Bytes by TechNet interview with Mike Crowley–Exchange and Office 365….

A couple months back, I attended the Windows Connections conference in Las Vegas. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing some great IT Folks while I was there. One of those is Mike Crowley, Technical Team Lead for Planet Technologies, Inc. Mike is an Exchange and Office 365 expert and we spent some time talking about planning for and migrating mailboxes from on-premise to the cloud. Mike provides some real life experience about performing these migrations at a university and the challenges of keeping people connected while the migration takes place. We also briefly discuss the challenges of granting access with non-Windows devices like iPhones, iPdas, Android devices and other mobile platforms.



About Mike Crowley -

Mike Crowley is a Technical Team Lead on infrastructure technologies for Planet Technologies, Inc. as well as a Technical Instructor for Academy of Computer Education. Passionate about his field, Mike has taken advantage of many industry certifications. As such, he holds numerous credentials from Microsoft Certified Trainer to several MCITP competencies. Mike is also a Microsoft MVP award winner for Exchange Server.

In the past 10 years, Mike has architected and implemented many Microsoft-based solutions, largely centered on messaging and directory services. Mike has led projects from 100k seat Exchange Server deployments, to cloud services migrations to complete infrastructure overhauls across government and private sectors as well as education.

Mike also holds the title of “New father” which may prove to be his most challenging engagement yet! You can contact Mike via his blog at or directly via mike [at]

About Chris Avis -

Before he applied to Microsoft in 1994, Chris freely admits that he hadn’t heard of Bill Gates or his global little computer company. That’s all changed now. Chris is an enthusiastic TechNet presenter who gets a huge rush when audience members realize, "I didn’t know I could do that!" If you’re lucky enough to see Chris in action, prepare to be entertained. He tells jokes, shows funny pictures and ensures that learning new technologies is always fast-paced and engaging. He’s even working on some simple magic tricks, just to keep it fresh. Chris cites his father as his role model and would only trade in his IT badge for a second career as a limo driver. It would be fun peeking into the lives of people who "can’t or don’t want to drive themselves around," says Chris

Join Chris Avis, Senior IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft, and Mike Crowley, Technical Team Lead for Planet Technologies, Inc., as they discuss Exchange. Mike delves into planning and migrating University faculty and students from on-premise to the cloud, as well as transitioning to Office 365. IT Pros will appreciate the insights on migration planning and how to handle unmanaged devices using ActiveSync. Great Interview!



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