Office 365 Exchange Migration

Exchange Online is a hosted email solution that gives users functionalities such as email, calendar, tasks and contacts. These functionalities are delivered as cloud-based services and users can access them via PCs, web and mobile devices . It gives administrators a rich environment where they have access to Active Directory and can implement group policies and more. This cloud based service is hosted and run by Microsoft in its data centers all over the world.

Like any other migration, organizations moving to Office 365 Exchange Online from their existing email environment need to do it in a careful and planned way to ensure success and minimize problems and downtime. Exchange Online migration will require not only a detailed, well-thought out plan, but also personnel who are skilled in Exchange, security, Active Directory, DNS, firewalls, networking, group policies and more. iLink has this expertise and has successfully implemented Exchange Migration projects at a number of clients, large and small, in a variety of industries. Therefore iLink is ready and well-equipped to take on your Exchange Online migration project and drive it to a successful conclusion, ensuring your complete satisfaction.

iLink specializes in Office 365 Exchange Online migration and follows the approach mentioned below:

  • Current Exchange cleanup as required
  • Follow and implement security requirements
  • Upgrade Outlook where necessary
  • Domain name
  • User provisioning, data migration
  • Single sign-on, authentication
  • Group policies, and much more

The approach followed also covers scenarios such as: staged or cutover migration, rich co-existence with free/busy sharing, DLP (Data Loss Prevention) and Retention Policies, Multi Forest migration, Re-routing (Postini, Barracuda, etc.), Mobile Provisioning (Mobile Iron, Good, Sophos), AD cleanup and consolidation, AD Functional Upgrade, and more.


iLink’s Office 365 Exchange Migration focuses on the following considerations

  • Develop and follow a plan and timeline
  • Customize and integrate with other software and systems as needed
  • Minimize downtime, if any, and no loss of data

Based on the initial assessment, iLink recommends a suitable Exchange Migration strategy, gets customer buy-in and then focuses on flawless and on-time execution. In addition, iLink follows best practices, tools and guidelines provided by Microsoft for Office 365 Exchange Migration.

iLink’s Office 365 Exchange Migration relies on the following migration pillars for success

  • Developing a complete, detailed migration plan that identifies critical steps, resources, timelines and any unique requirements or customizations needed
  • Engaging experienced, competent personnel with expertise in the technologies and steps involved
  • Setting appropriate and realistic expectations, especially regarding timelines
  • Periodic checkpoints for reviewing progress
  • 100% customer satisfaction

iLink has extensive experience and expertise in overall Office 365 assessment, planning and deployment. And, in particular, iLink has successfully completed Exchange and SharePoint Online migrations with several large and small customers. These projects have included many different kinds of technologies where iLink developed, as required, customized solutions to fit the exact customer needs. For a high-level overview of iLink’s Office 365 solution offerings, please visit:

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    Strategist – Cloud Solutions at Microsoft


    Sriram Ganapathy is a Technical Specialist with Microsoft. He has been with Microsoft for 17+ years and has held a variety of roles including solution sales, technical and partner sales, services, support and consulting. During his tenure at Microsoft, his focus has been on the Microsoft Data platform technologies. Sriram is based in Dallas and is focused on providing technology and solution guidance to customers in the US central region in SQL Server, Azure, Big Data, Advanced Analytics and related technologies. 

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    Abhi Vantaram
    Director, iLink Systems

    Abhi has over ten years of experience working on an array of strategic planning, technology assessment, internet infrastructure, software architecture, development and implementation projects. He has over 6 years of experience in working on Environmental applications including Compliance, EMS, Sustainability, Haz Waste, Haz Mat, Conservation, NEPA, etc. He has worked with several fortune 500 clients, startups and product companies, as well as Federal, State & Local, Global Government. He has managed large teams, developed and delivered multiple enterprise solutions. He is well versed and has experience working with both Java/Oracle and Microsoft based technologies.

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    Manigandan Gopalakrishnan
    Director NE Region, iLink Systems


    Mani has over 20 years of IT experience that spans Solution and Services Sales experience across various verticals such as Financial Services, Communications, Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, CPG etc. He has worked with iLink for over 6 years, is based out of NJ and currently heads the NE Region Practice for iLink managing Sales and Business Development for NE, Mid Atlantic and some states in North Central, Mid-West and Heartland Districts.

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    Director – Central region, iLink Systems


    Mr. Parihar, with over 15 years of experience, has overall responsibility for the strategy and business development, including sales and marketing, of the Central region. Mr. Parihar holds a Master degree in Wireless Communication from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.


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    VP – Business Operations & Innovation, iLink Systems

    Piyush is a performance driven technology leader with 16 years of experience in IT, and has overall delivery responsibility for all projects at iLink. He is intrigued by the ways in which technology binds us all, and touches our life (and business) on a daily basis. He enjoys discovering and simplifying the true value, often veiled behind the seemingly complex technology landscape of today. He has worked with several Fortune 500 companies, startups and ISVs to delivery large scale enterprise solutions as well as innovation driven R&D engagements. Personally responsible for iLink’s TCG (Technology Consulting Group) team, he relishes the opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies, including delivery of various frameworks and accelerators.

    Prior to iLink, he has served in key positions in Infosys Technologies and TATA Interactive Systems. He holds a Bachelors of Technology degree from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, and Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

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