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Chapter 2: Planning and preparing to deploy
CHAPTER 2
Planning and preparing to deploy
Office 365
Approach to planning and evaluating Office 365 ...... 17
Office 365 planning, deployment, and
troubleshooting tools ............................. 18
Office 365 Service Descriptions ..................... 19
Office 365 Deployment Guide ...................... 20
Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Toolkit ... 21
Network planning and analysis ..................... 26
Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer ............. 46
Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging
(MOSDAL) Support Toolkit ......................... 48
Windows PowerShell .............................. 52
Even though Office 365 is designed to be an easy way to deploy collaboration
technologies such as SharePoint, Lync, Exchange, and Office, planning and preparation are
required for enterprise customers who want to leverage existing on-premises
infrastructure, such as Active Directory (AD) identity management.
In this chapter, we start with the planning for foundational technologies and requirements
for Office 365 as a whole and gather information to develop a sound project plan.
Later, in the chapters where we discuss implementation of a specific service, we cover
service-specific planning and preparation tasks.
In Chapter 3, “Active Directory Federations Services” and Chapter 4, “Directory
Synchronization,” we dive into integration with AD, using Directory Synchronization and federating
with Office 365. The goal is to provide enterprise users with the best possible experience,
which can be described as users not even realizing that the site they are accessing is in the
cloud or that their mailbox is not on an email server located somewhere in the building. A
successful Office 365 deployment is defined as the seamless integration of Office 365 with
your enterprise, and that is what we want to accomplish. Success is also defined as an
outcome that leads to a reduction in meaningless workload for IT professionals.
Approach to planning and evaluating Office 365
Planning for Office 365 might seem like a daunting task. It definitely is not a small or simple
project. To make it more manageable, we grouped the planning and remediation tasks into
two major categories:
Foundational planning and remediation tasks
Service-specific planning and remediation tasks
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