Pre-flight – Checking objects before an Exchange hybrid migration

Customers working with FastTrack Center for mail migration can use a tool called Integrated Preflight. It checks for basic migration pre-requisites, such as: Does the target object exist in Office 365? Does it have the required e-mail addresses? Are all the e-mail addresses valid? Does the admin account have the required permissions?   The Preflight…


Do I still need an Exchange on-premises?

I have all my mailboxes online (and no public folders). Do I still need an on-premises Exchange Server? That’s a question the FastTrack Engineers are used to hear from customers. And it makes sense: There is no apparent reason to keep a mailbox server without a single mailbox. Except that there is an important reason…


Get your DNS right

Working with IT infrastructure in geographically dispersed companies can be challenging sometimes. Getting DNS right is often one of them, especially with most the Internet services trying to overcome network limitations such as latency with local endpoints for their services (hey, that’s us!). When you point all your users to the same external DNS, even…


Mail relay, gateways SMTP and Exchange Online

Almost every customer at FastTrack Center ask what to do with applications that send e-mail after moving to Exchange Online. Most of the apps use e-mail for internal and/or external notification mail. So… what to do with them?   My four rules for mail relay Please take into consideration I am not talking about massive…


Why we recommend not using proxy with Office 365

  We still have a lot of customers using web proxies for Internet access. Sometimes it is just a legacy, sometimes a way of controlling Internet access and other times, a network requirement (the network does not have a default gateway to the Internet). The idea of using proxies came from a time we had…


Skype Online cutover migration

Sometimes we are asked for a strategy to do a cutover Skype migration, meaning that all the users would be enabled in Skype Online a single pass. Leaving whatever they have in Lync/Skype on-premises behind. That is a great strategy for a lot of customers, but not all. If that is what you are planning…


Decommissioning Skype/Lync on-premises

This blog post is follow up on the Configuring Skype/Lync hybrid. It was also written by Daniel Seleri, a FastTrack Engineer based in Las Colinas, TX. After you transitioned all your users from Skype/Lync on-premises, you will probably want to decommission your local infrastructure. That’s what this post is about. Before you move forward Make…


Configuring Skype/Lync hybrid

Today’s blog post is based on one of the most requested step-by-step guides in FastTrack Center. It was written by Daniel Seleri, a FastTrack Engineer based in Las Colinas, TX. Enjoy it! Our objective today is to guide you through the steps of connecting your existing Skype for Business 2015, Lync 2013 or Lync 2010…


Restricting Search permissions in SCC Portal

This blog post was written by an Exchange PFE, friend of us in FTC. Tiago Souza is a Security & Compliance expert based in Brazil. Enjoy it! Most of you know that starting July 1st, 2017, you won’t be able to use the EAC to create searches in Exchange Online. Instead, you will use the…