The Tenant to Tenant Migration process

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Oliver Moazzezi, Solutions Architect for Projects, Development and Innovations, writes…

As working environments and infrastructures continue to evolve, Microsoft 365 tenant to tenant migrations are becoming ever more present in the professional services workspace.  The increase in cloud-based organisations, is seeing the migration of workloads not from on-premises to the cloud, but between clouds.

A primary reason businesses find themselves consuming more than one tenant, is due to mergers and acquisitions, whilst other reasons include regulatory compliance, geographical, or rebranding.

Microsoft have made advances in supporting tenant migrations and have made progress in certain areas such as Exchange Online, but more needs to be done to support the plethora of services that Microsoft 365 has to offer.

Without in-house tools and know-how, most organisations outsource this work to a vendor with expertise in specific third-party migration tools, as a team accustomed to performing tenant to tenant migrations will give the best outcome and a smoother migration.

At Cobweb we provide a full Microsoft 365 tenant to tenant discovery service and migration service complete with Prince 2 certified project managers to provide full governance for your migration.

Discovery focuses on the mechanics of the services you are using in Microsoft 365 and is specifically catered towards the type of tenant-to-tenant migration you are performing. Is this a migration to a new tenant for data sovereignty reasons? Is this a migration and ingestion and rebranding exercise to another in-life tenancy? Are you migrating multiple tenants into one? Each reason for your Microsoft 365 tenant to tenant migration will have its unique set of requirements bespoke to you.

We look at the core services of Microsoft 365, specifically Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams. But we’re also aware that your Microsoft 365 services may well have Intune, Security and Compliance, and specific Identity and Access management scenarios through Azure Active Directory. On conclusion, you receive a full discovery report, and we provide honest feedback on any issues that will have to be overcome or mitigated during the migration.

Once we have agreed a best approach, we move to the migration. The migration can work a number of ways. It will either require all supported services to be migrated or an agreed sub-set of them, again based on your requirements. There is a period of data and configuration synchronisation and setup, prior to an agreement of a set ‘cutover’ day where users and devices begin logging into the new Microsoft 365 tenant.

Ultimately your Microsoft 365 tenant to tenant migration will be catered to your specific needs and supported with our expertise and application of Microsoft 365 services and Microsoft 365 tenant to tenant migration best practices.

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