Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool Beta Released

Office365 Migration Readiness Tool
Office365 Migra­tion Readi­ness Tool

On Fri­day (May 6th), Microsoft released the Enter­prise Beta Readi­ness Tool for Office365. As the name implies, this tool is meant to do a quick readi­ness check on your envi­ron­ment.  Upon exe­cu­tion, it will auto­mat­i­cal­ly extract the files to C:office365reskit and launch the app with­in IE. If you sys­tem has IE locked down, this may be prob­lem­at­ic or at least require the acknowl­edge­ment of a few warn­ings. As it’s run­ning, it col­lects infor­ma­tion (be patient) from your orga­ni­za­tion’s net­work into its temp direc­to­ry (c:office365reskittmp). The files with­in this direc­to­ry are plain text and offer an inter­est­ing look into the envi­ron­ment. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, once the test com­pletes, the util­i­ty ana­lyzes and con­sol­i­dates these temp files and deletes the orig­i­nat­ing files, leav­ing a tech­ni­cal per­son with much to be desired.

 

The report is long and not filled with a whole lot of tech­ni­cal details. It gives basic infor­ma­tion about your orga­ni­za­tion like sip domains, AD func­tion­al­i­ty lev­els, Exchange org, object counts and more. It then com­pares that to known require­ments to mea­sure your readi­ness to migrate to Office365 and gives a pass/fail grade in each cat­e­go­ry. For an orga­ni­za­tion look­ing at Office365, this info will give a good base to start a dis­cov­ery process towards Office365 readi­ness.

My over­all impres­sion is the tool is a bit rough around the edges but a use­ful for quick dis­cov­ery. The infor­ma­tion can even be help­ful for doing quick, lim­it­ed Active Direc­to­ry, Exchange and OCS/Lync dis­cov­ery (although there are bet­ter tools for this job). Microsoft is show­ings its com­mit­ment to what will like­ly become a pret­ty aggres­sive push to busi­ness migra­tion to their cloud offer­ings.