accounts on your target Office 365 tenant for each mailbox you intend to migrate. You also need to assign Office 365 licenses to these user accounts.

Learn more about creating new Office 365 users

Learn more about importing multiple users to Office 365 via CSV files

Step 3: Make sure that the admin account used to connect to the source Office 365 tenant has the necessary roles assigned and that it has its mailbox configured correctly

  1. Check if the source admin account has the following management roles assigned:
    • ApplicationImpersonation
    • View-Only Configuration
    • View-Only Recipients

    If any required roles are missing, you can either assign them manually, following the steps described in this KB article or let the program assign them for you in the Configuration step of the Source server connection wizard.

  2. Ensure that this account is mailbox-enabled.

Step 4: Verify that the admin account used to connect to the target Office 365 tenant has the necessary roles assigned

  1. Check if the target admin account has the following management roles assigned:
    • ApplicationImpersonation
    • View-Only Configuration
    • View-Only Recipients
    • Public Folders*
    • User management administrator/Global administrator*

      Important

      Please note that the Public Folders role is only required if you plan to migrate public folders. Moreover, the User management administrator/Global administrator role is required to create new users and mailboxes. Therefore, it's not required to assign it to the admin account if you are migrating data to the mailboxes that already exist on the target server.

    If these roles are missing, you can either assign them manually, following the steps described in this KB article or let the program assign them for you during the Configuration step of the Target server connection wizard.

  2. Ensure that this account has a valid, non-hidden mailbox on the target Office 365 tenant.

Step 5: Make sure the target Office 365 administrator's email address corresponds to a right domain

Assuming that your custom domain has already been added to the target Office 365 (see Step 1 above) or that you use a default target *.onmicrosoft.com domain, double-check that your target admin's email address is correct and corresponds to the domain you will be migrating to. To do that, perform the following actions:
  • Log in to the target administrator's Office 365 account.

  • Go to Office 365 admin center.

  • Choose Users > Active users from the menu on the left. The table with all organization users will be displayed.

  • Select the administrator's account and check in the User name / Email section if the address corresponds to the right domain.

  • If not, click Edit, locate the drop-down menu that contains all available domains within your organization, and select the domain you will be migrating to. Save the changes.

Step 6: Install and activate CodeTwo Office 365 Migration

The program needs to be installed on any machine with connection to both the source and the target Office 365 environment.

The following additional components will also be installed, as they are required for CodeTwo Office 365 Migration to run properly:

The installation wizard will guide you through the whole installation process. After the installation is finished, remember to activate the program

II. Migration process

The steps below will guide you through the correct configuration of CodeTwo Office 365 Migration:
 

Step 1: Connect to the source server

Important

Make sure that the software user who runs the migration is a local administrator.

When you start the program, you will see the Dashboard tab. Click Create a new migration job link on the How to start card. Select the source server type: Office 365. The Create Office 365 migration job wizard will open. Set the name of the job and click Next to proceed to the Source mailboxes step. If this is your first migration job, you will need to configure a connection to the Office 365 tenant that will be used as the source of your migration. Click Add new source connection in the Source server drop-down menu and a wizard will open. You need to complete three steps:

  • Office 365 cloud  choose between connecting to Office 365 worldwide and Office 365 Germany.
  • Admin credentials – provide the email address and password for the Office 365 admin account. If this account has multi-factor authentication enabled, enter the app password instead (learn more).
  • Configuration – the program configures your Office 365 connection and checks whether the account provided in the previous step has the necessary roles assigned. If not, the program will attempt to assign them automatically. In such a case, you might be asked to provide the credentials of another account that is assigned the Global administrator role. This account will not be used to connect to the Office 365 tenant, but only to assign the missing roles.

If the configuration is successful, click Finish.

If any errors appear, see Troubleshooting

Step 2: Select mailboxes you want to migrate and define target connection

After successfully configuring the source connection, you will get back to the migration job wizard.

The Source mailboxes step now allows you to include or exclude mailboxes by using multiple filters. By default, the program includes All users along with the Public Folders as it is a most common scenario. Choose the mailboxes you want to migrate and proceed to the next step (Target mailboxes).

