Monday, May 9, 2011

Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool Released

The Office 365 team just released the beta version of the Deployment Readiness Tool.  This is designed to scan your AD, Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint environments to determine if you are “ready” for Office 365 and if you are not, give you guidance on steps to remediate issues.

You can download the tool from HERE

After launching the .exe file, the actual information gathering happens in a web browser:

O365DeployKit - Analyzing

Once it is complete, it will categorize the report in to the following sections which gives you quick links to the results:

O365DeployKit - finished

Without killing you with screenshots, I will show some notable sections and results.

Active Directory statistics:

O365DeployKit - AD

Active Directory Federation Services readiness (Note the links to review results and links to Deployment Guide for guidance):

O365DeployKit - ADFS

Rich Client Experience readiness (Note the links to review results and links to Deployment Guide for guidance):

O365DeployKit - Clients

Exchange Online readiness (Note the links to review results and links to Deployment Guide for guidance).  In particular in this example, we have Public Folders that are not supported in Office 365:

O365DeployKit - ExchOnline - markup

Lync Online readiness (Note the links to review results and links to Deployment Guide for guidance):

O365DeployKit - Lync - markup

This tool should help take a lot of the guess work out of potential issues.  You can run this tool today to see where you stand!

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