5 Ways to Prepare for Office 365 and SharePoint 2016, Part 3: Implement and Test Recovery

“Waiting until you lose data is a bad time to start thinking about how to recover it.” – Restructuring, consolidating or merging AD domains

“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” – Harry Callahan

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” – Joni Mitchell

I thought those eternally memorable quotations would be a fitting way to start this blog post about implementing and testing recovery BEFORE you get too far along in your migration project for Microsoft Office 365, Exchange Server 2016 and SharePoint 2016.

Implement and Test Your Recovery Solution

It may seem as though spending time and effort on a recovery plan is a detour from your main project. But implementing one to cover you during migration and in case you need to back out of it is your best assurance of getting sleep at night. After all, that’s a lot of data to lose.

Do you feel lucky? That lucky?

If not, then be sure that the tools you use to support your migration cover at least these bases:

Data restoration – As part of their cleanup step before migrating, some organizations get a little too enthusiastic about removing old data that they think nobody uses anymore. Can you get the data back without server downtime or will that delay migration?

Email discovery requests – Do you like having one foot on the boat and the other on the dock? That’s how it feels to receive an email discovery request when some messages are still on the source platform and the others have already been migrated to target.

Mailbox recovery – Are you planning to clean up your Exchange mailboxes before the migration? What if you delete the ones people still need for VPN access or the like? Give yourself an out to restore them quickly if need be.

Testing – Carve out time to test the recovery steps you’ve put in place. That goes a long way toward mitigating risk to the business.

Ongoing management – Recovery is not a one-off. Put in place a plan to better manage the new environment once you have consolidated or completed the migration to a new platform.

New White Paper

We want you to know what you’ve got BEFORE it’s gone. That’s why we’ve put together an entire white paper called Top Five Ways to Prepare for Exchange 2016, SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 with detailed lists and explanations of what to look for all along your migration path.

What are your favorite quotations around recovery? Did I miss a good one? Let me know in the comments below.