Microsoft have updated the Microsoft Office 365 Beta Deployment Guide for Enterprises to aid enterprises migrating from existing Microsoft installations to their cloud-based equivalents. Office 365 delivers cloud-based versions of Microsoft Office, including:
- Microsoft Exchange Online Beta
- Microsoft SharePoint Online Beta
- Microsoft Lync Online Beta
- Microsoft Office Professional Plus Beta
The deployment guide focuses on integration with Exchange and single sign-on (SSO) and it recommends that staff involved in the deployment are qualified as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified IT Professionals (MCITP) or have equivalent skills and experience in deploying Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, Microsoft Lync Server, Windows Server and Active Directory Domain Services.
The Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool can be downloaded to gather information about the current state of an enterprise’s configuration as can the Assessment and Planning Toolkit which generates reports on hardware and software.