Now, set up a new target server connection by choosing Add new target connection from the Target server drop-down menu. A simple wizard will open:

  • Office 365 cloud – choose between connecting to Office 365 worldwide and Office 365 Germany.
  • Admin account – provide the email address and password of the Office 365 admin account. If this account has multi-factor authentication enabled, enter the app password instead (learn more). Click Next to move on to the Configuration step.
  • Configuration – this process configures the connection to the target Office 365 server and checks whether the account provided in the previous step has the necessary roles assigned. If not, the program will attempt to assign them automatically. In such a case, you might be asked to provide the credentials of another account that is assigned the Global administrator role. This account will not be used to connect to the Office 365 tenant, but only to assign the missing roles.

Once the configuration ends successfully, you will see green check marks. If any errors appear, see Troubleshooting.

After your connection is established, click Finish and proceed to the next step (Match mailboxes).

Step 3: Match source and target mailboxes

Matching the source mailboxes with the target mailboxes can be done automatically, by using the built-in automatch feature, or manually. We suggest that you start off by matching mailboxes automatically and modify the automatch settings if not all the mailboxes were matched in the first run. Use the manual option only if there are any mailboxes left unmatched after several automatch runs with a different configuration of the automatch mechanism.

To match mailboxes automatically, select those mailboxes that you want to match and click the Match mailboxes button. In the window that opens, click the Automatch button. Configure the automatching mechanism and click Automatch to start the matching process. If not all the mailboxes were matched, modify the automatch mechanism and run it again. Repeat this as many times as necessary.

Read more about the default configuration of the automatch mechanism and how to customize it

If any source mailbox is left unmatched despite several attempts to match it automatically with different automatch settings, match it manually.

Note that you can set the program to create target users and mailboxes in your Office 365 tenant, whether you’re matching mailboxes manually or automatically. Learn more

When you have matched all your mailboxes, save your configuration and close the matching window. Continue with the migration job wizard. The next steps will allow you to configure additional options.

Step 4: Customize all necessary aspects of the migration job

You can configure the following additional options:

  • Scheduler - this step allows you to set the job to be automatically started in the desired time periods, so you do not have to control it manually.
  • Time filter - this filter is used to exclude items that are older or newer than a particular date.
  • Folder filter - in this step you can completely exclude specific folders from the migration process.
  • Advanced settings - this step lets you define how many mailboxes should be migrated at the same time and set the maximum size of items to be migrated.

Step 5: Start the migration

Review your migration job in the Job summary step. Click Finish to close the wizard.

Move on to the JOBS tab and click Start on the toolbar to begin the migration. Once you start the migration, all items from the source mailboxes will be migrated to their corresponding target mailboxes.

Info

The migration processing time depends on several different factors, e.g. the number of mailboxes and items, the speed of internet connection, EWS throttling settings. See this article for details. 

Step 6: Check if the number of items migrated in the target mailboxes matches the number of items in the source server mailboxes

If you notice any missing items in the target mailbox, restart the migration by using the Rescan feature.

Important

Please be aware that the program does not migrate some specific folders at all. Those are e.g. Sync Issues or the ones created while putting a mailbox on litigation hold.

Info

If any problems appear during the migration process, they will be visible on the JOBS tab in the Migration status column or on the Job bad news card. Details of the problems can be checked in the diagnostic files.

Step 7: Check if there are any new items in the source mailbox after migration

Once the migration is finished and you have noticed that some new items appeared (in the meantime) in the migrated source mailbox, just restart the migration by using the Rescan feature.

Important

Please keep in mind that the Rescan feature uploads only new items, not the changed ones.

III. Post-migration cleanup

Once the migration is completed, please follow the points below:

Step 1: MX records

Change your MX records to enable mail flow to the new server. Please note that this process may take several hours.

Warning

If any new items appear in a source mailbox while the MX records are being changed, it is possible to migrate them after the records setup process is completed. This can be done via the Rescan feature available in the Administration Panel of the program.

Step 2: The previous domain

Disconnect the previous domain.

Info

If you have any problems with disconnecting your domain, please consult your domain provider.

IV. Troubleshooting

For troubleshooting information, refer to our Knowledge Base.

For additional resources, refer to Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

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