As many of you are already aware, Microsoft is working with B2B Technologies and other go-to partners to help current Live@edu customers migrate to Office 365. B2B has wrapped up a few of these transitions with the next wave scheduled to move before the end of the month.
Calling the change from Live@edu to Office 365 a migration is a bit misleading. Thankfully, migrating mailbox content is not required since Microsoft is making this change in the datacenters. This means that all existing accounts and content will be there when users log in for the first time.
That being said, there are changes that require attention and effort which is why Microsoft has solicited B2B Technologies’ assistance. First, identity management and user authentication are fundamentally different with Office 365. If you were using Identity Lifecycle Manager for provisioning accounts based on Active Directory credentials, you will now need to employ DirSync. Password synchronization via DirSync is currently in development, but many schools are opting to implement Active Directory Federation Services which allow users to authenticate via the schools’ on-premise AD environment. This negates the need for password synchronization. Schools that used the SSO Toolkit for Live@edu should see an updated Office 365 Microsoft SSO solution released over the next month or so. Regardless of how identity is being handled today in Live@edu, you will want to plan for this change. In addition, there are some changes to the services themselves, so effective communication to students and faculty prior to the migration will be critical.
B2B Technologies is assisting many schools with these critical tasks while ensuring that the process runs as smoothly as possible. If you would like more information on the migrations or how to make sure your institution is ready, please contact David Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org.